October 31, 2007

Hail Leung!

Nakakalungkot isipin na ang Hollywood ang nagiging pamantayan sa pag-aaral ng cinema. Mula sa kasaysayan nito hanggang sa usapang aesthetics at kahit sa mga trivial na bagay tulad halimbawa ng pagbibigay listahan ng mga pinakamagaling na pelikula, asahan mo nang naka-ugat ang mga ito sa Hollywood. Tingnan mo na lang, halos lahat ay nag-aasam na manalo ng Oscars na para bang kapag hindi mo ito nakuha, wala kang puwang sa kasaysayan ng cinema.

Well, bwakang chos nila! :D Kahit idikta pa sakin ng mga pahina galing kanluran na ang mga Hollywood actors na 'to ang pinamakagaling sa kasaysayan ng cinema, hindi ako maniniwala sa listahang 'yun kung di kasama si Tony Leung Chiu-Wai! :)

Opo, mababaw lang ang entry na 'to.:) Gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo na idol ko si Tony Leung at kung di n'yo siya kilala... ano nga ba, um, sana kilalanin n'yo s'ya.:) Panoorin n'yo ang mga pelikula n'ya. 'Yun! Hehe :)

MUST SEE Tony Leung movies!
1. Chungking Express
2. Happy Together
3. In The Mood For Love
4. Hero
5. Infernal Affairs
6. 2046
7. Lust, Caution

October 28, 2007

MDAFI Halloween Party!

Join forces ang advance at basic directing class para sa isang napakasayang, napaka-creepy at napaka-weird na halloween party sa bahay ni Irina Feleo kagabi! Hahaha! Tatlo ang naging trip ng mga tao dun - inuman trip, pechay trip at videoke trip. Tinatanong pa ba kung anong trip ko?! :D


"Stop, right now..."

Go Basic! We have to win! Haha! :)

Monj & Rafa!

Sinasapian si Mariami!

More pictures in My Multiply!

Dado's Drill!

Yesterday's lecture drill was probably the most mentally & psychologically draining. It made us realize that we still have a looong way to go before we can call ourselves able filmmakers. The almost 2-hour debrief both humbled and challenged me. I'm actually now stressed out about my first short project. It's just that I can't help but compare myself to my other classmates who are more creative and intelligent. They've brilliant concepts while I can't even call the concept of my first short totally mine. I only wrote the script but Michiko provided the idea. I should stop being insecure.

This isn't supposed to be a rant entry so...

Oh, by the way (haha!), I brought my digicam yesterday and took some BTS pics of Dado's drill. Here are some of the pictures!

The Sarah Balabagan Story!

Ang landi ni Lola! :)

Bus driver ako!

Shoot Break!

Posing for Multiply!

More pictures in My Multiply!

October 22, 2007


chugging device. san mig light. nintendo wii. red wine. lunes ng hapis. tequila. endo. condo. dugo-dugo gang. valeen. audio speaker. juts. long live philippine cinema. upper east side. lazy boys. lazy girls. iodized salt. montenegro. english spokening dollars.


October 17, 2007

Henry's Birthday!

It was definitely Henry's day yesterday! Mula sa "line of vision" drill ni Nick kung saan siya at ang kanyang "crush" na si Rafa ang bida hanggang sa birthday dinner niya sa Dampa kung saan napasama niya ang mga dyosa na sina Miss Vivian at Sir Enrico, "Winnie Cordero" (to borrow Yam's term) ang lola Henry n'yo. :)

Salamat sa libre, Hen! :)

Here are some of the pictures courtesy of Mariami!

Rafahen loveteam!

May kinikilig! :)

Eksena sa classroom!

Happy Birthday Henry!

Birthday Boy!

Twin Sistahs!

More pictures in my Multiply!

October 15, 2007

Karaoke Night!

Mga pasaway na estudyante! Looking forward mag-aral dahil sa mga gimik after class! Tsk, tsk, tsk! Ano na lang ang sasabihin ng mga magulang n'yo? Ang mahal mahal pa naman ng tuition! Hay naku, mga kabataan talaga ngayon!

O hetong ilan sa mga pics n'yo sa gimik n'yo nung Sabado sa bahay ng klasmeyt n'yong si Ina. 'Yung iba nasa Multiply! Magpasalamat kayo kina Mariami at Ina sa mga pictures! :P

Mean girls!

Karaoke, Baby!

Showbiz children!


October 11, 2007

Tomato Kick!

After class dinner pics last Tuesday in Tomato Kick! More pictures in my Multiply! :)

Pictures courtesy of Yam!

Project, Issa!

Tomato Boys!

Everybody loves Perfida!

October 07, 2007

Shooting Protocol 2!

Pictures taken during day 2 of our shooting protocol drills! Thanks to Yam & Ina for the pics! :)

Class of 2007!

Vivian previews!

Two Loveteams? :P

More pictures & a very interesting video in my Multiply!

October 03, 2007

Walang Isang Salita!

I'm kind of feeling bad. I just turned down an offer from my mentor & former boss. I would have shot a mini-docu about the last two weeks of the lives of the celebrity housemates before they enter the house. My former boss deems it could be training for me also now that I'm studying film directing. I got excited about the offer and readily accepted it, not even thinking about how much I will be getting or if i have the time to do it.

Then I came to class and found out we're starting our practical drills. I'm a newbie, see, and I'm not an A student too. It's understandably important that I should not be absent now that we're starting to hold the camera and take the shots. Of course, there's the price tag that comes along with my scholarship. I just couldn't afford to be delinquent, literally and figuratively.

Still, I tried to make things work. I was thinking of getting 2 more co-writers/SPs for the mini-docu so that I can only be absent in that one important day when the housemates are already checked inside a hotel before the launch date. I convinced two classmates to work with me, and thought of adjusting my TF so that they'll get bigger pay. In my mind, I can still do it.

I immediately wrote the sequence outline after class. I was thinking of emailing it to my former boss before our meeting the following day so that he can comment already about the structure & possible content. While writing it though, I had an epiphany. I realized I just couldn't do it. Doing it would entail focus and concentration on the work only. Shooting's easy but editing's a different matter. It will drain me mentally and physically which I couldn't afford since class is mentally and physically draining itself. More so, I don't want to come up with a mediocre documentary. It would be unfair for my former boss who trusted me with such a project. I wouldn't like it also. Ako pa na super fan ng reality shows & docu!

I still emailed the outline accompanied with a long letter that contains my whining and nervous thoughts. (And I realized now, it was amateurish for me to do so. It's just that I never looked at my former boss as just a "boss". I also see him as a father figure so the thoughts were written instinctively. Pero argh, napaka-unprofessional ko pa rin!) In the letter I said that I’d only commit when I know the sked.

I lied down in bed past 2 in the morning. 4 A.M. came and I still couldn't sleep. I was really bothered. I should just say no already. And so I texted my boss and started feeling guilty. Taena, wala akong isang salita! I hardly got any sleep since I've to wake up early for my driving class. It was a miracle I survived driving around Cubao, whew, since I was still stressed and sleepy.

My former boss replied with a "Ewan ko sa'yo. Dapat masanay ka na harassing ang buhay ng bagong direktor". I know he was just his usual "taray" self but I still got affected. My housemates say I should stop feeling guilty since the fee was small anyway for the kind of job that I will be doing. The thing is, it was never about the money and it's not as easy as that. It's really difficult to turn down a boss whom you owe so much and whom you've comfortably and happily worked with for 4 years. Kahit Lolo tawag namin dun, Tatay turing ko sa kanya e. Basta makakabawi rin ako sa 'yo Lolo! :)

Now, I don't know what lies ahead of me. I've turned down 4 projects so far because of school (as creative team member for the comeback soap of a young actress, as writer for the movie of a young comedian and a child superstar, as brainstormer for the next soap of a young actress, and now this). Haaay. If I already need "rakets" for survival, I wouldn't be surprised if the people who offered me these projects won't hire me na, I guess.

Shooting Protocol!

Our practical drill last Tuesday was about the shooting protocol in taking a shot. Siyempre, nag-take rin kami ng shots ng mga sarili namin. Haha! :)

Here are some of the pictures courtesy of Irina.

Vivan & her leading man Diosdado! :)

Good shot! Yey!


More pictures in My Multiply!

October 01, 2007

Camera, Baby!

These are the pictures I'm talking about in my previous blog entry.

Pictures courtesy of Mariami.

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Monjam & Mariami

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Ate Roni & Kuya Pablo

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Newt & I

More pictures in My Multiply! :)