Friday, December 11, 2015



How do I make a music video? There are many answers to this question. In this video you'll get a closer look into Director Xavier Ybarra's planning process of making a music video. 

The first step to making a music video is understanding what the music artist is looking for. This part of the process requires good communication between the music artist and the director. After all, it's their music you're building the visuals for. Once you have a clear idea, it's time to write the script. 

A music video script doesn't have to be as extensive as a film script. As long has you get the steps across. However, the better written the more your crew will understand what's happening on set.

The next steps to making a music video are optional, depending on the size of your production. The storyboards, storyboarding your music video is a great visual tool for everyone on set the day of production. Looking at a shooting script may still warrant explanation. Looking at the storyboard tells your crew a lot about what you want. Including framing, camera movement, and even choice of lens. 

Next comes the shot list. (If you skip the storyboard process this would come next after writing the script.) The shot list is a breakdown of every camera setup you intend on performing. On this shot list, I include the scene number, shot number, camera movement and angle, lens choice, and an abbreviated description of the meaning of the camera angle and camera move.


Watch the video to learn more about the directors creative process.


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Monday, November 9, 2015


Day Dream is a short film written and directed by Xavier Ybarra. The short film is based on a man successfully pursing his dream. Yet, having a feeling deep within himself he's living the wrong life. The concept sounds like a Twilight Zone episode. 

Director Xavier Ybarra tells us about his writing process. "I was enjoying a cup of coffee sitting at the Coffee Bean on Hollywood Blvd and Orange. That's where I like to reflect. Then this feeling came over me and I pulled out my phone and started typing. It was a strange feeling I can only explain in this manner. It's that feeling you'd get as a child when you've done something terribly wrong and are about to get caught. While my mind is thinking I'm going the wrong way. After sharing the writing with my wife, she encouraged me to turn it into a film."

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Run As One Puerto Rico Chapter Makes History

History was made today in Camuy, Puerto Rico as veterans and civilians gathered together to unite with the efforts of Team RWB to honor Marine veteran, Clay Hunt, on the 4th annual Run as One (read more Team RWB). The veterans of Puerto Rico proudly ran side by side displaying a strong bond of brotherhood. 

It was an amazing experience and privilege to capture the veterans and civilians as flags flew high across the beautiful sky. A powerful statement was made as they made their way across the city. 

From rocky mountain terrain to neighborhood streets, the presence of each person inspired the locals to leave their homes and join in.  While other's learned of our cause. The excitement on their faces made me realize how powerful of an affect we were making. 

As a director and filmmaker, it's a dream to find an amazing story and share it with the world. What makes this monumental in nature is Puerto Rico's Wounded Warrior Project, lead by Daniel Dumas, and Puerto Rico's Team RWB Chapter have made great strides to bridge the gap of communication between veterans and civilians as well as changing the way civilians view veterans. The main message I felt was delivered today to fellow veterans was spoken by Team RWB Chapter Captain, Lemuel Diaz, "We are here for you, you are not alone." Followed by the words of Veterans Outreach Director, George Ohan, "We were once leaders. We will be leaders again."


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Film Director Xavier Ybarra Set to Complete "I'm Addicted" Music Video by Artist JildyT Starring Actor Ray Wise

Actor Ray Wise in front of the Palms Casino in Las Vegas Photo by: Xavier Ybarra
Film Director Xavier Ybarra began filming the music video "I'm Addicted" by Artist JildyT, starring Actor Ray Wise, feat. Kobe Honeycutt earlier this year in February, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV. Director Xavier Ybarra says, "It was a real pleasure working with talent of this caliber. They made it very easy for me to get what I needed. Considering I was a one-man crew on the shoot."

Artist JildyT in Malibu, CA | Photo by: Xavier Ybarra

The song "I'm Addicted" is apart of Artist JildyT's EP "The Love Love Love Project." This EP is geared towards Love and to raise awareness of Domestic Violence. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Artist JildyT will go to charities such as the Jenesse Center.

Actor Ray Wise in front of Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV. | Photo by: Xavier Ybarra
The EP has been completed in the Hollywood Hippie Records studio and the "I'm Addicted" Music Video put back in the swing of things. Director Xavier Ybarra says, "I was pleased to open the project after so much time had passed. Getting a fresh look at the material before jumping into editing is priceless. I love being able to stay with a project from beginning to end. Mostly, because the project always takes a turn in another direction in the editing room and I love that discovery. It doesn't matter if the video looks exactly how you intended it. As long as the feeling of the story is preserved."

"The Love Love Love Project" EP is set to be released February, 2015.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014


Director Xavier Ybarra and Hollywood Hippie Records Recording Artist JildyT teamed up early this month to film a new music video geared to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.  Director Xavier Ybarra and Artist JildyT have worked hard to get the music video ready for release. The music video was filmed and directed by Director Xavier Ybarra. Along, with the editing and coloring of the project. "It's a record for me to finish post-production in less than two weeks." Director Xavier tells us. His last project "Niña Bruja" was edited along with all the visual effects (Niña Bruja is loaded with visual effects shots) in two weeks flat after working 16 hour days to make the deadline. Director Xavier Ybarra says, "I enjoy working on projects that have a message and work in some way to help people."

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Sunday, November 2, 2014




Director Xavier Ybarra and 1st AD Anthony Bloodworth discussing the schedule. 
From page to the screen, Director Xavier Ybarra brings to life the artistic concept of a Bruja (played by Priscilla Jaramillo) who seduces a musician (played by Recording Artist Alé) to take his soul. 

In the photo above, Recording Artist Alé faces the wall of photos in attempts to overcome the spell she's placed him under. 

As Alé plays his guitar with passion and intent, he's pulled into the photo and seduced to touch her. 

When he does, Alé is thrown out of the photo to find his picture has replaced hers.

This process continues as he begins to give in more quickly each time.

Until, at last, the musician's photos have replaced all of hers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Left: Artist Alé, Middle: Director Xavier Ybarra, Right: Actress/Model Priscilla Jaramillo

Director Xavier Ybarra was approached by Music Artist Alé to direct his single Niña Bruja several weeks ago. The song is about a musician who's been placed under a spell by a bruja (played by Priscilla Jaramillo) who practices the dark arts. The concept of the video starts when the musician confronts the bruja's spell and try's to break from it with his music. While the musician plays his heart out to over power the spell, the bruja plays her own tune as a seductress. In the end, the musician is battling to save his soul. While the bruja works to steal it. Director Xavier Ybarra says, "It's a high concept video and is geared to be sexy and entertaining. It's interesting how the idea for the video came about. As I was writing the script, I was inspired by a photo hanging on the wall in the cafe I was sitting in.

Director Xavier Ybarra storyboarding Niña Bruja.

The simple light reflections, on the glass in the picture frame blending over the image, sparked the concept for the video. I love the way the imagination works. From storyboard to screen, it all went according to plan on set Saturday. Now it's all about post-production."

Director Xavier Ybarra and his team (Anthony Bloodworth and George Ohan) filmed the music video Saturday, October 11th, 2014. Now the Director will spend the next couple weeks editing. Director Xavier Ybarra says, "What I love about editing, is that it's exactly like directing for me. After directing the story on set, I must now find the direction the story is to unfold for the audience. Even though each shot was storyboarded and carefully planned, everything changes in the editing room. There's an unlimited amount of possibilities on the direction you can take the project and that's exciting." The video is to be released October 25th, 2014. 

The official Behind-The-Scenes photos and videos coming soon.

Director Xavier Ybarra and Actress/Model Priscilla Jaramillo

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