Check out our newest music video featuring Bianca Gisselle directed by Jonny Diaz
The official music video for Bang Bang by Bianca Gisselle.
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Directed by Jonny Diaz
D.P.: Mario Hurtado
1st AC: Brennan Miller
A.D. Marvin Villa
Color by: Trigg Ferrano
Hair by: Gabriella Murphy
Haven't had time to create lately. Keep on grinding.
Starring Cassidy Slaughter-Mason & Ryan Foster
20 Something is a short film based on an essay written by Jason Economus. The short film is about a man who writes a love letter to all the women he dated while in his 20's.
Starring Jason Economus Watch it Now!
Watch the trailer to the new film produced by Solo Picture Studios. Directed by Jonny Diaz. Based on the book by Amelia Gray.
Check out our new poster for AM/PM a short film by Jonny Diaz Starring Cassidy Slaughter-Mason, Jason Economus, Ryan Foster & Amanda Drinkall. Poster Designed by Dayana Ramirez & Raquel Pititi Figueroa!
The short film comes to us from the brilliant writing of Amelia Gray's book AM/PM. The short stories we've adapted are AM:3 and PM:32.
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Why Love Actually is a masterpiece Christmas film…Now Streaming
Love Actually Is Now Streaming
by Jonny Diaz
Around this time of the year we all search for our version of the best Christmas films available. However, what that entails is often a complex and almost controversial decision for most households. Some might say the answer is actually quite obvious; it’s Home Alone, 1 and/or 2. Others say that that film is too played out. The new generation of course loves Elf or How The Grinch Stole Christmas. While some dark horses tend to root for Die Hard or Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas (arguably a Halloween/Christmas picture)
There’s also already so many classics such as, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Then again, how can you have Christmas without watching A Christmas Story? And does it even have to be a feature length film? After all, how do you skip out on, A Charlie Brown Christmas or the Flintstones Christmas Carol.
I suppose there isn’t just one film that deserves to be qualified as the best Christmas film of all time. But I recently revisited Love Actually and instantly thought, "This is the perfect Christmas film". The reasons are many but I've selected a few including: the acting, the story telling and even with its own very obvious, yet wonderful theme on how Love actually, is all around.
The picture opens in a location where most people can't phathom to be in for longer than they need to. Especially during the holidays. It fades in on, an airport. Yet right away, the film chooses to look at this setting in a rather surprising way. The narrator mentions it as a place where friends and family find each other and embrace one another with love. In a time where only hate seems to be spreading, it's important that we're in an airport because the truth is, we pay a lot of money to travel all across the country during December. And when you boil it down, we do this to be with the ones we love, or the ones who love us.
The film was released in 2003 when 9/11 was still very fresh in our minds. It was a difficult time to look for love in the world. But this film does it so brilliantly while also being quite funny. I think what makes this film so great is the group of characters and actors selected to play these parts. This films proves that there are no small parts. And that in order to make it work, each actor has to be on point no matter how brief they're on the screen. They each succeed brilliantly here and the secret ingredient in what makes them do this, I believe, is their subtle gestures and mannerisms. Often right before the editor makes his cuts. There's a certain look, or smile and even eye roll that works here. The only bad thing is that they're all too good looking for their own good. However, the fact that they're not all just a bunch of white people celebrating Christmas is another breath of fresh of air. The cast is quite diverse and yet not in your face about any of it. You don't question any of the casting choices you just enjoy it and let them charm you. And they do.
The film was also made at a time when interweaving storylines were really popular in Hollywood thanks to P.T. Anderson's Magnolia. Yet this doesn't really matter here since the main theme of the film never leaves us.
Love Actually sticks to telling us that love is here... just, in different ways. And not always the way you imagine it. One storyline I particular appreciate is Laura Linney's. She's an American working in London who has a brother who is mentally not well. They live in London without their parents and since she is his only guardian, she feels responsible for looking after him. Yet when someone she secretly loves, admits he has feelings for her, she has trouble reciprocating. Mainly because of her responsibilities towards her brother. The man she is with, is incredibly respectful and understanding. He admits that sometimes, "life can be challenging filled with unexpected interruptions." And when this happens, she is still unable to disconnect herself from her environment, because of her love for her sick brother. The fact that she can't shift her love is a very telling character trait, that I think, is often not discussed or explored enough in most films.
Other notable storylines for me is the couple that can't communicate shared between Colin Firth and Lúcia Moniz. The fact that they never understand each other verbally, but share an affinity for one another, through gestures (and whenever they accidentally lock eyes), proves how silent and powerful love can be. The miscommunication here is subtle and funny exactly when it needs to be.
Liam Neeson's character arc in this film, is also something that doesn't get discussed enough in films. In this picture he's dealing with the loss of his wife and how he has to shift his attention to his new stepson. Who unfortunately (and ironically) falls in love at a very early age. Liam finds refuge and advice for this the only way most of us do: we watch movies. Eventually he does the best thing a parent can do for their child; he listens to him. Ultimately, his grief turns into support for his son and with a little help of movie magic, he gets lucky in the end.
The last storyline that I think is significant to mention, is the one between Emma Thompson and her husband, played by the late Alan Rickman. They feel like such a normal married couple. Emma Thompson seems like such a pleasant wife! Yet like any marriage or relationship, when someone gets tempted by the opposite sex it can become very complicated very quickly. Often times, you can forget about all the effort of love you've spent building with each other, just because someone else may have flirted or noticed you. This is the case with Rickman's character. He plays the husband so brilliantly that you almost feel sorry for him. The real trophy of course, belongs to his wife, Thompson. Who after realizing her husband is buying a more extravagant gift for his secretary, doesn't act a fool. Instead (and probably for the sake of her children) collects herself with such poise you'd think her bones were made out of iron. The writer's subtle choice here to not have her act out shows the level of strength, detail and care he puts in her. I also think this shows how strong women can be. That despite having her heartbroken, she still carries on. A message I think is incredibly important and relevant.
The final moments of this film are perfect in every way a romantic comedy can be. We need to look no further for a Christmas rom-com than Richard Curtis' Love Actually. His films are uniquely his, yet relatable to so many of us. His film, About Time for example, may have one of the best wedding scenes ever filmed. The fact that Love Actually takes place during Christmas is not only a gift, it’s a blessing. For it is indeed, a time of giving. And what Curtis has given us here is a cinematic present that should be opened quickly into our homes as one of the best Christmas film ever made. Let us not take for granted the saturated films that are around us, but instead, let us always keep in mind that Love Actually, is now streaming...on Netflix.
"We need to break up... we are breaking up."
Hey sailors here's our newest short scene from 20 Something. Because sometimes you just need to break up with your 20's.
Behind the Scenes of our newest Short film "Super Powers"
Here's our newest picture, 20 Something. Starring Jason Economus and TIffany Topol Directed by Jonny Diaz. It will be available to you very soon OnDemand!
Check out our poster for 20 Something
Poster Designed by Raquel Figueroa & Dayana Ramirez
20 Something is a film about a man who writes a letter to all the women of his 20's.
It will be screening Monday July 15, 2013 at Rose Angelis Restaurant in Chicago.
Watch & in Joy.
Solo Picture Studios is proud to announce that we are currently in Post-Production with a new short film entitled, 20 Something. This short film is about a recently turned 30 year old man named Jason who decides to write a letter to all the women of his 20's. The short is based on an essay by Jason Economus. This marks the 2nd short film collaboration with Economus who previously starred in another short film produced by Sps called Who is Steve Shubert? The new film is currently being edited and will be released online in late June early July of 2013. The film also stars Tiffany Topol (Glad Fanny) as Ana, along with many other local Chicago actors. The screenplay was written by Jonny Diaz who also directed the film. A trailer of the film will be released in late May early June. For now enjoy this still photo.
Here's a short music video we shot right after we finished filming our short film, "Won't Go Quietly". This is literally the last thing we shot. Towards the end of the video, you can hear our lead actress and star Cassidy Slaughter-Mason yell, "That's a wrap."
We screened this video at the very first private screening of the film. The song started as an inside joke (about a shitty phone) by our lead actor Ryan Foster and Trevor Hougardy (playing guitar). The song is sort of self-explanatory. As you can tell we had a lot of fun making it and hope you enjoy watching it. If you like this video and want to see more don't forget to help us make the feature by donating to our film on indieGoGo. The link & video is listed below Cheers!
Check out a scene from our newest film by clicking right here: Won't Go Quietly. We also have a link to a website on IndieGoGo.com. On that site, you can help support our film so that we can turn our short picture into a full length film. So check out the scene and help Solo Picture Studios produce it's first feature length film! As always thank you for your support. Cheers!
Won't Go Quietly - Starring Cassidy Slaughter-Mason & Ryan Foster
Hey Sailors thanks for coming to the private screening/fundraiser! We managed to raise about $1,000! Thank you all for your kind contributions! We hope you had a great time! Pictures from the event will be going up soon! For now enjoy this new Poster designed by Dayana Ramirez & Raquel Figuerora. Photo by JonHamblin.com
Also if you didn't get to make it to the fundraiser have no fear you can still donate on our IndieGoGo website right here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/won-t-go-quietly/x/1578795
Please help us reach our goal Thanks a thousand!
Watch the trailer to our new film "Won't Go Quietly"
Directed by Jonny Diaz & Produced by Solo Picture Studios
Check out our first official teaser posters from our new film Won't Go Quietly. Be on the lookout for more posters one the way! Special thanks to Raquel Figueroa & Dayana Ramirez for their design!
More posters on the way! Do you have a favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Don't forget to share!