Joseph was born in Montebello, California. His father of German descent and his mother from Bogotá, Colombia introduced him to tango music, comic books, and classic films at an early age. He began writing, drawing, and painting at the age of seven.
Our second stop was Mexico City. We visited several sites including Expo Locaciones Mexico as well as the world famous Sanborn's Restaurant. Besides scouting locations, we also met with several production people.
After making a number of short films, music videos, and one documentary, Renaissance Productions, Ltd. begins to travel to various Latin American locations. Over the next several years, RPL begins its preparation of several feature film projects (thrillers with action and romance) designed for the Latin market. Our first stop was in Bogota, Colombia. We scouted locations and enjoyed the hospitality of the people.
"Xerox Centerpointe - An Overview" (1989) was shot on location in La Palma, CA. Voice over was later added in post production.
Our second trip to Argentina took us back to Buenos Aires. We scouted additional locations for our future feature film projects and met with local talent agents. We then flew to Córdoba and traveled through the various landscapes, the Alta Gracia church and courtyard, a clock tower, and the local train station.
Besides "Tango in the Dark", two other feature film projects, "Blood on the Streets" and "A Silence Within" were included in the PRO-Content Media brochure for the 2019 Produced By Conference in Burbank, CA. Meetings took place in Pasadena and Burbank, CA. Many contacts were made in regards to the feature film projects.
Photos - Joseph D. Peters
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Renaissance Productions, Ltd is formed in 1986. "Seniors and Alcohol Abuse" (1986) was shot in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA and distributed to every English speaking country around the world. The documentary becomes a finalist at the 1987 American Film and Video Festival in New York.
Our next stop was Argentina. We stayed in Buenos Aires. Our guides took us to San Telmo, Palermo, and La Boca. We met with production people and visited several production houses including Cámaras y Luces and Cinecolor.
"Tango in the Dark" was included in the PRO-Content Media promotional brochure at the recent 2019 NAPTE event in Miami.
"Fame" Rock Theater Show performance at USC School of Theater.
1997 Commercial demo shoot in Glendora, CA.
"Emotions" (1999) was shot in Pasadena and San Dimas, CA. It received the Gold Award at the 1999 Cindy Awards in San Diego, CA and a Honorable Mention Award at the 1999 Columbus International Film & Video Festival in Ohio.
"Mais Que Nada" (1985) music video was shot on Super 8 in Los Angeles, Covina, and Pomona, CA. While it was being edited in July of 1985, there was a deep realization that film contains all of the many elements of the arts. The journey begins.
We took a fourth trip to Buenos Aires to attend the 2017 Ventana Sur film market. We had many productive meetings with producers from Latin America and Spain. The VS staff was very nice and helpful.
Received La Salle High School Alumni Arts Hall of Fame Award in 1990 for his body of work in art, music, writing, theater, and film.
"Godspell" rehearsal & performance was held inside of a circus tent on the campus of La Salle High School in Pasadena, CA.
8mm footage is compiled and edited into six different music videos and entitled, "The Peters Family - A Retrospective" (1988).
"Rachel" (1994) was shot in Pasadena and Glendora, CA and distributed worldwide. It received the Silver Award at the 1995 Intercom International Film & Video Festival in Chicago as well as the Bronze Award at the 1995 International Cindy Competition in San Diego, CA.
He began to explore other areas of the fine arts. It began with an introduction to the world of theater. Acting, singing, and dancing was executed in the La Salle High School musical production of "West Side Story".
Prior to our second trip to Argentina, we put together a tango dance sequence called "Silhouette" from our proposed feature film project, "Tango in he Dark". Sandor and Parissa choreographed the tango dance. Due to a tight timeline, we shot 15 takes from four different camera positions in just under two hours. We shot using a three chip and a one chip camera. Filmlook utilized the Da Vinci system to provide our finished film product.
Our third trip to Argentina enabled us to meet with several Argentine actors and actresses that included Paulo Brunetti, Eleonora Wexler, and Rodrigo Aragon. We also had a table read of my script, "Tango in the Dark" and dined on Argentine cuisine and red wine. Everyone that we met on our trips to Argentina was very warm and friendly toward us.
Besides photography, Joseph created many drawings and paintings at USC and beyond. Click here to view a few samples of his work.
We took many meetings at the 2019 AFM (American Film Market) in Santa Monica, California. Great contacts and potential partnerships in the future.
"When Autumn Comes" (2003) was shot entirely on location in North Carolina with the participation of the Piedmont Community College Film School. The film received a Participation Certificate at the 2003 Columbus International Film and Video Festival in Ohio.
Renaissance Productions, Ltd. wants to thank the talented cast and crews for their tremendous contributions over the years. Their dedication and sacrifice helped to produce films that have been both artistically and commercially successful. The journey continues.
We took our first trip to Madrid in 2018. We scouted locations throughout the city. We met with film and television production people and actors from Spain. Everyone was so nice and warm. It was such a positive experience that will never be forgotten.
"Eskimo Ice Cream Shoes" (1990) was shot in Pomona and San Dimas, CA. and distributed worldwide. The film received the Gold Award at the 1991 Houston International Film Festival.
We completed a music video entitled, "Decades of the '70's Reunion" (2013). The music video was created by shooting with a flip camera, digital photos from the event and archival photos from the 70's yearbooks. This film was shot entirely on location at La Salle High School in Pasadena, California. "No Matter What" is the featured song, performed by Badfinger.
We have developed several feature film projects, over the past few years, designed for the worldwide Latin market. According to a recent article, the Hispanic audience is currently being underserved. The film projects (thrillers with action and romance) that are ready to shoot are "Tango in the Dark", "A Silence Within", "Blood on the Streets", "Shadow of the Werewolf", "Silent Storms", "Tango Rendezvous" and "Hidden Tracks". We are also currently developing faith based feature film projects for that particular market as well. Click here to view the Projects in Development page.