Happy to be back on set with my Lomo anamorphics! Shooting the short film “Next Exit” for director Alberto Govela. Once this film is finished, you are in for an interesting cinematic experience!
Finally threw together a quick 2013 corporate reel. I kept it short, hopefully folks won’t tune out after 30 seconds like I do with every reel I watch! Enjoy (or don’t)!
For those of you in and around Dallas, go check out a feature doc that I cut; Coney Island: Dreams for Sale @ the Thin Line Doc fest. It’s a great film about a big issue in NYC, and worth your time and money.
Here’s an Indiegogo campaign that I helped shoot for all of you long range shooters. Produced by Cut to Create.
Just heard news from CJ Gardella that Gene Stavis passed away today. I was lucky enough to take a couple of his classes, and enjoy screenings from his 16mm print collection. I really wish I had known him better. When I was just looking up some reviews of him on rate my professor one of the submissions references an incident where he called The Deer Hunter “a piece of crap!” in front of Michael Cimino. He was pretty badass.
The world is now out one great personality, and a wealth of film knowledge.
My dear friend Gene Stavis has passed away. I regret sharing this news, but want to take a moment to share a little about him for those that knew him or maybe didn’t.
He LOVED film. He discovered a lost student film by Orson Welles at a library in Greenwich, CT. called “The Hearts of Age.” He confronted him over the phone while he was at a hotel in Las Vegas, “excuse me Mr. Welles, I have a film that belongs to you.” Welles: “It’s a fake, burn it.” Gene: “But Mr. Welles, you’re in it.” He worked with Henri Langlois at the Cinémathèque Francais in the 1970′s. Langlois asked him, “Stavis? Is that short for something?” Gene: “Stavisky.” The name of the notorious French gangster immortalized by Jean-Paul Belmondo. Langlois: “I knew there was a reason I hired you.” Gene served as the American representative for the cinémathèque and travelled with Langlois while he was in the states to accept his honorary Oscar. Gene got to meet the likes of Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Groucho Marx and many more. He said Parisians would often take he and Langlois for brothers. Gene would screen movies in his apartment from his collection of 2000 16mm film prints for everyone; a screening of “The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.” for the kids in the building or a print of “Little Caesar” for Douglas Fairbanks Jr. He was the end all of film knowledge and above that he was one of the most earnest, standup human beings I’ve had the privilege of knowing for the past 12 years. Our friendship began with Ernst Lubitsch. He showed me every Lubitsch print he had in his collection, including “Broken Lullaby” Lubitsch’s only foray into drama and allegedly James Dean’s first onscreen appearance. From there we became fast friends. We worked together to put legs under the SVA Theatre, Gene’s own cinémathèque!! His love was sharing films before an audience. It was his passion. He loved the splash of the movie studio logo on the red curtains as they parted to reveal the screen. He enabled me to make my own movies and fed me lunch and showed me movies when I was broke. I love the man and will miss him dearly. It’s not often that someone of such genuine originality and humor comes down the pike. He was a person of great humanity and wisdom.
Attached is a picture of Gene with Langlois, director George Stevens.
- CJ Gardella
A father and son team in Denmark have produced the first new super 8 camera to be manufactured in over 30 years! With wifi remote control, an LCD screen, and SD slot to record live sound, this camera is certainly on my Christmas list.
Hopefully a few make it to the states, this could be a go-to rental for music videos.
Houston folks, if you’re interested in seeing a recent short I shot come out to the Houston Short Film Fund screenings, which are part of the Cinema Arts Festival. Tickets are $10, and half of the proceeds go back to the HSFF.
I finally got around to cutting one of these reels for the past year as most of the projects I shot have been completed. I’m trying to find the motivation to cut a commercial/corporate reel but there is soooooo much footage, and the usual talking heads and b-roll stuff is far less compelling for me to edit. Anyway for that work, just check my corporate page for projects!
This morning Veronica Varlow and Burke Heffner launched the Kickstarter campaign for their movie Revolver. I was lucky enough to work with Veronica years back on a short film. During production she showed me their AMAZING trailer, and the script for their dream film….Revolver. The script is action-packed, wild, and romantic! I’m astounded that they are going to be able to make the full feature for such a small sum of money. But if there is anyone who can make $100,000 look like $1,000,000 it’s these two!
So please, visit their kickstarter, watch the teaser trailer for the film and throw them a few bucks. It’s going to be worth it!