I just turned down an offer to be the assistant director of Kristine-Diether's episode in a love trilogy movie for Star Cinema. My soap writing schedule just won't permit. Add to that, our show's been going through organizational changes these past few weeks. Our Production Manager has been on leave for a month now after the sudden death of her husband. Our Executive Producer just checked in the maternity ward since its her due date already. Our Headwriter is in the United States and will stay there until mid-November to visit his parents after more than a decade. Our Director still hasn't arrived from the US auditions of Star Circle Quest. My co-writer Michiko will probably leave mid-October and first week of November to attend the international screenings of Magnifico. The network is in panic because of the station's overall ratings (with more shows getting the axe every minute).
To make the long story short, the timing isn't right.
I feel sad for the wasted opportunity because production work is really what I love doing more. At the same time, it would have been my first time to work in film production with the episode's director. I really wanted to work with Direk J ever since I was assigned to be the creative assistant of his first movie and we instantly "clicked". In fact we had been talking about working together even before the start of this movie project.
By the way, I still haven't started writing the one-liner. Boo me. :(