1. A recent Tuesday at 10:10 a.m.:

    "It's kind of like the movie 'Toy Story.' A lot of them were thrown away - people didn't like them - some of them are torn. Basically, we give these stuffed animals a second chance," said Marco Marquez. His grandfather, Jose Marquez, stood by his side and year-old son Anthony sat in his arms. The collection of stuffed animals started 16 years ago shortly after Grandpa Jose purchased a Bernal Heights apartment building. Back then, Jose was a construction worker and would rescue the toys that had been thrown into gutters, bringing them to the garage for a second life. Now Jose is retired, and the garage has become a haven for him. Those who love him most always know where to find him. "I love these old animals. Sometimes I tell my wife, 'OK, I'm going to go see my family,' " Jose said. Every day in this space, Jose watches "The Price Is Right." Sometimes he watches his great-grandson and they both chuckle as he tosses the little boy in the air. A set of giant gorillas laugh back at them. On Fridays, Jose lifts Tequila shots with his best buddies. "All the time you see people going up and down the street. They know the garage but I don't think they know him," said Marco, who calls his grandfather "Dad" because he raised Marco and his two siblings, in addition to six of his own children. "He's great. There are no words to describe a man like that," Marco said.

    To see a multimedia production of this piece, go to sfgate.com/cityexposed. If you have ideas for the City Exposed, e-mail Mike Kepka at mkepka@sfchronicle.com. To hear audio and see more photos, go to sfgate.com/cityexposed. If you have ideas for the City Exposed, e-mail Mike Kepka at mkepka@sfchronicle.com.

    Read more: sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/01/BA1M1LBJ8L.DTL#ixzz1c2Ek0B00

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  2. The story of ballet shoes, from the factory to the stage. Filmed on location at Freed of London & the New York City Ballet.

    Client: New York City Ballet
    Director + Editor: Galen Summer
    Producer: Kristin Sloan
    Director of Photography: Hillary Spera
    Sound Mixer: Guillermo Pena Tapia


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  3. This is where it all began. It was our first attempt to design and produce one of our ideas for a film. Having done the shooting, we were not happy with the result and so we had to scrap the initial idea and start all over. We experimented and improvised with the music, the editing and the graphics until we felt we had something. Having no expectations, we posted it on vimeo. The feedback was quick and overwhelming. People’s comments from around the world, gave us the motivation to continue with more films for the series.


    directed / edited / vfx - Dimitris Ladopoulos, Spiros Rasidakis
    director of photography - Nikos Mexis
    sound design - Nikos Tsines
    music - The Three Corners of the Earth, The Fire Shall Devour Us

    (shot using available light, with Canon 5D+7D, edited in Final Cut Pro X, tracked with PFTrack, composited in After Effects)

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