Pinoy Indie Raketers, Beware of those craps :D

Being a part of the film industry is not a joke, whether you’re the director or merely a PA [production affiliate}. It requires a lot amount of sweat and blood. I had a chance to work for a feature film before so i got an idea  how the production works and how hardwork usually entails it.

So yesterday, I got this mail from our egroup [The Philippine Cinema yahoo group] and it gave me something to cringe about. It is not about any tacky film but a shared horrible experience of this filmmaker who only wants is to produce a quality material. and take note, it’s a campaign material that [should be] used in the campaign period of this “known” political figure…with no further ado, here’s the story



Today at 12:14pm

Rumaket kami ng political advertisement. Two (2) weeks lang kami nagpre-prod dahil sobrang rush ng lahat. Humiling ako na maghire ng mga tao na makakatrabaho sa prod. Initially ayaw pa maghire ng PD. Sabi ko, hindi pwede dahil autobiography ang pinapagawa nila so may periods ito. Nag-ask ako na maghire ng PM. Ayaw. May secretary naman daw sya na pwedeng umasikaso ng lahat ng kelangan ko in terms of logistics and budget. Sabi ko sige fine. Nagtitipid sila. Nagiipit ng pera.

Bilang SECRETARY nya ang naging production manager ko at apparently walang alam sa prod work, ako parin ang gumawa ng bulk of the pm-ing with the help of my production assistant na mas may alam pa sa kanya. Bilang walang alam itong si SECRETARY, nagkada-leche leche ang budget at hindi tama ang budget breakdown na naipa-approve nya sa boss nya na PR PERSON nung pulitiko.

Nag-day one ng shoot kahapon. Nung pack up na, shempre alam nating kaliwaan ng tf. Bilang hindi naman talaga pm si SECRETARY e hindi nila mabayaran ang grip dahil inakala nilang ang budget ng Balicas for the day ay yung budget na for the entire 3-day shoot. So hindi nila marelease ang Balicas. At shempre hindi rin nila kami mapaalis.

Hinold nila kami sa 23 ILANG-ILANG STREE NEW MANILA (office ni PR PERSON) for 5 hours after pack up dahil sa diskusyon sa mga tf ng tao na malinaw naman nung umpisa pa lang na kaliwaan. PR PERSON called us a bunch of unprofessional shitty cowards who don’t know what we’re doing. He threatened to call security and to sue us if we don’t leave his office that moment. He bragged about his connections in the industry and threatened to ruin our careers to the people he know. E hindi pa nga kami nabibigyan ng talent fees. At hindi parin sila nagbabayad sa Balicas.

Mabuti na lang nakaka-day 1 pa lang ng shoot, nagkaalaman na agad ng baho. Hindi na namin tinapos ang project at dahil dyan, alam kong anytime soon may kokontak sa inyo to offer a raket. So if ever may kumontak sa inyo for a political ad, mag-ingat lang kayo. Do background checking. Sign a contract.

Warn your friends and colleagues. Share this with them.


so guys in the industry, be careful with this or better yet, keep away from those nasty peeps.. 😀

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀


2 responses

  1. Your blog has been one of my favorites of all time. … Thanks for writing such a great blog. I always enjoyed reading it,

    April 11, 2010 at 3:58 am

    • thanks Lisa, it’s been awhile since the last time I posted something here, due to “password” issues, anyway, thanks for appreciating my thoughts, expect new contents, now that I regained my account :D..Godspeed 😀

      April 12, 2010 at 12:27 am

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