Director. Dan DiFelice
Producer. Katy Cole
DP. Will Mayer
Art Director. Mel DiFelice
Principle Role. David Saucedo
Car Wrangler. Yaniv Moyal
Camera Rentals. Radiant Images
G&E. Wooden Nickel
Editor. Dan DiFelice
Composer. Salomon Ligthelm
Colorist. Matt Fezz
Voiceover. Jules Brandon
Special thanks to Josh Neuroth, Dana Scannell, Myke Herman.
The world is fascinating. People and cultures inspire us. Sadly, the fast paced lifestyles of our generation result in many not taking the necessary step back to soak in the existing world around us. Our goal with this film is to help viewers further appreciate and take notice of the beauty in life & culture that lies within our world...
...so the next time you notice something that strikes you as interesting, stop for a second, start powering on your camera, think about why it's unique, and snap the shot before you miss it. Life is extraordinary. Embrace it.
Production Company/Creative Collective: Variable
Post Production/Editorial: The Mill
Directors/Cinematographers: Jonathan Bregel & Khalid Mohtaseb @ Variable
Executive Producers: John Rule & Mike Sutton (@MNS1974)
Producer: Tyler Ginter @ Variable
Line Producer: Viraj Velinker
Phantom Tech: Nick Midwig
The Mill: New York City
Post Production Producers: Dee Allen & Alex Maxwell
Editor: Ryan McKenna
Colourist: Sal Malfitano
Original Score/Sound Design: Salomon Ligthelm - ligthelm.tv
Special thanks to the risk takers who helped make this job possible:
Rule Boston Camera - for trusting us with their Phantom Flex - Rule.com
Angenieux - for trusting us with their prototype glass - Angenieux.com
At 6’7” and 215 pounds, Deontay Wilder always imagined he’d be making a name for himself on the football field or the basketball court. After the birth of his daughter Naeiya, his dreams took an unpredictable turn. She was born with severe spina bifida and doctors told Deontay that she would most likely never walk.
Torn by the news, Deontay immediately abandoned his dreams of being a professional athlete and began to work multiple jobs to pay for the surgeries and medical care Naeiya required. After a year of tirelessly working to support his daughter, a miracle occurred. Through a friend, Deontay discovered a hidden gift that would change his and Naeiya's lives forever; boxing.
With Naeiya as his inspiration, Deontay has rapidly risen through the ranks in the boxing world where he is widely considered the next great heavyweight contender. Fueled by love and compassion, Deontay's boxing has afforded him the opportunity to provide his daughter with the best medical care possible. Naeiya is now able to walk on her own. One step at a time, Deontay and Naeiya continue their fight and journey toward greatness together.
From the beginning, this project has been defined by a single word, passion. Our entire team felt it was our duty to share Deontay and Naeiya's story`as it further instills our belief that lives can be changed when you give of yourself for the good of others.
Production Company & Creative Collective: Variable
Creative Development: Henry Busby, Marcus Tortorici, Miller Mobley
Executive Producers: Jana & Miller Mobley, Marcus Tortorici, Henry Busby
Directors: Henry Busby, Marcus Tortorici, Miller Mobley
Director of Photography: Khalid Mohtaseb
Production Designer: Joseph Sciacca
Post Production: Variable
Editor: Salomon Ligthelm
Assistant Editor: Daniel Stewart
Titles & Motion Graphics: Maha Mohtaseb
Colorist: Khalid Mohtaseb
Composer: Ryan Taubert
Sound Design: Salomon Lighthelm
This project was a collaborative effort that spanned countries & time zones with several artists working long hours to finally put this piece out. The passage comes from an Old Testament prophecy, taken from Ezekiel 37. Not only is the text extremely descriptive and visual, lending itself to beautiful imagery, but show that where there is death and exile, hope and life can be found.
Dry Bones would not have been possible without the extremely talented artists with loads of patience, who I had the privilege of working with.
Dan DiFelice. Director, Compositor, VFX Director
David Tate. DP, Editor
Michael Rinnan. CG Artist: Tracking, Muscle Dev/Animation
Renato Marques. CG Artist: Skin & Vein Dev/Animation
Justin Burton. CG Artist: Previz
Matt Fezz. Colorist
Salomon Ligthelm. Score/Sound Design
Chris Baden. Talent
Luke Atencio. VO Artist
We shot the piece entirely on the 7d and post work was done in c4d and Nuke. The project started in April with boards & CG dev, we shot in early June outside of Las Vegas, and spent June through October refining the CG as well as the composite, sound design, and color.
Dry Bones started off as a personal project of mine, but had it not been for Adam Devizia & the A/G picking up DB and funding a significant portion of it, it's possible the project would have not taken flight.
Special thanks to:
Michael Jones & Glenn Stewart for your collaborative efforts, and Justin Jackson for use of your truck.
Skulls & Skeleton Provided by:
Dapper Cadaver dappercadaver.com
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A film Directed/Written by Dan DiFelice
1st Unit Director & DP Andy Catarisano
Score Salomon Ligthelm
Sound Design Salomon Ligthelm
Colorist Matt Fezz
Visual Effects Dan DiFelice & Renato Marques
Lead Talent Jon Prensner
Boy Evan Slavens
Grandfather Nelson Padgett
Climbing Double Nate Grimm & Jon Caughlin
Narration Peter Batchelor
2nd cams Jimmy Gable & Dan Mancini
Brian Harrison, Joe Kirdendall, Bobby Mikulus, Tim Dumais, Devin Smith, Nate Gonzalez
Commissioned by our client, A/G NYM, we were charged with the task to create a short film based around theme "Finish(ed)" - the idea of overcoming the immediate while pressing on in the greater journey.
It was filmed on site for 10 days in Colorado with Andy Catarisano leading the shoot and Jon Prensner feeling the cold burn of antiquated hiking gear. This project was conceptualized around a year ago, and the cast/crew did an exceptional job in bearing both sub-zero temperatures as well as the burden of time that a project can take. After an initial delivery 3 months into the project, the team charged through and pulled off sets of revisions to bring this piece to the place it deserved to be, so massive thanks to everyone.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:2-3
The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him and with Him everything else thrown in.
This mini-doc shares the story of Władysław Tomczyk, a gentleman we unexpectedly met in Katowice, Poland after wrapping a month-long commercial project throughout Europe. His hopeful message of creating life-work by honing one's natural ability is one we value to the core at Variable. What began as an insightful conversation, motivated us to extend our trip by 3 days so we could capture this inspiring man's life.
With no pre-developed story or shot-list, we let our curiosity & conversations with Wladyslaw guide the film. As a result, his outlook on life furthered our belief that contentment through self-acceptance trumps societal approval.
Free your mind.
Production Company: Variable
Director/Cinematographer: Jonathan Bregel & Khalid Mohtaseb
Producer: Tyler Ginter
Art Director: Joseph Sciacca
Local Coordinator & Translator: Piotr Labercheck
Editorial & Color Grade: Salomon Ligthelm - ligthelm.tv
Original Score & Sound Design: Tony Anderson - tonyandersonmusic.com
Post Story Producer: Susan Modaress
Polish Translators: Sophia Whitman & Arkadiusz Lesniak
This was a shelved track only intended to be a brainstorm for other ideas, but was eventually picked up by Nike for their 'the Chance - Share Your Story' Campaign
Nike Sportswear recently commissioned Variable to develop a personalized creative approach for one of their current campaign spots entitled, "The Chance." With Nike's guidance, we settled on a long-form spot featuring up-and-coming soccer player and fellow Brooklynite, Abdoulaye Coumbassa. The spot was designed to reflect a former interview Variable produced/directed with Spike Lee on the topic of "Drive" in conjunction with AKQA, London.
The spot focuses on a lighthearted look at the "drive" and "hustle" put forth by Abdoulaye on a daily basis. In real life, Abdoulaye is driven by the goal of being a successful soccer player whilst maintaining relationships with friends and family. Our job was to capture this "drive" in a cinematic way that could tell a story both timeless, and relatable.
This project was one in which everyone at Variable can relate very closely too. "Hustle" and "drive" are 2 words that constantly pop up in & around our studio.
Production Company: Variable
Creative Development: Variable
Director: Jonathan Bregel
Executive Producer/Producer: Tyler Ginter
Producer: Brendan Cochrane
Narrative Cinematographer: Khalid Mohtaseb
Spike Lee Cinematographer: Bruce Cole
Post Production: Variable
Post Production Producer: Tyler Ginter
Editor: Noah Shulman
Original Score: Salomon Ligthelm
Sound Design: The Lodge
Audio Post Producer: Mike Onufrak
Sound Mix & Design: John Northcraft