Tips for Aspiring Filmmakers from FilAC’s Kuwentongbayan: Masa sa Lente ng Pelikula
We talk about filmmaking as a medium for collective change
In the midst of a global pandemic, we have never had more time to be acquainted with various forms of media, notably films, documentaries and TV series, which continue to open our eyes to reality, ironically, beyond our screens. Not only is it a source of entertainment but is an effective means to educate an audience.
Filmmaking has never been more important, wherein history is being altered every day, and now creatives have the duty to tell stories that matter. Aspiring filmmakers and film enthusiasts had the opportunity to learn from established artists during Film Aficionados Circle’s Kuwentongbayan: Masa sa Lente ng Pelikula, a one-day filmmaking webinar help by the official film organization of PUP College of Communication, held last September 11.
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Speakers included Celina Mae Medina (director and film instructor, Ophelia), Lester Valle (director and cinematographer, Walang Rape sa Bontok), Carla Ocampo (writer, Walang Rape sa Bontok), Joanna Arong (director, Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos), Regin De Guzman (director, Pamana ni Lola) and Sonny Calvento (director, Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss).
The short webinar aims to introduce filmmaking as a medium for collective change and as a platform that ignites conversations. Some key points to remember ahead:
Filmmaking is a (form of) privilege.
Not only does the process of creating film involve heavy expenses, it is a privilege that needs to be acknowledged and taken responsibly. Filmmaking is inherently political, with essential factors that need to be considered like the belief system of people behind the film, benefactors and the target audience—mainstream vs indie material—depending on the context and content, when making a film.
Filmmaking is storytelling.
It is the responsibility of a filmmaker to get to know the world; wisdom and knowledge give it depth. A good filmmaker considers the truth as his strongest argument. According to Direk Sonny Calvento, “Context is as important as the text. Maaaring hindi sikat ang katotohanan na alam mo, pero responsibilidad mo ikwento iyon (The truth you know may not be popular but it is your responsibility to tell it).”
All members of the film are indispensable. They are tasked to tell a story using their medium, whether this be the director, writer, actor, cinematographer, editor, production designer, producer, sound designer, musical scorer, colorist or wardrobe stylist.
Filmmaking is an everyday profession, and you carry it wherever you may go. Most importantly, a good film is a film told with sincerity. Now go forth and tell your truth.
To watch the full webinar, Kuwentongbayan: Masa sa Lente ng Pelikula, click here.
Art Alexandra Lara