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Hey Everyone,

We just finished shooting an action/thriller short film called BROKEN. Shot on the DVX 100a 24p and did all the over 100 VFX in Apple's SHAKE.

Click here to check out the trailer:

Also, check out our web docs w/ VFX Breakdowns:

I really want to know what you guys think. Thanks for taking a look.


Hey Guys,

BROKEN DVD UPDATE: Well the DVD is FINALLY Done!!!! It is Jammed pack with almost 3 hours of Special Features. We have hit our deadline date of July 15, 2005 but the DVD manufacture is telling us two to three weeks before we can have the DVD done and in our hands. So we are hoping to have the DVD available by early August. We are truly sorry for the delay. We wanted the DVD to be of the highest quality and wanted to pack it with more cool stuff and just got carried away.

Here is the FINAL list of goodies:

BROKEN DVD has almost 3 HOURS of DVD Special Features:

6 Commentary Tracks covering...

Visual Effects
Music Score/Sound Design
Cast and Crew
Film Geeks Unite



Concept Art / Location Comparison
Costume Design Gallery w/ Commentary

Storyboards: The ENTIRE Collection for BROKEN ( 9 Edited Sequences )
Storyboards: Comparison with Final Shots

Rehearsal Comparison with Final Scene
Blocking Action in a Scene w/ Commentary
Evolution of an Action Sequence w/ Commentary
A Director's Best Friend - Finding Your Shot



Head go BOOM: "The Guacamole Gun" w/ Commentary
Recipe: "How to Make a Guacamole Gun"
Mister Tony's Neighborhood: "A Technical Advisor's Job" with Tony Gomez

Special Effects Make-up Breakdown with Megan Graham
Anatomy of Scar
Anatomy of a Tatoo
Anatony of Burnt Eyes
Bonus: Brain Matter Recipe

Anatomy of a Stunt: w/ Commentary
Shotgun Blast
The Dive for Life

Guns, Guns, Guns: "How to Get Pro Looking Guns with Little or No $$$"
The Weapons
Getting Guns to Look Real
Where to Get Them

Tips on Producing an Indie Film: with Jorge F. Rodriguez
Reverse Budgeting
Insurance: Weapons and Stunt Work
Feeding Your Crew
Stunt Work
Production Design
Tips and Tricks
Go Make Your Movie

Being There: The On-Set Experience
12 Behind the Scene Vignettes on the set of BROKEN as we shot it !


Post Production

How to Make DV look like Film! with Alex Ferrari
Why Shoot MiniDV?
Filter Packages for Post
Production Design
Costumes & Color Palette
Color Correction
Shooting 24p: The Camera
Getting the Cameras

Color Correction Lab: The Overview w/ Commentary
Color Correction Comparison with FINAL FOOTAGE

Visual Effects Breakdowns
w/ Commentary from Sean Falcon & Dan Cregan

"Marquez Explosion" w/ Commentary
"Shaking Things Up" w/ Commentary
"Muzzle Fire" w/ Commentary
"Bonnie's Eyes" w/ Commentary
"Matte Painting/Sky Replacement" w/ Commentary
"Knife Throw" w/ Commentary
"Scoping Things Out" w/ Commentary
"Digital Blood Hits" w/ Commentary
"Digital Spark Hits" w/ Commentary

VFX Breakdown: The Title Sequence w/ Alex Ferrari & Dan Cregan

Visual Effects in Indie Film: with Sean Falcon
Pre Production
MiniDV and Compositing
Why Shoot 24p?
1 Chip vs 3 Chip MiniDV Cameras
Practical and Digital Effects
Compositing Before or After Color Correction
MiniDV Blowup to Film
3D Animation in Indie Film
Gun Muzzle Blasts
Compositing: The Details
Digital Matte Painting
Shaking Things Up
Bullet POV
Blowing Up Someone's Head
Where Do I Find Visual Effects Talent for my Film?
I Want to Composite Too...
Where Can I Get Training?
Apple's SHAKE
Doing It Yourself

Cinematography in Indie Film: with Angel Barroeta
Planning BROKEN
Challenges on BROKEN
Tools: The Camera
Tools: The Lights
Tools: Moving the Camera
Shooting: Digital or Film?
Panasonic's DVX100a
Some Advice

Sound Design/Composing in Indie Film: with Mark Roumelis
Original Music in Indie Film
Composing BROKEN
Doing It Yourself
Recording Sound for 24p on DAT: The Sync Issue
Doing Audio Tests


After the Short

The Making of BROKEN
The Origin of BROKEN
First Impressions
Actors: The Rehearsal Process
On-Set Experience
War Stories
The Future: A Feature Film

Marketing: Promoting a Short Film
Promotion: 50% of the Creative Process
Film Festivals and Sundance
The Internet: Even Playing Field
The Trailer

Marketing: Poster Gallery
Alternate Ending w/ Commentary
Art of BROKEN: The Nick Monaco Experience
The BROKEN Shoot: Gag Reel!


MASTERED in Dolby Stereo & Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound

Thanks for you patience guys. Also, we will be putting up a trailer with previews of the DVD soon. Check: for more info.

Thanks again for the support & good luck on ALL your projects. ; )


First off, thank you all for your amazing patience. After an
overwhelming amount of requests and many death threats, we are now
accepting PRE-ORDERS for the BROKEN: Special Edition DVD.

We are selling it for $19.99 and will be accepting credit cards through It is simple, just click on the link below and follow the
easy steps. We estimate shipping the DVDs around August 21-25, 2005 and

Click here to pre-order the BROKEN: Special Edition DVD:

Large orders of 20 or more can contact us at:
for discounted prices.

Again thank you so much for your support of our little project. More
news on the feature film version will be coming soon.

Alex & Jorge


THANK GOD! You can stop with the death threats already!!! ; )

Well it is finally here!!! Thank you SOOOOOOO MUCH for your patience! We will be shipping out all the pre-orders for BROKEN the DVD this week. In the US standard First Class mail, International will vary depending on location.

Thank you all again for purchasing our DVD and supporting a couple of indie film guys with a dream....tear. Please drop us a line and tell us what you think of the DVD (tell your family, friends...strangers.....your dog ; )

Also, we will keep you up to date on the feature film version of BROKEN. Some really exciting stuff happening, wish us luck!! Keep checking the BROKEN Press page for the latest on BROKEN:

Here is the BROKEN trailer:

BTW, here is a link to the BROKEN DVD: The "BOOTLEG" Preview Trailer:

We hope you enjoy the BROKEN: Special Edition DVD and that is helps you with you future projects.


Alex & Jorge
The B R O K E N Production Team

Hey Guys,

We just got back from the Toronto Film Festival and we met Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert. He did a review of BROKEN on his site (we are still trying to revive Jorge ; )


A festival like Toronto attracts hopeful filmmakers eager to pitch projects and find financing. Here, for example, are Alex Ferrari and Jorge Rodriguez, the director and producer of ÒBroken,Ó a 19-minute, $8,000 horror film containing, by their count, more than 100 visual effects.

ÒWeÕre here to talk about a development deal for a feature based on the short,Ó Rodriguez tells me, before the screening of ÒTwelve and Holding.Ó ÒWho you talking to?Ó I ask. ÒWeÕd better not say,Ó Ferrari says.

He gives me a DVD of their short: ÒWeÕve already sold 1,000 copies online. It contains six commentary tracks and like three hours of information on how to shoot low-budget digital films and how to do the special effects. ItÕs like a training course.Ó They refer me to their web site,, and back at the hotel I view the film and visit the site.

The film is effective and professional and the ominous sound track works with the images to create the desired effect. Whether the plot quite rises above the level of Òit was only a dreamÓ I am not prepared to say. Whether the short will someday grow into a good film we will know only if the development deal goes through.

But thatÕs not really the point. The point is that gifted and ambitious young filmmakers can, with very little money, use the new digital technology to make a presentation that gets attention from industry pros. Kerry ConranÕs ÒSky Captain and the World of TomorrowÓ (2004) was floated the same way, with a home-made demo made on his Mac. Whether this is better than the old-fashioned method of submitting a screenplay is a good question; ÒBrokenÓ is essentially a demonstration of the mastery of horror imagery and techniques. A screenplay has to also have dimensional characters (one, two or three dimensions, depending on its ambition) and a story. In an industry so impenetrable for newcomers, any way you break in is the right way. Then it depends on what you do. Looking forward to ÒBroken: The Feature.Ó

We are truly amazed! We were sooooooo excited that we had to share the news. Thanks again for all the support from everyone!! Good Luck with all your projects.

Happy Holidays everyone. Thank you for all the amazing support you have given our little short this past year.

As thanks, we are having a BROKEN: Special Edition DVD HOLIDAY SALE. For the rest of 2005, the DVD we be on sale for $14.99 (Retail Price $19.99) After Dec 31, 2005 the price will be back to the retail price $19.99. This is a limited time offer!

It makes a great gift for that indie filmmaker or movie buff in your life! ; ) Click below!
Good luck on ALL your future projects and thanks again for all the support!


Congrats, I'll check it out!:)