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(Reflection Paper) Story + Vision → Storytelling

Reflection Paper on "Gasman" and "The Rats" from "Wild Tales" for My Advanced Directing Class In a film, every story and vision should lead to a suitable storytelling. A material given to a filmmaker evolves based on the specific vision developed alongside it, which means a single material distributed for production to different directors and production teams would always end up as different films. This magic in the collaborative process of filmmaking allows the exploration of various themes, styles, and depictions,

‘RKO 281’ Film Review: A film about a film about a man

"RKO 281" offers a vividly compelling presentation of the troubled history behind Orson Welles and his magnum opus "Citizen Kane." This historical drama about the so-called “boy wonder” helming a film inspired by the life of a powerful man highlights the ego clashes and politics surrounding Hollywood. As a cinematic offering, it frames itself as a dramatically sound genesis of what is often described as “The Greatest American Film of All Time” through its amalgam of fictional recreations and historical accounts partly based

Blu-ray Review: ‘Hitchcock’ (2012)

"Hitchcock" releases on a two-disc combo pack housing the film's Blu-ray, DVD, UV, and iTunes digital copies. This 2012 biographical picture of Alfred Hitchcock is adapted from Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho." Helmed by narrative feature newcomer Sacha Gervasi, this biopic follows a short stretch of the Hollywood legend's life following the premiere of "North by Northwest." It dramatizes the period when he discovers Robert Bloch's horror novel "Psycho," which is based on the real-life

Finally, a dedicated program of shorts on the big screen

A selection of 7 short films by the Katorse Writers Group (Batch 14 workshop participants of Ricky Lee’s scriptwriting workshops) graces Robinson’s Galleria’s Indie Sine with “Katorse Shorts,” a selection of 7 short films in a dedicated program normally given to full-length films only. With themes ranging from the romantic to the absurd to the tragic, the program is meant to bring to the consciousness of Filipino audiences that the short film medium is also a cinematic art form that can

Film costume designer and fashion designer differences

For professionals in the film and fashion industries, the differences between costume designers for film and fashion designers are quite clear. However, for those outside these industries, the distinction between these two professions seems quite vague. How do you differentiate one from the other? Costume Design Costume design in film is the art of designing, choosing, and procuring the right set of clothes and accessories for a character to help tell the film's story. Since it supports the establishment of moods, eras,

Pinoy filmmakers shine at Busan International Film Fest ‘09

The film city of Busan, Korea paved way for another successful year for the prestigious Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) from Oct. 8 to 16, 2009. The Philippines, once again, made big waves in this year’s festival. In its 14th year, BIFF has truly evolved to become one of the most important film festivals that filmmakers, film professionals, cinephiles, and the general film audience look forward to every October. For this year, 355 films from 70 countries (a record number) were

Cinemanila celebrates its 11th year

The annual Cinemanila International Film Festival celebrated its 11th year last Oct. 15 to 25, 2009 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 10 days of films, master classes, seminars, parties, and even reunions for many filmmakers, artists, and cinephiles -- it has considerably become a part of their daily routine throughout the duration of the festival. “Moving Forward with Moving Images.” Young as it is and still facing a number of challenges and tough times, Cinemanila is best known for the good

Philippine Filmmaking of the 2000’s: Film schools of past, present, and future filmmakers

If decades ago, most Filipino filmmakers don’t have formal educational background in filmmaking, a number of today’s new breed of film artists already studied film either as a bachelor’s or master’s degree in film schools or had hands-on training in intensive film workshops. Since film schools in the Philippines are considerably young as compared to most art and communication degree programs, most of the renowned filmmakers who already made names in the industry and marked themselves in Philippine film history studied

How to apply for a film grant

Filmmakers looking for opportunities to fund their films can apply for film grants. Usually, the director, writer, and/or producer pass/es the film project proposal for a grant application. It is typical to apply for more than one grant and just edit the proposal according to the requirements of the funding agency. Some grants may offer cash funds, while others may offer free production services or resources. Funding may come from from arts and culture organizations, non-profit organizations, film schools, production companies, film

Asian Film Academy: The Future of Asian Cinema with Kiyoshi Kurosawa

An Insight of an Independent Filmmaker from the Philippines During the Asian Film Academy 2009 "If you truly want to be a professional director, you will stick to filmmaking in all weathers. That's all. That's the only thing I want to tell you."Kiyoshi KurosawaDean, Asian Film Academy 2009 Oct. 1 to 17, 2009 was a time of Asian pride for 24 young Asian filmmakers privileged to collaborate for the Asian Film Academy (AFA) of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in

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