Wake Up Destin: Work In Progress

Wake Up Destin, Work in Progress from Joe Fuentes on Vimeo.

Wake Up, Destin is a comedy webseries I created, produced, directed, edited, co wrote, and co starred in. All footage was shot in and around Tallahassee, FL.

This project was a huge learning process for me, especially trying to do so much all at once. What I hope you can take away from this video is that no matter how big the project, or even if it’s your first time, proper planning will always make things more manageable, no matter how much footage, characters, or logistics you have to contend with. By putting everything where it needs to be as soon as you have access to it, you just do yourself a favor in the future.

We Are ODST

We Are ODST

Ad campaigns get more and more important for media, especially when it comes to video games. It takes a lot more to sell your product when the price of admission is generally $60 as opposed to $12 for something like a movie ticket.

I love this video it embodies what good work can be. It takes its subject matter seriously and in a very small amount of time tells a complete story. As a veteran, it gives me goosebumps to watch because of how perfectly the soundtrack and pacing of the editing plays off each other to sell the realism of this conflict.

Yes, this is a commercial, and not only that, it’s an ad for a video game. It can be argued in some circles that this would be considered the lowest of the low in terms of media. But whenever I watch it I see someone who didn’t believe the name recognition of the Halo franchise was enough, and didn’t care what they were supposed to be selling. They made something very human, and moving, and let the quality and passion of their work speak for itself.

I hope I can bring that type of attitude to every project I work on.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Captain Ahab with his Tongue Firmly in his Cheek

A Yellow Submarine

If an uncategorized animal ate your best friend, is it your duty as a marine biologist to study it, or kill it?

Steve Zissou (played by Bill Murray) decides that scientific inquiry will take a back seat to unmitigated revenge. In this film, which is equally parts homage to Jacques Costeau and light hearted Moby Dick allegory, we’re taken on a journey that follows an extraordinary cast that is so exceedingly comfortable¬†with their surroundings, they require no time to process the spectacle that unfolds around them.

Wes Anderson has a visual style all his own. The hyper realism of colors and extra wide lenses make the audience feel like red, velvety curtains should open before each of his features, since they present themselves more as larger than life play. But he asks more of his audience than to serve merely as spectators.

West, Ned

In the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, one of Bill Murray’s best performances during his career resurgence, the audience gets to serve as straight man to the insanity unfolding onscreen. We slowly see that it isn’t that these characters are callous or zany, but they simply move on from one action to the next with little time to pause and reflect. I think these characteristics make this movie even more human. We get to laugh with people and be culpable in their irresponsibility for laughing instead of dealing with these problems. All of the emotional build up just serves the ending in the best way, making it resonate even more since we have such highs and lows to travel between.

Of special note is the sublime soundtrack by Soe Jorge, consisting entirely of acoustic David Bowie covers performed in Portugese.

This entire movie, just like the journey it follows, is otherworldy, but its heart is entirely human.