salamat sa ycc

Kahit nominasyon lang, ok nako. Woohoo.

Best Film of the Year
Winner: Foster Child

Nominee:
Endo

Best Screenplay
Winner: Foster Child

Nominee:
Endo
Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design
Winner: Death in the Land of Encantos

Nominees:
Tirador
Still Life
Foster Child


Best Achievement in Film Editing

Winner: Endo

Nominee: Tirador

Best Achievement in Sound and Aural Orchestration
Winner: Endo

Nominee:
Still Life
Tirador
Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role
Winner: Jason Abalos in Endo

Nominees:
Cherry Pie Picache in Foster Child
Eugene Domingo in Foster Child
Ron Capinding in Still Life
*more details about the winners and nominees will be released soon
(The awarding ceremonies will be in late April or early May 2008)

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tyg location hunt

Sooooo tired.

Our call time was supposed to be at 3:30am at McDonalds MTS, infront of Ateneo de Davao but Maxi, Armi and I got up late. Armi claimed she was already up by 2:30 am when she heard my alarm but was just waiting for Maxi (always the early bird) to get up. But Maxi was still sound asleep. Snoring, in fact.

We finally got ourselves fixed at 4:30 am, the service vehicle had to fetch the three of us near our house.

Malaya, our Production Manager, and I originally scheduled the location hunt for two days. So off we went to our first destination, Salumay, almost two hours from the city proper. It’s still part of Davao though.

Yam, the Assistant Director 2, and Mark, the Location Manager were already familiar with the place so finding the right location was a-b-c.

Salumay is a nice cold place, better than Baguio, quite unexploited yet. We found the perfect stage and area we wanted though Mark had to go back because the baranggay captain wasn’t there to grant us the permit.

Along the way, we were able to find the perfect locations to shoot the roadtrip scenes. We went for a short trek in Epol to see the waterfalls (we could hear the sound of the water from the highway). I’ve been there before and even bathe in it years ago but I wanted to experience the trek again. We weren’t prepared for a muddy trek but the heck. It was still beautiful the way it was years ago.

I told Maxi to have fun while he’s still in Davao ‘coz headbanging work will be killing him when he gets to Manila. He just gave me a monotone “ganun baaa.”

We passed by Buda and then Bukidnon by past noontime and we realized we were almost done with the location hunt, almost 80% of the requirement almost got covered. We asked the car rental if it was possible to rent the car for a day but they gave us lousy excuses why we couldn’t get a refund back. Greedy.

Almost everybody was furious and in fact, eager to go home but we decided to go further to Cagayan de Oro as originally scheduled.

We had lunch at “Bagong Lipunan” who claim they cook their noodles without preservatives. The food was good anyway.

Marlon, Malaya’s artist friend was generous enough to welcome us as his guests and invited us to an art exhibit at Xavier University. It was my second time to get in there.

I remember I had this big crush on a Cagayanon name Tone, haha. Where could he be now?

Despite the giant mosquitoes swarming around Cagayan de Oro, what’s best about Marlon’s house is his free wifi. One that doesn’t get disconnected even when it rains so hard. Like tonight.

Hence, the uploaded pictures and this update. I’ll be more glad to go back home to Davao tomorrow, excited to shoot already.

By the way, the whole night, Armi, the Production Designer, Chico, the Art Director, and I already planned out the design for the stages where the beauty pageants will be shot. The concepts get me excited.

I just hope Albert, our DOP, won’t be having a hard time lighting up the stages. Albert’s one of the best so we know it’s a fingersnap for him.

P.S. I wonder what happened to ‘Daybreak’s’ first day of exhibition. I hope many people went to Indiesine to watch it.

wifi city

Kahit saan ako pumunta, me wifi dito sa Davao City. Kahit Chowking, meron. Sa Manila, Starbucks na nga na angmahal ng kape, eepal pang magpabayad sa internet access. E dito, kahit maliit na kainan, hotspot. Mahiya nga ang mga resto sa Manila, mga ebs.

Dumating ako dito ng Biyernes ng umaga. Wala masyadong tao sa eroplano kaya solo ko ang dalawang upuan sa pinakadulo. Nireview-review ko kunwari ang skrip ng “The ‘Thank You’ Girls” at napsyche ang sarili kong irevise siya pagdating ko ng Davao. Me panahon pa akong pumiktyur ng mga clouds at orange sunset sa eroplano habang nagpapacute sa tsekwa na nakaupo sa kabilang gilid ng eroplano.

Pagdating ko ng bahay, nakatulog na ako at di na nakapagrevise. Mineet ko na kinahapunan sina Yam, Yen at Pet pati na ang mga taong esensyal na staff para sa TYG. Tapos hinila ko si Pet na kumain sa open air barbikyuhan na uso dito. Nakakamiss kaya ang mga pagkain dito (kinilaw, barbikyung manok). Ansarap ng durian shake dun sa Banok’s.

After three days, wala pa rin akong konsepto ng pagka-haggard bilang preparasyon sa shoot. O baka di pa dumadating ang hagard mode. Mineet namin kanina ang Iwag Davao, organisasyon ng mga bading sa Davao. Pati Knightingales, org ng mga baklang estudyante sa Ateneo de Davao para ihikayat silang mag-audition sa Feb. 22.

Sa una, akala namin walang sisipot para magpaaudition, mukhang ngayon, biglang dumami na ang interesado. Lovet. Nung Sunday naman, pumunta ako sa Mintal, isang malayong baranggay sa Davao para harapin ang mga interesadong magpaaudition. Sa layo niya, kami na ang pumunta imbes na ang mga bakla para makatipid sila sa pamasahe. Kasa-kasama ko si Yam.

Apat na araw pa lang akong bumalik sa Davao at medyo naninibago pa ako nga ruta ng mga bagay-bagay. Andami nang mga gusali, kaninan na nawala at napalitan. Parang sa tuwing uuwi ako dito, di na siya ang dating lugar na kinalakihan ko. Laging me bago. Laging me disorientation. Ok lang, kasi nakakatuwang maglibot sa mga espasyo-espasyo.

Napadaan kami ni Jepoi sa harap ng The Venue kagabi at nagulat ako na parang sarado na siya. Mga three or four years ago, isa siyang spot ng mga sosyal at pasosyal na mga taga-Davao na buhay sa gabi para gumimik. Ngayon, ghost town. Grabe. Ganun talaga ang mga taga-Davao. Nagsaswarm sa mga lugar kung bago lang siya tapos lalangawin na pagkatapos ng isa o dalawang taon. Kaya walang nagtatagal na gimik places dito. Ewan. Ganun lang siguro ka-fickle at kasucker ang mga tao rito. Kung anong bago, dun. Tapos, madaling magsawa.

Naku, kung di ako pinahiram ni Yam ng laptop, malamang wala akong pag-ienjoy sa mga modang wifi sa mga lugar dito. Kaya when I feel the need, lipad lang ako sa parke ng Matina Town Square at iinternet na. Sarap. Kaso, wala nga lang nagkakamaling pumik-ap sakin. Tsk tsk.

Yun lang.  Salamat nga pala sa mga nanood ng ‘Daybreak’.

eksayted

Lilipad na’ko papuntang Davao sa Feb. 15 para magpreprod ng “The ‘Thank You’ Girls (TYG). Lovet. Andami ko pang dapat irevise sa skrip pero di ko pa nagagawa. Kumusta naman yun bilang sa Feb. 22, audition na. Masaya ‘to dahil friends ko lahat ang staff. Di ba, Adolf at Maxie and Armi?

Iniisip ko pa nga kung pwede kong dalhin ang PC ko pauwi sa Davao at bilang maralitang tagalungsod, wala akong laptop. Sana lang pumayag ang eroplano.

Bukas na ang premiere ng ‘Daybreak’. Excited nako malait ng mga tao. Sana maraming manood. At mapuno ang UP Cine Adarna (at pati na rin sa Indiesine sa Feb. 20-26). Sa mga paying viewers nakasalalay ang kinabukasan ng pag-angkin ko ng isang tumataginting na macbook. Haha. Kaya sumuporta at pangakong walang mabibigo.

Naglapat na kagabi ng final audio mix. Maganda naman daw ang kinalabasan. Maganda daw ang music ni Nani. Oi, si Nani Naguit, ang alamat ng mga thesis sa UP Film ay may full length score na. Final viewing dapat kaninang 1:30 kaso di ako nakapunta late nako nagising. Naadik kaso ako sa paggawa ng multiply site ng TYG. Gusto ko lang kasi idocument lahat ng mga pangyayari mula preprod papuntang postprod ng kauna-unahang pelikula ko.

Eksayted na’ko makasuot ng black suit sa AFA. Di pa ako nakakapagsuot nun. Ano kaya ang feeling at pakiramdam ko, di ako babagay bilang dugyot. Kailangan ko na rin pala magpaliit ng tiyan. Baka pag nakita ako ni Edison Chen dun, matiturn off sakin yun. Ancute ng gagung yun. Manyak nga lang. Grabe yung sex scandal niya, umabot hanggang CNN. Ayan ang pic oh. Ai, bastutch.

Eksayted na ako pumunta ng Spratlys para sa shoot ng pelikula ni Adolf. Sana nga makasama dahil wala pang final na sked.

Lapit na Valentine’s. Eksayted nako.  Ay, hindi pala.

same time, next year

It sucks to always have a break-up before Valentine’s Day. It’s been a pattern for me, always missing on the infamous love bug during d-day. What cheesy stuff do I miss every year? Everything, I guess. But what I don’t know won’t hurt me anyway. I just treat myself with a fun dinner with friends, buy my own chocolates or I simply morph into a sucker for romance films.

I watched ‘Same Time, Next Year’ starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda on dvd last night and damn it, I love the film.  Directed by Robert Mulligan, it is based on the stage play written by Bernard Slade who also wrote the film’s screenplay.

The story is very simple. Doris, a high school graduate and George, a CPA, meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. They make love that night and feel guilty when they wake up, both being married with three kids. They however realize their instant connection, George even calling it love. They then agree to meet on the same weekend , same place each year.

The two are seen changing five years apart from 1951-1977, each transition shows montage of clips that define the era – may it be in politics, films, space exploration and a modified lyrics of the theme song ‘The Last Time I Felt Like This’ beautifully sung by Johnny Mathis and Jane Olivor.

The premise is a possibility given the communications technology at that time. And for two people who are completely different from each other to fall in love and spend a weekend every year for 26 years is something. The catch is, they never left their respective spouses. It can never happen in real life but that’s what V-day is for anyway. To celebrate the commercial value of ‘love’.

Every meeting, they always start with having sex to wash off any awkward feeling of seeing each other again. Then they tell stories of the good and bad qualities of their spouses. George often moves from one State of domicile to another, Doris dons a new hairdo each time. These and other aspects reflect each character’s evolution as time passes by.

I fell more in love with the theme song, though. It makes you wish you’re cuddling someone (and kill him with a pillow on his face afterwards, kidding). Here’s the modified lyrics of the song, depending on the status of Doris’ and George’s relationship that year.

1951 – They meet and fall in love. Transition to montage is Doris’ cute hat.

Hello, I don’t even know your name
But I’m hopin’ all the same
This is more than just a simple hello
Hello, do I smile and look away?
No, I think I’ll smile and stay
To see where this might go

‘Cause the last time I felt like this, I was falling in love,
Falling and feeling, I’d never fall in love again.
Yes, the last time I felt like this, was long before I knew
What I’m feeling now with you

Hello, I can’t wait till we’re alone, somewhere quiet on our own
So that we can fall the rest of the way.
I know that before the night is thru, I’ll be talking love to you,
Meaning every word I say

‘Cause the last time I felt like this I was falling in love,
Falling and feeling, I’d never fall in love again.
Yes, the last time I felt like this, was long before I knew
What I’m feeling now with you…

1956 – George feels guilty about the affair, he leaves but chooses to come back. Doris sports a blonde Marilyn Monroe look. Transition to montage is them kissing inside Doris’ car (with rain effect)

Hello, the seasons have come and gone
And the world goes tumbling on
Look what’s happened since I last saw your smile
Hello, love’s invited us back here
The same as she did last year
To come and spend a while

And the last time I felt like this (the very last time)
I was falling in love (I was falling)
Falling and feeling
I’d never fall in love again
Yes, the last time I felt like this (the very last time)
Was long before I knew (what I’m feeling)
What I’m feeling now with you…

1961 – George becomes impotent but gets a hard on when he kisses a pregnant Doris. Doris has a premature labor, George delivers the baby. Transition to montage is George’s hand holding Doris’.

Oh, the last time I felt like this
I was falling in love
Falling and feeling
I’d never fall in love again
Yes, the last time I felt like this
Was long before I knew
What I’m feeling now with you

1966 – Doris becomes a hippie as she goes to college in Berkeley. They argue about politics, Doris threatens to leave because she discovers George voted for Goldwater (for President) but George reveals his son died in the war. Transition to montage is them crying on each other’s shoulder.

(Soul instrumental of the theme song)

1971 – Doris’ relationship with her husband is in shambles as she becomes an advocate of women’s lib. She proposes marriage to George but he refuses, even fixing Doris’ marriage with her husband. Transition to montage is the telephone.

This is my favorite song lyrics.

Dreams make promises they can’t keep
They can swindle you while you sleep
And the morning finds you wondering why
It seems when we’re young in dreams we trust
Maybe growing up is just
Kissing certain dreams goodbye…

1977 – George’s wife Helen dies six months prior to the meeting and George tells a crestfallen Doris his wife knew about the affair for ten years but she never confronted him. George proposes marriage to Doris but Doris can’t say yes.

(Disco version of the song)

It’s the ending so we know how fairy tales end.

‘Same Time, Next Year’ was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Song.

save me – aimee mann

Bilang selebrasyon ng pagtatapos ng pag-edit ko ng ‘Daybreak’, eto at na-lss ako ni Aimee Mann.

You look like a perfect fit
For a girl in need of a tourniquet

But can you save me
Come on and save me
If you could save me
From the ranks of the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone

‘Cause I can tell
You know what it’s like
The long farewell of the hunger strike

You struck me dumb like radium
Like Peter Pan or Superman

You will come to save me
C’mon and save me
If you could save me
From the ranks of the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone
‘Cept the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone
But the freaks
Who suspect they could never love anyone

before the sun rises

Wala akong kompidens sa pagsusulat.

Nung elementary ako, pinadala ako ng aking kapita-pitagang eskwelahan sa isang citywide interschool on-the-spot essay writing contest na inisponsoran ng Davao City Water District. Malamang tungkol sa tubig ang dapat namin isulat dun. Sabi ng coach namin, simulan daw ang essay namin ng me interest-catching caption. O di kaya tanong. At ang sample niya, “what if there’s no water?”

Sa araw ng competition, wala akong maisulat. Di ko alam kung pano ko susulatin o kung ano ang sasabihin ko. Kinopya ko na lang ang interest-catching caption example ng coach namin. At dalawang oras akong nakatulala sa yellow pad sa harap ko. Nangulelat ang skul namin.

Nung grade 6 ako, pinag-exam kami para sa magiging staff daw ng school paper. Di na ako umabot sa shortlist.

Nung highschool naman, nagtryout ako para sa Tagalog at English school papers. Kada school year na lang, umuuwi akong luhaan. Okey payn. Di nga talaga ako marunong magsulat. Kaya naisip kong wag mag-Journalism at mag-Creative Writing at wag nang ambisyunin maging writer ng magazine, libro o komiks.

Sa UP, kinarir ko talaga ang scriptwriting ke Bing Lao. Parang natutulala lang ako at natutunaw kapag kasama ang mga taong magagaling magsulat lalo na ang mga nagpapanggap na magpaka-hiffalutin. Highfalluting.  Highfalooteen.  Hifallutin.  Buti na lang, naimbento ang blog kaya nakakapagsulat ako kahit walang nagbabasa.

Nung December, sabi ni Adolf, sulat daw ako ng skrip na galing sa konsepto niya na dalawang lalakeng may relasyon na magpapaalam sa isa’t isa bago mag-umaga. Huwaw. Parang ‘Before Sunrise’. Parang ‘Before Sunset’. Gay version. Inisip ko lang kung bangag ba si Adolf nung panahong sinabi niya yun o jowktym lang. Ah, sobrang busy lang siya kaya wala nang panahong magsulat pa kaya napagtiyagaan ako. Di ba, Adolf?

Naisip siguro niyang me paghuhugutan ako kasi me ganitong eksena rin sa totoong buhay sa shoot namin ng ‘Batanes’. Weeeh. Kontra sa paniniwala ng mga kaibigan at kakilala, hindi ko kinuha sa karanasan sa Batanes ang mga pangyayari sa buhay nina JP at William sa ‘Daybreak’. Sinunod ko lang talaga ang kung ano ang isinulat ni Adolf sa concept paper.

Kaya eto na. Ang resulta. Ang una kong full-length iskip na naisapelikula (mas nauna kong naisulat ang “The ‘Thank You’ Girls”). Pelikulang kabaklaan, isang alternatibong panonood para sa Valentine’s Day.

Aktwali, masaya ako sa naisulat kong materyal para sa pelikula pero gaya nga ng kadalasan nangyayari, me mga pagbabago mula sa orihinal kong sinulat sa lumabas na kabuuang pelikula pero ok lang.

Maayos ang pelikula.

Malalim ang pinanggalingan ng relasyon nina JP at William, ang dalawang karakter sa pelikula. Hindi lang libog. Hindi lang karnalan. Ni hindi nga atraksyon lang e.

Isang taon na silang magkarelasyon pero estranghero sila sa isa’t isa. Magkaibang-magkaiba sila sa lahat ng aspeto.

Seryoso si William na isang doctor (Paolo Rivero), happy go lucky si JP na isang bangkero sa Taal (Coco Martin). At hindi lang ekonomiya, karakter o maging ang sexual roles nila ang pinaglaro sa pulitika ng relasyon nila kungdi pati na rin yung struggle ng pamamaalam na kailangan gawin ng isa sa kanila bago sumikat ang araw.

Maraming modang tahimik ang pelikula. Mga pag-iisip. Mga pagmumuni-muni. Yun din ang naging kaibahan dahil naisulat ito na ang pag-uusap ng dalawa ang naging buhay nila buong gabi na para bang iniiwasan nila ang komprontasyon ng realidad na magpapaalam na sila.

Ang ang mga modang tahimik ng ‘Daybreak’ ang naging silbing tensyon ng dalawang karakter. Hindi pagtalikod kundi ang pag-iwas sa pagharap sa napipintong maririnig na katotohanan.

Isang gabi lang nangyari ang lahat. Sa totoong buhay, parang anhirap ng ganun pero pwedeng mangyari. Nangyayari. Hindi lang sa mga relasyong pambakla kundi sa kahit na anong klase ng gender relationship. Kaya pwede ko ring sabihin na universal ang sitwasyon.

Anong koneksyon nito sa kompidens ko sa pagsusulat? Wala. Di lang ako makapaniwalang makakabuo ako ng skrip, akala ko wala akong kakayahan sa ganun. Tumatak na kasi sa isip kong olats ako sa ganung aspeto.

Basta, manood kayo ng ‘Daybreak’.

casting call for “the ‘thank you’ girls

Coral Productions is in need of VISAYAN ACTORS for an indie film entitled “The `Thank You’ Girls’ scheduled to be shot in Davao City on March 2008.

Audition will be on FEB. 22, 2008 in DAVAO CITY at the ALKEMI STUDIO (exact address to be posted) so if you know people who in the area who might be interested, kindly spread the news.

“The `Thank You’ Girls” is a roadtrip comedy about five dysfunctional gay beauty pageant veterans who always lose in gay beauty pageants. They then decide to travel from Davao to Cagayan de Oro City thinking they have better chances of winning in the provinces.

The film will use VISAYAN GAY LINGO so if you are proficient in it, the better.

STRAIGHT ACTORS CAN AUDITION.

MOMMY PAOLA

  • male, 40-45 yo
  • gay (no boobs)
  • has an expressionless face
  • the manager and financer of the group and biological father of Chris

CHRIS

  • male, 18-22 yo
  • straight acting gay
  • goodlooking, vain, son of Mommy Paola

BERNADETTE

  • male, 24-25 yo
  • gay (no boobs)
  • has an obnoxious, contagious laugh
  • body borders to being almost chubby
  • not goodlooking but has high self-confidence

ALLYSON

  • transvestite, 25-33 yo (he is 33 yo in the film but should look younger than his age)
  • with boobs


MACARIO

  • male, 24-27
  • gay (no boobs)
  • very ordinary looking
  • struggling musician

CARLOS

  • male, 40-50 yo
  • Mommy Paola’s “demented” lover

Also, if you are an unsigned alternative rock band who has recorded music, we are in need of songs for the film’s soundtrack.

Contact:

YAM 0920-642-8684 or 0923-355-5094

PET 0905-533-8963