Casting for “Paru Paro Sa Disyerto” (Desert Butterflies)

Now that our feature film “Year After” is in post production we started casting for our 2nd feature film “Paru Paro Sa Disyerto” (Desert Butterflies) which will involve over 50 actors and actresses from main roles to minor roles to extras.

“Desert Butterflies” is a story based on some OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Workers) who went to the Middle East to fulfill their hopes and dreams in the 80’s but instead learned how to survive.

We will also have some main stream Filipino stars that will join the OFW actors for the filming which will be announced later, we have some Filipino actors that shown interest in the script and wants to come to Dubai for the actual shoot.

“Desert Butterflies” script was written by Dubai based OFW film director Albert Gayo whose films were chosen and shown in various international film festivals and received some awards from New York, Chicago, Miami, Bangladesh, Dubai and Egypt to name a few.

This will be Albert Gayo’s second feature film after the completion of “Year After”.

“Desert Butterflies” is hoping to start shooting in November once the cast is completed, Albert has now started casting, for those who are interested in acting and having a break in a feature film, you can send your showreel and head shot to albert.gayo@gmail.com or arrange a video casting.

 

Asiana Hotel, Makati Laugh Factory for “Year After” final scene.

AL W MJ.JPGAL W DYLANAL W RICOFinally, after 15 days of the rigorous shoot, we had our last scene done for our feature film “Year After” and we are proud to say that we have now started our post production where we add all the necessary elements like music, sounds, and effects to share our story.

Story of unconditional love, story of hope, longing, and love betrayed, an unusual love affair, the love we always wanted but afraid to ask.

Year After is a story of best friend James and Carlo that turned sour after 9 years of friendship because of James wife, but after one year they accidentally met each other once again and realized their needs of depending from one another. What are you willing to do for your best friend? will you love your friend to the extent of losing your family? these and lots more are going to be tackled by Year After starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Albert Gayo, Lawrence Binghay, Beth Castillano and Carl Lorenz, coming soon to cinemas near you.

Will their relationship endure or will the society and social media affect their love and longing for each other? Is there a real cost for true friendship? These and lots more will be tackled by Year After.

“Year After” is the first feature film written, and directed by Dubai based OFW filmmaker Albert Gayo who is also one of the stars of the film, “After I wrote, produced and directed over 15 short films and documentaries in which 7 of them were selected and 2 semi finalist at various International Film Festival, I decided to come out with my first feature film”.

One of Albert Gayo short films “Cities with a Heart” was shown in international film festivals such as New York Audience Now, Big Arthouse Chicago, Indiewise Miami Filmfest, Wiper Filmfest, Emirates Short Filmfest, Am Egypt Filmfest, and also a semi-finalist for Short International Open Filmfest in Bangladesh, Crystal Wish won Best Actress for Emirates Short Film Festival, his recent music video If No Be God is also a semi-finalist for Caribbean Market Filmfest and Indiewise Miami Filmfest on top of his other 3 films that were also shown in different international screenings.

“Year After” is a story of unconditional love, friendship, and betrayal starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Lorenz Binghay, Albert Gayo, Carl Lorenz Melias, Kenzo Garcia, and Beth Castillano, coming soon to cinemas near you.

 

 

Art Direction for Sports Channel Promo

IMG-2930.JPGIMG-2922.JPGFinished another Art direction for a sports channel football pilot promo and happy with the result as always.

It is always fun to Art direct and builds a set with a team especially once you have something in your mind and vision and see it completed. Also, if you have a good director to work with like Moneer Barakat.

Once again we teamed up with RGB Production and some cast from our last Burger King World Cup shoot and it’s like going back in time but more fun as ever.

The props we used were interesting especially the scarecrow and other items, the whole team is looking forward to shooting the next few series after this wonderful, exciting and commendable pilot.

The camera crew with our DOP Elias and their assistants with Erik and the lighting guys had another wonderful result with ALEXA and the wardrobe, hair & makeup are as always on top of their art form.

Thank you once again, Jibu and Ashwin from RGB Production for another job well done.

Another Laurel to my Film “Walk To Metro”

WALK TO METROI’m over the moon the once again after receiving this letter:

Congratulations Albert,

Your submission for “Walk To Metro” has been received by TransNation Film Festival and is now in consideration.  This entitles you to a Title Page on IMDb, the most trafficked movie site in the world – with 57 million film fans visiting each month.  IMDb is eager to help you publicize and promote your movie right now, as soon as it’s ready for the world, not just after you’ve won recognition for it.  Your Title Page on IMDb is free, and the setup is automatic, since you have already linked your IMDb and Withoutabox accounts.

We will notify you once “Walk To Metro” has been validated by IMDb’s data editors, which can take up to two weeks.  You’ll then be able to upload video to your Title Page, such as trailers and clips.  (Video has quickly become an essential part of any IMDb Title Page, so prepare for that.)  Got questions?  Contact support at:
https://www.withoutabox.com/index.php?cmd=public.support

Enjoy your new Title Page, and make good use of it!

Sincerely,
Team, Withoutabox
A Division of IMDb

I feel that my hard work has once again resulted in sharing my vision and look at the beauty of life here in Dubai and beyond, thank you TransNation Film Festival for having my film considered in your showcase.

Selected for AM Egypt Film Festival

Evangelist Patience Ozokwo Part1-2I’m over the moon for selecting my film to be shown at the AM Egypt Film Festival 2017 knowing that more people will once again be able to watch my film and savor its message.

I found it amazing how this film has survived and still be appreciated by a worldwide audience for the last 3 years, We shoot this film in 2014 and it is still going strong among the film festivals around the world.

This is a story of a filmmaker who goes around the world looking for cities with a heart, cities that react and takes care of disabled people in the street, cities that take cares of its citizens.

We filmmakers have a responsibility to communicate and tell our viewers of what is happening around us, to let our audience move to action, to  let our audience think of the best way to live life to the fullest on top of entertaining themselves, I always believe that we should leave the audience something to think about on how to improve their situation or situations of their neighbors.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the festivals that have included my film in their selection through the years, New York Audience Now Filmfest, Big Arthouse Chicago Filmfest, Wiper Filmfest, Emirates Short Filmfest, International Open Short Filmfest in Bangladesh, Indiewise Miami Filmfest, and now AM Egypt Filmfest.

Thank you and I now look forward to my first feature film “Year After” to be released in the cinemas soon.

 

 

Know your screenings well.

_MG_6079
Taken from Cinemaflix Distribution:
Most filmmakers are experts when it comes to making films. But they fall short when it comes to distributing and marketing their films. Lacking this skill, they are susceptible to quick-talking film hustlers with a seductive pitch: Just sign on with me for life, and I’ll make all your dreams come true. The sad part is that many filmmakers fall for this line and end up spending their last dime, with nothing to show for it in return.

Filmmakers can take steps to avoid getting cheated, swindled and ripped off. It starts by demanding-insisting!-on total transparency.

For example:
1. Make sure you know the theater and the schedule for the opening of your film. Define how much of the box office income you will receive. Determine if any expenses for overhead will be deducted from your earnings.
2. Limit any agreement with a distributor or sales company to a few years. Understand that you will be surrendering rights by signing on.
3. Request the name of the publicist who will be handling your film. Receive approval to contact the publicist directly.
4. Ask for a list of the digital platforms and cable companies that most likely will offer your film.
5. Don’t spend a fortune producing thousands of DVDs hoping you’ll sell them all. Work with someone that will produce DVDs on demand. This eliminates unnecessary inventory and, more importantly, it eliminates the risk.
6. Have a very clear understanding of the fees being charged and the income you can expect.
That’s a lot to digest. Staying alert to the swindlers that lurk around every corner can drive you insane.

Year After is a story of best friend James and Carlo that turned sour after 9 years of friendship because of James wife, but after one year they accidentally met each other once again and realized their needs of depending from one another. What are you willing to do for your best friend? will you love your friend to the extent of losing your family? these and lots more are going to be tackled by Year After starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Albert Gayo, Lawrence Binghay , Beth Castillano and Carl Lorenz, coming soon to cinemas near you.

One of Albert Gayo short films “Cities with a Heart” was shown in international film festivals such as New York Audience Now, Big Arthouse Chicago, and Indiewise Miami Filmfest, Wiper Filmfest, and also a semi-finalist for Short International Open Filmfest in Bangladesh, Crystal Wish won Best Actress for Emirates Short Film Festival, his recent music video If No Be God is also a semi-finalist for Caribbean Market Filmfest and Indiewise Miami Filmfest on top of his other 3 films that were also shown in different international screenings.

Now, Albert has already received invitations to screen his first feature film “Year After” in various International Film Festival around the world.

Know the HEART of men..

_MG_5510Know the heart of men, learn how to get to the heart of your subject and shape your story. A great story revolves around this, once you know the heart of men because every heart has different needs, laughter, hope, inspiration, and lots more, every heart yearns for something beyond comprehension.

That is why most of the classic films, remembered, awarded and the ones that stick to our minds are films that deals with the heart, this is a universal language, a language understood by every human being and often times even by animals.

Stories that touch the heart of men will always linger through eternity and beyond, there are times when stories told or movies have all the qualities to be a blockbuster but if it has no heart it will then be easily forgotten.

Think of all the great films you saw through the years and think of what you remember, the music, cinematography, locations but most of all we remember the characters and the way they handle their heart issues.

One of Albert Gayo’s short films “Cities with a Heart” was shown in international film festivals such as New York Audience Now, Big Arthouse Chicago, and Indiewise Miami Filmfest, Wiper Filmfest, and also a semi-finalist for Short International Open Filmfest in Bangladesh, “Crystal Wish” won Best Actress for Emirates Short Film Festival, his recent music video “If No Be God” is also a semi-finalist for Caribbean Market Filmfest and Indiewise Miami Filmfest on top of his other 3 films that were also shown in different international screenings.

Now, Albert has already received invitations to screen his first feature film “Year After” in various International Film Festival around the world.

“Year After” is a story of best friend James and Carlo that turned sour after 9 years of friendship because of James wife, but after one year they accidentally met each other once again and realized their needs of depending from one another. What are you willing to do for your best friend? will you love your friend to the extent of losing your family? these and lots more are going to be tackled by “Year After” starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Albert Gayo, Lawrence Binghay , Beth Castillano and Carl Lorenz, coming soon to cinemas near you.