Inhale Z Light
Louis de Barraicua
N A R R A T I V E | F I L M
Los Angeles, California
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"...a device captures the light, narrative artists use it to recode the human spirit..."
"S U N N Y"
We could be one.
Who loves the sun?
b r e a t h e s
the light that is shining.
But they can
They can if they want to...
EXPLORING I N T E R D I M E N S I O N A L, UNSETTLING QUANTUM REALITIES
IMPERCEPTIBLE AND UNKNOWABLE, WE EXPORE THROUGH FANTASTICAL NARRATIVES
A I R
Dramatic Science Fiction
"You 'er feel like your days mix?" she asks, bored with the repetitive, unchallenging, predictable pattern life seems to be playing out. To amuse herself, she begins hurting others who breathe the same molecules, the same "Air." If are all indeed truly connected, this narrative explores the emotional trauma that prevents a bully from experiencing "ONENESS" with humanity. Louis De Barraicua wrote "Air" as student training film about a bully who has an asthma attack whose spirit inhabits the bodies of her victims. Her suffering in a split quantum-mechanics-inspired universe allows her soul to begin healing from the extreme neglect she experienced in a Russian orphanage before before she was adopted at as an infant. "Air" was invited to be shown at LACMA as part of the International Children's Film Festival and at Children's Film Festival at Comic Con in San Diego.
S U N N Y
Romantic Science FIction
Back from a summer spent in Paris, Louis De Barraicua wrote "Sunny" as a result of experiencing "Music Day" with his wife. 90% of this film was shot by students receiving cinematography training before going on to produce their own narratives. The film was a surprise hit with audiences and was awarded "Best Experimental Narrative" at a local L.A. film festival.
N U B E
As a film used to train film and acting students, Mr. De Barraicua wrote "Nube" as a 45-minute film sci-film film. The film was a demanding production with more intense actor performances than usual. After one of the lead actors moved away unexpectedly, the film was edited down to a trailer to commemorate the project.
THE A D O L E S C E N T PROBLEM
A student training film, students voted to have this film adapted from a short novel and a short film called "The Vormen Problem." Mr. De Barraicua helped students adapt the story into a script and guided them through the filming process.
Shot entirely in one classroom
ARTS MIDDLE SCHOOL
THE "SOFT GENERATION" scene
A scene from a war comedy written by Mr. De Barraicua for his students to act and direct.
Creative collaboration comes with seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Advanced Film Production experience varies. For the ambitious young director, it's a chance to get some skin in the game. Likely difficult, trying - an opportunity for growth.
For others, despite all A's in all their classes grades, creative time isn't quite their speciality. Some learn they need to be micro-managed or else they slack off. Opinionated students find out that a strong perspective is a double-edged sword. Some just wanted to star in a film someone wrote, but couldn't facilitate the production in that direction so they give up internally. Everyone seems driven by something, surprisingly specific, and that's okay. But it's a challenge to find true collaborators. Can creative will and ability to adapt help them triumph in telling a story? Often, that is the question.
Three common challenges student encounter are:
In the end, Advanced Film Production teaches students more about who they are now and who they want to be by being tasked with collaborative filmmaking to show to their school-wide peers a short film .
de Barraicua/de Wife/de Kids
VISUAL/ENGLISH/NARRATIVE ARTS/FILM TEACHER
I'm lucky to have a nice wife and two boys who have taught me a lot about being human.
I'm still learning everyday. I entered the world of narrative art through short story writing. It ended up being my emphasis @ USC. I did a brief stint as a freelance Nike copywriter & market strategy & research, which gave me some interesting perspective on simplifying complex ideas.
I used to write films for filmmaker friends. The disparity of what I wrote and what ended up on screen, bothered me. It's likely how I developed the purpose to become a filmmaker.
Hollywood inspired me, movies like E.T., Gladiator, Goodfellas, The Dark Knight, Return of the Jedi. I believe in the classical story formula with a hero, the joy it brings audiences. It's a good discipline to understand, try to emulate.
One of Mr. D's students who overcame many challenging obstacles to follow his dreams. Jonathan has his own production company and works for DreamWorks.
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Making a vision real on film was a lot harder than watching one. How can you know this? Try it! Just one scene. Directors with a 300 million dollar budget complain and filmmakers with a zero budget complain. Whether good or bad, making a film is surprisingly challenging.
I also photograph. My photos didn't used to be so good early on, but over time, they've improved. I'm still getting there. I freelance as conceptual portrait photographer sometimes, which means I get to know who I'm photographing and decide the aesthetics, lighting, setting. No studio.
I also a techie, which means I'm curious about learning how to use new tools that to make film and photography easier, better. Curiously enough, some of my former film students teach me about the latest workflows and tools in filmmaking.
YOUNG L E A R N E R S
Talent / Insights
Sarah, a 6th Grader, performed at one of Mrs. Weiss' talent shows. We were so impressed with the heart and soul she put into her performance so asked her if it'd be okay if we filmed her playing her cello.
A N U S H
One of the most difficult things about being a filmmaker is being a collaborator. Anush, a Millikan Film Production Student, exemplified what it meant to get along with almost anyone in the toughest of circumstances. When most students would have thrown in the towel, her determination and ability to motivate her team helped her finish high quality narrative projects that seemed impossible to complete.
Louis De Barraicua | Millikan Middle School:
Narrative Art | Inhale the Light