Category: Video Editorial

Slating is overrated, but we have color correction on set.

It’s not new that we realize how technology is making our every day life much easier and productive, but some times I can’t help to think it is making us lazy.

I recently attended a film shoot in which I acted as an assistant editor on set. This basically consists in retrieving data from DIT, the guy that pulls the cards out of the camera (no longer film) and transcodes it (no more dailies) applying a LUT or color correction. In this case they had a full blown Davinci Resolve. As he pulled the footage from the cards, he would a apply the correction and save to 3 drives simultaneously. Really cool and effective use of technology. No more waiting for transfer or LUT application to edit offline. So I would stop by mid day and end of day to get the footage the DP has shot.

With this fast workflow it was easy for me to inspect the footage right away only to notice there was no slates at the beginning or end of each shot or take. This caught my attention and right away asked, “Where are the slates?”. “Over rated” the DIT guy said. “You don’t need them anyway” he said. I took my time to process this assertion and try to find the proper way to reply to his hard conclusion, but I realized it is useless to explain the obvious.

So two cameras needed to be synced, both cameras ran arbitrary time code, not even time of day. And no slates present. As I retrieve data I am used to braking the material down by scenes, camera and take number, a task that became impossible obviously. The script supervisor was making notes but no I had no way to identify the shot other than by the poster picture.

So yes technology is making everybody lazier and lazier (not to the ones that need to fix it). I remember this thing happening in audio when the sound recordist wouldn’t care about the quality of the captured audio claiming things would get fixed in post since they ADR it anyway.

We have color correction on set, but don’t ask for a slate.

A Patch of Grass Houston Astros Commercial

Ever since I discovered drone flying I became hooked with the hobby. I bought my first quad-copter on 2014 and a hexa shortly after. I flew around quite often just to have fun, but the I became interested in the possibilities it presented for cinematography. So I experimented and experimented until I got invited to shoot a commercial for the Houston Astros. I piloted the aerials and Salvador Garza was DP. The commercial was directed by Alvaro Hernandez and cut by David Cochran and Salvador Garza.

One of the drones decided to take a hike after the last shot and smash on a wall barely missing “El grande” the stadium’s new jumbotron.

IMG_0024 Here we are from left to right Gonzalo Arjona (spotter), Claudio Milczewski (producer, spotter) and Matias Lanzi.


We really had a blast doing this, we’re still kids, only the toys get more expensive. What a tough job!

These are the drones we used: DJI Phantom Viosion 2 Plus with proprietary camera (I discourage using this due to navigation stability. The drone lost communication performing a flyaway and smashing into a wall out of the blue). The other drone is an hexa-copter with goPro, this guy got the money shots.

IMG_0018And of course the beautiful Minute Maid park in Houston Texas.


Walmart commercial at the world cup, edited by Matias Lanzi

Here is one of 8 commercials I edited for Lopez Negrete Communications and their client Walmart.