being charlie and gondry

I like my header. It’s a screen grab from one of my favorite films, Being John Malkovich. It was written by the brilliant Charlie Kaufman, who also wrote The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind–it’s one of the most beautiful love stories ever written and made. Well, what else do you get from a Kaufman-written…

puro ka konsepto, puro ka drowing

Aminado naman akong hindi ako marunong magsulat ng script, bukod sa tama nga ang sabi ng isa kong kaibigan, “Puro ko konsepto! Puro ka drowing!”, (minsan nga pala, kaibigan ko rin ang sarili ko), kaya para makasulat na sa wakas, sumali ako sa isang scriptwriting workshop habang kauumpisa pa lang ng bagong taon. Subukan ko…

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…

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…

Nitpicking Langit Sa Piling Mo Mark Herras Teaser

See 00:07. When you present your business card to a client, your name must be facing them, not you. In this teaser, Rigo Hilario (Mark Herras) presents his business card the wrong way (facing him), but it’s for the director’s shot’s sake: the camera must capture “Rigo Hilario COO/President” to introduce Mark’s name and character…

[updated] When I’m broke means I can’t afford a Zara

I’ve been reading The Automatic Millionaire by New York Times best-selling author David Bach for over a month now in Powerbooks. It’s about how to become a millionaire when you retire, and automatically at that. Every time I have some idle time at the mall, I go to Powerbooks and read a chapter until I get…

Ba’t hindi ako nagsulat nung nasa Santorini ako?

Sa Santorini, kada magdadapit-hapon na, bandang mga 8pm sa pagkakaalala ko, pero maliwanag pa, papunta lahat ng mga tao, na karamihan ay turista, sa dulo ng Oia. Hahanap ng pwesto nila, paharap sa Aegean Sea, yung maluwag, kumportable, yung kasya ang tripod nila, yung hindi mahaharangan ng ulo ng iba ang view. At pag mag-uumpisa…

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…

I believe a thank you is in order sir

While my country awaits the official Comelec announcement that our hero Ninoy Aquino and former President Cory Aquino’s only son is our next President, I’m here in Tagaytay, woke up an hour late for the start of the sunrise (or “magic hour”, as film and photography people call it, where the sky turns into hues of orange…

Susmaryosep, wala bang Biogesic sa Agoo?

Hindi ko alam kung pano pero habang nasa production meeting kami para sa pelikulang Robin Padilla-Toni Gonzaga ng Star Cinema, napunta ang usapan kay Judiel Nieva na sinabing nakikita raw si Mama Mary sa isang bundok sa Agoo, La Union, kung saan may dibuho pa ni Mama Mary na umiiyak ng dugo, na dinayo ng…