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(Response Paper) The Conundrum in the Stars: Appeasing the Human Mind with Art and Criticism

In response to: “What is Criticism? (A Preliminary Dialogue)” and “The Critic as Artist and Vice Versa” in the book “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth” by A. O. Scott A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class After reading “What is Criticism? (A Preliminary Dialogue)” and “The Critic as Artist and Vice Versa” in the book “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth,” writer A.O.

An Epiphany: Philippine cinema’s powerful Pinays + more female presence in film studies, books, and academic endeavors

I remember a press screening I attended, then film critic friend Philbert Ortiz-Dy made me realize one very interesting, one very important thing. It was a 360-degree turn on my impression of how women are in Philippine cinema and other media professions. Phil agreed on how gender equality should seriously be addressed in the U.S. Woman filmmakers and film workers, even the most famous actresses included, don't get equal treatment in Hollywood from opportunities to talent fees. Then, he told me that

Video #2: The Pixnoys and getting hired at Pixar from ‘Inside Out’ co-director Ronnie del Carmen

This is a documentation filmed during the "Inside Out" Press Conference in Manila, Philippines with director Pete Docter and co-director Ronnie del Carmen. Ronnie talks about his Filipino colleagues at Pixar and their advocacy projects, then Pete and Ronnie discuss their successful working relationship starting from the film "Up," then all the way to "Inside Out." These came from the unplanned handheld shots with the GoPro I apparently brought with me during the press conference invitation, and I guess the footage turned

Video #1: How the Story Came About From the ‘Inside Out’ Directors

This is a documentation filmed during the "Inside Out" Press Conference in Manila, Philippines with director Pete Docter and co-director Ronnie del Carmen. This video features the filmmakers' introduction to the "Inside Out" story development and Pete and Ronnie's working relationship at Pixar. These came from the unplanned handheld shots with the GoPro I apparently brought with me during the press conference invitation, and I guess the footage turned out fine and worth watching. Thanks to the awesome responses from these two

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

Major U.S. film grants available to American and international filmmakers

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Global Film Initiative offer U.S.-based film grants regularly open for film project submissions In the United States, many film grants require residency in a specific state or region. Others require a certain ethnicity or membership in the sponsoring institution to become eligible. Some major U.S. grant-giving agencies offer film grants to any eligible American production coming from any part of the country. Some grants are available to international productions as well. American Filmmakers National Endowment

The other half of a film called sound

No matter how good the visuals may be, if the sound is very bad, it would still be a bad film. With film being an audio-visual medium, good visuals is just halfway towards a good film. The marriage of visuals and sound is what makes up its totality. They always go together. Many filmmakers and even film viewers would probably agree that the sound aspect of Filipino films, whether commercial or independent projects, is one of the most ignored parts in production

Finally, a dedicated program of shorts on the big screen

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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

Pinoy filmmakers shine at Pusan International Film Fest ‘09

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The film city of Busan, Korea paved way for another successful year for the prestigious Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) from Oct. 8 to 16, 2009. The Philippines, once again, made big waves in this year’s festival. In its 14th year, PIFF 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

How to apply for a film grant

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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

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