The Magic of Filmmaking happens at Post Production.​

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Once all the principal shoot is done, then the fun starts in filmmaking and that is the Post Production, this is where all the magics are done, where music is mixed, where sound effects are added if needed, and where spices are placed in to come up with a magical story.

This is also where you can change things around, change when it comes to the pacing of the film, change when it comes to improving and grading the color which will enhance, improve and give your film that overall look, this thing and more happens in post production.

That is why we filmmakers say that 60% of filmmaking is done in the post production and I’ve learned this the hard way, I realized the importance of post-production after my first 2 earlier short films, the importance of syncing sound, the importance of background music and others.

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect and after filming over 15 shorts in which 5 of them were awarded internationally, I am now filming “Year After” my first feature film starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan and Lawrence Binghay, coming soon to cinemas near you.

Story of unconditional love, friendship, longing, and betrayal, based on a true story of OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Workers) working in the Middle East

I’m expecting some more late nights, but fun, once we start our post-production, it will be another exciting and unforgettable moments for us filmmakers.

Working with International Stars…

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It always makes a difference when you work with professionals and you can’t really see and feel the difference until you’ve done so, in one of my short film that I wrote, produced and directed last year, I had the privilege to work with one of Philippines actress Ms. Jennifer Lee.

Directing Jennifer for the first time was indeed a wonderful experience, she was spot on when it comes to dialogue ad lib, she seem to know what to say before I tell her to say it. She knows the right angles where to position herself, I don’t even have to block her, once I set up the camera she knows the rules of it, the 180 degree rule.

“Selfei” was indeed another short film that I’m really proud of not only because its fun to work with an A list actress from Philippines but also because as a filmmaker I learned a lot from actress like her.

Now with our first feature film “Year After” I’m happy and proud to say that experienced really counts, after writing, producing and directing over 15 short films and documentaries and hundreds of TVC to date this film is a labor of love.

And I thank all the wonderful and great actors and actresses I’ve worked with in one way or the other, from film actress Nora Aunor, Boy Abunda, Nyoy Volante, Kay Brosas, Regine Velasquez, Joyce Jimenez, Alan K, Kris Aquino, Joshua Zamora, Jopay Paguio, Ricky Belmonte, Pops Fernandez, Billy Crawford, Dina Bonnevie, Maribel Lopez, Eugene Dominguez, Erik Santos, Epi Quizon, Bong Navarro, Alfred Vargas, Spanky Manikan, Tony Mabesa, Arnel Ignacio, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Iya Villena, John Prats, Kris Lawrence, Jay-R, Geneva Cruz, Ian de leon, Pepe Smith, Dina Bonevie, German Moreno, Rachel Ann Go, Melanie Marquez, and others, on the Indian actors, Jayasurya, Fahad Fasil, Madhuri Dixit, Vineeth, and Jackie Fernandez, on Hollywood actress and directors I’ve worked with late Roger Vadim husband of Jane Fonda, Joanna Cassidy, Cyndi Pickett, on other International actors Patience Ozokwor, Robert Cristian Trif, Annina Fedorkova, Erika Herbert, and all the other actors, actress, directors and crews that gave me constant advice, in this world of filmmaking, thank you very much, and I know that the list will continue on.

So don’t forget to watch our first feature film “Year After” a story of unconditional love, friendship, longing and betrayal written, produced and directed by Albert Gayo starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan and Lawrence Binghay coming soon to cinemas near you.

Give the audience space to think..

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We should never underestimate our audience, yes there were times when we shoot our films and inform them of every minute details, once I was watching a movie and I can tell that they just wanted to make the film unnecessary longer.

You see the character open the car, open the door, close the door, go up the stairs, open the bedroom door, close the bedroom door and lie down in bed, where in fact we can just show him open the car and cut it into him lying in bed because the rest of action does not mean or do anything to the character.

Unless something important happens or something relevant is there for later but shooting it for the sake of making the film long is unfair for our audience.

Once we watched any film of our choice it only shows that we care, we care because we expected to listen and watch the story, we watched because we want to know what happened, either the tagline or the trailer had intrigued us that we want to know more about the character because we CARE.

Follow the story of James and Carlo as they struggle to keep their past relationship intact even after their family, social media, and people around them ruined their precious connection, will they succeed in keeping it or will they just go with the flow and follow what the society dictates.

“Year After” story of unconditional love, longing, and betrayal written and directed by the Middle East based Filipino director Albert Gayo, featuring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Lawrence Binghay and Albert Gayo coming soon to cinemas near you.

The camera​ is important but Story is crucial…

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In filmmaking Camera is important but Story is CRUCIAL
In my 10 years of filmmaking TVC, corporate video, and short films, I have used RED Dragon, RED Epic, ARRI ALEXA, CANON, NIKON, SONY, and others and every single one of them had its quality and special features that I adore, but what I learned especially the most important thing in filmmaking is the STORY and the rest will follow.

I have even heard of one feature film that garnered lots of awards and it was filmed using iPhone 7, so if anyone of you had a great story to tell, shoot it and have it filmed whatever camera is to be used it doesn’t matter, what counts is your beautiful story, and share it with the world.

Our first feature film “Year After” was shot in Canon but I’m proud to say that the story will stay in your mind for some time, it’s a story of unconditional love, friendship, and betrayal, story of how social media is affecting our lives, story based on real people of OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) in the Middle East .

I am proud to say that “Year After” will linger in your minds and senses for a long time, it will make you think of who your real friends are, what is the cost of a real relationship if your love is strong enough to give your life to that person.

Year After written and directed by Albert Gayo starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan and Lawrence Binghay, coming soon in cinemas near you.

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.

 

Give your film a HEART…

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You’ve got to give it a heart, yes you heard it right, HEART, this is one advice I will give to my fellow filmmakers who are enjoying the process of filmmaking, I personally notice that there are fewer films produced with a heart except for the few short films that I see and watch in youtube.

Now I understand why Moonlight won over La La Land even though the production cost of Moonlight was not even 1/2 of the later because Moonlight has a bigger heart, we fell for that Boy, we felt his heart.

Our first feature film “Year After” have all the needed heart, from the crew to the cast to our characters James, Carlo, Bobby, Lawrence and others, we make sure that before we start to shoot at any time, we remind everyone to feel our heart and imagine our viewers as we deliver every line of dialogue, as we compose every frame, and as we move and act  towards  to each other.

We all believe that heart is what binds our crew and cast together, to tell our audience that what the world needs now aside from all other things is having that HEART, so again my advice to all filmmakers worldwide.

Enjoy and shoot your film but make sure that it’s the film with the heart, like our upcoming “Year After” it’s the film with a big, big, HEART.

Filming Lequan Smith designer to Beyonce

Now I understand why Beyonce and Ariana Grande love this designer Lequan Smith. After filming his fashion show at the 2nd day of Arab Fashion Week and had a closer look at his creations I myself wished I could wear those titillating leathers and fabrics to show my curves.

For some of the Arab women in the crowd it might have been a bit too sexy with some collections showing their cleavage or boobs, but to a lot of the women watching, I can see their eyes popped and made thunderous claps to some of the wonderful creations.

Plastic leathers were the most used fabrics with fake cashmere and some wool too, but what is really catching are how the collection are formed together as one cohesive team, that is sexy, sultry, and seductive.

Women who have the curves and wants to have their man looking at them the whole night should certainly have one of Lequan Smith collection, these clothes are certainly the answer to you.

No wonder Lequan’s  favorite designer is Azzedine Alaia because I can see where he is coming from these wonderful pieces of design reminds me of Azzedine, but I can tell you just a couple of years from now Lequan Smith will be another household name in the field of fashion.

I would have love to film him backstage but, unfortunately, my production friends from FASHION CHINA was in a hurry since Lequan was the closing show for the night, I make sure that next season I will talk to him.

What will I ask him?  If you will be asked to design a piece for Cinderella how would you do it? Now, that will be interesting.

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