February 2018

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February 2018

WINDOWS ON MAZATLÁN!

ROS Creative Team was busy this past summer in Mazatlán, Sinaloa producing the independent American feature film WINDOWS ON THE WORLD.

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD, an UpCal Entertainment film, is an intense drama that takes a look at the events of 9/11 from the perspective of a Mexican migrant. The movie was shot on location in both New York City and Mazatlán. The film stars Ryan Guzman and Edward James Olmos, was directed by Michael Olmos, was written by Robert Mailer Anderson and Zack Anderson and was produced by Robert Mailer Anderson and Vicangelo Bulluck.

ROS Creative Team provided all of the production services for the Mexican portion of the film including:

  • Location scouting
  • Permitting
  • Local casting
  • Crew
  • Film equipment
  • Transportation
  • Logistics

Set in September 2001, WINDOWS ON THE WORLD is a period piece, which meant the art department had a lot of fun sourcing wardrobe, props, set dressing and vehicles that were appropriate for the story. Luckily Mazatlán has not changed that much in the past 20 years, so it was a great location for a film set over 15 years ago.

 

The local Mazatlán authorities were extremely welcoming to our production and the wide variety of locations available added greatly to the film's production value. We filmed in the Centro Historico, in the main Cathedral, on charming Isla de la Piedra, on the bustling shrimp docks, in the surrounding towns and we even created our own desert!

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD was lensed by veteran cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos and the decision was made to shoot on ARRI Alexa Minis with Zeiss Master Anamorphic lenses. The extra wide frame allowed the film to really take advantage of the spectacular Mazatlán locations and added an epic quality to the production.

Post production is now underway and the film is slated for worldwide release in 2018.

If you are interested in filming in Mazatlán (or anywhere else in Mexico) get in touch with us for more information!

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January 2018

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January 2018

MAKING WAVES AT MIP

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The Latin American TV marketplace is one of the fastest growing in the world, and last November ROS Creative Team attended MIP Cancun for the fourth edition of the Latin American TV market. With increasing connectivity throughout the region, a rapidly growing number of screens, and a move away from traditional “telenovela” style programming, the TV landscape in Latin America is in a period of exciting transition. 

 Jared and Oscar wheeling and dealing...

Jared and Oscar wheeling and dealing...

MIP Cancun was attended by Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Televisa, TV Azteca and the leading production companies and networks from around the world.

Jared Patrick and Oscar Ruiz Hegmann represented ROS Creative Team at the market where they met with producers interested in shooting shows in the Riviera Maya, and were also pitching a variety of ROS Creative Team TV projects to international financiers and distributors.

The market was a huge success for ROS Creative Team. Look for exciting TV news soon!


KEEPING THE RIVIERA MAYA GREEN

Anyone who has visited this beautiful area knows that the lush vegetation of the Riviera Maya is one of the things that makes this region so special. 

ROS Creative Team recently had the opportunity to produce a corporate video for Team Garden, one of the Riviera Maya’s leading landscape architecture companies. With high profile projects ranging from the Cancun Airport to the golf course at Bahia Principe, Team Garden is leading the way when it comes to environmentally friendly green installations in the Riviera Maya.

Check out both the English and Spanish versions of this dynamic corporate video!

 
 

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December 2016

December 2016

GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ROS CREATIVE TEAM

…and ACTION!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to shoot a movie in a tropical paradise? Well, join us for a set visit in the beautiful and dynamic Riviera Maya to see for yourselves!

This fast-paced video will take you on an action-packed tour through the world’s most beautiful beaches, virgin jungle, tropical cenotes, Mexican towns, and Maya ruins.

QUIET ON THE SET! Here we go...


RUINS - NEW FEATURE FILM PROJECT

In addition to producing commercial and film projects for Mexican and international clients, ROS Creative Team is also now producing its own original content.

The first feature film on our slate is RUINS, a sci-fi adventure story set right here in the Yucatan peninsula. RUINS was written by Jared Patrick. Here is the logline:

A grieving teenage girl discovers an ancient Maya portal to other dimensions and inadvertently triggers a deadly prophecy. To avert catastrophe she must travel through the dimensions, but in the end she is forced to choose between saving the world or saving her family.

Last month we took RUINS to The American Film Market in Los Angeles where the project was warmly received by sales agents and international distributors.

RUINS will shoot in the Merida, Yucatan area in 2017. If you are interested in investment opportunities for RUINS and other film projects please contact us.

Look for more news about RUINS in the near future!

September 2016

September 2016

IF IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR AN ITALIAN DUCHESS...

Earlier this month, ROS Creative Team spent 3 days in Xpu-Ha filming at Hotel Esencia, one of the most exclusive getaways in the Mayan Riviera. As the former holiday home of an Italian duchess, Hotel Esencia is synonymous with elegance and luxury and for us it was an opportunity to craft images that live up to Esencia’s stunning setting and distinguished history.

 

We decided to shoot the project on a Sony FS5, the new cinema camera that is getting rave reviews for it’s huge dynamic range and one-of-a-kind variable ND filter. For Hotel Esencia, we put the camera through its paces under the most demanding tropical conditions. Our FS5 rolled on a dolly, floated on a Ronin and flew at the end of a 24 foot jib arm to get amazing shots for Esencia. 

So what did we think? Well, put it this way…with its ability to handle highlight rolloff and still maintain detail in the shadows, the small but mighty FS5 might be the perfect camera for this dynamic filming location! 


ADAPT OR DIE - COMING SOON!

A few months ago we told you about a “branded-content” action film we shot in Tulum. Well, the trailer and website for ADAPT OR DIE are now up!

We produced ADAPT OR DIE along with Los Angeles’ 90,000 Feet and Director Chris Nolan. The movie was produced for US tech company Apigee (just acquired by Google), and will premiere September 27th as part of the “Adapt or Die World Tour”.

If you are curious about “branded content” advertising be sure to check out the ADAPT OR DIE mini-site. It is a great case-study on how to integrate interactive entertainment with creative marketing and branding to reach prospective customers.

We’ll let you know as soon as the movie is available online so you too can learn #howdidtheydoit ?

July 2016

July 2016

MAKING YOUR AERIAL FOOTAGE POP - QUICK COLOR CORRECTION TIPS FOR DRONE SHOTS

Once upon a time, aerial footage was a luxury only big budget productions could afford, but nowadays it seems that nearly everyone has a drone. Well, getting cool shots is still tricky, but it’s just half the battle. What most pilots and editors still don’t know is how to quickly and effectively color correct their footage to turn that nice shot into a professional looking piece of aerial art.


In this short video, Roberto Riccardi, ROS Creative Team’s head of post-production, gives quick and simple tips to take your aerial footage to the next level. 


3 AWESOME RIVERA MAYA LOCATIONS YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF...

Everyone knows about Tulum, Chichen Itza and Cancún but here are 3 awesome Riviera Maya filming locations that you’ve probably never heard of:

#1: XCACEL - THE VIRGIN BEACH

 

Rivera Maya beaches are famous the world over, but most every stretch of powder white sand also has at least a few hotels on it. The exception is the still wild beach of Xcacel, located 20 minutes north of Tulum. Xcacel is a protected turtle sanctuary, that has so far managed to keep development at bay. The sand is silky soft, the waters are crystal clear, and there is even a fresh water tropical cenote hidden in the jungle. For a deserted beach location, Xcacel simply can’t be beat.

#2: HOLBOX TOWN - CARIBBEAN COLOR

 

When visitors to the island paradise of Holbox finally tear themselves away from the splendid shell covered beaches, they discover that Holbox town is a unique and endearing place well worth the two hour trip from Cancún. With sand streets, pastel timber buildings and street murals everywhere it is difficult to take a bad picture in Holbox town. Adventurous and romantic, Holbox is a town with a hundred stories waiting to be told.

#3: CENOTE NOHOCH - A SUBTERRANEAN SECRET

 

The Yucatan peninsula is riddled with underground rivers, sinkholes and caves. When intrepid visitors descend into Cenote Nohoch, just an hour from Playa del Carmen, they discover a secret world that evokes feelings of being on a distant planet. With 3 large caverns spreading over hundreds of meters, Nohoch is a beautiful, eerie and enthralling place to create cinematic magic. 

June 2016

June 2016

TULUM: Lights, Camera, Action!

Last month ROS Creative Team spent 5 days in Tulum filming a "branded content" short film for an American client (more news about the movie and the client soon…).

We had over 60 cast and crew on set and we filmed in every cool Tulum location we could get our hands on including:

  • a car chase through the streets of Tulum
  • the Tulum ruins
  • the beaches of the Tulum National Park
  • a luxury beachfront hotel
  • a tropical cenote

ROS provided all the permits, equipment, local crew, local cast, and logistics for the film and it was a great team effort! Nice job everyone!

One of the highlights of the project for ROS was that our own Jared Patrick directed all the "second unit" car chase action scenes. It was awesome.

The film is currently in post-production but we will bring you more news about the project as well as “behind the scenes” photos and video as soon as possible.

Stay tuned! 


COZUMEL: It’s Election Time

June was election month in Mexico and that means one thing to media creators: political ads!

ROS Creative Team was thrilled to be asked to take the official publicity photos for Perla Tun, the PAN (National Action Party) candidate in the Cozumel mayoral race. 

Oscar Ruiz Hegmann and the ROS team spent two days in Cozumel with Perla taking photos all over the island. It was an adventure, but not nearly as much of an adventure as running for office!

And guess what? Thanks to us, Perla won! Well, I guess we can’t take ALL the credit…

Way to go Perla!