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!
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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: