“Will Martinez”
Hipstamatic Fashion Gone Rogue Contest – Top 20
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

iPhone 4 Camera
Hipstamatic camera app
Lens: John S
Film: Kodot XGrizzled
Flash: off

Early last March, I shot over 500 photographs of four models during a 12 hour shoot.  At the time, I was trying to shoot and post only one shot a day from each day’s shoot in my 365 Day iPhone Photo Project.  But that was before I realized how many photographs I would end up shooting each day.  Along with how important the daily writings would become in each day’s post.  So I have modified my original plan and decided to post this photo today.  It actually was my highest rated photo from that shoot for the Hipstamatic Fashion Gone Rogue Contest, and made it into the Top 20.

Will Martinez is a young man with a promising acting career ahead of him.  I first met him during an audition on August 1, 2010, for the independent BMX film, ACCELERATE.  As a co-producer/co-writer of the film, I took part in the casting calls, headed by my friends, and the film’s writer/producer/director Eric Bugbee, and his wife, producer/writer, Jill Bugbee.  At the end of the day, we all were impressed by Will’s audition and felt he was the front-runner for one of the leading roles.  The only problem was that Will appeared to have an emotional ceiling: he couldn’t rise above a certain emotional expression.

After several weeks, and several more auditions with other actors, and several discussions between Eric and Will concerning his ceiling, along with three more auditions with him, he showed such courage, stamina, drive, passion and improvement, Eric had to give him the role.  And none of us ever regretted that decision.

What impressed me the most about Will are two things: his positive attitude and his family’s support.  During the entire next two months, I never once heard Will complain.  Whether shooting in the cold or wet, middle of the night, or being asked to crash his bike in the woods over and over for one of the shots, he always kept a smile on his face and jumped at the chance to do anything, and everything.  Any adversity he faced was simply a stepping-stone to reach his next goal. And his parents were always there for him, making sure he had everything he needed to complete the task at hand.

While filming ACCELERATE, I was also impressed by Will’s ability to embody his role with a naturalistic ease.  For a young man his age, he shows great depth and breadth in his understanding of the human psyche and emotion.

At the end of the film shoot, I talked with Mr. and Mrs. Martinez and congratulated them on raising such a good son, who honors them with respect and kindness.  They told me that their Catholic family heritage is foundation for their family, and it creates an atmosphere where all family members honor and respect their parents and grandparents. And it is passed down to each generation.

Kudos to the Martinez family for raising such a terrific and talented young man.  I look forward to seeing what good things time and diligence will bring into his life.