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A-BitterSweet-Life Back in Action

A video posted by Edwin Adrian Nieves (@edwinadriannieves) on Aug 8, 2016 at 8:19am PDT

The hiatus is over. For those following this blog over the years, new and old, thank you for the interest and love. After what may seem like a long break,A-BitterSweet-Life is back in action.

As some of you already know, I began my own filmmaking career about five years ago, a self-taught filmmaking career. Over this past summer, a big point in that journey occurred. I began working for an advertising agency, and now one of the commercials I DP’ed and edited is going to be broadcasted nationwide (above is a behind the scenes glimpse of me on location). It’s a step that I could not have foreseen when I decided to pursue filmmaking as a career and put becoming a French teacher behind me. I am so happy I chose to pursue what I love, in face of all the obstacles like starting from the beginning, risking financial challenges and criticisms from family (it was all love, I always knew it, I also always “knew/believed” I was going in the right direction), and, perhaps the biggest of all, dealing with the personal doubts and failures that not matter what are part of the process.

And A-BitterSweet-Life was a huge part of that process and very much remains a part of it. I love being inspired by the art of cinema and sharing those inspirations that are dear to me and that I truly believe manifest filmmaking as true art. Commercial, blockbuster movie, corporate video or arthouse film, all of it is able to contain an artistic quality. How? It is “in” the people that work the project. As far as my own career goes, being self-taught with a faith in my intuition became an attractive quality when it came to work. What film school did I go to? I went to Bresson, Tarkovsky, and Melville among others, and a great majority of them were intuitive filmmakers. A filmmaker’s greatest tool is him or herself.

So let’s continue this journey in the art of cinema with more cinematic inspiration to fuel your personal and visionary filmmaking style…and ACTION!

“You really create a film in the editing room, in the silence and night… For me paradise consists in writing the script all alone at home and then in editing it. But I hate the shoot. All this time wasted in useless talk!”

Jean-Pierre Melville
October 20, 1917 — August 2, 1973


“In its iconography, Le Samouraï, like Le Doulos, multiplies Hollywood citations: the line-up at the police station, ‘lifted’ from The Asphalt Jungle, with Jef, like Dix (Sterling Hayden) staring down at police and witnesses, the police station offices, the black-and-white views of American fire escapes through Jef’s (sash) windows. These, however, are not examples of ‘copying’ or ‘reproduction’, as Tavernier and others would have it, but formal elements that are self-consciously reworked in Melville’s original design.” – Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris