Rina Svet

Music Video: "Sink or Swim?" EnviroSiren's SOS on rising seas

Guest post by Jules (EnviroSiren):

Ten years in the making, EnviroSiren's Sink or Swim? (SOS) is a love song for the planet. The debate is over, the science is in: Human activity is dangerously warming the atmosphere and tipping the balance of the biosphere. Seas are rising precariously - and faster than scientists predicted but it's not too late! EnviroSiren longs to seduce Earthlings everywhere to wake up to the warnings and start turning the tides on climate change...

Shot on location in Tulum, Mexico, and with a Red Epic camera at Pier59 Studio in NYC, SOS is a free music-video (3:20). It is available for download on request. The song is free and available here.

More about SOS here!


Posted by Rina Svet:

SOS, a music video I've been working on in collaboration with Jules for the past several months, is finally available today, and I'm happy to share it with you all here on DevlinPix!

A call for change, SOS is a special project to me - an amazing experience to work on, and especially marked in its importance by Hurricane Sandy as it ravaged a path across the east coast right in the midst of our editing sessions. In New York, Sandy reached us deeply.  It took our homes, our workplaces, our communities...  And the "Goodbye New York" line of SOS is scarily phophetic, and touches me deeply.

Pañuelo Official Trailer

Posted by Rina Svet:

Pañuelo is the story of Junior who, devastated by the loss of his father, abandons his love of photography, and begins to hang with the wrong crowd. His single mother Olga, and younger sister Daisy, try desperately to bring him back into the safety of the family that loves him.

Pañuelo was directed by Abel Castro, shot by Chris Cazavilan, and edited by Rina Svet as a thesis film for The School of Visual Arts.  It premiered at the 2010 Dusty Film Festival.

I spent most of my thesis year at SVA working on Pañuelo.  Unlike most of our thesis productions which were shot in the fall and edited in the spring, Pañuelo was shot during the summer of 2009 so I had plenty of time to edit it in the fall before starting work on my other thesis projects.  It's a good thing too, because Pañuelo needed plenty of work!  The initial cut was over 40 minutes long and by the time we were done with it the final cut was around 20 minutes.  It was the first long short film I've ever really worked on and it was certainly an adventure.  Not to mention it gave me plenty of opportunities to brush up on my Spanish!

Pañuelo editing carried on well into the spring where it shared its editing hours with my other two projects (Vanity and Zombies Are Our Friends) and it was really my baby for most of that year.  Seeing it on the big screen at the Dusty Film Festival was really an amazng experience!  And editing this trailer for it was a really fun side project, so I hope you all enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed editing it!

BLAST! - Wammo - "Give It Hell"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Wammo is the multi-talented front man for one of America’s most distinctive bands, The Asylum Street Spankers.

Wammo was also featured in our film SlamNation.  He visits often when he's in New York City and offered to write a theme song for the movie, BLAST! while it was still in post-production.  The result is this charming, exclusive performance edited by Rina Svet in her early days with DevlinPix.

BLAST! Trailer

The Instagram Proposal

Posted by Rina Svet:

Hi everyone.  Some news... my boyfriend of 5 years, Jerry, proposed to me last Friday night on our 5th Year Anniversary!  It was an amazing and unique proposal, so I'd like to share the story with all of you.  It's also available here.  :)


I’m sitting here at Starbucks staring out the window at the foot traffic outside.  It’s 5:15PM on Friday, June 22nd.  It’s my boyfriend Jerry and I's fifth year anniversary today and he’s late. He told me we had dinner reservations for 5, and he won’t tell me the place.  He told me to wait on the corner of 3rd Ave and 67th Street, by the Caché.    I’m staring out the window and wondering where in the world he is, when my iPhone buzzes.

It’s a text from Jerry and it’s a cryptic, exciting thing.  “I’m in the city,” he writes.  “But you have to find me!  You’re going to get clues on Instagram.  Your name is Marie Antoinette.   Your first clue is up.  Happy hunting!”And so begins the most amazing, exciting, and rewarding scavenger hunt of my life, trailing me across Manhattan’s upper east side, and eventually leading my to the love of my life.

My first Instagram clue is pretty straightforward.  A picture of a Caché tag against a gorgeous fabric!  I read the caption on Instagram and I cannot believe my eyes  - it reads just like a post on Gossip Girl!

I cannot even… Jerry has tapped into my Gossip Girl fan girl side.  It’s amazing. Phenomenal.   Has he been listening to me ramble on this whole time? I run into Caché, and my adventure begins!


Posted by Rina Svet:

Vanity is a short story of a girl and her vanity. Shot on 16mm film, it is a beautiful piece of art that teaches a lesson about the darkness inside each of us.

Vanity was directed by Chris Cazavilan and edited by Rina Svet as a thesis film for The School of Visual Arts.

Kenotia – “Decorating for Cinco de Mayo”

Posted by Rina Svet:

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

Seems like the perfect day to share this music video with everyone! This was one of the really fun projects I’ve worked on.  If you're at all familiar with my AMV background, you may know that I started off editing mainly music videos set to anime, and somehow after film school I've drifted away from my roots and now I mainly work on short videos and corporate projects, which are fun in their own way of course!  

This was a project I edited during the summer before my senior year of film school, and I really had a blast doing it!  No pun intended! :)

Syncing up visuals to music is just, well, awesome.  Despite the long and sometimes painstaking process, there's not many other words for it... and the result is so satisfying.  You won't find yourself watching that 20 minute medical corporate video you just finished editing together on loop for a day and a half for fun, but a music video is a whole other story!  So I hope you enjoy this one!

The band is Kenotia, and this is the official performance piece of the song, from the album "You’ve Dug Your Grave, Now Lie In It"  The official music video came be found here and was edited before I came on board, so I didn't edit this one.  Both videos were directed by Erica Ford.

Health and the City

Posted by Rina Svet:

Part of a larger project on the subject of health literacy, this little video was shot back in the summer of 2008 when I was just learning how to use that huge and heavy professional camera!  We spent a hot summer's day walking around Times Square to see just how people felt about their doctors, their relationship with their doctors, and what they knew about health care in general.  The result is this fairly amusing and somewhat enlightening clip!

The Widow's Tea

Guest post by Nishell Falcone:

The Widow's Tea is an experimental short film shot in 2009. Original vision by cinematographer Nishell Falcone and director Sydney Del Monte, it was inspired in part by Japanese and American folklore. The film follows the story of an curious and innocent girl drawn to the Widow's lair by a seemingly innocuous picnic among the dead. Be careful to not become ensnared by the Widow's web.

The Widow's Tea was edited by Rina Svet while studying at SVA.

New York Comic Con AMV Tour!

Posted by Rina Svet:

According to Wikipedia, an AMV is "a music video consisting of clips from one or more animations set to an audio track (often songs or movie/show trailer audio); the term usually refers to fan-made unofficial videos."  But an AMV is so much more than that simple definition.

I made my first AMV a long time ago. It was a sad little thing with terrible quality and editing  - made in Widows Movie Maker when I had just turned 16. If you were to show me this video today and ask me to claim it, I would deny its ownership totally and completely, but that badly edited little video was the beginning of everything for me.   Jumping forward seven years, I took my camera to New York Comic Con last weekend where I shot a little exposé about their AMV contest.  The room was jam-packed with only standing room left and I could barely navigate through it with my gear. The AMV contest is popular to say the least.

The AMV community, known collectively as “the .Org” is large and rich and fascinating. It's full of gifted editors of all ages, races, religions and nationalities who are striving to make a name for themselves; to achieve something; to always improve; to tell a story.  In short, editors who love to edit.  The lifetimes of their videos are filled with contests and big screens. With large audiences and fans. And their shelves are lined with trophies - proofs of their winnings.

The process of making an AMV is long and painstaking and the results are as different as the editors who create them. There are AMVs specializing in effects or 3D animation. There are videos centered on storytelling.  Videos that are dramas or comedies or action adventure pieces. There are videos that are terrible and videos that are so amazing it's hard to believe they weren't made by a pro. And the outlets for these videos are endless.  The screenings at conventions are only the tip of the iceberg.

As AMVs took me along the path to editing and filmmaking seven years ago, they are still bringing hundreds of young editors into this movement today.

Check out some of these great AMVs below!

Slam Poem: Crystal Williams - "In Search of Aunt Jemima"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Crystal Williams performed “In Search of Aunt Jemima” at the semi-finals  of the 1995 National Poetry Slam in Ann Arbor, MI.  She received the only perfect 30 of the event (back before the phenomenon of score inflation in poetry slams).

I had recently made the pilot Slammin’ at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café in New York. Very excited about sl
am poetry, I decided to expand my interest and to introduce myself to the National Poetry Slam organizers, with the idea of making a TV series.  

In Ann Arbor, I met slam founder Marc Smith and slammaster Steve Marsh for the first time.  They were very suspicious of me!  Slammin’ was slick and MTV-like and they were concerned about someone from New York sweeping in and co-opting their movement.

After some negotiation, they allowed me to shoot the event.  But only under the condition that I give all the tapes back to the organizers.  For me it was most important to get the event documented, so I agreed.  

I hired a crew to shoot multi-camera coverage of the semi-finals and finals at the venerable Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor (a homecoming for me – I went to undergrad at University of Michigan.)  I also interviewed many poets who went on to become slam celebrities. Eventually, I gained Marc Smith’s trust and went on to make SlamNation.

So there is great material from the 1995 Nationals - as this video demonstrates -  but none of it has ever been released.  Until now.

Hopefully, someday these performances will become part of Poetry Slam Incorporated series of National Poetry Slam Videos.
Let them know there’s interest!

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

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