Filming “Glimpse Band” Live at Boracay Club

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Filming Glimpse Band was an adrenaline pumping experience, the place was superb, the lights, atmosphere, and song selection were electrifying.

You can tell the crowd was having a great time as they gyrate to the sound of every ryhtym of the band, and as I spun the camera around to get the right shot, the smile and yell of the crowd shows their appreciation.

I’ve always like filming handheld for so long and this is the first time Mj one of my amazing DOP introduced me to use a stabilizer, I found it huge and uncomfortable at the start but did my best to use it and I must admit that it made a lot of difference in the final output.

The footages were definitely amazing, you can see it down below and I am really happy and proud of the results. And the band was really on top of their performance especially the dancing tunes like Bailando, Despacito, and others.

With the special theme night of “Masquerade Party” the staff gping around with their mask adds mystery to the whole night, the wonderful receptionist with their gold brocade outfit looks like they came out from the “Phantom of the Opera” play.

It was definitely a night to remember, not that I learned the difference of using stabilizer on my cam but at the same time gyrated to the exhilarating, electrifying, and ecstatic rythym of Dylan Silva and “Glimpse Band”

Certainly a nght for the books, watch and experience this wonderful event by watching the video below and don’t forget they will be having “Burlesque Night” for this coming September , see you at Boracay Club, Asiana Hotel.

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.

Music for Filmmakers…

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Music and rhythm can make or break your film mood, this is one aspect we have to be very careful when it comes to films post production because it can give you the overall mood of your film and the wrong music can ruin what you’ve worked for.

Up until now there is music that gives us the memories of the film, look at “My Heart Will Go On” once we hear, it reminds us of Titanic, “Can You Read My Mind” that gives us the scene of Superman and Lois Lane, theme song from “Bodyguard” with the beautiful voice of Whitney Houston and lots more.

There are times when people remember the movie soundtrack more than the film itself and that is how powerful a music can add to the film, so if you are about to give a musical score to your film, take your time, listen to options, remember that your music can do a lot for your film.

And that is why I am not in a hurry for “Year After” post production because I want to make sure that the music we ‘re to add on is something the audience will remember for a very long time.

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

 

“Year After” invited for International Film Festivals.

Black with Hands Photo Simple Movie Poster-2Middle East based OFW makes his first feature film for International Release
After writing, producing, and directing about 15 short films, documentaries, and TVC, Middle East OFW Filmmaker Albert Gayo is preparing feature film “Year After” for international screenings.

“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 meet each other once again not realizing their needs of depending on each other. 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 and Lawrence Binghay.

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 and was a semi-finalist for International Open Filmfest in Bangladesh, his recent music video “If No Be God” is also a semi-finalist for Caribbean Market Filmfest on top of his other 3 films that were also shown in different international screenings.

Now, we have received invitations to screen our first feature film “Year After” in various International Film Festival in different parts of the world and I feel humbled and privileged at the same time.

It is one of filmmakers dream to have his film shown to as many people as possible and to as many screenings around the world and with the advent of the internet through the proper channel, it is now easier to have the elusive worldwide showing.

“Year After” written, produced, and directed by Albert Gayo starring Angleo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Lorenz Binghay,  Carl Melias and Albert Gayo coming soon to cinemas near you.

Ecstatic in being a Semi-Finalist for one of my films…

Thesis Film Black and White PosterI’m ecstatic once again for receiving another laurel for one of the latest videos I directed this year from the Carribean Film Festival & Market 2017 which makes it my 4th Laurel for 2017.

I would like to thank our singer artist KDJ for the wonderful music and of course, our DOP and editor MJ Madrideo for the job well done, I have entered this music video for about 5 International Film  Festivals and this is the first one that gave the feedback.

Also, I’m glad and happy that KDJ is now writing his next song that we hope to shoot again very soon, the sleepless nights and hard work of the artist and crew paid off, just becoming an official selection for International Festivals, where thousands of entries are reviewed, is a humbling experience for all of us and we ought it all to God.

And for us filmmakers this is one sign that we must be doing something right to be included in such prestigious awards, thank you for the jurors, and judges who voted for our film.

So far 3 of my films will be shown in Indiewise Filmfest in Miami on 25-27th August this year, “Cities With A Heart”, Airport to Takseem Square” and “If No Be God”.

This gives me even more encouragement and determination for our upcoming feature films to be shown this year, “Before Suicide” with Robert Cristina Trif and “Year After” with Angelo Carl and Arnel Hasigan.

 

 

Make your film Spectacular and Magical

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I don’t want to make my life just to be happy like a normal film, I will make it SPECTACULAR and MAGICAL just like the upcoming film “YEAR AFTER” that were filming now, it’s going to be Spectacular. Now you ask me how do we measure being spectacular? Is it the production budget of the film? Is it the number of sponsors, or is it the number or brand of camera used.

No, never, it;’s none of these, look at the difference between Moonlight and La La Land, they were both great films, but Moonlight won the Best Picture because it is spectacular, it is magical, because we remembered Chiron the boy that grew up and how circumstances affected his life and how we sympathize with him on what he went through.

No one can take the glory or moment from you if you never had it, and if you have the glory or self-worth, whatever the people, society, or anyone does to you, your self-worth will remain no matter what.

There are always good filmmaker, but once in a while we come across good filmmakers who happen to be good storytellers at the same time, and those are the ones that become legends, we are not here to compete with anyone but ourselves, we know where we stand and we just continue to work and do our job with passion, with heart, heart, heart…

“Year After” written and directed by Albert Gayo featuring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Lawrence Binghay, coming soon to cinemas near you.