And after many months of work our make over is complete. I’m very happy to present to you the Chinchilla Films new site. Huge thanks to the great and talented illustrator Sonia Pérez for designing the “chinchilla” and Mayuko an incredible japanese graphic designer for the website:
Después de varios meses de trabajo hoy estrenamos felizmente la página de Chinchilla Films. Hace años cuando estaba en el colegio de monjas, y me apodaban “chunchullo”, jeje, no pensé que tiempo después se convertiría en el nombre de un proyecto que ha venido caminando hace un par de años y que espera y quiere seguir andando mucho más. Nos gusta el nombre “chinchilla” porque es un animal que más bien no está muy definido: a algunos se les parece a un hámster, a otros a una ardilla, a otros una rata…y eso es algo tal vez que pasa con este proyecto: no queremos crear películas estáticas, ni rótulos, ni significados absolutos. Estamos abiertos a la incertidumbre del andar y a una necesidad incansable de contar las historias de cuanto animal rata, humano (a veces, lo mismo), o extraterrestre se nos cruce por el camino.
Chinchilla Films ( que tiene también su versión en español como Chinchilla Películas) es una necesidad de crear una banda con la cual caminar por varios terrenos para seguir buscando historias, películas, y trechos para seguir filmando. Queremos ser una banda que ande por cualquier clase de camino, y a la que se unan muchos por estaciones, y luego nuevos, y luego otros más. Como está escrito en la página queremos contar historias pero más allá queremos hacer música…y adjunto: también ruido y a veces, silencio.
Muchas gracias a la increíble y talentosa Sonia Pérez
por diseñar el animalito y a Mayuko por diseñar la website.
Saludos a todos y los invito al mundo de Chinchilla:
The first time I heard the music of “The Books” was two years ago back in my country Colombia. (But this is a whole other story that I will keep for later).Three years later, I found their music again. This time in NYC and in a choreography that my great friend Alan Danielson, musician, dancer and school director of the Jose Limon School had created. His amazing choreography and the way the music flowed with the dancers motivated me to asked Alan to shoot a music video with this work. Then, I wrote a very personal email to The Books (Nick Zamutto and Paul de Jong), and Zammuto answered me immediately saying how much he liked the story that I have wrote on the email.
The Books actually split apart a couple of years ago and each of them continue their own music careers separately. But, why to do a music video of a band that don’t play longer together? – First answer: Why not? And second: Because the choreography and the music really match together, and these I have seen very few times. The photography, of course, should try to show this, not with amazing cameras or equipment but with shots and compositions that play with the angles and the irregular bits of the choreography. You’ll see this better on the video…
Meanwhile, here some photos of the storyboard that I shoot weeks before the actual shoot. Thanks to Ari Risola (Italy) and Victor González for following me in this experiment. To see more photos of the shoot, visit my behance site here: http://www.behance.net/gallery/YO-NO-SE/11654097
A few months ago, I started to work on a music video for new yorker band “The Books”. Weeks of pre-production have passed since, until last week that we finished the shooting part. One of the biggest concerns was to get the location. You’ll see …the music for this video has a very industrial, dusty almost post-nuclear atomic bomb sound. So, is the choreography created by Alan Danielson. As a director of the video, I wanted to shoot in a location with similar characteristics. A location that will act as another “character” of the video, not just as an ornament. For some, stinky smell that I sensed one day (which is very common in the streets of new york along with a wide variety of multicultural smells), I came with the idea of shooting in a fish market. Thanks to Arii, whom previously knew the biggest fish market on NYC , we went there at 3 am a couple of times trying to do some research. The location was perfect and it would it been perfect only if the manager would it like the idea of some “filmmakers” messing up with his fish. Anyways, after a flat “NO” ( I tend to be very persuasive), I had to look for other location immediately.
That was when I began a crusade along the boroughs looking for an abandoned place in NYC. I went to the top of Harlem, went down to Coney Island, head south to Rockaway and east to Greenpoint… But guess what? There are not such a thing as an “abandoned” place in NYC. Not at least, as we expected to be: a place that nobody cares while it’s been consumed by time and dust. And that was the thing: the abandoned places in New York are owned for rich people wanting to build condominiums, or under security guards. Of course, I’m not naif or pretentious not to know that this city is huge and is a daily discover for something new. So, if anybody that is reading this knows about an actual abandoned place in NYC, it will be lovely if you share the information with us.
Meanwhile, I’m leaving some pics of the fish market along with some of other places that we found during the scouting: