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We want to build a community studio in Downtown Phoenix. The rent is paid, but we need your help w/ renovation & building costs


WHAT IS PARAZOL STUDIOS?

Parazol Studios is a multimedia, community studio where everyone from hobbyists to creative professionals are welcome to work on photography, cinema, and post production. We've already paid the rent, but we need help with renovation and building costs. 

The Location: NW Corner of 7th Street & Pierce (Yes, First Fridays Friendly)
Size: 2,500+ sq/ft huge, empty space ready to be renovated!

WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM?

When we were talking about how we wanted to create a space that was safe for artists to gather under one roof to collaborate, the first image we thought of was an umbrella.  We thought of synonyms for the word umbrella and when we thought of the equivalent in Spanish, (insert suspenseful music here), we took the English/Spanish word "parasol" and gave it the creative spelling, Parazol. 

PARAZOL STUDIO CO-FOUNDERS

  • Tomas Karmelo Amaya (Photographer/Cinematographer)
  • Obed Gonzalez (Photographer/Cinematographer)
  • Pedro Perez Nunez (Director/Cinematographer)

We're a group of friends from the same part of town who found a common interest in making films and taking intriguing photographs. Apart from having a passion for the arts, we're also united by our similar sense of family values and a robust work ethic.

OUR MOTIVATION

As artists, many of our starting out stories are filled with memories of individuals who gave us the cold shoulder or took advantage of us. We especially remember going to speciality stores and studios eager to learn more only to get pretentious service from people telling us we knew nothing at all.  We want to change the high-brow attitude commonly found in the media arts.

OUR VISION

Parazol Studios will be a place where everyone from hobbyists, to student artists, to creative professionals will be warmly welcomed to hone their craft. 

Part of our resources will be used to help underrepresented youth in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area who are pursuing media arts. We want to give them the guidance we wish we had when we were getting started.

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Photography by Parazol Studios Co-Founder, Obed Gonzalez.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMNTS

We want to give a special thank you, first and foremost to God, then to our families (Gonzalez, Amaya, Perez) who have been so supportive and patient with us in all our creative endeavors. In addition, we want to thank all our friends who have contributed immensely to our dreams and who provide us with a social life! 

We're especially grateful for the awesome Kickstarter animation template that was created by Joke and Biagio! Make one for your project here: http://kck.st/nzeLsv Shout out to the creators of Broken Leg http://kck.st/w7RqsR for the link to this Joke and Biagio (congrats on your recent success fellow Phoenicians)! 

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    Two passes to a Parazol Studios Quarterly Workshop (PSQW). Workshops will be held by industry professionals and will teach basic and advanced techniques in photography, videography, graphic design, and audio production. Expires in one year.

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    MAJOR REWARD: A one-of-a-kind talavera sink w/ matching mirror made by local artist, Tomas Amaya, father of Parazol Co-Founder, Tomas Karmelo. His work will be on display at Parazol Studios. This reward includes a certificate of authenticity. Does not include shipping for out of state or installation. Installation included within the Valley.

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