Bacon & Eggs Slow Motion with Panasonic GH5


Here is a tasty test we did of the 180FPS slow motion function in the new Panasonic GH5.  It is the newest 4K DSLR that Panasonic just released on March 30, 2017.  This camera can film slow motion at 180 frames per second in HD and at 60 fps in 8bit 4K. I think the camera performs really well in HD and looks a lot better than the GH4 does in HD.

For this shoot we used the Sigma 18-35mm with the Metabones XL Speedbooster and a Manfrotto Monopod.  ISO was set to 200.  We used 2 Aputure Amaran lights for lighting.  There is still a lot to explore with this camera and we will continue to post cool footage as we keep experimenting with different settings.


The recipe is fairly simple:

  • Fry the bacon
  • Drain the grease or keep the grease in the pan for the eggs
  • Crack an egg or two and slip into pan over medium heat
  • When the whites are set, you can flip the egg(s) and cook to desired doneness
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with bacon, coffee, and fried tortillas (or toast) if desired
  • ENJOY!


Horacio Jones – Director



Watch a free documentary about Chicano Park

In honor of the 47th annual Chicano Park day, we are releasing 1000 promo codes to watch “Cycles of Change: Restoring Quetzalcoatl,” a documentary.  Learning some history about the park and it’s art will help you appreciate the day even more!


Enter the promo code:

all lower case, one word for free rental or download until April 30th.


CinemaViva released Cycles of Change: Restoring Quetzalcoatl, a documentary about Chicano art and history in Chicano park, in 2016. Filming began in mid-2012 and the documentary captures the story of artists who carved their place in the city’s history by leaving their artwork behind in the park. The film focuses on the renovation of the park’s first mural Quetzalcoatl, a prominent figure throughout the 40-year struggle of the artists who persisted to rejuvenate the historic neighborhood. The crew interviews such prominent, pioneering artists, including Victor Ochoa, Guillermo Aranda, Salvador Torres, Mario Torero, Jose Cervantes, Thomas Castaneda, and Guillermo Rosetta.


Our new favorite 4k Video Production tool! – The DJI Osmo

Here at CinemaViva 4k Video Productions in San Diego, we have a wide variety of toys and gadgets at our disposal. Not only are they cool but they really help to increase the production value we can offer our clients. One we are especially fond of is the DJI OSMO.

Weighing in at just seven ounces, the OSMO comes with a wide variety of features such as full 4k Video which offers visually stunning, detailed shots for your videos. 4k is rapidly becoming the industry’s new standard in video recording. It has a 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor and can shoot stills at 12 megapixels.

The OSMO’s three axis gimbal allows fully stabilized handheld video of any any scene you would like filmed. It’s incredibly smooth even when attached to a moving vehicle with a suction cup mount.

With its advanced stabilization, the OSMO offers a clear difference in comparison to normal handheld recording.

Another feature the OSMO is equipped with is the ability to pair itself with your smart device using DJI’s custom GO APP.  It turns your tablet or smartphone into a display via the OSMO’s built in WIFI.  You can even control the movement of the camera through the app.

The DJI OSMO has many built in modes in addition to the 4k video production mode.

  • Slow motion at 120fps…
  • Timelapse mode which gives you dazzling transitional scenes…and hyper lapses
  • High quality panoramic shots of 180 or 360 degrees
  • Photos Bursts at up to 7 Shots
  • Auto and Selfie Panorama Modes

So in review the DJI OSMO is a choice product with an abundance of uses. But more than that, it’s another great tool included in CinemaViva’s inventory that provides hollywood quality footage for your next 4k video production.

This is just one of the many cool gadgets we like to use here at CinemaViva when filming with our clients.


“Wingin’ It” is an official selection for the San Diego Fall Film Fest!

We are so happy that the #fallfilmfest has accepted our movie to screen at the festival.  Our story is about a fallen angel who has to learn how to reap souls in the afterworld.  It’s a humorous take on life-after-death.

“Wingin’ It” screens on Sunday November 15, 2015 at the 5pm comedy screening.

Check out the trailer:

More information on the Fall Film Fest can be found here:

Buy tickets here:

Hope to see you there!




The success or failure of your marketing video can hinge on many things: the script, the production value, the strength of your call to action, and your promotional ability. All of these things need to work together in order to create a strong marketing video.

However, even if all of these elements fall into place, there is one thing that can still ruin your videos; if your cast isn’t appealing, people are not going to watch.

Some marketing videos don’t have people on camera. Instead, they feature a voice-over narration. Others feature a large casts of actors. Whatever kind of video you make, you need to have the right performers in it in order to ensure its success. With that in mind, let’s talk about some tips to help you find the right cast for your marketing video.

  1. Choose the right narrator. If your video is featuring voice-over narration, you want to make sure to pick the right kind of voice. For example, if your product is mostly aimed at young women, your narrator should sound like a young woman – even if she never appears on screen. If your product is national, you probably want to choose a narrator without a strong regional accent, unless your product has a regional flavor that you want to maintain.
  2. Think about your customers. Typically, the people who buy a certain product want to see themselves in the advertising for it. You should want that too, because it makes it easier for customers to make the leap from watching your video to responding to your call to action.
  3. Cast actors who are attractive, but not unapproachable. You don’t need to have supermodels in your videos – in fact, you probably shouldn’t. Instead, choose someone your customers can identify with. However, the people you cast should have something unique about them. After all, you want them to be memorable. Actors who are attractive, but believable as a next door neighbor or friend are a good choice.
  4. Choose actors who project a genuine and trustworthy image. If you can’t afford to hire a professional casting director, go with your gut or use a focus group of friends or family. Do on-screen camera tests, even if you just use the camera on your cell phone. It’s important to get a look at your potential cast on camera before you hire them.
  5. If you are casting employees in your script (for a behind-the-scenes look at your company, for example) choose people who are comfortable in front of the camera. Don’t try to force someone to be in the video against their will. Their discomfort will come through and make the viewer uncomfortable as well.

The main thing to remember is that you are trying to make a video that is appealing to your customers. If you keep that in mind, you’ll end up with a great cast who will engage viewers and sell your product or service effectively.

CinemaViva has connections with many actors in the local film community as well as most of the talent agencies in town.  If you need help casting your video, feel free to give us a call.  We are always glad to help!



CinemaViva Video Productions Wins 1st Place Audience Award in 48 Hour Film Project

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, August 14, 2015 – Production company CinemaViva and Directors Horacio Jones and Fabrice Murgia are proud to announce their short film produced for the 48 Hour Film Project San Diego. Wingin’ It is the story of a rebellious angel who must be coached on how to take souls.  The film won the first place Audience Award for screening group G.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a worldwide film competition where local teams have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a 4-7 minute short film.  A little over 100 teams signed up to compete. To keep the process honest, contestants randomly pick a genre on Friday at 7pm.  They must also use a given prop, line, and character in their film.  Team Viva! worked on the script and pre-production until 3am Saturday morning.  Filming took most of Saturday from 9am until 9pm.  The team stayed up the rest of the night completing the editing process.  With the help of coffee and chinese takeout,  they managed to turn in the film by the 7pm deadline on Sunday.

For this year’s competition Horacio Jones brought back local actors David Wagner and Lisa Winans.  Last year, Lisa won the Best Actress award for the competition for her role in Desert Rose. Rosarito artist, Gretchen Smith, made a special trip up to San Diego to be a part of the contest. She proved invaluable as she bravely ventured to Walmart in the middle of the night to buy materials for creating the angel’s wings.  Director of Photography and Special Effects Supervisor, Joel Morillo, contributed his Canon 5D Mark III with the DJI Ronin gimbal and wireless follow-focus.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

Artistic Merit (e.g., Story, Creativity, Entertainment Value) (45%)

Technical Merit (30%)

Adherence to the Assignment (25%)

Attendees of each premiere screening will also be able to cast their vote for their favorite movie to win the Audience Award.  

About the competition, Director Horacio Jones said, “Creating a fantasy genre film without time and budget was particularly challenging.  Fortunately with smart storytelling and creative costuming, the team was able to put together a funny and memorable film.”

More information about San Diego 48 Hour Film Project can be found at

Here is the trailer!

About CinemaViva

Located in San Diego and serving Southern California, CinemaViva provides video production services including concept development, scriptwriting, directors, camera crews, digital video editing, and more.


Horacio Jones, Director


Ph: (619) 549-3003