Four years ago I embarked on a film career writing, producing and directing an award winning Salsa short film starring Laz Alonso (Avatar, Jumping the Broom and Battle of the Year 2013), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Lee T. Young (Friday Night Lights and Rizzoli n Isles).
While I continue developing my full length feature projects, I have been given an opportunity to direct my first music video. The song is by two new artists named Lombardo and LNY and is a soon to be radio and club hit. I chose to take this project on because I believe in these two musicians as well as I was immediately inspired by their musical creation. This video will not only be an opportunity to provide these young and talented artists with a visual piece to match the style and energy of their song, but it will also put myself one step closer to fulfilling my dream of directing my first full length feature film related to my heartfelt passion of Latin Music.
Lombardo, a full time firefighter in Seattle was invited by Producers to collaborate with LNY.
Both of these young men are humble, talented and soon to be on their way and I am grateful that I am able to direct “Preso”, as I firmly believe this song will be embraced for its great sound and cross-over appeal due to the blend of Latino and R&B rythyms.
Because this is an independently released song, it is up to us to finance this video.
A music video of this caliber with equipment and crew costs around $100k. However, because of everyone’s belief in the team and the vision, they are working for free and we have secured significant discounted deals in town, thus bringing down the budget exponentially. I myself have invested my own money and am now asking you to help us in this final stretch to making our passions, dreams and hard work materialize into a beautifully shot, stylized and rhythmic short story music video.
We are shooting the video September 25th in downtown LA on a sound stage for one long 16hr day and have an A list crew of 25 working with us. We will shooting on both the Red Epic and Canon 7D and will be working with a 5ton Grip and Electric package, jib-arm and dolly.
Helping bring the script, story and song to life will be Victoria Parsons, Rhianna's lead dancer and choreographer, Alan Jacoby (DP), Javier Alvarez (Editor), veteran Producer Peter Crane and choreographer duos Rodrigo Cortazar & Selene Tovar and brother-sister duo Junior and Emily Alibi.
We will be working with 10 world renowned dancers and showcasing some stylish and entertaining choreography that will embody a fusion of street salsa and hip-hop.
The video will be seen on MTV3 and Mun2.
We have raised a good bit of money and are asking for your support in raising the last $12,000. Since the success of "Mano" I have had tremendous support and God willing when I am making movies and videos full-time, I will always be mindful of the people that helped get me there.
Thank you for supporting new and emerging creative talents!
Every little helps!
Anthony & the team.
- (40 days)