Directing KDJ Music Video aboard Majesty 44 Yacht.

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Just finished directing the 2nd music video of KDJ entitled “I Like The Way” on Majesty 44 Yacht from Royal Blue Coast.

I was slightly worried at the start because of the big waves and the strong wind, the first hour was a struggle trying our best to stabilize the camera but because of the wind and waves we were all over the place.

Then after an hour, we manage to have a good footing to set up the camera, but because of the weather and humidity all our cameras were having their moist on all lenses, we then have to wait for more time until the moist cleared up.

By this time our DOP Mj Madrideo has vomited, his assistant Mike also felt dizzy and decided to have a nap and I hold on well and drunk lots of soda, by the time we reached the Palm Jumeirah area the waves went down a bit, Mj and Mike was better and we started rolling.

During all these our cast headed by Mico Angles, JCJKI Dancers, Ariel Diaz Cativo, Arlene Diaz Cativo, Hyd’z Zehcnas, Olugna Beberly Verana Cativo, were having a great time doing their selfie and rehearsing the shoot, we also would like to thank Francesz Elyssah Marie for the sumptuous cake she made.

While these things are happening, our singer KDJ had all the patience waiting, cajoling, anticipating for everyone’s next move and was so happy on the final result.

As the saying goes “If you have patience it always work out at the end” and that is certainly what happened, the last 30 minutes with the beautiful sunset and that magic hour gave us a mesmerizing time and came out with the magical music video.

It is now under post production and will definitely share it to all of you guys later on.

 

Finished Filming “Hello Au Revoir”

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It was such a pleasure to be a part of a revolutionary feature film that will be shown in cinemas 2018. I just finished shooting for a project that is bound to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for its unique format never seen before in the cinemas.

To the production crew of “Hello Au Revoir” headed by director Jason Croot, thank you for coming up with the interesting project.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Location Inspires Stories..

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“Learn how to find spectacular locations and turn them into functional sets for your own films” Werner Herzog

Once I asked Filipino award-winning director Brilliante Mendoza what is his next project after “Lola” in a Q&A portion after his film screening at DIFF, he thought for a while and said “I’d like to do something about Mindanao but will know once I’m at the location” then a year after that encounter, “Thy Womb” was shown.

Yes, location sometimes gives you the inspiration on what story to tell, maybe one of the reasons why most of my short films and my first feature film “Year After” are all about OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) in the Middle East.

After spending 22 years in Bahrain and 8 years in Dubai I have lived, worked, and met friends and people that told me their life experiences and even saw their interesting and wonderful struggles, hardships and celebrations of living in the Middle East.

There were a few inspiring OFW films that came out from the Middle East in the last decade, “Sarah Balabagan”, “Dubai” “Katas ng Saudi” among others but I don’t think there’s enough remarkable films that I can think of or films that are worth remembering.

And to think that there are over 2 million OFW working in the Middle East for the last few years, just imagine the 2 million stories they have. So our first feature film “Year After” written, produced, and directed by Albert Gayo will focus on some of the Filipinos who are working and worked in the Middle East for some time.

“Year After” is a movie that will look at the life of best friends James and Carlo and their hopes, struggles, betrayal, and beauty of their life in the Middle East, starring Arnel Hasigan, Angel Carl, Lorenz Binghay, Carl Melias, Kenzo Garcia, and Beth Castillano, coming soon to cinemas near you.