Category Archives: cinematography

SKRILLEX Video RAGGA BOMB combines Elysium with Star Wars and it works


Skrillex is known for his love of science fiction. He uses samples from anime, science fiction and horror films to create his heart pounding dubstep, so when he teamed up with  South African director Terence Neale, for his latest video “Ragga Bomb”, you know  it’s going to be magic. This video for “Ragga Bomb” featuring the British jungle mainstays Ragga Twins , is highly imaginative sci fi, to say the least. The video was shot in Johannesburg and Alexandra, South Africa and even features a lightsaber battle at the end. I don’t know if George Lucas is gonna come at him for this, but my guess is that he will (cause George Lucas can be a dick like that).

Ragga Bomb can be downloaded off of  Skrillex’s latest release “Recess” now on Itunes and Spotify .

This documentary gives us a rare glimpse at the youth of San Francisco in 1961


This video is a perfect example of some of the gems you find on youtube, that you will not find anywhere. Directed by cinematographer David Meyers (THX 1138, Woodstock) Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me turns it’s lens on the rebellious youth of 1961 in San Francisco. The footage is superb and may come in handy for those directors out there needing this look for a new film. The vernacular used by the narrator is classic! In this film, you see all types, the Bro’s, Chicano’s, Greasers, surfers you name it. The music is also a timeless treasure. It’s a testament that real life is much stranger than fiction. This is brilliant and a must watch!

Video for Dj Snake & Lil Jon’s – “Turn Down For What” will melt your face


This video is fucking crazy! Directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, taking a huge bite out of the 2013 short film “Next Floor” directed by De Denis Villeneuve, took it one step further by featuring body parts doing things to music, that body parts should never do. Sounding a lot like a Diplo production from video to music (no disrespect), Dj Snake and Lil Jon tear shit up on this hard hitting banger.

Download the single on iTunes:

Music video by DJ Snake & Lil Jon performing Turn Down for What. (C) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

This MATRIX fan film is worth watching…over and over


Featuring some outstanding looking “Sentinels”, this Matrix fan film could easily be an intro to a television series or even a Netflix exclusive…it’s that good! Shot in Bogota, Columbia by director/vfx artist Felix Joleanes, the short “seemingly” takes place after the machines have taken over and the world (the real world) as we know it, is no more. A young girl emerges with her plasma weapon from a wrecked ship, not unlike the Nebakanezer from the Matrix films. She navigates the dilapidated buildings with her make shift walkie-talkie, hoping to rendezvous with a rescue party, but the Sentinels are closing in. It’s tense and visually very very interesting. Felix utilizes some absolutely fantastic angles to give the scene some real weight. This short, hands down, makes me so psyched for this continuation of the Matrix movies, I keep hearing about. Whatever the case may be, this would make one hell of  television show.


The project was born in 2013 when Antonio, a friend of mine, suggested to make a video with a Sentinel 3D model that i made some time ago for fun. I was hooked since the beginning with the idea, i wrote a small synopsis and then a 3 page script, the project started to grow more than i expected. At the beginning we only thought of making a small visual effects integration video and then we ended up with a 3 minute live action short film.

This project was made in Colombia, and it was shot near Bogotá using a GH3 Camera and some Rokinon Lenses.I want to thank Alejandro Ramírez for helping me along the project until the End with his enormous talent, and the talent of his musician and sound team (his website:

If you want to check some project pics, work in progress and details of the project check this link:


Trickster – The Matrix Fan film from Felix Joleanes on Vimeo.

Trailer for the documentary Rhythm and Hues:Life After Pi


I think people take for granted, the time and effort that goes into creating these worlds we’ve come to know and love. The pros make it so seamless, that it all floats by us as well as those who hold the checks in Hollywood. Last year when  visual effects house Rhythm and Hues, went belly up, it was the first time people started to take notice at what was really happening in the  vfx world. How could a vfx house, that just created a film that won an Oscar, be bankrupt? The answer to this question eluded me for a long time til I started to talk to friends of mine in that community. I sat on the phone for hours with a lead visual effects supervisor, as he went on and on about the conditions of his community and how having no union or the “magic hat” attitude, many of these studios/directors embody when it comes to movie making, has contributed to this slow crumble. It was all quite disturbing. What lack of respect and for a medium that is prominent in 99.9% of all films today. Hopefully this trailer will shine a light on this travesty.


Life After Pi is short documentary filmed on location at Rhythm & Hues Studios – the Los Angeles based visual effects company that won an Academy Award in 2013 for its groundbreaking work on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi – during the weeks that followed a devastating bankruptcy. The documentary was made by R&H employees who picked up cameras as the meltdown ensued and is part of a larger documentary titled Hollywood Endingmore info on that here. This short doc will be released online starting February 25th later this month. Stay tuned for the release.

A wonderful tribute to all the films that were snubbed by the 2014 Oscars


It really doesn’t have legs until you see it laid out like this. Some of the films in this montage weren’t great, but what they lacked in one area, they more than made up for in others. I think while watching this film, my biggest disappointment was the snub of the amazing documentary BLACKFISH and Pacific Rim and the list goes on and on. I hope one day this will all get sorted out and somehow everything gets at least “recognized”. Enjoy!

This Gravity featurette guarantees them winning every technical category in the Oscars


As we draw close to Oscar time, it’s important to remind people just what deserves what, despite what a few dusty-ass raisins in Hollywood say. I said it before and I will say it again, the Oscars should be a peoples choice award and there shouldn’t be separate categories for male and female actors….there…my two cents. Moving on. If you haven’t seen Gravity yet, you’re dead to me, but if you have, this featurette is mind blowing! Looking like set pieces from a Daft Punk concert, the technology that went into creating this visually stunning film will probably, if  it hasn’t already, be used by Washington in some way shape or form. The film is science from beginning to end and from production to screen. Director Alfonso Cuaron is changing the game in ways I thought only James Cameron could. It makes sense that James would produce this film. This featurette has interviews with Alfonso’s son and co-writer Jonas Cuaron as well as cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

If this film doesn’t win every technical award there is this year I am going to be extremely pissed off.



Watch The Green Ruby Pumpkin and know what Halloween is!

It is because films like this that I love Halloween! Directed by CGI animators Miguel Ortega (Jack The Giant Killer, THOR) and Tran Ma (Alice In Wonderland, G.I. Joe) The Ruby Green Pumpkin is a delight in that way that years from now you’ll be asking yourself “remember that one Halloween story…yeah that one. Wasn’t it awesome!” The story is a cleverly woven limerick about a woman/witch who lives in this wondrous world and gives candy to all who come to her door, dressed mind you. She dispenses these goodies from her ruby green pumpkin year after year. The story goes on to show all sorts of folks coming to her door for goodies and dressed in their Halloween best. It’s all pretty cheery until the three boys arrive, now I won’t spoil it for you, but that’s where the Tim Burton light heartedness kinda wanes, but still stays beautiful. My hopes is that every kid in the world gets a chance to see films like this, cause they are just plain good and filled with that level of simple story telling that’s hard to find nowadays.

The Green Ruby Pumpkin is a magical and fun short film that captures the enchantment of Halloween. It was a passion project that was created by two Senior visual effects artists. Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma. This Entire project was shot in the living room. watch the making of HERE

Currently Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma are working on a Lovecraft-esque feature called The Ningyo.



A 1909 period film about cryptozoology. The search for mythological or unproven creatures. A Faustian tale about loosing oneself in the process of achieving our goals.

A Ponce De Leon type adventure involving deep sea diving and underwater caverns.

Dr. Marlowe, a paleontologist and professor, finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, the mythical Japanese creature, could be found. The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test.

For more information on The Ningyo checkout their facebook website for the latest.

You can see our other visual effects work MONSTER SCULPTER

The Making of The Green Ruby Pumpkin from miguel ortega on Vimeo.

The Green Ruby Pumpkin from miguel ortega on Vimeo.

David Fincher rolls out a masterpiece for Justin Timberlake’s new single “Suit & Tie” Feat. Jay-Z

And the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globes are….


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