Award for Doc Work

Piper and Monique worked on this documentary in 2007. We are very proud of this effort. It was a very powerful and amazing experience. It was a project we did out of love.

It was entered in the 2013 Berlin Black International Cinema Milagros: Made In Mexico has won the festival's award for Best Film/Video on matters relating to the Black Experience/Marginalized People

Milagros: Made In Mexico the little documentary that could/can/will

Link to the Berlin Black International Cinema Awards

Posted by Monique Velasquez on Mon, 12 Aug 2013
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UNC-G Blog highlights V Media

--found at http://uncgmediastudies.wordpress.com ----

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro MFA alum Monique Velasquez documents ‘Accidental Mummies’ Monique Velasquez, a 1995 graduate of UNCG’s MFA program in Film & Video Production, took full advantage of an amazing opportunity three years ago, and it’s still paying dividends.

Martina Guzmán, a journalist and filmmaker, recruited Velasquez to help her produce a documentary as part of a museum exhibit entitled, “The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato.”

Valesquez’s company, Valesquez Media, was in a unique position to participate in the project because of Monique’s bilingual skills as well as the fact the company had produced a documentary in the Mexican state of Guanajuato in 2006.

Velasquez said she and Guzmán —an award-winning journalist — had previously worked together on a documentary and had a solid working relationship. When Velasquez got the call in the summer of 2009, Guzmán was facing a time crunch.

“She was in a hurry and they were trying to get the exhibit together,” Velasquez said. “We went down [to Guanajuato] in July and spent about three weeks out there. We didn’t have a real plan but we knew the mummies would be on exhibit and the [exhibit] focused on the science of mummification.”

Velasquez landed in Guanajuato and she and Guzmán went to work. They conducted interviews with local cultural and history experts and captured the rich life of the town. They spoke with the curator of Guanajuato’s Museo de las Momias, or the Mummies Museum, when inspiration struck.

“What we were thinking about doing was looking at the culture of death in that particular state,” Velasquez said. “We then thought of [famous Mexican] portrait photographer Romualdo García, who did a lot of portraits of doctors and miners in Guanajuato. We used his book as a jumping off point.”

Some of García’s portraits of babies who had died prematurely captured Valesquez and Guzmán’s imagination.

“So you would see these photographs of babies with flowers — it was a fascinating cultural phenomenon about death,” Velasquez said. “It tied directly to the mummies [exhibit]. [The museum] claims they have the smallest mummy in the world.”

Velasquez and Guzmán set up their camera in one of García’s favorite backdrops in Guanajuato and asked people to dress in the style of García’s portrait subjects of the early 20th century.

Velasquez and Guzmán then approached people on the street and asked them to participate in the documentary.

“We [interviewed] young and old people, families with children, couples of different ages — we put that in as a tie-in to life and death in the city,” Velasquez said. “We sort of juxtaposed the people to these old photographs and to the new photographs we got when we were there.”

“Martina and I captured the history of death and what was happening at that time that the mummies were dated to,” Velasquez continued. “We kind of had a plotted out story arc that we were shooting for.”

After Velasquez and Guzmán captured their footage, they flew back to Detroit and the editing process began. A few months later, the 60-minute documentary film was broadcast on public television in Detroit. The “Accidental Mummy” exhibit has toured the country and is currently on display at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. The exhibit runs through Dec. 30.

The Natural Science Center’s website notes that only one in 100 bodies buried in Guanajuato’s cemetery ever experience the process of mummification. Accidental mummies form in rare climates and conditions. The identity of the Guanajuato mummies has always been a mystery, but state-of-the-art diagnostic tools have given a reconstructed face and story to these amazing human relics that are more than 100 years old, according to the center’s website.

Velasquez said she remembers her time at UNCG fondly and credits her experiences in the MFA program with her success in her field of endeavor.

“One of the biggest and most advantageous exercises during my time at UNCG was to craft and develop story — how to do it visually, how to do it with sound, how to think about story,” Velasquez said. “That has been invaluable to me in my business. I’m really glad I went to UNCG. I feel like a got a big boost in my career because I learned how to tell a compelling story.”

Posted by Monique Velasquez on Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Posted by Monique Velasquez on Wed, 18 Apr 2012
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Shooting for the small screen

I have been thinking about the new delivery formats for clients. Most of my clients have Youtube or other video services supporting their marketing. It is fair to start to thinking how the web will look on mobile phone and smart phone screens. This is the new small screen. My thoughts center on --- Do the old web rules still hold true?
    1. Close ups and Mediums are always in vogue with video to see your subject in detail. But it is no longer taboo for wide shots for the small screen.
      2. Keep camera movements to a minimum. The image will compress to a blurry smear. Although the smear is almost viewable it is best to keep the camera static.
        3. Keep your final program under seven minutes. The attention span of Europeans is seven minutes, Americans have a shorter attention span, four minutes. Keep the length short. Think video haiku.
          4. Keep the production value HIGH! There are two pathes to quality. If you’re working with a strong budget, use professional locations, sets to keep the image looking good. If you have a low-budget, focus on strong storytelling and editing. Experience is worth the price to get the most bang for your buck.

          Posted by Monique Velasquez on Tue, 27 Jul 2010
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Turning Browsers into Buyers with Video

I read an article by BY CRAIG WAX ? JUNE 15, 2010 ? at a trade site. I thought I'd repost some of the highlights.

It covers some very basic ideas that I try to convey to clients thinking about using video on the web.

    Who is your customer/client?
      How does your product/service benefit that customer/client?
        What’s the most powerful way to communicate that benefit?

        MR. Wax goes on to layout a few considerations about the video on the web process. 1. Make the Product the Star 2. Start with the Right Products 3. Avoid the Cost of “Free” 4. Not all Platforms Are Created Equal 5. Front and Center

        Mr. Wax has it very right about the presentation and production of the video. In my observation, every word in his article was spot on.

        Video on the web isn't about flash and should not be an afterthought. It should have real direct and concise outcome and meaning. Cheers! -mv

        Posted by Monique Velasquez on Tue, 22 Jun 2010
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