Films and Ladies Night

IMG_2456IMG_2454It was supposed to be just a plain Ladies Night but after having 6 of the wonderful ladies ranging from engineer to businesswomen to entrepreneurs plus myself we all agreed to change it to “Life Group”. From the originally planned timing of 1 hour by the time we separated, we realized that we spent over 3 hours of fun, ideas, pain, and laughter.

For me as a filmmaker, it was a wonderful night of research on how women really think and feel as one by one they tell their stories through the questionnaires they took from the draw, their ideas, their hopes, and their rich experiences in life.

It was my first time to sit in with 6 ladies most on the prime time of their life, and yet as if they were just talking about their Barbie dolls or their high school escapades with lots of laughter, pains, and disappointments, and yet at the same time one can feel their strength and courage in facing their present circumstances.

I have finished at least 3 films in my mind for that short 3 hours of discussions particularly on the subject of mixed marriage, start up business, love, and relationship, I’d like to capture them one by one on their wonderful stories of struggles, their hardships, and successes.

After the wonderful Iftar dinner and the great service of AL ERZAL RESTAURANT, we said our goodbyes and we gained friends, and somehow look at our life in a new and exciting perspective.

But for me, one of my greatest take home last night was the 3 films I made in my mind, and I look forward to writing them and hopefully canned them, and share to you the wonderful stories of these wonderful ladies in our LIFE GROUP.

 

My Acting Teacher Spanky Manikan

After watching this film, my acting lessons came flooding back on me, the character of the Taiwanese gentlemen here is Spanky Manikan who was the one who taught me the methodology of acting.

I just finished my high school at that time, it was just a summer camp organized by the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) and among all the courses that were offered I opted for acting, it was an intensive course under Dindo Angeles and Tony Mabesa and Spanky Manikan was our instructor.

We were honed, trained and introduced to the method acting of Stanislavsky, I remember in one exercise where we were asked to act as crazy lunatics and almost all of us went berserk, cajoling, laughing, crying our heart out, and once were done Spanky said that we were all obviously crazy, which was not bad, but he said that we did not let the audience think.

He stood up in the middle of the room and said “watch me”, silently he slowly walk in the corner of the room where we can all see him, all went quite and as if with the beat of the air he smiled, looked up and picked up something in the pillar of the room, smiled, picked up something and on the fourth time, whatever he picked up he then put it in his mouth and pretended to chew, and we all clapped in harmony, it was indeed an underplay of being crazy.

After the course we were divided into group and we delivered excerpts from different theater play and he was really happy with all of us, afterward, he came to me, congratulated me, and I remembered what he said: “Albert, you will go places in your acting career” that was 1978.

In our group, the one that made it really good aside from myself is Soliman Cruz, who still does a lot of films and theater until this time and I’m really happy for him.

As for me, I must say that Spanky Manikan, Tony Mabesa, and Dindo Angeles will remain some of the early instructors that I should thank for my acting abilities…

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Tony Mabesa

Documentary to Miami Filmfest

Istanbulrain, Metro,Market, EtcI’m very excited because another one of my films shot last year was accepted and will be shown to Indiewise Film Festival, Miami USA on 25-27th August 2017.

This film was shot when I went for the first time in Istanbul to shoot  TVC and decided to film my way from the airport going to my hotel and the conversation that ensued with our production manager and the sights and sounds I see and hear on the way.

I myself consider it an experimental film because there is no script, no plan, and just decided to shoot as we go along and put everything in perspective on the editing table and I was happy with the final result.

“Airport to Taksim Square” 2016 was another one of my many films that have recieved awards and included in International Film Festivals among others.