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Dave Angel recounts a divine moment of perfection with Stacey Pullen
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"Fav Bag" Behind The Scenes

If you’re one of the many these days who feels that technology plays an ever increasing role in distracting us from being connected to one another; from mindfulness and from the essence of our innate humanity; I’d say, okay, that’s worth a discussion.  But it was this very discussion that gave birth to this story which in turn led to this film.

While talking one day with my neighbor and friend Richard Leib about ways in which we thought technology is or isn’t positively impacting the human experience, Richard noticed my Tile unit hanging from my keys and he inquired.  “Charles, what’s that on your keys?”  I gave him a quick rundown of the product and a little demo of the app on my smartphone.  As he wrapped his around the Tile conceptually, he started to chuckle a bit to himself and I could tell that his wheels had begun turning.  “What are you thinking?” I asked him.  Richard began to articulate his idea of just how the Tile unit and app functioned, to which I responded: “Well, that’s not quite exactly how it works… but fundamentally, yes, you’ve got it!”  We agreed that it’s a very innovative product and an example of our discussion on technology and the human experience.

I said to Richard: “You know, that’d be a great story to communicate as a short film.”

He agreed and after we wrapped our conversation, I decided to write out our account which was followed soon after by a phone call to two of my most trusted filmmaking collaborators, directory of photography Gabriel J Lewis and writer, director, actor Ronnie Butler, Jr.  Ronnie helped me cast the short, Gabriel agreed to shoot it and they both agreed to help me produce the film.

Albeit the film wasn’t initially created for commercial purpose, we did share the work with Tile and their agency Praytell located here in Los Angeles.

It was a delightful experience sharing the story and subsequently being showered with the latest run of new and improved Tiles gratis!  A special thank you to everyone who gave of their time, resources and presence to help realize this little film that was inspired by an original concept from Richard Leib.

See the film HERE


"Going Off" at RadicalMedia™

So, after a pointed referral, a bit of email-campaigning and a healthy portion of sincere desire; I find myself in the cutting room at RadicalMedia.

I’ve had my crosshairs set on collaborating with the folks at RadicalMedia since first taking in their Iconoclasts series for the Sundance network way back in 2007.  Sure they’re a commercial house but its been their cache-rich mini docs, television series and music-driven content thats attracted me to their brand.  But what’s even more fitting for me about RadicalMedia as a production company is their ability to create across any platform, any genre, any medium; and that is a practice to which I most definitely subscribe.

Closing out the 2016 summer working on “Going Off” in sunny Santa Monica lived up to my romanticized expectations and then some.

The combination of  the ocean-cooled weather, the company-sponsored lunch on Friday, the harmonious coexistence of Media Composer and Premiere Pro NLEs and the uber-cool and uber-talented pool of producers, editors and executives with whom I worked and played each day really inspired me to give myself  wholly and enthusiastically to the process of cutting this show; which after all is why I get up every morning — to do what I love! I was confident from the initial contact with the project’s Exec Producer, Dave Sirulnick and Show Runner, Lindsay Panell that this would be a unique opportunity to really express myself in the editor’s chair on a realit…oops, I mean, an unscripted series.  The characteristics that really made an impact on me directly were the ample amount of autonomy allowing editors and producers to discover and shape the material, realistic delivery expectations and the entire post crew was committed to sharing ideas, approaches to challenges, supporting one another and each editor owned their respective episodes; allowing each episode’s individual identity to express whilst still serving the series common theme.   That’s really cool in this day and age in my humble opinion.

(L) Charles Little II, (R) Ravi Subramanian

Salute to the entire #GoingOff post team:

(Editors) Ted Woerner, Jesse Overman, Joel Marcus, Charles Little II, Jeremy Lusk, Ravi Subramanian, Eric Freidenberg, Kevin Lavelle, Julie Drazen, Patrick Perez and Taylor Alexander Ward (story producers) Claire Degrass, Jamie Hardesty and Lauren Schwartz (Post Supervisor) Gabriel Savo (Assitant Editors) Dennis Castello and Ryan Isbell (Associate Producer) Arly Montes and (Post Coordinator)  Maru Buendia. Let me not forget the comfortable and meticulously maintained production facility that I occupied for almost 3 months – The Digital Difference I simply cannot thank nor recommend Kevin Hearst and his team highly enough! It was an added bonus to get to chop it up a bit with Tricia Miranda herself.  She knows her world, her brand, her students and she was on it when it came to making sure the show content was true to all of the above.  Thank you Claire Degrass for snapping these pics!

(L) Charles Little II (R) Tricia Miranda

Tricia Miranda-isms that you'll be stuck repeating after watching this show:

"Live Your Life"
"Whoom"
"Boomziggywhaat"
"That's Major"
"Say It"
"Lies"


VRLX Magazine - Welcome [Back] To Chicago!

You ever come into contact with a group of people and you just kinda…well, “dig ’em” straight away? Yeah, well that’s what happened when jet-setting-wine-whisky-and-ready Freddie Baez dropped by my pad with Eva, Sofia and Danielle of Verluxe.

I think I just respond to where they are as emerging artists; as they remind me of similar moments in my own creative and professional journey. Creativity is just extra special when it’s raw, uninhibited and authentic, which is what I love about Verluxe.

I know what it means to be an innovative young Chicagoan, as I left my own indelible impression on the world from the streets of Chicago in the 1990s.  From Wicker to Rogers Park from Cal City to The Heights and the west side to the wild hundreds.  The Verluxe ladies are out there doing them…and it’s all jammed into this mag to see.  It’s basically like a big Verluxe brochure, LOL!   I love the double page spread of chicago rappers shooting music videos in front of Harold’s Chicken. There’s a sort-of old-school, or better yet, true-school feel to the imagery in this zine.   It’s refreshing to see Chicago portrayed in this light versus what had seemingly become the norm during the Chief Keef age; which I do hope has run it’s course.

These dope little “slice-o-life-collages” in the Photo Diary section, are great little pieces of where the VRLX crew has been, the paths they’ve crossed and the dots they’ve connected along the way (yes, I peeped the sliver from my back patio…word ladies!).  But yo, the real word that I gotta use when I talk about VRLX magazine is: REFRESHING. Refreshing and diverse; and oh how diverse it is.  Black, white, gay, weird, alien, hip, geek, skinny, sexy and artsy-fartsy.  Chicago is such a unique city, with it’s own vernacular, swagger, history and style; and VRLX mag is all up in it!

The articles are on interesting people and just brief enough to still be insightful.

The writing, styling and imaging is constantly evolving yet stays true to itself; and there’s no fluff or gratuitous bullshit to be found in any corner.  Hell, even Paris Hilton is quoted in an editorial piece, and it’s intelligent!  Shit ladies, mad respect!  Mad love to mi hermano boric Freddie Baez, I need to get my fam Yung Swerv Divine in front of a Verluxe camera as soon as is humanly possible!  Keep blazing your own path ladies.  Chicago loves you for it.

You’re welcomed.


Flatline x James Benton x Joan Holly Padeo

Flatline is my second collaboration with R&B sensation James Benton

and my first experience with dancer/choreographer Joan Holly Padeo (courtesy of the incomparable Robin Aren, thank you Robin!). JB and I have been working together since 2012 re-imagining his brand and his music through the medium of moving pictures & synchronized sound. We went at this one with a little less pre-production and decided to allow space for the viewers’ imagination to accompany the story while it unfolds. The motivation was to explore the territory of passive-aggressive communication, which seems to take place between humans more often than we care to admit. Often times our mind is saying one thing whilst the words from our mouths are telling a different story; but always with just enough of the truth woven between the lines.

I intended to keep this video clean and simple and actually wanted it to rely more heavily on longer takes, but it IS a music video after all. The electrocardiogram add-on was the go-to visual effect; but just how to implement it was the question.

After a bit of trial and effort I came up with a visual effect that I felt was subtle enough yet impactful enough to do the job.

JB and Joan meet at a familiar place and share a two-sided dialogue that’s completely unspoken as JB plays the standard role in R&B as the consummate lady-killer. LOL. I for one am looking forward to more songs about LOVE and less about SEX! Stay tuned for more from JB and I as I think we have one more single to get out before JB begins collaborating with other filmmakers and photographers as he continues to cultivate and develop his brand and his career. You can keep up with JB via following his moniker #jbnext1. In the words of a dearly departed soldier: “Love is all we need”.

 Watch the video.


Singha Transportraits Wins A Telly

Gertrude Inc. kicked off their Singha Transportraits campaign in Los Angeles and featured world-renowned visual artist Retna. I caught up with Retna to get inside his interpretation of Singha’s Mythical Lion and the origins of his own unique form of artistic expression in this docu-short which received a bronze telly at the 33rd Annual Telly Awards.  Learn more at Artsy.net

See the video HERE


Shooting Nude

NUDE

Produced by Eric Almond, James Benton and Charles Little II
Dir. of Photography Pete Biagi
B Unit Cinematography Charles Little II
Director/Editor Charles Little II


Additional Content:
BTS Video by Nick Brazinsky
Still Photography & Cover Art by Charles Little II