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Our ‘Bernardo Carpio’ Short Film Project Takes a Step Forward

This project is a jumpstart to that same endeavor that began almost a decade ago, which had to be shelved due to documentary issues in processing and releasing the second tranche of the budget from the funding agency. We knew that there will always be a right time for this, and after proposing to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in the last quarter of 2019, we received the good news by February 2020 that we got

Our Rom-com Short Film ‘Pag-ibig sa Panahon ng Coronavirus’ (Love in the Time of the Coronavirus)

romantic comedy, 11 mins., 2020 IMDb Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11997792 During the first month of the coronavirus outbreak when people around the campus start the semester wearing face masks, a paranoid guy who takes extra care of himself with frequent handwashing tries to rekindle an old flame upon meeting his teen crush who is currently recovering from flu. A long-take film for a grad school directing class, shot using an iPhone with FiLMiCPRO app. Actors: Fred Layno and Kathleen MackDirector: Rianne Hill SorianoScriptwriter: John Clifford

‘Sonata’ Film Review: Music of Love and Mortality

“Sonata” -- an entry to the Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival 2013 -- captures the poetic eloquence of life through art, solitude, and relationships. It promotes a language of understanding for people dealing with pain and loss, as well as those thriving in joy and discovery. The narrative is not without flaws, but the maturity of the filmmakers’ artistry ultimately makes sense of the story’s inexplicable music about love and mortality. This dramatic piece, crafted by the familiar powerhouse tandem of

‘Ang Nawawala’ Film Review: A Loss for Words, A Passion for Music

Ang Nawawala (What Isn't There) promotes resounding tunes about coping up with loss, falling in love, and discovering oneself. It follows the life of a young man who is still profoundly affected by a trauma from his childhood. Unable to speak after a family tragedy, this deeply troubled youth finds solace in the company of friends, and in no time, in a series of romantic encounters with a fascinating woman who shares his taste for music. However, his dark past makes

‘Sta. Niña’ Film Review: The intersection between miracle and superstition

“Sta. Niña”-- a finalist in the New Breed full-length feature category of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2012 -- is a family melodrama set a decade after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The story revolves around the people from the lahar-covered plains of a Pampanga town as they still cope up with the desolation brought about by the calamity, as well as their more current personal, familial, and economic struggles. The film’s front story features a very straightforward narrative. It follows

‘The Red Balloon’ Short Film Critique: Relationship and Poetry Through a Child’s Gaze

A short essay for my Film Theory and Criticism Class The 1956 French short film classic “The Red Balloon” (Le ballon rouge) features a tender drama with a fine touch of flight of fancy. Its subdued setting features a lot of grays, suggesting the depressing quality of the film’s mood and tone, which is then contrasted with the blazing red balloon in mid air.  This post-war motion-picture classic written and directed by Albert Lamorisse features a seemingly cynical world that turns magical

‘Hedgehog in the Fog’ Short Film Critique: The Phantasm of Venturing Into the Unknown

A short essay for my Film Theory and Criticism Class The 1975 short animated film “Hedgehog in the Fog” (Yozhik v tumane) by Yuri Norstein offers an amalgam of terror and pleasure using the phantasm of venturing into the unknown. This evocative work of imagination features the journey of a hedgehog one evening to see his bear cub friend. As he travels in the foggy forest, he encounters many scary things that eventually become transformative moments of wonder. This 11-minute Russian

‘Tango’ Short Film Critique: Overlapping Routines as a Collective Ritual

A short essay for my Film Theory and Criticism Class Filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczyński presents his critically acclaimed 1981 Polish short film “Tango” as a rhythmic play set in a stage that gradually progresses. It begins with a vaguely minimalist room where there are three points of entrance and exit: two doors and a window. These points become the gateways of a plethora of characters that initially starts with easily recognizable parts until each one’s repetitive acts create layer after layer of

Bernardo Carpio Short Animated Film Call for Character Design

Sharing this from my fellow artists from Tuldok Animation Studios. This is our short film adaptation of the Bernardo Carpio story. We never thought that jumpstarting this animated short would have this personal impact to us involved in the project, given the entire world is currently at a halt. Suddenly, we realized how the lockdown and this story have something in common... The Bernardo Carpio Film Call for Character Design First, we hope you are coping up well in these trying times. As

Jumpstarting my Trilogy of Technology Shorts: TechNOphilia and Malikmata (Phantasma)

Thanks to graduate studies, I was finally able to jumpstart my trilogy of technology shorts. We just completed the second film 11 years after the first one and currently working on the third one, which is intended to be completed by May 2020. Hopefully, we all get through the COVID-19 pandemic very soon so we can all go back to our daily grind. Top: First shot and last shot of "Malikmata" (English title: "Phantasma"), 2020;Bottom: First shot and last shot of

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