March 4, 2010

First ten lessons in filmmaking

Ten (not so new) things I learned while doing my film, Limbunan.

1. Despite a lengthy, well-planned pre production, something unexpected is bound to happen during the shoot.
2. A member of the production will come to the set ill-prepared.
3. Someone will cry in the production.
4. Someone will sleep during the take (in my case, the boom man)
5. Production crew members are bound to disagree. But in the end, the director is always right.
6. Initiative is a recessive trait of half of your production crew.
7. Magic hour only lasts a minute.
8. Imagination and resourcefulness are key things (a rain scene without a rainmaker is possible in the middle of El Nino)
9. Patience is truly a virtue.
10. Never bring peanuts on the set.

March 3, 2010

It's a wrap!

I just finished shooting my full-length film, Limbunan - an entry to the sixth edition of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition. That explains my absence in blogosphere for the past two months. I was so busy and borderline obsessive-compulsive in terms of preparation and planning. I got my wishes. Tetchie Agbayani and Joem Bascon starred in my film. The weather was cooperative, except for the last day when it was hot as hell.

I'm still trying to recover my strength -I've become addicted to spa- to prepare myself for the challenges in the editing room. I leave you with a still photo from the film.