Carnage carnage |ˈkärnij|
the killing of a large number of people.
A lot of those close to me know that I have a fascination for zombies. I love shows like The Walking Dead; zombie-like movies such as 28 Days Later; games like Zombie Tsunami, Left 4 Dead or spooky ones like Silent Hill. I may be a scaredy cat but I somehow see the “beauty” in these horrible creatures. I think I’ve put my love of zombies into some of the short films I’ve made for school. The first one was a love story gone wrong and the second one I did is a trailer. For one of our classes, we had to make a trailer to a movie and I decided it would be about… A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY! NAAAT. Zombies, duh. While talking to my group mates James and Riel, we decided it would be something showcasing that it’s the end of the world. Man is fighting for his life and he is fighting hard but sadly, losing the battle. We wanted it to be short and simple but with impact.
We got one of James’ friends, Lance to be in it since we only needed one actor. I was assigned as the production designer for this project. We shot in James’ room but we needed to fix it up a bit since we needed a hideout vibe.
For Lance, we put baby oil in his hair so that it would seem like he hadn’t showered in days. I made his hands dirty with makeup and the same with his face. I used red lipstick and brown eyeshadow for the cuts on his face.
I just LOVED how the light was captured in the shots. We had an extra backlight because the sun wasn’t strong enough. We also used an LED light so that we wouldn’t just capture a silhouette. Thanks to the amazing DOP skills of Riel, superb lighting skill of James and kickass production design skill of mine, I think our group pulled this one off. Enjoy!
Filed under: school | Tags: acting, benilde, chocolate cake, csb, digital filmmaking, lasalle, school, short film, student films
This term, I decided not to take up any majors. I got so tired from my last term because all I took were majors! I wanted this one to be pretty chill so I chose to enroll in my floating general subjects. Little did I know that these would be the term of all terms. ANG HIRAP!!! I just wanna roll in bed when I have to think of all the minor subjects that are aiming to be as tough as your majors. I wanna cry and crawl under my bed now.
To tell you the truth though, I missed cramming for videos every week. I missed having to stay up late writing a script while trying to contact people to be my actors. I miss having to edit with my group mates all night and not get any sleep and then walking like zombies in the school hallways.
When I started in Benilde, I told myself that I wouldn’t get in front of the camera. NO. MATTER. WHAT. But this time, I broke that promise. I wanted to be in a production so bad this term! So when my friend Jake texted me and asked me to act in his assignment for the week, I immediately said yes. Idol ko tong si Jake eh… May connections na sa showbiz… NAKS! Their homework for the week was to make a video about “love”.
So now, here’s a video directed by my friend Jake. Starring… Me!
Filed under: school | Tags: benilde, csb, digital filmmaking, lauren young, megan young, mikael daez, school, short film, student films, suspense
This term, we’re studying an advanced level of digital filmmaking. Instead of doing projects individually or by pairs, we were put into groups where we all have respective roles.
For this certain project, we had to choose an event or holiday so we decided with “wedding proposal”. We had to incorporate it into our story but there was a catch. Our teacher Miss Rianne gave us “obstacles” to make our lives easier. Thank you miss! HAHA. Aside from making a story with a wedding proposal, we had to put these elements: the genre had to be horror or suspense and the twist to the story was a diary had to be found or else someone would die.
When we were brainstorming we thought of something like the manga Deathnote but it was too complicated for us and we didn’t want to be copycats. My groupmate Anya was assigned to write the script and the story she came up with was sooooo much better. Of course, like any script, we had to tweak some stuff not only for story reasons but for adjustments with our shoot.
One of the things I’m really thankful for are my contacts. Last minute, I once again asked my sister Lauren and my friend Mikael to be our actors. Since they’ve been in two of my films, you would’ve thought that I was pushing for a love team of some sort HAHAHA! But they’re always cool naman with acting for me. Passion nila yung eh. Naks. So thank you to the both of them!
That day was pretty tiring. Anya had to leave early because she had a shoot that afternoon so it was just Riel, James and I. We were lucky enough that we were able to recruit one of the freshmen, Skye to join in on our team. Imagine shooting a short film with only 4/5 men on your team! It was pretty crazy.
Editing was a killer for us. We started editing at 9pm and ended at 6am the next day. James felt like a robot afterwards and I had to go straight to work. I felt like a potato. We did have issues with audio because we forgot to turn off the electric fan a lot of our scenes (what dumbbutts we are). With the final edit, our scoring was too high so we decided to re-edit it and put sub-titles.
My mom called me the other day and told me she loves that I’m studying film but the things that I make are too scary! I told her to watch out for the music video that I made with my friend Saab. For the meanwhile, here’s our film, Relapse:
Filed under: school | Tags: clown, csb, dgfilm, film school, film student, lauren young, megan young
I have reached the mark. I am now officially a junior at De Lasalle – College of Saint Benilde. The downside to all of that? I still feel like a freshman. Even though I’m taking up my majors, I still have heaps of general subjects to go. Oh, the hard part about being an irregular student.
The best part about this term though is that we’re shooting for a bunch of videos for different subjects. It’s fun but it is a major pain in the butt! Yeah, yeah, start lecturing me about whining. Blah, blah, blah. It’s the reality of things. Everything else is a piece of cake but scheduling everyone from us to our artists to our assistants is the one thing that can drive us crazy.
Our final project was given to us at the beginning of the term. We were given the opportunity by our professor, Sir Jag, to choose a genre. Genres like comedy, action, musical, drama and the like popped up. We ended up with melodrama. I had this faint idea of a story that I wanted in my head. I tried to develop it but because of our hectic schedule last term, I just completely forgot about it.
Fast forward to: the day before submission. I still had nothing. I had absolutely NOTHING to pass. No idea, no concept, no story, no material. NOTHING. I would watch my other blockmates’ work and I would get even more frustrated because I had no idea what to do! I was screwed. I even felt like just not passing anything. Maybe I would still pass anyways.
Then it hit me. I remembered this article I read before. It was a vague memory but I remembered the line because I had heard a couple of people say it before.
“Comedians are the saddest people.”
Of course, we all don’t know if that phrase is entirely true but I somewhat related it to how I am as an actor. In some way, it does jive with who I am. People see me full of make-up, all dressed up acting like someone else on tv. But behind all that glitz and glamour, they don’t know what I go through. They don’t know who I really am….
Ok, enough drama! Haha! So that’s what inspired me to make my finals. Of course though, I had to do it ASAP. I called up my sister Lauren and I literally forced her (like she had a choice) to be my actor. I begged my brother Victor to buy face paint for me as I was still in school. Once I got home, Lauren was already in make-up and we were ready to shoot.
I was literally jumping for joy on the viewing of our final videos because I got a perfect grade!!! 4.0 baby! HAHAHA I’m just so happy about this because even though I rushed this video, at least my professor (and hopefully my classmates and you guys) felt the pain of the actor, on what she goes through behind that happy image.
Hope you like it!
Filed under: rant, school | Tags: confrontation, csb, dgfilm1, miscommunication, short films
Sometimes we just don’t know how to say things directly. It’s always about dropping hints, tweeting things that have a ring like, “I bet you think this tweet is about you”. Why can’t we just go up to the person and tell them what the problem is? Why are we so afraid of confrontation? Things like this make things more difficult and can cause rifts. Oftentimes than not, it causes miscommunication or no communication at all.
For my character in one of my short films, she wasn’t afraid to confront her boyfriend. She actually had the balls to tell him right to his face what she wanted. But he took it the wrong way – for the better, maybe?
Now that we’re down to shooting our final film for DGFILM1, I can finally post about the other short films I’ve done! For this one, we had to do a horror/suspense one. As a big fan of The Walking Dead, I really wanted to do something with zombies in it. I asked my friends Diana and Tats to be my actors along with my Road Manager from Star Magic, Arlie. At first I was going to try and do the make-up on my own but decided that was going to be a major fail so I got my friend Miko to do the zombie make-up. Thank goodness Anna was there to help us look for our location. We were walking around Ateneo like crazy looking for a little forest. Oh, and thank you Erin for being so supportive and for eating the rest of the pizza. :p
Our very own dark angel, Tats.
Oh, just a spoon. WTF.
Diana in character.
Photos by Erin Mason
Vimeo is being a pain in the butt and it won’t let me post my video. But I got a 4.0 for this project! …Oh yeah *fist bump*
Filed under: school | Tags: csb, dgfilm1, film school, lauren young, mikael daez, school, sda
Why doomsday, you ask? It was literally a day of doom for my group mates and I. We were given 6 hours to shoot, edit and submit a short film. The only problem we had was with exporting the video and burning it. That ate up at least 2-3 hours of our time so of course we were late in submitting our short film. What’s important though is that we submitted our project. Here’ a little behind the scene pictures and our short film is at the bottom of the post.
Oh lordy, lordy do I look stressed and disgusting! HAHA! I think my hair is growing na. Either I need to tie it back or I need to wear a wig for the love of gorgeousness.
Oh, and THANK YOU SO MUCH to Lauren and to Mikael for being our actors! Also thank you to Toch and Arex.
Enjoy the video!
Photos by Mimi Norimatsu