Sunday, April 26, 2015

La Movida

Just finished translating the second edition of the 1982 book "La Movida" by Paco Martin, he was a DJ during the start of the Movida in Spain. Also known as the golden age of Spanish music- it is today considered Spain's most fruitful musical era of the last decade. It lasted between 1975-1987, and its beginning coincides with the death of their dictator. The movement has been arguably traced back to the capital city of Madrid although it was actually more of a national movement with music coming from throughout the nation. As a side note- the term "La Movida" is quit broadly used to express visual arts, film and publications of the area (the most internationally renown of those associated with this movement is Pedro Almodovar).
I found out about La Movida when I was living in Spain during college and started collecting records and found some books at El Rastro in Madrid. Unfortunately there isn't much literature on the subject in English and the music (what mainly attracted me to the subject) is all in spanish- but I think it's worth sharing and unburying from the annals of recent pop history.
This particular book only talks about the music made in the city of Madrid from 1977-1982 (when it was published). The organization (somewhat encyclopedic) and lack of information in general made me do a bunch of research on other aspects of the movement and I've been compiling music videos and other stuff to share.

 (if you would like the whole transcript in English email me and I would love to send it your way)-

all photos are credited to:

Jesus Peraita
Miguel Trillo
Alberto G. Alix
Pierre Alain de Oliveira
Diana Polakov
Rafael Abitbol
Paco Luque


Friday, September 5, 2014

My Parents Are Retarded VOL. 1

Heyyyyy so I finished the origin story to my comic... its about a kid, Mickey, whose parents are retarded- literally... its partially autobiographical I wrote a bunch of plot synopses for Mickey's adventures but I hadn't done an intro or anything so instead of starting to draw the middle with no context I made up the beginning and put it on paper while taking a class on graphic novel illustration at art center... here is a taste- and you can purchase the 12 page thang off my etsy HERE!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Arctic Beach

I haven't spent enough time posting about my friends' stuff- Priscilla Rodriguez, who shot my Girls in Black video made this lovely ambient film Arctic Beach/Reverse Siberia with her man Dakota using his music. I really love her style she has a special kind of patience with a camera that I deeply admire. I really like this video because it has a droning visual quality, its emotively dark yet unequivocally Southern californian. Its affective while being completely non-narrative and all of her compositions are beautiful. Uhhhh we are going to collaborate on more stuff soon. (I posted a bunch of Ed Ruscha stuff up there because I think he shares the California aesthetic but is darkly symbolic and unsettling in a way I think they share and I find aesthetically pleasing)…. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lito The Dog

Sooooo I took the liberty of photocopying and translating some of this really cool Crumbish-Kazish Peruvian comic by David Gualliquio I bought while traveling in Peru- unfortunately the humor doesn't translate very well- not that it was very funny to begin with. But I really like the visual style and line quality.... It was a lot more work than it sounded like when I  took on the project. but either way next time I will do it on photoshop! 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Desert Island


 I learned a couple of things from making the Mystic Braves- Desert Island video:
1. I should be more committed and patient with working out MY vision of a project- if there isn't enough time- then don't do it because it will be rushed and shitty. Its important to like the things you are making or scrap it or do it with someone else- but keep the integrity of your vision. I feel like I ended up scrapping 90% of what this video was supposed to be. I tossed most of my story boards because I became impatient with my cinematographer and the band's lack of availability. What I should have done is worked out how I could keep as much of what I wanted instead of eliminating more complex things because of time restraints. I don't like this video because it's not as good as it could have been. But it's only my fault for making too many compromises.
2. Don't work rushed.
3. Note to self: You can't fix it in post- learn how to use a camera.
4. Masking is cool sometimes- custom masks are super cool.
5. Photoshop is good for making your own fonts.
6. Get all the shots you need- know all the shots you need.
7. Close ups are really fucking important.
8. Make sure there are no cellphones on the keyboard.
9. Be consistent with footage quality.
10. Don't scrap a good idea and make something shitty out of it- the final product should be better than the initial concept.
11. Know the weather before you go out on location- I thought I knew what this meant- it wasn't raining out but wind is not good with hats.
12. Follow your shot list.
13. You have to have a comfortable relationship with anyone you are putting infront of your camera to act- its difficult to work with someone if you don't know how to tell them to act something out many times without frustrating them- ie. there are different ways to request performances from different people.
14. Give everyone the screen time they deserve- accordingly- don't make people feel more or less important- especially if its a band.
15. Leave enough time for some improvisation- everyone wants to put in their two cents and thats good especially if it will make everyone feel more at ease to fuck around
16. Don't be serious when you don't have to be
17. If you are not getting paid get some assurance of something else out of the deal- like getting on the guest list for shows or something
18. Thank everyone even if you are doing it for them
19. be punctual
20. know before hand how committed everyone else on the project is....

I know this is a really long list- but its real fucking important or you will en up frustrated self loathing with an ok to bad video.....