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.

 

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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.

Inspire your cast and crew…

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The power of leading by example to inspire your cast and crew. As the director of the film everyone looks upon you, from the time you enter the set until the very last minute, so make sure that you inspire your cast and crew.

The way you handle a different situation, the way you make decisions to as simple as talking to the grip or makeup artist or even to the caterer everyone’s eye is on the director.

It’s not easy to handle lots of people because each one feels their responsibility to deliver and give you the best performance they can offer, they have each their concern to handle so we have to be easy on them.

Inspiring the cast and crew does not only involve how good the film is but how good the director attitude is while filming, give them the best of ourselves, treat them the way we want to be treated.

“Year After” is a movie written, produced, and directed by OFW filmmaker Albert Gayo based on true story that looks at the life of best friends James and Carlo and their hopes, struggles, betrayal, and beauty of life in the Middle East, starring Arnel Hasigan, Angel Carl, Lorenz Binghay, Carl Lorenz Melias, Kenzo Garcia, and Beth Castillano, coming soon to cinemas near you.

Location Inspires Stories..

_MG_5932LOCATION INSPIRES STORIES
“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.

Official Trailer of “Year After”

Here is the official trailer for our first feature film “Year After”, a story of unconditional love, friendship, and betrayal, coming soon to cinemas near you.

“Year After” is written, produced and directed by OFW Filmmaker Albert Gayo featuring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Lorenz Binghay, Carl Lorenz and Beth Castillano.

We are now in post-production stages and the fun has just begun.