Two of the highlights of my absence included very exciting challenges in film production. First, I experienced my first production management job for an out-of-town shoot for "May Dinadala" (I came home fresh from Bohol last week) and second, I was recently hired as an assistant director for "Landing".
"May Dinadala" is a tale of a married man and his affair with an engkanto (a Filipino supernatural element), shot in the beautiful town of Loboc in Bohol. Our locations were mostly exteriors consisting of a market, quarry area, forest, spring, bridge and beach. Filming under extreme weather conditions– heat and rain, communicating with the locals who do not speak Tagalog well, shooting long hours for a few consecutive days, plus working with diverse personalities were some of the onerous production elements that we have surpassed.
On the other hand, "Landing" is a psycho thriller about a shabu addict turned murderer. Working for this film felt like conquering a new territory. Being one of the youngest crew members in a group of experienced media practitioners from ABS-CBN's drama department, I felt quite pressured to prove myself and hopefully I did.
Both jobs required a lot of grueling ground work and I've had my fair share of short comings. Things were not always perfect (to the point that I felt like I've failed, yuuuck emo haha) and there were situations that I wished I could have changed (gaah there's no sense in crying over spilled milk) but nevertheless, I'm beyond thankful for the wonderful people that I've had the opportunity to work with and the tough lessons that I learned along the way.
Yay for shirts :p
Nay for backlogged posts :(