Friday, May 31, 2013

Short Film Project

For those of you that do not already know, I am an indie filmmaker in all aspects of the word indie. I'm mainly a writer/director, but I've just about done it all in order to get my projects off the ground and now it's that time again, my team and I are in pre production for my latest work called "Make 'Em Laugh".

It will be about a 20 minute short that will have slapstick comedy reminiscent of Jerry Lewis with a dramatic storyline like many Charlie Chaplin pictures. The final look of the picture will be as close to Kodachrome film as I can get in post production software in order to give it a nice 60's style look. Although this story is not a period piece, my objective is to play upon the imagination of the audience by the use of bright and vivid colors to help illuminate certain parts of the story.

Example of Kodachrome look

The story revolves around a young man who wants to become a circus clown and he has to prove the dying worth of such an artistic profession all while the world keeps telling him clowns are a dying memory. The journey will reflect the highs and lows of what it takes for him to become an artist with integrity in such a technically vulgar society and will include plenty of comedic mishaps along his way and a tragic and unforeseen set back that causes him to question whether or not he should continue down his path.

Along with whatever funds I can personally contribute to this production, I will probably launch another crowfunding campaign via either Kickstarter or Indiegogo, although I did not have the success I had hope to have with the other project that we were trying to raise financing for but am willing to approach the crowd funding method a different way this time since many other filmmakers are still finding success through these methods. I am looking to have authentic movie posters for and in the film, movie stills, and detailed costumes for the main characters, all of which will require a decent amount of money so the need to crowd fund will be haunting me once again.

Example of desired vintage look for 1 of 5 posters in film

After spilling all of what little free money I have in my projects for the last five years, I am forced to look at other financing alternatives as well as help get the film a supportive online presence in order to have the best production value that this particular story needs.

I just started a new production company, Brabantio Pictures, and will be getting that website up and running at some point to detail the progress of this film as my team and I have to set out and scout locations, props, and hire a cast to help bring this vision to life.

The ultimate goal is to get this accepted and in the programming line up at any of the seven top film festivals in hopes of getting attention from others in the industry to want to work with the production company on future projects as well as acquire recognition for our efforts in continuing to create artistically driven stories reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood when movies had a purpose to be watched.

Stay tuned for further developments......

Besame Lipstick Review

In my quest to spread the love on modern day vintage inspired products, I figured I would give another fun yet informative product review on my favorite lipstick currently on the market, Besame.

For years I stayed away from lipstick because I could never find a brand that wouldn't dry out my lips to where they were next to falling off or be so overly moisturized that it would come off within a matter of minutes.

Then about two years ago I happen to wander into the LA spot for What Katie Did and noticed a beautiful display of the line's products.

I talked to the girl who works in the boutique and asked for her thoughts on the line, but mostly on the lipstick in general. She couldn't rave enough about how much she loved it and was actually wearing one of the colors, Cherry Red, at that time. She mentioned how long lasting it is and how it has just enough moisture in it to keep you from feeling dried out without rubbing off on every little thing either.

She also mentioned how the company's founder, Gabriela Hernandez, took things a step further by adding vitamins and aloe to help ensure comfort when wearing the formulas that also ensures a more natural ingredient based product which is great for those who hate harsh chemicals in their facial products.

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Not knowing which color I would prefer best, I purchased a sample kit (which unfortunately has been discontinued) of all red based colors to see which ones best fit my skin tone.

Once I figured out which colors worked best with me, I purchased a tube and immediately began to put it to the comfort, eat, talk, drink, everything else under the sun test and was I AMAZED!!!  The wear on this stuff is unreal! It glides on very easily and last all through out the day, NO LIE. Now if I eat or drink something, it will come off just a tad but nothing too obscene that cant be fixed with a light reapplication. What is even more amazing is that it does not dry your lips out but if you feel you need a little extra moisture, you can easily apply some chapstick on top to give yourself a quick reset and will give the color a slight shine versus its original matte finish.

I have received countless compliments on the lipstick, including the fact that the colors are the most vivid and true to originality I've seen to date! There are plenty of color choices to match all skin tones so I also loved that about her line.

Not to mention her attention to detail on the size and look of the packages allows you to have modern day cosmetics with the look and feel of vintage as well as the ease of carrying them in your purse. To me this was even more worth the purchase as I was now able to get the type of lipstick I needed, without the bulky tube, and the glamorous packaging to match my vintage compacts and other purse ingredients.

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This is the only brand I have been wearing since I found it and actually had the pleasure of meeting Gabriela herself when she had a launch party at her boutique for her newest shade of lipstick and lip glaze for her "Gatsby Collection"

Unfortunately, I didn't even think to get a picture with her but I had an opportunity to talk to her about the line and compliment her on the hard work she has and still is putting into these wonderful products. The woman stays busy let me tell you! She already has more products coming out and is constantly finding way to improve up them, even more, as if that was possible! It was a treat seeing her cute little shop and actually being able to talk with her about the line.

The products are only carried through select vintage boutiques so if you can't find a store near you then she does offer online purchasing as well. However, if you think you need to test out the colors on you then it's best to find a store to sample them in.

So if you have been on the hunt for that perfect vintage style lipstick and haven't been able to find something that is worth the wear, definitely look into Besame Cosmetics!

Check out her entire line on her website @:
 Besame Cosmetics

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dita Von Teese Perfume Review

I have been following quite a few fellow vintage bloggers for the last few months and have noticed that no one, to my knowledge, has reviewed or even mentioned trying out Dita's new perfumes!

Well I thought I would go ahead and give it a whirl and give you the skinny on these fabulous scents. Her first one, simply named after her, struck me as an instant gem to investigate due to its amazing vintage inspired packaging.

Dita Von Teese 2.5 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum

Looking at the sleek black vixen-esque design along with reading her description of what components made up the scent, I assumed it would be a dark, heavy type that would scream take me out to dinner!!  Surprisingly, it smelled exactly the opposite, it was like fresh cotton linen. A light scent that most would wear during a hot summer day.

This type of scent, although fresh and light, doesn't really appeal to me since I like a seriously femme fatal type scent day or night. So I tested her second perfume to hit the shelves called "Rouge".

Dita Von Teese 1.4 fl. oz. Rouge Eau de Parfum

I can't tell you enough how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS SCENT!!! It is exactly what I was looking for, sensual, spicy, and unlike anything I have ever smelled before.  In the past few months I have been wearing this scent, I have received numerous compliments on how divine it is!  I also love how she offers you two choices in sizes for both scents so if you want a smaller version of the bottles  to glam up your already crowded vanity table, she's got you covered! There are also lotions and shower gels to match both scents that come as sets or can be purchased separately.  I was amazed to find that the shower gel for Rouge smells EXACTLY like the perfume, which is rare to find!

As if this wasn't exciting enough, the girl is hard at work on a third, yes you read it right, THIRD scent as well that will come in a gorgeous lavender colored bottle that appears to compliment your summertime wardrobe.

So whether you are or are not of the vintage persuasion, rush out and try either one of these as they are the perfect compliment to your overall vintage look or glam up your "norm" look! They are not carried everywhere so you will have to either purchase them from the Home Shopping Network, Ron Robinson's, or Fred Segal.