Dear Mr. Baz Luhrmann

I think you owe me an explanation. I think it was you, sir, who said that it was okay to not know what to do with your life “because the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives” in a “song” addressed to the ladies and…

the universe knows

The Universe did me a huge favor in not making me a finalist for next year’s Cinemalaya. He knew I wasn’t ready yet, that my story was half-baked and my research, not enough. He knew that had he given that to me, it wouldn’t be a great, not even good, first full-length film. It will…

Break

I slept last night with 20 sequences on my screenplay. The night before, I had 18. Tonight, I have 22. Full-length scripts, on the average, have 100 to 120 sequences. I have 80 sequences more to write. The deadline is in 14 days. Aside from that, I also have to meet with my production manager to…

shortlisted

Pinagbigyan ako ni Universe. Nag-conspire sila ng mga diwata ng CCP, sampu ng mga hurado, at pinapasok sa second round. Ito yung round na masarap sa pakiramdam kasi nakaungos ka na kahit papano, natupad na ang pangarap mo kahit papano, pero kahit papano pa rin lang, kasi ito rin yung round na kapag hindi ka…

this won’t be the last time

I just received news that my short film will be screened at the Asian Hotshots Film Festival in Germany on October. I told my good friend Chinggay about it and asked her if she wants to come to Berlin and watch the Festival with me. The hotel accommodations will most probably be free, but the airfares…

sequence treatment

Natapos na rin kita sa wakas. Una kitang naisip, two years ago na yata, basta matagal na. Nagagalit na nga sakin si Bebs kasi puro konsepto lang ako, puro drowing, puro excitement, wala namang nasusulat. Pero ewan ko ano’ng nangyari, bakit bigla na lang akong ginanahang isulat ka. Pagkatapos yata nung mapanood ko ang Donor…

Baka bingi, baka lang ha

“Direk, ano pong gusto nyong ipabili?” tanong ni Ate A, ang aming errand runner, kay Direk Joyce sa acting workshop ng Kimmy Dora. (Kahit beterano na ang mga artistang kasama sa pelikula, kailangan pa rin ang acting workshop para maging komportable ang mga artista sa kanilang bagong karakter at sa isa’t isa.) “Drip tall sa…

In memory of Alexis and the old me he wrote about

Ginawan ako ni Chard ng isang napakagandang recommendation letter para dun sa filmmaking workshop na sasalihan ko. Isa kasi yun sa mga requirements. Last year, dapat sasali ako, pero ewan ko, nawala sa isip ko. Nung nalaman ko na, tatlong araw na lang e deadline na. Kahit sabi ng FedEx, We Deliver., hindi naman nila…