Posts tagged “Philippine Cinema

scenarios inc [5]: last yellow day

Last February 22, Filipinos  commemorated the 24th anniversary of the first EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted strongman Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines, installing Corazon “Cory” Aquino as the new president.

But I think because of the campaign elections happening as of now, color yellow is not as patriotic as before, it is oversell. Yellow just lost it’s spark , it’s patriotic value and historical relevance due to overuse in different self centered intentions. I don’t have grunges on those candidates wearing celebrated color of the 80’s, the truth is I was buying my vote to one of them, until he decided to run for vice president.

Well, that’s not the whole article is about. I just want to share to the younger generation about this film I found from a forum.

Entitled “A Dangerous Life” [Four day revolution-Australia],  a TV movie about the 1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines directed by Robert Markowitz and written by David Williamson. It was originally released as a six-hour HBO mini-series in the United States and was later edited down as a 162-minute television movie.

The drama focuses on two American journalists caught up in the revolution. Gary Busey stars as an American TV journalist, on the scene when the tempestuous situation in Manila boils over. He puts his own life on the line to get the inside story of the overthrow of the Marcos regime. By its very nature, most of the film had to be shot everywhere but the Philippines.

Sir Ruben Rustia as Ferdinand Marcos. His Portrayal is so life-like, I somewhat syphatized on end of his character.

It’s so surreal to watch an American movie made entirely in the Philippines, with Filipino actors belting out their talents as high end actors, also taking credit on how they deliver their momentous lines in English.

Gary Busey as Tony O' Niel and Dina Bonnevie as Celie Belamo

As far as the movies concern, I praised Ms. Tessie Tomas for her magical portrayal of Imelda Marcos, She defined the term “Imeldefic” very well on the screen.  It is without a doubt, made her as the first Filipina to be nominated at Emmys.

one of Tessie Tomas' speechless sequences---

[Again praises to Ms. Tessie Tomas, not to Imelda Marcos]

Well on my current nature of work, this is the least of what I can do to celebrate the yellow day on my own way.

Film Director Laurice Guillen as the late President Corazon Aquino

Film Director Laurice Guillens as the late President Cory Aquino



PiEmSi

Last February 6, I rushed from my work to my dear alma matter to meet some friends.  As early as 5 in the morning, they’re busy on doing some logistics regarding the Pinoy Media Congress. At first we only exchanged some smiles and went to each others directives to receive some instructions. I thought we will start the event without gathering all each other and crack a joke.

Balancing work, being a volunteer and a "raketeer"

Then breakfast arrived at last, we took turns in getting our food and drinks and sat in the NALLRC stairs, waiting for each other to arrive and also sit down.

sayang madilim ang shot---

I miss these guys. Those guys I used to work with last year during a nationwide research run. We practically gone to places together and do research and random interviews. With them I feel like a student again because of they made my work environment lively and so “homey” : feels like I’m doing a college research paper , not a client based project.

I feel like a college stude again hehe---I miss cramming..but not that much 😀

However, I’m excited to work again with these guys next week, but this time for a video post prod of an AVP for their college, College of Languages and Linguistics. And another for a Grotto photo hike this coming Thursday. I’m so glad that I got new photo hike buddies out of my new found friends :D.

Shiela and Rose : The data processor and the research writer of the previous nationwide research run

see you guys next week 😀



5th PMC Update.. ^.^

5 days to go and we’ll be seeing each other at the 5th Pinoy Media Congress, as for the update, here is post from PINOYWORLD.ORG, please check this out for those who’ll be participating the event 😀

The Philippine Association of Communication Educators Foundation (PACE) and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation have joined forces again to bring the Pinoy Media Congress with the theme Politics, Media and Citizenship.  Mark the place and the dates: 4- 6 February 2010 at Bulwagang Balagtas, NALLRC Bldg., Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The theme is timely as we all gear up for the May 2010 elections.  The sessions will cover discussions on political advertising, politics and the new social media, public opinion, the code of ethics in news gathering, citizen journalism, political advocacy, presidential profile, corporate social responsibility,  ratings 101, TV entertainment and a yearly dialogue with ABS-CBN top management.

Other than top executives of ABS-CBN led by Chairman and CEO Gabby Lopez, President and COO Charo Santos – Concio, Head of News and Current Affairs and ANC Maria Ressa, print and broadcast journalists, TV and movie personalities,  PACE is also inviting experts in research, film, advertising and journalism from universities and media organizations to give high-powered lectures and discussions.  Program schedule will be out soon.

On February 6, 2010, special activities for students like ABS-CBN studio tour, La Mesa Ecopark tour and Star Cinema Film Screening at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theatre.

For teachers, you are invited to attend the PACE National Conference on the 3rd day of the Congress.  The CHED Circular for the AB Broadcasting, Journalism and Communication Curriculum (for implementation SY 2010 – 2011) will be presented in the morning and this will be followed by PACE business matters and fellowship in the afternoon.

Pre-register now to reserve slots for your school delegation.  As in the previous years, it will be on a first come, first served basis.  Congress fee is only Php500.00 inclusive of lunch and snacks for 2 days, PMC bag and ID.  For now, we have set a quota of 6 teachers and 20 students per delegation.  We may increase this depending on the turnout; we will keep you posted.  Schools represented by members of the PACE Board and PMC Organizing Committee have the option to send bigger delegations in consideration of their valuable assistance to this project.

Admission to the Conference and Congress are free to all PACE members who have previously paid their 2009 annual membership due. But all are encouraged to pay their annual membership dues for the SY 2010.  Those who haven’t paid their dues last year or haven’t registered yet as members are encouraged to sign up, pay php500.00 for membership fee and Php100.00 for ID and attend the Conference –Seminar at no additional cost.

For the provincial delegates, the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) has available guest rooms and dormitories. You may get in touch with Ms. Michelle Duzon at telephone numbers 713-2981-86/ 713-2972/ 713-2732 or (0910) 6574065. CFA is just a few meters away from PUP.

Please accomplish the attached PMC School Reply Slip and send via email to any of the following PACE Trustees -Prof. Robert M. Baldago, PACE – Secretary  (kingrb12@yahoo.com) or Prof. Josefina M.C. Santos, PACE Assistant Secretary  (masayaako04@yahoo.com.ph) copy furnished the following contact person.

so there you go guys, be informed and be ready for Thursday, see you there…Where would I be on Saturday? Eco park or Dolphy Theater? hmmm 😀

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed 😀



5th Pinoy Media Congress [Invitation]

Guys,  especially to Broadcast, Communication Arts, Film Instructors  and students, here’s an invitation to join the 5th year of Pinoy Media Congress,  PACE [Philippine Association of Communication Education] in cooperation with the leading media company, ABS-CBN launches another event that will tackle broadcast communication and issues affecting it. So with no further ado, here’s the verbatim of the invite 😀

5th PINOY MEDIA CONGRESS 2010 is at PUP, Sta. Mesa, Manila

coinciding with
PACE National Conference

Dear Deans, Chairs and Teachers of communication, journalism, broadcasting & allied fields

We’re all set for PMC Year 5. The Philippine Association of Communication Educators Foundation (PACE) and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation have joined forces again to bring the Pinoy Media Congress with the theme Politics, Media and Citizenship. Mark the place and the dates: 4- 6 February 2010 at Bulwagang Balagtas, NALC Bldg., Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila.

A glimpse into the program: Lectures/Presentations on political advertising, politics and the new social media, public opinion, the code of ethics in news gathering, citizen journalism, political advocacy, presidential profile, corporate social responsibility, breakthrough in independent films, ratings 101, TV entertainment and a yearly dialogue with ABS-CBN top management.

PMC list of resource speakers include top executives of ABS-CBN led by Chairman and CEO Gabby Lopez, President and COO Charo Santos – Concio, Head of News and Current Affairs and ANC Maria Ressa, print and broadcast journalists, TV and movie personalities. PACE is also inviting experts in research, film, advertising and journalism from universities and media organizations to give high-powered lectures and discussions. Program schedule will be out soon.

On February 6, 2010, special activities for students like ABS-CBN studio tour, La Mesa Ecopark tour and Star Cinema Film Screening at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theatre. The PACE National Conference for teachers will also be on the same date.


Pre-register now to reserve slots for your school delegation. As in the previous years, it will be on a first come, first served basis. Congress fee is only Php500.00 inclusive of lunch and snacks for 2 days, PMC bag and ID. For now, we have set a quota of 6 teachers and 20 students per delegation. We may increase this depending on the turnout; we will keep you posted. Schools represented by members of the PACE Board and PMC Organizing Committee have the option to send bigger delegations in consideration of their valuable assistance to this project.

the entertainment people talks in PMC 4

The Conference and Seminar are free to all PACE members, who have previously paid their 2009 annual membership due. But all are encouraged to pay their annual membership dues for the SY 2010. Those who haven’t paid their dues last year or haven’t registered yet as members are encouraged to sign up, pay php500.00 for membership fee and Php100.00 for ID and attend the Conference –Seminar at no additional cost.

students love to "communicate" / participate. 😀

For the provincial delegates, the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) has available guest rooms and dormitories. You may get in touch with Ms. Michelle Duzon at telephone numbers 713-2981-86/ 713-2972/ 713-2732 or (0910) 6574065. CFA is just a few meters away from PUP.
Please accomplish the attached PMC School Reply Slip and send via email to any of the following PACE Trustees -Prof. Robert M. Baldago, PACE – Secretary (kingrb12@yahoo.com) or Prof. Josefina M.C. Santos, PACE Assistant Secretary (masayaako04@yahoo.com.ph)

copy furnished the following contact person.For Metro Manila:

Prof. Portia M. Palma
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
09085271729; 9204346; raiym100@yahoo.comFor Luzon:

Prof. Renalyn J. Valdez
Lyceum of the Philippines University
09176998159; rjvaldez@yahoo.comFor Visayas:

Dr. Wolfreda T. Alesna
Visayas State University, Leyte
09175461952; wolfreda@yahoo.comFor Mindanao:

Prof. Ma. Theresa Mendoza Rivera
Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro City
09175461952; mmrivera@xu.edu.ph, riveramtm@yahoo.com

We encourage pre-Registration on or before January 22, 2010. In order to systematically account for Congress proceeds, payments maybe deposited to Philippine Association of Communication Educators Foundation Inc. – MetroBank – Katipunan, Quezon City Account No: 3093516452. Kindly send us a scanned copy of the transaction receipt by email and please bring the original deposit slip on the opening day for proper validation and for the issuance of official receipt.We anticipate your favorable response and unwavering support to PACE. Let us be one in mind and purpose.

PACE be with you!

Respectfully yours,

FLORDELIZ L. ABANTO
President

So Guys see you there 😀

Photos from last years Pinoy Media Congress : courtesy by http://stephkaz.multiply.com



scenarios inc. [4] :Innocent Soldier

Yuletide season is in the air, it is the time when we need to patch things up with our enemies and give life-changing chances to everybody. Commercialism loves Christmas, as it is when their sales boost and inventories were made. Media on the other hand still plays the rating game, “Christmas stories” shows are introduced to slots, gameshows invite some charities,  Teleserye characters starts to decorate their trees while still nursing some emotional baggage and Later, Christmas special were being aired every week.

No doubt, we can still feel Christmas. It’s a baloney to have a perception or attempt to ignore this occasion because of some tragedies It is also a good time for beginnining, dealing with inner guilt as a jumpstart for preparing for the New Year.

I can’t believe that, days from now, It’ll be 2010 already. Still I have many things in mind that I think will left this year unfinished. Also yuletide season is when guilt attacks me the most. I mean, you can’t just ignore those people begging for alms, they can be found in streets or sleeping in bridges. Also you can’t pay no attention to old people sleeping in cartoons or on a bridge’s floor just to sell candies for petty profit in able to survive. Some of us will be felt down because they’ll celebrate Christmas penniless, but others have to deal with an empty stomach everyday. My point is, love what you have right now, appreciate them and if possible, share them.

Three years ago, The Syncomass peepz, Digital Kamote Inc. in particular produced and shot three documentaries and “Innocent Soldier” is one of them. It is written by Armie Hubilla and hosted by Kathylyn Lomotan. This is about kids dealing with terminal cancer. We found them by the help of Philippine Cancer Society. With some arrangements, the organization allowed us to shoot and interview those kids. Their stories are heartbreaking, I can’t imagine the pain these kids are dealing with. All we can do by that time is donate some toys, give some contacts of possible donors and lastly, listen to their stories.

Me doing my guerilla cinematography skills, while kate doing her hosting antics...

They shared their stories infront of our camera, without any cuts, dull moment and inhibition. They seem to be happy even though they’re aware of their health condition. They’re trying to forget that they have cancer by playing with some random kids, drawing, doing some errands and by praying.

would like to help? watch the editor's cut of the docu till end for their contact numbers 😀

Well to end the post, may these kids inspire you to help someone this Christmas, try to bring back something to the world.  I think we’re lucky to get what we want but truth is, we’re lucky because God gave us a chance to help others, unfortunately, some of us need a certain season to ignite that charitable spirit.



Kudos Tuldok’s “Pasintabi”

Philippine Aniamtion faced so many problems just like commercialism, content development issues and talent drain. However Pinoy animation was able to survive and strive and actually made it’s own identity. Recently the Aniamtion Council of the Philippines in cooperation of Gateway Cinema had its 3rd annual Animahenasyon 2009 Animation Festival. The festival gave pinoy animators [independent / mainstream] to show their talents, fruit of their hardwork and innate imagination.

I am also made an initiative to join the animation industry by joining Tuldok Animation’s egroup last 2008. It gave an access [or by means, some chance] to join in some projects. They’re so cool because even though they usually brainstorms high end concepts and storylines, they see to it that an average pinoy like me will be given a chance to join the group in doing the feature. They usually post some announcements regarding the film they’re doing like some updates, their need of set design/designer or help regarding character design.

I remember the last time I submitted my character design when they posted their need of character design for Lolo Apang for their future feature “Pasintabi”, a follow up for their superb work “Libingan”.

Tuldok Animation always promotes pinoy content thru their animation features, ranges from superstitions, and urban legends up to some unique traits of Filipino culture. I learned about Tuldok when I saw my idol, Ramon del prado’s portfolio site, since then I followed Tuldok’s growth thru TV appearances and festivals. And also I got a chance to work with Ms. Rianne Hill Soriano way back 2008 when I was a trainer in Streetpark prod. Idol ramon is one of her friends at Tuldok.

And then last night, I got an update about Tuldok’s “Pasintabi” won the won the Best Animation Category F (TVC/OBB/Demo Reel) Professional Division at the recently concluded Animahenasyon 2009 Animation Festival!  I felt bad because I missed that event. All I can do is to drown the misery by surfing Youtube, searching for the winners and interesting entries.

So for now, Congratulations to all the people who worked hard for that endeavor! Well I learned that the film is not finished yet. Hopefully,  Tuldok can enter the whole film at next year’s Animahenasyon 2010 Festival, the 10th year anniversary of the Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI).

[for the list of entries/nominees and winners per category, please visit Animation Council of the Philippines offical website : http://www.animationcouncil.org/ ]

Again Kudos 😀

to those who don’t know about  Tuldok Animation is, here is one of their profile vids 😀

I’ll post Ramon del prado’s “Save Me” trailer and also Ms. Rianne Hill Soriano and Ramon’s Demo reel in near future  😀



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

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FILM FRIENDS, PAKIBLACKLIST ANG MGA ITO SA RAKET CAREER NYO.

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.

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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 😀