‘Minuto final’ marks a milestone for the local cinema
The first Ecuadorian film recorded with drones was in the hands of director Luis Avilés and will premiere on August 3 in Guayaquil.
Leonardo is a Milagro policeman who receives orders from his boss, Captain Johnny, to plant drugs in the container of a political enemy. But the agent disobeys the provisions and denounces his superior triggering a series of trials that end up imprisoning Johnny. Three years later, a crime of slaughtering on the outskirts of Guayaquil is the new case of Leonardo, who undertakes a relentless search.
This is how the plot of the film is developed, written and directed by Luis Avilés, who used drones to film this police thriller in two weeks, with a cast of well-known actors in the field of theater, film and television. Ricardo Velasteguí (Leonardo), Alberto Pablo (Johnny), Shany Nadan (Lorena), David Saavedra (Skull), Ariel Zollër (David), Noralma Reeves (Vero), star in this feature-length film of an hour and a half.
“The story was born from this technology and had to know what were the pros and cons and then write a plot based on that. From this I knew that I could have dynamic shots in sequence where we go from open to closed shots, “said the director during the press conference of the release of the film that will premiere on August 3 in local theaters.
“I had to learn to drive motorcycles and weapons because we did a course with Israeli technique, something very interesting because I think that as an actor the more tools you have to work is much better because the actor must know everything,” said Velastegui.
Instead, Zollër and Pablo talked about the complexity of recording with drones in scenes of 4 minutes that demanded to be attentive to the position of the aerial camera and its actions. “The Ecuadorian cinema is growing and it gives of what to speak in positive; we must support all artistic expression, “suggested the antagonist, David Saavedra.
90% of the tape was recorded with a Dji Phantom4 drone, 2% of the shots were taken with one Mavic Pro and 8% with career drones built in the country. Filming was in Milagro, Guayaquil and Durán, and it was financed with private funds.
60 thousand dollars were used as an approximation for the project, including marketing.
The voices of Víctor Aráuz, Santiago Carpio and Diego Naranjo also make up part of the cinematographic plot. (I)