El Quetzal de Jade – A Multilingual Feature Film

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A year ago, James and his brother were finishing up post production on our feature film, “El Quetzal de Jade.” The film is a noir inspired thriller that centers around a private detective in search of a Mayan artifact stolen by a dangerous woman. We worked on “El Quetzal de Jade” over the course of a year and a half, using weekends and weeknights to do the bulk of the shooting. Most of the scenes are in Spanish, but it also features English, French, and Mandarin Chinese.

Here is a trailer for the film:

The film was designed to use all of the resources that we already had at our disposal and fill in the rest using visual effects. During trips to Rhode Island, Guatemala, and Quebec, we shot exteriors and plenty of material to use as background plates for green screen scenes. Luckily, we live in a neighborhood with many Spanish colonial and French eclectic buildings which easily double for Guatemala and Quebec, so we were able to shoot some scenes with our actors in the area. Much of the film was shot in the interior and exterior of our own home. Here, Atlas is overseeing production of a scene in our kitchen.

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This behind the scenes video gives some insight on the process of building up the film using visual effects:

For our future film projects we plan to work primarily with animation rather than live action, such as in our Lego brickfilm, “Escape from Sabre Island.” We have a few concepts in mind for the upcoming year, and now that our wedding is complete we can return our focus to those.

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