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Starting post-production on our documentary


It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on this blog. Been busy with life…work, traveling, NYC…and also shooting a documentary in the San Diego/Tijuana region. This project is based on the life of one of my best friends, Humberto Gurmilan or ‘Beto’, who suffered a surfing accident when he was 15 years old and left 80% of his body paralyzed. Almost 20 years after this life-changing event, Beto had not returned to the ocean or practiced his beloved sport. His closest friends decided it was time for him to get back on a board and ride the waves once again…but would it be possible? Would Beto do it? This documentary follows Beto two weeks before his planned return to the waters of Playas de Tijuana that changed the course of his life. 

We shot for 13 days in the San Diego/Tijuana region using the Sony FS-700. It’s a great camera. I love that you can attach Canon lenses with the Metabones adapter that gives you an extra stop of light and eliminates the sensor’s crop factor. Plus it was easy on our budget. But when it came time to dump all the footage into Avid Media Composer, I wish I would’ve used a different camera. The FS-700 recording format is the AVCHD codec which is an absolute nightmare to use with Media Composer. I had worked with this combo before on a music video and it was a bit hectic, but for some reason I thought it would be easier this time around. No, it wasn’t. After about 2 weeks of reading forums and researching workarounds, I was able to get all of our footage into the Avid. Lesson learned: do not use AVCHD with Avid!

Now the fun begins. I, along with our director/producer Zeji Ozeri, get to watch many hours of interviews before we start cutting. But since he is in California and I’m in NYC, it makes it a bit tricky to work on this together. Good thing we have stuff like Google video calls and Dropbox, so we can be in constant communication and share our ideas. The footage looks amazing…we got some great moments and really good interviews that will make this an incredible and inspiring story. I can’t wait to start putting this thing together. We’re hoping to get the official web page up this week. There you will be able to find out more about the project and some great behind-the-scenes material.

I’ll keep you posted with any news about the documentary. We’re looking at deciding on a title in the next couple of days. This is gonna be good!

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