Four years in film school - this fact doesn’t actually give you a promise that you’ll be in the film industry for the rest of your life.
I’ve been blessed with a job which I don’t actually consider a job because it’s a creative undertaking where I still manage to make my own decisions as an offline editor and a second unit cinematographer despite the existence of ruthless monsters or the so-called
clients. Oh yes, advertising.
My office may not be doing a bulk of film-related work but the process of going through a production is preserved and my college life wasn’t a waste after all. I was able to use the technical things that I learned plus I get to learn new techniques everyday through the daily grind of cutting and putting scenes together.
Working in this small yet very productive creative agency and production house gives me the chance to work harder and learn from a lean team of artists who in their glory years managed to live in a world of theater, film, business, advertising, design and multimedia arts.
Through a myriad of projects in 27 months, I saw the value of experience. And as I write this, I am fully aware that I am nowhere near that level of mastery in any position that I’ve dealt with.
Because of this, I recently acquired an idée fixe to look into these other forms to express myself.
I’ve always loved doing films and I will always be a sucker who resorts to watching films at any cost. I’ve managed to love advertising because of the stress. (I might take this back when I hear unlimited revisions from client) And I realized that I’ve always admired my friends and colleagues who have a background in theater.
Most of the actors we actually worked with in thesis productions are theater actors. A good friend who’s a magnificent musical scorer for film is also a musical composer for plays. I used to watch a lot of plays by the Dulaang UP way back in college, regardless if it’s a requirement for my GE class or not. I am also reminded of one role that I declined in grade school for a Christmas play. Those days.
Because of this I’ve always looked up to theater directors, lighting directors, technical directors and other personnel who keep the play running. Most of the time I would stare at them for a while before I actually ask or comment about their work. I was really amazed with the work of these theater geniuses.
Without training and exposure, I pushed myself to joining a team who worked for a month to come up with a mini play for a group of executives and their families.
I was initially assigned to help in the script but my teammates eventually allowed me to edit all the videos for the play and more importantly gave me a technical position.
After 2 rehearsals with veteran actors Leo Martinez, Pinky Marquez, Tonipet Gaba and The Company’s Sweet Tiongson, we were able to mount the mini play entitled "Hello".
It was a 60-minute play about a family who reconnected despite distance and destitution. It ended with a medley of fun songs sang by the family.
It felt great finishing this short theatrical gig.
Two days before the actual playdate, I was relaxed and optimistic about it. But during the last technical run, 2 hours before the show, I was feeling dizzy because I didn’t sleep the night before and I was actually throwing up due to unknown reasons. I didn’t have breakfast and I didn’t even drink. But anyway, I had a chance to grab a bite before the show but I didn’t move away from the technical booth and I cannot even think. I was so nervous and I just wanted to get it over with.
But you know what, I can clearly remember that ecstatic moment when the show’s about to end and all the actors were dancing and the spectators were so happy and you can hear their chants.
That was really awesome.
I literally stood and danced until the curtain call was made.
I never imagined myself doing a live event as a technical director but I did it.
I still believe that I cannot do it on a day-to-day or even on a weekly basis but doing live gigs are quite astonishing. It feels really good.
I’m actually looking forward to a sort of mini TV show or concert in the future. Gotta work on that but for now, I am happily returning to my post-production job and I am still in the process of writing a screenplay for a short film that I intend to produce before the year ends or earlier next year.
I just hope that I have all the time and energy and cash in the world to catch all the films, plays and exhibits that I missed this year.