What is important Love or Money?

This is one topic that is commonly addressed by almost everyone, the importance of one compared to the other has divided a lot of people in a lot of reason, I’m sure each one of us can and will be able to relate himself once way or the other.

Filming myself convince each other for a lot of hundred reasons almost make me laugh, because of its reality, I personally believe in both, that Love and money are both important in this world.

But come to think of it, if I am asked to choose between the two, it will really make me think for so long and might not even come out with the right answer or right argument, so to be able to have both of my answer in one film gives me more freedom to express myself and my reasons.

Love or money? That is the question and both will be able to give you a wonderful answer or reason but as they always said, the experience is the best teacher, so if you prefer one over the other, think again for a second and then realize your reason.

Through time immemorial love has conquered kingdoms, countries, and states but at the same time it did act with enough resources at the helm, there was never love alone and yet this thing we call love is so powerful that it can move mountain and seas.

Yet if love is supported by enough wealth, then only then that it can ever be more meaningful like when the whole army took Helen of Troy, love, and money together they conquer.

 

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Working with Actress Jackie Fernandez then and now.

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Jackie Fernandez before in one of our ad campaign.

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Jackie Fernandez now in one photoshoot.

I consider myself privileged because I’ve worked a lot with Jackie Fernandez at the start of her career, she was one of my early models for the perfume launch then in a number of fashion shows and a number of photo shoot including the one on this page.

She also was crowned the title of “July Rose” which is one of my regular yearly event that ran for 15 years in Bahrain and it was a pleasure working with her.

Her parents Elroy and Kim, brothers, and her sister were definitely some of the joyous family in that little island where we all seem to get along with different nationalities until the civil unrest started in 2009.

By that time Jackie is gone and went to Australia to study and follow her sister so I’m told, the next thing I know was when she represented Sri Lanka in the Miss Universe pageant 2006 and got noticed in the Oscar Awards and worked as a business reporter for Sri Lankan TV.

Jackie Fernandez has really gone a long way from the 14-year-old girl that I knew and I’m really happy for her achievements especially seeing her film posters plastered around the world.

Being a filmmaker and seeing someone you worked with becoming a top actress is definitely humbling, exciting, and amazing to behold, I wish the best for her career and hope that one day our road will meet again and look forward to working with her again sooner than later.

Press Release for “Year After”

IMG-3054Thank you Kabayan Weekly for this wonderful press release for our upcoming feature film “Year After” .

“Year After” is now in post production and were hoping to finished it all within the coming week, as I always said 60% of filmmaking is in post production and we have footages that were shot in the last 12 days and we look forqward to tell you the story of James and Carlo.

“Year After” is the first feature film written, and directed by Dubai based Filipino 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.

“Year After” is the story of James and Carlo as they meet accidentally after one year being separated because of James wife, after their 9 years of best of friend relationship, James needed Carlo’s help once again, but James love for his kid and wife is in between them but Carlo will do everything and anything for James.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

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 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.