Spyder, Spyder, Burning Bright

Here’s a question for you – What if an international film star traveled to Romania to shoot a movie and nobody cared? Well, of course, that’s exactly what happened last week. As far as I can tell, the entirety of the vaunted Romanian press paid zero attention to the fact that a scene for a…

Indian Director Freezing His Nuts Off in Romania

My Twitter feed has been exploding lately as a popular director named Vikhram Bhatt has been howling about winter while shooting on location near Sinaia: [Bhatt] is all praise for the local crew who are hospitable and helpful, teaching their `brave’ Indian counterparts how to survive the Transylvania winter. “They are telling us what food…

NYT reviews ‘The Treasure’

Wow, another dark and depressing film about Romania’s past? Gee, what a shocker! “The Treasure” is [Costi’s] fourth feature — take place in the thoroughly disenchanted world of post-Communist Romania, and the attention he pays to that world is measured and meticulous. He favors extended takes, medium- to long-range shots and minimal camera movements. Rather…

Wedding Video

A million thanks to our friend Sam Son (cool name, eh?) for shooting and editing this video of the morning of our wedding. Honestly, I can’t even watch it again because it brings tears to my eyes. Enjoy!

A million Changs to you all

A million thanks to all of you for an awesome first day of my Kickstarter Project. It’s been great seeing all the excitement (hey, I’m excited too) and the RT’s on Twitter and the shares on Facebook and messages and emails and all the rest. Amazing! The weather also turned golden here today and it…

TIFF Local Competition 2013

Well folks, if you can understand a little Romanian, you get a treat today. Below is a short film I had intended to submit to the TIFF Local Competition this year but I was on an extremely lengthy road trip (story to come shortly) and returned back to Cluj too late to get it in…

WOTD: Film vs. Film Serial

It’s really interesting understanding the etymology (origin) of words. In both Romanian and English the word film came from French, originally meaning a “thin coating” or a thin layer on the surface of something. The first films (referring to photographs or movies) were a special kind of paper which had a thin layer of chemicals…

Episode 7 – The Sibiu Medieval Festival

Holy mackerel, how long has it been since I posted a new episode? It’s been forever! Well as I mentioned earlier this week, the new computer is humming along beautifully and so now I can finally do what I want with all the footage I shot. Sad to say it but I filmed this festival…

Romania! The Documentary – Episode 5

Well, at long last Episode 5 is now available for your viewing pleasure :) For those of you who aren’t mathematically challenged, you might wonder what happened to Episode 4 and you’d be right :P The truth is that a few technical issues were driving me nuts with clipping so many interviews (plus adding subtitles)…

I Heart Sibiu

Wow! It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Sibiu but let me tell you, it is an amazing city that will blow you away with how nice and charming it is. The renovations that have taken place since 2007 are just phenomenal and it is easily one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. Not…

Roadshow Heads to Sibiu

Assuming the weather continues to be sunny and summery (as it looks like it will be), this weekend we’re taking the filming road show to Sibiu. If you live in Sibiu or will be visiting there next weekend and want to be part of the fun, please contact me in one of the various ways…

Looking for Yourself?

Well folks, the filming continues APACE and we’ve now interviewed over 60 people for the film. We’ve had a wonderful chance to meet some really great people, from Romanians to visitors and residents from Hungary, Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Slovakia, England, New Zealand and many other countries. You’ll have to wait for the finished product…