LPZ Media is proud to announce the release of the much anticipated Nitty Scott M.C. “Flower Child” music video, wonderfully directed by Anthony Sylvester and beautifully shot by Anthony DeRose. From the idea’s inception to the video’s final touches, working with the talented and beautiful Nitty Scott was an absolute pleasure for all of us at LPZ Media. Her kindred spirit and soulful nature inspired all of us to help Anthony craft his visually captivating and picturesque “secret-garden” aesthetic that is beautifully juxtaposed by the gritty exterior textures of New York City. This is truly a beautiful project that we are all very excited about! Special thank you to Jules (Nitty’s Manager) who entrusted us with this incredible journey, and to all of the Kickstarter supporters who helped make this cinematic dream come to life. Also special shout out to Supa-Laura for hooking us up with Nitty Scott last year and for her efforts with the Kickstarter video. Great work all around!!! We hope to do it again…
Director/Editor – Anthony Sylvester
Cinematography – Ant DeRose
AC – Dave Burdette
Gaffer – Alex Watson-Eng
Steadicam – Ian Bracone
MUA – Damaris Santana
Production Company – LPZ Media
A few weeks ago, LPZ was selected by Grey Advertising to produce a promotional video for an organization called “Girl Be Heard”. Little did we know, how amazing these people are and how important their message is. GBH is involved in so many projects, but to keep it short & sweet – they allow young women from difficult circumstances the opportunity to express themselves through the art of theater. Beautiful and Powerful, is another way to sum up these young ladies.
Please visit their website for more information on the 9MM America theatrical dates: www.girlbeheard.org
Immediately, our entire LPZ team thought this was an awesome cause and we wanted to make sure their courage, honesty, and passion came across on screen. Grey’s imaginative creative team put together a heartfelt script with gritty art design, that guided us along the way. It was our job to put all these moving elements together in an emotionally driven and visually impactful manner. We wanted to convey the raw unbridled street atmosphere from which their stories are derived.
We shot outside the industrial section of DUMBO Brooklyn (what’s left of it) using the Sony FS700 and Canon 7D. We were blessed to have nice weather and empty streets – allowing us the freedom to capture the girls throughout various industrial backdrops. Shout out to our DP Derek Aspenberg for collaborating with us and bringing these images to life. Anthony Sylvestor once again wowed us with his editing prowess.
Special thanks to the GBH leadership – Jessica Morris & Ashley Marinaccio for entrusting us with their baby and allowing us the creative freedom to explore unchartered territory with their stars. Lastly, I want to thank the immensely talented and good people at GREY for awarding us with this gig – Creative Director Mark Fina, Copywriter Nicole Handler, Art Director Lindsey Katon, and Producer Extraordinaire Alex DeSantis.
LPZ Media crew:
John Lopez – Director
Kevin Lopez – Executive Producer
Derek Aspenberg – Director of Photography
Nicholas Bedo – Sound Operator
Javier Aguirre – Assistant Director
Anthony Sylvestor – Editor
Anthony Velez – Production Assistant
As part of an on-going effort to produce work that is as stimulating as it is therapeutic, myself and musical collaborator, Katakresis, are excited by our most recent release, “Mental State.” It was an opportunity to get back to my roots, just a man and a camera.
I had filmed this footage back in November after an LPZ documentary shoot in North Carolina. Captivated by the rustic and unavoidably nostalgic surroundings, I shot a good amount of footage without worrying too much about the conventions that usually plague a music video or commercial shoot. Just a 7d and stock lens, and a handful of highways and country roads.
It wasn’t until hearing “Simply Enough” by Katakresis, that the concept of the edit and really inspiration to complete the project, came to fruition. If you’d like to hear more of Katakresis, check out his site: soundcloud.com/katakresis
On May 21st, Kevin Lopez of LPZ Media and DOE Film Arts & Special Education teacher from Soundview Academy had the opportunity to speak in a panel of five experts who discussed how they are creatively integrating the arts, technology and social media with kids in our public schools. Kevin spoke in great lengths about his film arts program designed for Digital Native students from under-represented communities. The Film Program at Soundview Academy for example is allowing 8th grade students the opportunity develop, write, shoot, and edit documentary and short narrative films about themes and topics that are relevant to them and their specific communities. The panel discussion, which was held in the beautiful Apple SoHo Theater, included several other incredible educators from a variety of art and technology backgrounds and interests:
Christopher Amos, Director of Educational Media & Technology at Carnegie Hall Barry Blumenfeld, a dance specialist and Dance Teacher Magazine’s tech expert Jaymes Dec, Technology Integrator and Fab Lab administrator at the Marymount School Kevin Lopez, co-founder of LPZ Media and a special education film arts teacher with Soundview Academy in the Bronx Leah Reddy, a graphic design and social media teaching artist with Roundabout Theatre Company
Thank you to Jessica Wilt of ArtsEdTechNYC who organized this wonderful event. LPZ Media looks forward to participate in these critical discussions that foster further innovative ideas that can translate well into the classroom and benefits all of the students we serve.
The following blog entry was written and posted by Rhys Daunic of The Media Spot, which is a phenomenal organization that “promotes media literacy education through collaborative media productions, workshops & curriculum development in K-12, higher ed, and any other place where teaching and learning is happening”. Rhys has been integral in the development of Accountable Talk protocols through Blended Learning in my 8th grade Film Arts class, allowing me to track and measure the emergence of higher order thinking skills through BLOGGING.
At Soundview Academy (SVA), a middle school in the South Bronx, principal Will Frackelton is leading an effort to leverage students’ digital and media literacy skills acquired in their grade 6-8 filmmaking program to enhance a school-wide initiative of building “accountable talk” into students’ academic interactions. Filmmaking teacher, Kevin Lopez, is piloting a model for a schoolwide network of blogs that will allow students to publish mixed media “posts” and “comments” using content-specific protocols for constructing arguments and critiquing work on the SVA Film Blog, which defines the intiative:
“Accountable Talk is a way of practicing and developing good habits when engaging in discussions. We are combining Accountable Talk with professional film vocabulary in our blog posts and comments to develop the practice of using evidence to support our opinions, ideas, predictions, and inferences.”
Teachers observe and interact with students as digital citizens in an academic setting
Students demonstrate Common Core Standards-based competencies: asking questions, making inferences, interpreting and explaining research-backed thinking
Students demonstrate media literacy critical thinking within their written and multimedia posts: critiquing effectiveness of each other’s media messages, reflectively tailoring production decisions to reach authentic audiences)
Students reinforce digital literacy and digital citizenship skills by participating in an online learning community according to agreed upon rules for collegial discussions
Long Term Vision
Lopez is hoping that students’ immersion in the language of critique, and use of professional vocabulary will deepen the critical decision making during student film production.
Frackelton would like the schoolwide accountable talk blog network to reinforce a broad set of digital and media literacy competencies that their students are enthusiastic about, while leveraging them to engage core content in a real world environment.
SVA’s logistical challenge will be to find time to train the instructional staff beyond Lopez — accommodating a range of digital literacy among them — on the effective use and moderation of these blogs. The approach will be to roll out content area blogs one academic department at a time, trained by experienced staff and students. They will start with the most technically-proficient content teams, and build towards a critical mass of in-house proficiency. The potential of extending middle school student engagement with digital communication to core content areas through this initiative makes it a worthy outlay of PD time towards further modernization of their Common Core-based curriculum.
Philip Sedehi is a lifelong film lover who ventured into film-making as an assistant director on the indie film Sublet. He has worked as a grip for NYC-TV, and made several independent hip-hop videos which have generated over 3 million views on youtube. I had the pleasure of learning about Phil back in 2008 when I was just out of film school working with Amilot Films. At that time, we were grinding in the saturated mix of thousands of other young filmmakers who were experimenting with the highly accessible digital cameras such as the Panasonic DVX and HVX200, even before the dslr boom just a couple of years later. What struck me about Phil Sedehi’s work was how incredibly cinematic and polished it was, specially for underground hip hop artists who at the time, and still are, a dime a dozen. Browsing through the web back in 2008, in what I thought at the time was the mind boggling world of youtube and myspace (yes myspace… lol…), I ran into the Phil’s music video for Pacewon and Mr. Green titled “Hip Hop”. The music was incredible, but I would have never known that were it not for Phil’s incredible music video, which immediately gave me a nostalgic feeling. It certainly reminded me of the honest and visually visceral music videos from the 90′s that inspired me as a kid. The “Hip Hop” music video’s lose narrative has what seems to be a million shots, all pieced together in a dynamic way that perfectly complement Pacewon’s intense lyrical flow and Mr. Green’s soulfully gritty beat. 5 years later, the music video and track continues to be one of my favorites…
Check out Phil Sedehi’s “Hip Hop” and “Children Sing” music videos below. Please feel free to contact LPZ Media if you are interested in working with this talented filmmaker. More to come from Phil!
NYC DOE Film Arts Educator and LPZ Media co-founder, Kevin Lopez, was recently asked to be one of four NYC DOE arts educators to work as a facilitator on this year’s 2013 Moving Image Blueprint Workshops. This year, the Arts Office of the NYC Department of Education partnered up with the Tribeca Film Institute and the Museum of the Moving Image to provide NYC educators with outstanding professional development on areas related to DIGITAL STORYTELLING, NEW MEDIA, and GAMING. Teaching Professionals from a variety of content backgrounds had the opportunity to delve into the art of post-production by editing documentary footage on Final Cut 7, developing digital storyboards on free web-based New Media platforms such as PIXTON, and creating their own interactive games with the online SCRATCH program. The overall take away for teachers who participated in these three innovative workshops was to have the courage to meet their students in areas of New Media that can potentially enhance the learning process within the classrooms. Please feel free to visit the following link for your very own digital copy of the Blueprint for the Moving Image.
Check out the latest work coming from cutsdatflo and THEBLKHANDS. Once again, these two have collaborated to create some visually stunning moving images that teeter on the surreal. Cutsdatflo knows exactly how to make it flow… Much props!!!
Special thanks to Vee, Flonia, Corey, and all of the wonderful people over at Tribeca Film Institute for inviting our film students from the Polo Grounds Community Center to this year’s TFI Student Film Showcase titled “Our City, My Story”. The films presented came from some of the most talented young filmmakers here in New York City, delving into themes and topics that are universally appreciated but oftentimes overlooked. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers that participated in this year’s event! We expect to see the Harlem Cinematic’s taking a prize at next year’s TFI Student Film Screening event. Til then: lights, camera, action!!!