Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Expressing thanks.

I just want to express my thanks for my old friends who have stuck with me, all the new friends I made this year, all the supporters of my work, my health, my family and my life.

I truly live in a constant state of wonder and thankfulness.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Raising the Bar and OVERKILL holiday special!

Some have said that the Raising the Bar Trilogy and Kai Greene: OVERKILL are some of the best documentaries ever made about the sport of bodybuilding. See for yourself and take advantage of holiday discounts now through December 31st.

Save almost $40 off the price of the individual DVDs when you buy both!

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Novatest commercial

Check out my latest promo for Xero Limits.

It features Rodney Roller, my brother Dave Pulcinella and a young bodybuilder by the name of Xavier Velez.

Here's what the supplement company has to say about the product...

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

New promo for MHP!

Introducing Ryan Watson! Ryan shatters the myth of the "musclebound" bodybuilder.

I spent the entire day shooting with Ryan for this new MHP promo, first outside in the hot Tampa sun demonstrating football training, then inside in the Downtown Tampa Powerhouse Gym going through a full upper body workout. Ryan believes that you don't have to give up athletic performance to be a bodybuilder, and he's living proof.

Ryan is an amazing athlete and I'm sure you're going to be hearing a lot more about him in the future.

Click on the title of the video to watch on Youtube.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Preview of Kai Greene: REDEMPTION is ready to view online!

Two parts of the series have just been released so far. We are getting very good reviews on this!

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Click here to watch the preview videos.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Kai Greene: REDEMPTION to be released on bodybuilding.com!

Kai Greene: REDEMPTION, the sequel to OVERKILL, is going to be released in five parts on bodybuilding.com starting August 6th!

The BB.com episodes are a shortened version of the documentary. The full length director's cut with additional footage and bonus features will be available on DVD, due out the beginning of September.

The blog page cuts off part of the video so just click on the title on the video itself to be taken to Youtube where you can watch it in its entirety.

Click here to bookmark http://videos.bodybuilding.com/ so that you don't miss a single episode of Kai Greene: REDEMPTION!

And be sure to vote for MuscleMeds products for the bodybuilding.com 2010 Supplement Awards! http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/supplementawardpage.htm

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mike Pulcinella video is expanding!

This video represents a milestone for Mike Pulcinella Video Productions! It's the first video that was neither shot nor edited by me! I was merely the director for this project. Elena Paladino and Nicole Pulcinella shot the video and Elena edited this piece.

This is Dance Obsessions senior lyrical group performing Imogen Heap's song and is one of our favorite pieces from their 2010 show.

The blog page cuts off part of the video so just click on the title on the video itself to be taken to Youtube where you can watch it in its entirety.

To order DVDs of the entire show click here to be taken to our sales page.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The experiment has begun!

This is the first teaser of the promotional campaign that I am doing for the supplement company Xero Limits. It features their spokesman Rodney Roller.

More about Rodney and the DVD project that he and I are working on together soon!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Preview of my SECOND Kai Greene DVD in the works!

I'm getting deeper into the editing of the sequel to OVERKILL! It's going to be called "Kai Greene: REDEMPTION".

Here are a few stills from this work in progress. This is going to be a very different DVD from the first one in many ways.

There is no release date set yet. I still have a long way to go!

Click on the pix to view them full frame.

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We had a pretty good position in the pit, even though we were a little off to the side. Still, it's some of the crispest, best looking footage I've ever seen. Kudos to my assistant Elena for putting up with the pit mayhem and still getting good footage!

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An usual use of the leg curl machine for a specific purpose.

Kai squats 585 for many reps just weeks before the Arnold Classic.

Kai at prejudging. 2010 Arnold Classic

Sunday morning after winning the 2010 Arnold, Kai gives a training seminar.

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Posing a few weeks before the Arnold.

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Teaching young bodybuilder, Jason Myers, the fine art of posing.

The result of squatting 585 for reps.

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Student and teacher.

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Bodybuilding.com series is a success!

The fifth and final "webisode" of Kai Greene: OVERKILL is now available on bodybuilding.com.

This series has been spectacularly well received.

I'm very proud to say that in less than a month Part 1 has gotten over 40,800 views, beating videos that have been on the site for almost a year.

It is the second most discussed video on the entire site, followed closely by parts 2 and 3!

OVERKILL is the second highest rated video and has also been favorited more times than videos that have spent far longer online.

Thanks to everyone for their kind words and support during the course of this project! There's lots more to come!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Watch ALL of OVERKILL on Bodybuilding.com!

Bodybuilding.com is running my serialization of Kai Greene: OVERKILL!

That means that once a week they are posting, in its entirety, a segment of the documentary on their videos page and I get to say cool TV announcer-ish things like "Previously on OVERKILL..." and "Coming up on OVERKILL..."!

Check all of them out here on a special video homepage made just for OVERKILL!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Excerpt from Kai Greene: OVERKILL - Kai trains legs before the Olympia

When I travelled to Las Vegas to tape Kai Greene as he prepared for his first attempt to win the Mr. Olympia crown I expected to see the usual hardcore workouts.

Instead, I found an athlete pushed to his limits...and beyond. The word "hardcore" began to take on a new meaning.

Music composed for the documentary by Martin Bailey.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What video camera should you buy? Answer: It doesn't matter!

Today I got a very nice email from a fan of my work who wanted to try his hand at a little amateur documentary of his own. He asked me the following question...

“What video camera should I buy? I want to be sure that my video is high quality.”

That’s one of the most asked questions on video forums all over the internet. I see it very often and my answer to it is this...

It doesn’t matter.

The best video camera for you is the one you can afford.

Here's why I say that...

The elements of a quality documentary are not necessarily to be found in the equipment. The best equipment in the hands of someone without the knowledge of how to use it won’t produce anything worth watching, whereas someone like Martin Scorcese could use a cell phone and make a movie that would make you laugh and cry.

What gives a documentary quality is summarized by what I call The Three S’s.

Story. Stability. Style.

1. Story

Something worth watching has to happen and you have to be able to present that in a way that keeps the viewers attention.

My first DVD, Raising the Bar was shot on an inexpensive $500 Canon videocamera. The images are not the greatest but the story was so strong that people around the world have been able to enjoy it.

I recommend buying the book Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. It is a handbook for screenwriters, but the methods of storytelling it outlines translate well to documentary.

2. Stability.

Shaky camerawork is the mark of the amateur video. Learn to stabilize yourself if you are shooting handheld. Practice panning smoothly. Use a tripod whenever possible. Don’t try to walk and shoot.

2. Style.

Learn about lighting and composition. Why are certain things positioned where they are in the frame in great movies? What makes a good composition? Google “the rule of thirds”. Learn what it is and then learn how to break the rule. From which direction is the light coming? Where should I position the camera? When should I shoot the entire scene and when should I move in for a close up?

All of these things are incredibly important in making something look professional and keeping it interesting.

Visit a museum and notice the compositions of paintings by the great masters. Get photography books and magazines and begin to dissect the way elements are placed for maximum dramatic impact. Where is the subject placed in the frame and why?

Learn about editing. The best shot video, if edited poorly, will fail to hold attention and everything will go to waste. Pacing is very important. How do we know what to include and what to leave out? Under what circumstances should we we condense time and when do we stretch time?

I recommend reading In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch (Editor of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now). It’s a great introduction to some of the basic philosophies of film editing.

Having filled your head with all that I will tell you that I use small Canon HD video cameras for my work. I like the Vixia HV 40. It has a great picture and is small and unobtrusive. That’s an important quality to have when shooting fly-on-the-wall documentaries like I do!

You can get them online for anywhere from $600 to $800. I also attach a shotgun microphone to all my video cameras. I use a Rhode or Azden shotgun on my Canon. Sound is VERY important and the on-board mics on most cameras don’t really do that good of a job of shutting out unwanted noise from the background.

I personally recommend that whatever camera you buy that you get one that uses mini DV tapes. One of the most important things to consider in shooting documentary is that need to safely archive footage. I find a box of tapes to be much more inexpensive and reliable as a long-term backup than a finicky, expensive hard drive which can fail unexpectedly.

Tape vs card is a controversial subject these days but I'm sticking to my guns!!

So that's my advice. Learn how to shoot great footage and how to edit it effectively and whatever camera you buy will be the best camera for you!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

You can appear in Kai Greene's next DVD!

Thanks to everyone for your interest in and support of Kai Greene: OVERKILL! The story of his first attempt on the Olympia stage has been getting good reviews. Obviously I'm pretty happy about that!

As you may know I have been contracted to continue my relationship with Kai for a second DVD about his trip back to the Arnold and his defense of his title!

It’s been a dramatic journey, to be sure, but I need your help.

One of the things I’d like to explore in this next documentary is Kai’s relationship to his fans. I’d like to get opinions about Kai from the people who really count...the bodybuilding fans themselves!

If you would like to be a part of Kai’s next DVD (and a part of bodybuilding history!) please videotape yourself talking about Kai and send it to me soon so I can get it in the new documentary. It doesn’t have to be all positive! Kai is a controversial athlete and if you have a criticism of him and can say it respectfully it might make it into the doc as well.

You can answer one or all of the following questions...or you can improvise your own. Be creative! Show us your physique. But above all explain to us how Kai inspires or entertains you.

Only the most interesting and enthusiastic answers will make it on to the DVD of course so, like Kai...don't hold back!

Who is Kai Greene?

What makes Kai special? In other words, why are you a fan of his?

How has Kai Greene changed bodybuilding?

There are several ways you can get the video to me:

- Mail me a DV tape or burn it on a DVD

- Email a MPEG4 or WMV file (if it’s not too large!)

- Post it on Youtube and send me the link. I can rip it from there.

By sending me your video you give me the right to include it or parts of it in the DVD, in promotional materials for the DVD and in promotion for Mike Pulcinella Video Productions.

Thanks in advance for your support and enthuiasm for my projects! Don’t delay, I am beginning the editing process right now!


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sneak peek at the Adela Garcia Project!

Subscribe now to get instant updates when Adela's DVD is ready!

In 2008 the career of one of the most dynamic performers in professional fitness competition seemed to be over. Adela Garcia, three time winner of the fitness Olympia, had to undergo reconstructive knee surgery.

What followed was one of the most inspiring comebacks in the sport . Not only did Adela return to fitness competition but she won the 2009 Europa and the 2009 Olympia, tying Susie Curry for the most wins of the Olympia ever!

Compiled from over two years of footage, Mike Pulcinella Video Productions is creating the DVD that tells the story of Adela's long and painful road back to the top, and follow her through her prep and onto the stage for the 2010 Arnold Classic. Here is a brief taste of what is to come!

Stay tuned! More clips and updates are on the way!

Click here to buy the full 2009 Olympia contest video from IFBBTV.com!

Talkin' about OVERKILL and Raising the Bar!

Check me out!! I'll be on the Off Topic radio show Tuesday at 8PM EST!

We'll be talking about the origins of Raising the Bar, the making of Kai Greene: OVERKILL and Kai's prep for the upcoming Arnold classic, which I have been taping for a follow up DVD!

You can listen to it live or stream and/or download it anytime after that at the link below.

Off Topic

Friday, January 29, 2010

My NO-Bomb commercial with Victor Martinez

MHP supplements has a new bodybuilding product called NO-Bomb. The tag line for the product is "Go Nuclear!" They asked me to create a commercial for it. Inspired by the tag line I created this.

I had a lot of fun doing this. The hardest part was getting my voice to sound like those old-time announcers. The trick was to move away from the microphone...and YELL!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Victor Martinez begins his prep for the 2010 Olympia!

MHP supplements has me working on a new project that I'm very excited about!

I've just returned from spending a few days with Victor Martinez in Tampa, Florida as he was consulting with his new trainer Joe McNeal. Joe is a good friend of Dexter Jackson and helped him win the Olympia in 2008. He is a very energetic, knowledgable and inspiring guy with one of the most awesome home gyms I've ever seen!

Please don't envy me. I was in a resort town but it was cold as s**t down there in Florida! I'm from Philadelphia, Vic lives New York. We thought we were going to get a break from the freeze. No such luck! Anyway, I got some great footage and have made a start at understanding Joe's plan for Vic.

This is going to be a long and difficult year for Victor, but both he and Joe feel that Vic is poised to finally fulfill his potential and become Mr. Olympia. This program is designed to make that happen!

The first step in the process was the decision to skip the Arnold Classic this year. In fact, Joe McNeal refused to take Victor on unless he agreed to this one prerequisite. Joe felt that there just wasn't enough time to make the changes to Vic's physique that needed to be made and that they should set their sights on the O.

Over the course of the next nine months Joe will tweak Victor's workout, diet and supplements, striving to give him the size he needs to compete with Jay and Kai, while maintaining the classic lines that Vic is known for.

Recent setbacks are in the past. As far as Vic is concerned his knee injury is old news. Although he and his family are still grieving for their recent tragic loss, they are attempting to go on with their lives.

Vic is ready. He's excited! (Well, as excited as Vic can get. He's a very low-key guy! LOL!) It's going to be a very interesting year for bodybuilding and I am honored to be allowed into the inner circle with my camera. I am going to follow this "experiment" throughout the course of the year videotaping when I can. In the end I will produce a DVD for MHP that tells the story of Victor's transformation, and hopefully his triumph, from the inside.

Stay tuned!