Emmy’s stop motion project and documentary

by on Feb.17, 2018, under Creativity, Family, Film making, Sony A6000


I wanted to share with everyone a couple of projects my Emmy has been working on. She did her first stop motion project using my newly DIY’d table top with lights and overhead camera set up. I used microphone boom arms to suspend the LED light panels and camera.

Below you can see the video she produced – to which Elizabeth and I are very proud. At the end of the video(s) you can see how she created it – I’ve posted a gallery of photos. 

She also produced a Documentary for a blood drive at Antonian and integrated the sad passing of a former student. Again, Elizabeth and I are very proud.  

Below is a gallery of how she created the stop motion shots. Click on the images for a larger view. 




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Suck It Up and Be A Woman Dec2017

by on Dec.25, 2017, under Creativity, Family

Below is College Scholarship Essay by Emma Saldivar

Every year, my family has a tamale-making day a week or so before Christmas. Everyone from my mother’s side of the family gathers in my Aunt Julie’s house and we spend the evening in tamale frenzy. Now the women in my family have an organized system for how these tamales get made. One person washing the cornhusks, two people spreading the masa, two people filling them with the different meat, and a person folding them and putting them in the pot. At the head of it all is my five foot zero aunt, standing on a stool, spreading masa and giving orders like there is no tomorrow.

In my family you get thrust into this controlled chaos of women fairly young. These tamale sessions are only one example of how the women of my family control things. I am the second youngest woman in my family, with the next oldest being four years older than me. I was separated enough to just observe everything the rest of these women said or did. I make a fool of myself for the enjoyment of others because that’s what my Aunt Maggie would do. I am very competitive because my Aunt Julie and Aunt Bibi would find a way to turn anything into a competition. I try to find the middle ground in arguments because my mother was often a mediator for family disputes.

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Superstitious Minds Event – Main Street 9-29-17

by on Sep.30, 2017, under Creativity, Family, Photography, Sony A6000


This past Friday night, Elizabeth, Conny (Imogen) and I went to to hear my Brother in Law (David Castillo) play with Superstitious Minds at Main Street Bar. I took my Sony A6500 and took some photos. We had such a great time. I’ve posted some photos below – click on each on to view a larger version. 

Thanks for letting me share. 


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She is my Wonder Woman

by on Sep.22, 2017, under Family


Today was a tough day. My 17yr old daughter had her 4 wisdom teeth extracted today. She was a trooper. 

Of all the strongest woman I know, she ranks up there in the top 4. Elizabeth being #1. 

I worked from home today so I could help with my little girl’s extraction process. She’s already gone through braces and now had to have 4 wisdom teeth extracted. Her procedure was at 8am and as I mentioned, I was thankful I’m able to work from home to help my wife get her home. 

We thought it was going to take about 2 hours but we were surprised when they called us after an hour. She was ready to go home. She was a bit groggy and you had to ask…

Will this be an opportunity to film her in a goofy moment you see online of parent’s posting their children’s reaction to the procedure. 

She surprised me. 

She was a bit emotional but got to the car and in the house ok. Three hours later, she was sitting on the sofa with Momma bear at her side. A couple of times she used the “bell app” on her phone to get our attention when she went back to her room to sleep but let me tell you – she’s been awesome. She’s a tough girl…just like her Mom. She was already posting pics of herself to her friends on Snapchat and other media to show her friends (and GodMom) that she was doing well. Even during the ABC Nightly News she was so lively commenting on current events. 

Being a film maker, I wondered if I would have used this opportunity to film her in her most vulnerable state, blabbing like an idiot, 

But of course, she continued to surprise me with her strength and resilience. Just like her Mom. 

I’ve posted some pictures below to share how proud I am of this strong, young woman. I’m sure she did better than I did – yes those are my two wisdom teeth pulled as my header image…oh so long ago (25yrs?). 

We will be watching Wonder Woman tonight – to remind me that I am lucky to have these two women in my life. Both are WW to me. 


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Mariachi Lab (Festival) at the Pearl Brewery

by on Sep.18, 2017, under Family, Film making, Music, Sony A6000

Elizabeth and I went down to the Pearl Brewery this past Saturday to hear the Mariachis. I took my Sony A6500 and shot some film. 

Enjoy the video below. 


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