Fire

Oh, child, don’t be too ahead of your time; it’s a little too early to lose the fire in your eyes. Advertisements

What would you do

What would you do if the film that you’ve always wanted to make, that you’ve spent months developing, that you’re already this close to starting, that set your heart on fire again, suddenly won’t see the light of day? Will you walk away and believe that when you’ve done almost everything to make it happen,…

Jardin du Luxembourg

Hindi namin ito nakita ni Dan dati, pero nung napuntahan ko na, ay wow, jusko, literal, napatigil ako sa hagdan pababa. Ewan ko ba, may kakaibang saya kang nabigay sa’kin. Parang biglang nakita ko ang Secret Garden. Maganda ‘yung lugar, oo, pero higit pa run eh – parang ang sarap lang umupo, magsulat, magpahinga, makipag-usap,…

Fuck you, Chard, you made me cry

Then he sent me this message: “LYSB should always remind you why you’re doing films. To touch people.” Kapag pala galing sa kaibigan, mas nakakaiyak. Mahal kita, Chard. Maraming salamat.

Homestretch

Kwento ko lang – pinakinggan namin kanina music ng ending ng pelikula. Found myself crying. Hindi ko alam kung dahil ba maganda ang music o dahil na-overwhelm ako na matatapos na kami sa wakas, pero wow, that was a good cry. I cried tears of joy over my movie – tagal ko na ‘tong ‘di…

Relax, it’s just a movie

Minsan, gusto mo na lang magalit, magwala, i-turn back ang time, pero maiisip mo, 1. Things happen for a reason nga pala, and 2. it’s just a movie. No. 2 holds true if you don’t really care about the movie. But I do. So let me read No. 1 over and over again until I…

Eheads at pelikula

Ito ‘yung gabing ang lakas ng ulan kaya hindi kami makapag-roll, pero nagpatugtog kami ng Eraserheads sa gitna ng talahiban at lahat kami – mula kina Julia at Joshua (nakakatuwang saulado niya ang lyrics!) hanggang sa mga nasa scaffolding hanggang sa aming nasa monitor set-up – kahit wala sa tono, sabay-sabay kumanta ng “minsan tayo…

Pack-up!

Today, I learned that Joshua, one of my actors, is a big fan of the Eraserheads – and he’s just 19!!! I was playing Eheads songs while setting up the last sequence, and I found him singing along to Minsan with me and the rest of the Star Cinema boys. I am a big Eheads…

Not prolific after all

Wrote three screenplays and developed one story in span of six months – my most prolific six months ever. I was proud of myself – because finally I am beginning to write again. I’m afraid only one of those four will be produced this year. For someone beginning to find fulfillment in writing and making…

Good classic romcom

I’ve been watching and re-watching a lot of Asghar Farhadi lately – his films, interviews, master classes, behind-the-scenes – to prepare my mind before I make films again (it’s been too long! My last film was 11 months ago!). Nasobrahan yata! Magpapagpag muna ako. Makapag-When Harry Met Sally na nga muna!