Filmed in Bakersfield and Oakland CA. Story line inspired by Langston Hughes Short Story "Slave on the block" from book Ways of White Folks. Delta with Sarina Leah on chorus.
Got my first and new medium format camera; Mamiya 7 120mm film with 130mm lens...got to work on my focus game but im loving the texture of the film and camera. There are no color corrections made with this film. I used darkroom.com basic service and the prints came out nice
Heres a color correction i did for Blitz The Ambassador. He directed the project and shot it in Brasil. Grateful to be a part of the project. We share a similar interest in not only being rappers but also as filmmakers. Looking forward to working with him again in the future.
Here are some stills from the color correct
I'm working on Sarina Leahs part for a song I did called "delta"...heres a small take of her vocals to the track for the music video.
Im prepping for a summer short film shoot and testing shots around dusk time. i like the texture of natural looking blues of this shot.
My family The Reminders hit me up recently to join them on tour. I wasn't able to make it out to the SAC and SF show so my sis Chaveli was able to hold it down... I was able to catch up with them the last week of the tour and grab some video. I was extremely grateful to be able and work around such great and hardworking artist. It was beautiful to watch them perform! Here are some stills from the last few days i was there with them and the official video.
Ghambit is an artist coming out of Watsonville CA. we've known each other for a few years now and have collaborated before in the past. He reached out to me to shoot this track "pay the rent" so we set up a meeting game plan for the shoot. Its also featuring one of my favorite artist "Sincere". We shot at the old ft ord abandoned buildings in monterey, the coast of santa cruz, and watsonville ca. I used a black magic cinema camera set to RAW mode. I then colored using Davinci Resolve and chopped it using final cut pro x.
I Was Here is one of my favorite tracks off the album. I think the 2nd verse is one of my favorites ever written and wanted to make sure it was represented correctly (I've recycled the verse like 3 times). Its my statement track for those who are coming from marginalized areas.
The concept started with Bocafloja and went from there. Chaveli and I added to the story a little because we couldn't find the right people to do the project so we adjusted. We decided to add graphics by poskeone because my niece in the dress was a little similar to a Blitz The Ambassador visual he dropped while i was making this. At least we on the same wavelength! Ha... Besides, it adds a little touch to the story line. Hopefully you can tell form the stills above that each shot got a lot of attention. From the way it was colored to how it was composed. I absolute hate adding footage just fill space so if you slow the video down you'll see that each shot is composed with detail and that each frame as a "still image" can stand on its on own. For this reason I hope people will watch the video more than one time.
I don't really consider what I do "music videos" in the traditional sense. My visuals are usually a little "slower" in pace and don't have all the fancy cuts and light flare effects you might see in most. I enjoy the cinematography aspect a lot more than fancy and flashy edits. I think for this reason hopefully my visuals stand the test of time.
I thank my niece and family for helping me with this project. She was so good in each shot and worked all day for me without any complaint. Thanks to my sister Rosie who helped connect me with the right people and came through for me. We work on a no budget bases so everything is through connections built through community. Thanks to my sister and co-owner of "cambiowashere" llc chaveli for always being available to help and throw around ideas. Special shout out to the creator for blessing the film days.
We try and up the game with each visual or at least tell a story and i hope that you enjoy this one.
with all of my love.
specs for those looking to create.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera, RAW mode, Colored in Davinci Resolve and Edited in Final Cut Pro X. Rokinon Cine Lenses 50mm, 14mm.
Heres the latest visual project from the album cambiowashere available on cambiowashere.bandcamp.com. Shot over the summer 2015. Enjoy!
"pay the rent" stills
rain made the sky a light purple. castroville ca #instaxwide
This summer we worked on the video "i was here". We will be releasing it this sunday night so stay tuned for video and full write up about the project.