The Cosmonaut has been possible thanks to MANY people; such an amount of people that the film credits have almost 6000 names. But we would like to tell you about some of them, with their faces and stories; about the professionals that have been collaborating with as throughout many many hours, months, and even years. The passion, perseverance, trust, and professionalism they have shown do not deserve being applauded neither once nor twice, but their entire life. To all of them, even to the ones that are not here, THANK YOU. This would have never been possible without you.
Julia has undoubtedly been our greatest guardian angel. We met her at college, in our photography class, when this entire Cosmonaut thing was no more than a short film. When we knew she was Russian, we chased her until we became friends. When we told her about the story of Stas, Andrei, and Yulia, she fell in love with the project, and she hasn’t stop helping us ever since. She is behind achieving the supporting letters of all the Russian cosmonauts, the right to use Artemyev music, that we visited Star City and were about to shoot there, or that she is organizing a great première of the film in Moscow the 3rd of June. She claims to be a “proud producer of The Cosmonaut, and I am also a happy daughter, girlfriend, sister, and aunt”. She is working in Moscow for ParaClassics, the portal of the FULL HD live transmission of the best classical music concerts, operas, and ballets. The shows are free for everyone. They now have a portal, but they are planning to expand it to cinemas, worldwide communication media webs, and they also have a project were they will screen it to children at hospitals.
WENDY P. ESPINAL
She has been one of the most important hands in the production department since The Cosmonaut started. She is responsible for many of the achievements of the project in its first 3 years. After The Cosmonaut shooting, she decided to travel around the world developing her knowledge about cultural heritage. She is currently developing several cultural projects and her first documentary as a director, “la Isla sin Mar”.
Another crown jewel in The Cosmonaut’s production team. None of this would have been possible without her. She has worked as executive producer, event organizer, or production manager during the shooting. She is currently living in Dominican Republic, where she is working as producer in the film “María Montez“, to be shot in the middle 2013. Furthermore, she is developing her new project “La isla sin mar”, documentary directed by Wendy Espinal, that is due to be shot in November 2013. We love to have so many cosmonauts in the Caribbean!
He started as production intern and has ended as one of the most important persons of the project for us. During this journey, he has become one of the best photographers in the world (we dare to affirm it). He has been a tremendously hard-working person, loyal, and dedicated to the project. His web speaks about his spectacular work by itself.
Javier Serrano, assistant producer, is one of these guys you want to have by your side. A few days ago, he told us “I have been in this project almost since it started, and I have been really lucky to see how this started as a madness of some young filmmakers, and has become a real project, greater that we have ever expected.” He has helped producing the teaser trailers, The Cosmonaut concerts, and anything necessary. He has also been in charge of managing all the contracts with producers and investors, apart from the merchandising. As well as in The Cosmonaut, he has also participated in the production of several works for Riot Cinema, some short films, or projects such as Manic Pixie Dream Girl, by Pablo Maqueda, within the project Little Secret Films.
DAVID CASAS RIESCO
He has been the first assistant director in “The Cosmonaut”. David has not stopped in his 20 years of career, working as a first assistant director in series, TV films, feature films, advertising, video clips, and many short films (“Aquel no era yo ¨ Goya 2013, ¨El barco pirata¨ Goya 2012, “Matar a un niño” Nominated Goya 2012,” El Orden de la Cosas” Nominated Goya 2011, ¨Hentley¨ short-listed Sundance 2012. He is currently pre-producing three feature films due to 2013/2014.
For Daniel Matesanz, “The Cosmonaut” was his second feature film as an assistant director. He has kept on sharing projects and experienceswith the film team ever since. He went to Chile some months ago to work in other feature films, and will now be following the opportunities that allow him directing his own works. This is the latest short film he released as a director.
Raúl has been our third assistant director. He has been working together with David Casas for years, and, although he couldn’t come to the shooting, his pre-production work was essential. He has also been working for Antena 3 Televisión for years, but his real passion is collaborating in film and audiovisual projects. You can know a bit more about him in his website.
Elena, our little kolibri, has been the script supervisor. She has paid attention to every detail, and her good mood made an impression in the whole team. She hasn’t stop making new projects after the shooting. She’s been fought over! You can read more about her in her web.
LUIS ENRIQUE CARRIÓN
Luis Enrique Carrión has been the director of photography of the film being only 28. We are in love with his work, and we are sure The Cosmonaut is just the beginning of a great career. In his website , you can follow his work in short films, TV series, advertisements, and video clips, as well as tasters of his second film, and a documentary shot in Mexico. He has worked for clients all over Europe, as well as clients in Russia and the USA. He tells us: “I am interested in finding the language of emotions in an image, I think is the right way to trust the feelings of human self-knowledge. I believe in the power of image. Colours, composition, structure, and contrast are the parameters I consider essential for moving the viewer to a specific emotional state.”
He has been the director of photography of The Cosmonaut’s Transmedia, as well as the second unit in the film. As a director of photography, he has been working for 3 years non-stop for clients such as Evo, El Hormiguero, or Kodak, as well as in video clips for Love of Lesbian, Carlos Jean, or Sick of Love. You can see through his sight in his web.
He is the one telling us: “7 or 8 years ago, I had my first cosmonaut experience (cosmos connection). I was in an essential moment of my career; I had to hold to the first opportunities as a cameraman. I bought a modest but heavy steadicam. I had my light equipment and indie experience as cameraman and director of photography, but I had a lack of self-confidence and security. But then I found Nico, Carola, and Bruno, and my life changed: the obstacles, prejudices, ingratitude, fears, and mistrust left room for friendship, honesty, talent, confidence, love for the seventh art…, so the opportunity I have always dreamt of arrived, shooting my first film: The Cosmonaut. I worked as assistant, electrician, focus puller, cameraman, and friend. Spaniards, Latvians, English, and Russians with love, effort, sacrifice, persistence; and thanks to the confidence and generosity of the great community we are, I daydreamt, I daydream, and I will daydream together with Riot forever in the seventh art! Thanks.”
ADÁN MARTÍN QUIJANO
Adán has been the gaffer, second assistant camera, and our magic hands fixing everything in the shooting. Although he has been timid in the audiovisual world, he has been working for more than 4 years as photographer and assistant. One of his latest works was the series by Álvaro Collar The Third Place. Even though he keeps it in secret, he is an actual magician of special effects and 3D. You can know more about him in his Flickr account and his website.
Manuel has been our DIT. His work was controlling all the shooting workflow, material dump, backups, and pre-colour correction in the shooting set, so everything was in its right place. In this category, he has worked for clients such as Evo and El hormiguero. Furthermore, Manu is a director, and has shot spots for Windows, Ricoh, Hispanitas, Vouiton, El Pais, or Warner Music. And, since this guy is multi-functional, he is also an editor!, and you have probably seen any of the videos he made for Red Bull, Mercedes, Nike or UEM…
Margarita, best known by her Russian nickname: Gula, has been the costume design director of The Cosmonaut. She joined us when this was just a short film, and she ended up being an essential part of the production. She has just released her own company, Lekanto, specialized in costume design and art works for audiovisual projects, as well as in different services for events.
ARANTZA G. ARGÜELLO
Arantza was part of the costume and wardrobe department of the film as assistant costume designer, stylist, etc. You can see hereher professional portfolio. Arantza hasn’t stop doing things ever since, and she is now combining costume designing tasks of two feature films (a horror western and a comedy) together with other jobs in advertising and television as a stylist and props person.
We met María in Latvia. She is very close to the Forma Pro team, with whom she often works, and she joined The Cosmonaut team supporting the costume department. Thanks to her skilful hands and her permanent smile, she made the job of the costume department possible, since this department was almost exploited during our days in Latvia. It would have never been possible without her!
Luci has been the casting director of The Cosmonaut. She works non-stop in several different and interesting projects. She moves around Spain and also in international projects. Despite the pessimism and the disastrous feeling of nowadays audiovisual environment, she believes that the future of cinema is really positive. She has told us that she can’t wait to see The Cosmonaut :P
DAVID RODRÍGUEZ (PECERA STUDIO)
David is the founder of Pecera Estudio and has worked with us in the film sound edition, and the webisode “The Moon Files”. David has been a kind of angel, and really patient with our inexperience and our mistakes. His work in films by Almodovar, such as “All Abour My Mother”, and other brilliant films, such as “Planet 51”, “Buried”, “Transiberian”, “Sexy Killer”, “Chaotic Ana”, or “As Luck Would Have It”, is a clear example of his professional greatness, but they don’t remotely make justice to his great personal and artistic kindness. The film wouldn’t be the same without him.
JOSE LUIS LARA
“Larra”, as we all call him, has a problem: if you call him Jose Luis, he doesn’t realize you are addressing him. He has been the live sound designer of the shooting, together with Rubén Durán, as well as the sound editor of half of the transmedia episodes. He has already worked in two feature films, and with clients such as Red Bull and YouFest. You can learn further about him in his company website, La Taiga.
Rubén Durán, “Labarba“, is one of our sound designers that worked with live sound, post-production, and musical recordings. He has collaborated in the spots by Riot cinema from the beginning, as well as enrolling “The Cosmonaut” (live sound and transmedia post-production). In his new stage, he has established a studio on his own: Labarba, in which he is working in the pre-production of our next (and totally secret) great project, and in his works together with other companies of his trade, such as Mirinda Films, Vlue, NYSU Films, or Sinedie VD. You can see his reel here.
CARLOS SERRANO AZCONA
He is a Basque editor and director who established his production company Estar Ahí Cinema in 2006. With this production company, he produced and directed The Tree (co-produced by Jaime Rosales and Carlos Reygadas), Quantum men (with C.Jodorowsky), False Flags and Falsos horizontes. As an editor, he has worked in films such as Japan by Carlos Reygadas, Banaras me and (a)Mari. He is currently waiting for new editing works, and finishing writing a new fiction script. He has signed the film editing together with Nicolás Alcalá.
Daniel has been our magician and saviour in the editing room. He has been with us since we finished the shooting in 2011, and has been the one who had to suffer many sleepless nights waiting for the endless renders to be finished. He had to rack his brain to organize the 140 hours of raw material we had, the collaborations of every department, and the 38 final pieces we have produced, with their many versions and formats. Furthermore, he made some effects for the film, graphics for the transmedia, and the trailer editing. This guy from Extremadura has worked in other independent feature films, such as El Mundo Es Nuestro or the upcoming La Fabulosa Historia de la Tabla de Multiplicar. You can find him here.
VICTOR GARCÍA RIVERO
Victor joined the team not long ago, but has worked as many hours as any other. His commitment, good work, and permanent smile have made us happy every day in the office for the last months. His job? He had to deal with all the transmedia material export, organization, and management, together with Daniel García. More information about him here.
ARTURO M. ANTOLÍN
Arturo is really versatile: editor, producer, filmmaker, director… Although he claims to be a potential scriptwriter, he is about to join the cinema school. He is always involved in thousands of projects, each of them stranger than the previous one. You can see most of his works in his website. He is a critic and contributor in Videodromo and Duckspeaking. His work editing transmedia pieces and video diaries has been crucial. He has also done the editing of our wonderful trailer.
He has been our editing assistant for months, helping us with the first part of the enormous job we had after the shooting, with more than 140 hours of raw shooting. After leaving The Cosmonaut some months ago, he got involved in the shooting of a wonderful short film: Barely Legal, set in his home town, Aguadulce (Almería), with the collaboration of Riot Cinema, where we were just a humble spiritual guide of the project.
Ana was a college mate, and has been combining different jobs with helping us as an assistant in the editing room for some months. She had to watch all the raw material to synchronize the audios!
As chaotic as great, Joan Valent Joan Valent has been the composer of the film’s original sound track. He composed some original tracks, one of them together with the great Rocío León, and gave up some of the songs of his excellent album “Ínsula Poética”. Joan is one of the most successful Spanish sound track composers. He is always on the road and giving concerts all over the world, and is the only alive Spanish composer Deutsche Grammophon publishes.
Remate has been the composer of the alternative sound track of “The Cosmonaut”. You can listen to it in the credit titles, as well as in several transmedia pieces. You can learn more about him in his website. Nevertheless, after his concert in Sala Heineken, this great artist has been with us in our journey.
FORMA PRO FILMS
Forma Pro is the Latvian production company that provided all the production services in our 5/6 weeks shooting in Latvia in summer 2011. They did a really sacrificed job, because they got really involved in the project trying to solve any of the thousands of problems we had every day. Although their eating ways are far different from ours! We are really grateful for finding such workaholics. They are Stas, Igor, Kate, Sasha, Puma, Max, Denis, Lelde, Vilius, Mindaugas, Inese, Sveta, Iveta, and many more!
They told us: “Some months ago Entropy Studio joined “The Cosmonaut” adventure, dealing with recreating the magic world where this story happens. After many days working with the director, sharing his ideas and feelings, we created the VFX world of “The Cosmonaut”. We don’t stop at Entropy Studio! We keep on making the VFX for national TV series, as well as for advertising, both at a national and international level. We are also involved in several stereoscopy projects for cinema. We are making great advertising campaigns from Dubai, and working in several Hollywood projects from our office in Los Angeles.”
Deluxe eis one of the most important post-production and colour correction studios in Europe. We almost didn’t believe it when they told us they wanted to collaborate with the project. Marga, the production manager, tells us about the experience: “The Cosmonaut has been something unexpected, exciting. As post-production manager, it is always stimulating to work with new approaches, exercises, ways of expression. Always helping the film to grow up. I love challenges, and it has been a pleasure being part (even in a small part) of this journey, even more in the hard moments our sector is going through.” Miguel Pérez Gilaberte has been our colour corrector and dedicates these exciting words to us: “Each film is a journey. With The Cosmonaut, we have not only travelled into a world of feelings and emotions, but it was also a trip together with the excitement and enthusiasm of making a film with simple means, but spectacular results.“
Even though this was not our initial plan, “The Cosmonaut” is going to be dubbed into Spanish thanks to this company from Corunna, Babalúvox. A really hard work so those who are not used to read subtitles can enjoy the film.
Subbabel, a company from the Canary Islands that contacted us at the beginning of the project, has been in charge of all the Spanish subtitles of the film. Carlos, one of its owners, told us “I hope I got and transmitted The Cosmonaut’s essence well, so you enjoy watching it as much as I translating it :)“
Robin&Watson was an experiment. A work platform specialized in communication strategies that was born in 2009. Its main aim? Democratizing the access to promotion, spreading, and boost formulas for ONGs, group projects, associations, and collectives. They were our best advisors when the project started. They told us: “Alicia, Juan, and Daria, we were lucky to meet Nico, Carola, and Bruno to start building the first steps in communication and community around the project. These were stimulating days, and when we understood what it was about, we didn’t hesitate in diving into it: The Cosmonaut was and is still a wonderful challenge. Now Robin&Watson has changed and has become a project focused in video production and specific campaigns, and it’s now called Dromocromo.”
Gabriela Lendo is Mexican, and we met her when this was just starting. She has been our best advisor, our best communication partner, our best friend, and our best critic. Everything coming out of her mouth is pure wisdom, and apart from being a journalist, she can carry out any task she wants. Furthermore, she is a great cook! She is now working in Estudio Vostok.
This mysterious member of the old communication team prefers us to talk about his job instead of himself. Movie Hooligans is his latest project. His motto? “The day the cinema days, we’ll be out in the streets to celebrate it.”
Blanca started together with Gabriela Lendo and was soon the press officer of the project. After a really long return trip, we were really glad she came back to the end of the project. She is a journalist, community manager, and works as communication manager. When she wants to get everything out of her, she does it at misarrebatos.com
Pure temper, he was with us for some months in the communication team. He is currently working as New Media and creative manager in G2 Grey Group, which is specialized in communication strategies and participation in social media, advertising, and press specialized in technology and culture. He says “The Cosmonaut is the best and most successful creative communication and social media lab I have ever worked in“
LUIS MIGUEL Y PEPA BARRAL, TWO MUCH
Inteligenciaetica.com is a project by Luis Miguel Barral and Pepa Barral, siblings and researchers that work applying Social Science to brands.
From Inteligencia Ética, they help their clients to grow up, connecting their brands with he citizen, the human being, and the living being every consumer is. The film would have never existed without their help.
Journalist and audiovisual communicator, she has a Master’s Degree in Cinema and TV script. She arrived as script intern, and stayed as essential part of the project. Co-creator and scriptwriter of Nayik, she is a transmedia and social network passionate.
She started working at The Cosmonaut doing one of the things she most likes: writing. After a long summer, the first story told through facebook was born: Nayik, her first transmedia script professional experience. Nowadays, she is still writing, trying new formats, without forgetting about the feature film she had in process.
Altea joined the team at the beginning, and she used to repeat the same: “This Cosmonaut guys have always been really crazy ;)”. She witnessed the first media appearances and made the concert at Sala Heineken possible. She has started her first company “Plano Americano”, which is currently producing the short film “La noche de todos los santos“, founded trough crowdfunding. More about her in her website.
He has dealt with the translation of documents and preparation of resources for media. We asked him for some words, and this is what he told us: “I am satisfied I could closely (as close as the internet) follow this bold odyssey. I’m now preparing my own adventure: going to the toilet with the lights off at 5 am and aim the toilet bowl, after writing these lines. I’m a human being, and as such, I spend most of my time eating and sleeping to preserve my mortal shell. I enjoy learning languages, meeting people, and creating. I work for money and prostitute for free.”
MARI TRINI GINER
She helped us for some months in the management and dynamisation of digital identity in social networks. She is currently working as a freelance journalist, focused on cultural communication, mainly on-line, as in Ondacero radio programme “Con Manos Libres”. Besides, she works in different companies managing the communication of cultural shows.
GERMÁN A. PANARISI
Germán makes us blush and says about us: “When I heard about The Cosmonaut for the first time and about all the things the project tried to carry out (and how to carry them out), I found it so fascinating and revolutionary that I didn’t want to be left out. I knew that the three idealist young fellows behind this enterprise were going mark a milestone, not only in cinema history, but in the cultural industry in general. We can see that this has become true: many of the things they suggested as new (e.g. crowdfunding) are now realities that have widespread to all the fields of artistic production, and even further away from the cultural environment.”
Jaime has been member of the production team and a witness of The Cosmonaut’s first steps, first words, and first driving lessons. You may know him for lending his physical presence as Stas (uncredited). He is currently living badly in London as a bounty hunter. He moves from corporate videos for small and medium companies to photo books for new young actors and models. If you can find him, maybe you can hire him. After shooting his first short film written in the Shakespearean language “Ocean Of Noise” (Ella Bruccolleri, London 2013), he is getting ready for starting a new work adventure for the start-ups web skillflick.
She took (wonderfully) charge of “The Cosmonaut” shop with Javier Serrano while we were shooting, and we hired her for Riot Cinema shooting production. She started to get closer to the wardrobe world, and some months ago she decided to join “Lekanto“, an adventure together with Margarita Mansilla.
He started as an intern in the training period of his Audiovisual Production studies, and nowadays he is still collaborating with us when he can. As he says, he owes a big part of what he knows about cinema production to The Cosmonaut team. “For me, this is more than I project I (humbly) collaborated with, it is the starting point of (I hope) a long journey in this huge, beautiful and complicated world of cinema.”
VANESA RODRÍGUEZ GONZÁLEZ
She is addicted to technology and a chocolate lover. She has worked in many different short films as first assistant production, documentary maker, and, nowadays, she combines her job as music shop assistant at Fnac with her work as Community manager in a communication agency. You can find her here.
JUAN FERNÁNDEZ DÍEZ
We met Juan at the CineJoven festival of Malaga, of which he was the organizer. He probably liked our chat, because he hasn’t stop helping us in different parts of production, his work field, ever since. Some months ago he decided to come to Madrid to study, and we know he has some future projects.
Maria Santonja has a degree in Audiovisual Communication and in Advertising and Public Relations. In 2009, he knew about The Cosmonaut and became a producer. The following year, she met the Riot Cinema team by chance in a conference, and from that moment, she started to collaborate in pre-production tasks of the film, mainly looking for sponsors. Thanks to her, we were sponsored by Rode which supplied us part of the sound material for the shooting! More about her here.
Apart from being our “Sasha” in the film, he is now in charge of all The Cosmonaut’s translations into English through his company SG Linguistics. Although you have probably heard him in the voice over of some advertisements (Telefónica, Swatch, London Gin…), he mainly deals, together with his company, with linguistic advising for different companies. He is also preparing a Doctorate, and he does some mischief in the time he has left, such as shooting a #littlesecretfilm.
She has been the translator team coordinator for quite a long time. She now lives in Barcelona, where she works for MotoGP Grand Prix worldwide, but you can follow her here.
Daniel has been a very active member in the translation team for almost 3 years. He has been a freelance translator for more than 6 years, and this is his website.
Javier, from Alicante, joined the project at its first stage. He has been assistant in the translation team and editor/sponsor of the second edition of Poetics for Cosmonauts (which he also re-invested in the project).
Angélica has been for months an active member of the translation team into English. This Dominican girl works as a Telecommunications Consultant for Optiva Media, and is currently in the integration project of TiVo for Ono in Spain as Senior QE Software Engineer.
They have translated the web and the business plan (best known as The Plan) into Japanese, and also gave an Asian touch to the team. As ShakingAsia they help several technology companies to get into the Japanese market, and work hard to get further.
Miriam, apart from bearing that the living room of his house was Riot Cinema office when we were starting the project, has been the merchandising manager in the first and more important stages of the film. We owe her the management of the lovely packaging many of you received, as well as many other necessary things in its production. She is in London showing all she knows in the world of fashion.
From 2009 to 2013, he has made posters, illustrated “The Plan”, FX storyboards, merchandising, and transmedia animation, and everything drawable and conceivable. He is now dedicated to publishing illustration as a freelance, and in an artistic and commercial project in which several artists try to reinvent portrait with a fresh air.
Sonia has collaborated doing what she can do best: drawing and illustrating with characters and different elements anything about “The Cosmonaut”, such as badges, flyers, “The plan”, graphics, etc. She is now involved in a project for her own wear brand, MissiMissiMadrid, in which she designs clothes and exclusive complements.
Mario has been an occasional but essential collaborator. He is a street art fan who combines his photography talent with projects like “Wash your mouth”, and other interesting things. Everything is in his website.
It’s been 5 years since we changed from sharing the college corridors to working together. He has made spots, virals… for us, worked as producer or composer, and we have also helped him in the production of his own products, such as his latest adventure: www.libreslaserie.com
Ezequiel helped us in many different things at the beginning of the project: edition and visual effects in the first teasers, some spots for our first events… and many other things! He directed a short film (Moon Dust) with our help, using material that you would see in the film. He is now working as an actor, director of photography, and editor/post-producer in many projects. He has just shot Nova, a science fiction film for the initiative #littlesecrefilm, and he is preparing new projects as director.
They are some old clients of us who address us such beautiful words as these: “Some years ago, we decided to invest in The Cosmonaut. We fell in love with the project, and we had the opportunity to see how professional and work passionate the people from Riot Cinema were. I cannot say if it seemed a safe investment in terms of profitability, but it was going to allow us to closely follow an exciting project. We decided to do our bit ever since as far as we could: helping in logistics, lending machines, or giving advices in computing safety. Now, we are also dealing with the programming of the new web of the film, and that make as really proud.” And this makes us a hell prouder! You can contact them here.
Great, creative, and smiling, Vení are Fran Asensio, Gabriela Ovando, and Alicia Barrientos. They create branding, websites, motion graphics, animated video clips, video, illustrations, and a bit of 3D. Nevertheless, they will go down in history for designing and executing the amazing and historical 20 minutes film credits with almost 6000 names.
Vostok is a design and strategy studio of digital products, whose headquarters are in Madrid. They were the ones to design the first two versions of The Cosmonaut website. They are obsessed with honesty and elegance, and they work for cool companies such as filmin, minube, and Ducksboard. Their latest project is Caoba, the first (not old-fashioned) dating app for iPhone.
Bilis was the art director, and designer, who proved that a person can work for 3 weeks in a row sleeping no more than two hours a day. His touch and knowledg had made the film have an amazing art. He is now working as art director in a new project: Sangaile.