Know your characters really well.

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We have to know why he chuckles every time he laughs, why he’s afraid of the dark, why he hates using a spoon while eating, why he goes out in the garden for confrontation, these and lots more are some of the things we should know about the character we write about.

Writing a story is one of the most creative part of filmmaking because we have the privilege, knowledge, and capacity to mold people as if they are actually our babies, we write their life and know them from inside out, from the time they were born until the present day, we know every tiny detail of how they look like, what they like and don’t like, their mannerism, their hopes, struggles, and happiness, as a writer we know them all.

And this brings us to a make-believe world, a magical place where we control every second, every minute of what comes and what happens, we put our antagonist and protagonist at situations for them to handle, sometimes it’s hard because we mix fiction with reality and yet exciting because we can do whatever we want in that make believe world.

Maybe this is why filmmaking, is I think,  one of the most exciting fields in art because our creation has no boundaries, we can do whatever and whenever we needed it, it’s like living in a different dimension.

“Year After” the first feature film I wrote, produced and directed is a story of unconditional love, friendship, longing and betrayal and starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Albert Gayo, Lawrence Binghay and Carl Lorenz, coming soon to cinemas near you.

The ending should make the audience appreciate their​ life more…

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You must be sure of what you want your audience to take home with them, do you want them to go home happy? sad? do you want them to think of the best alternative of what they had seen? do you want them to argue within themselves for the best ending, or do you want them to take action, or what I always end with most of my films, I want the audience to appreciate their life more after watching “Year After”

There is nothing right or wrong in ending your film, you just have to be sure of what message you want to convey and stick to that, the emotions that you stirred to your audience at the very end of the film is very important indeed and make sure that all questions are answered, all characters are cleared of their goals unless you want your audience to come back and wait for the part 2.

The story of Carlo and James has a time span of almost 10 years until the time they met again, their friendship was once again challenged by the society, the social media, and people around them, will they manage to overcome all of them or will their friendship be ruined once again for good.

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

“Year After” invited for International Film Festivals.

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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.

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.

Worldwide Audience for “Year After”

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Amsterdam to Copenhagen, Illinois to India, New York to Manila, Canada to New Zealand and even as far as Afghanistan are in my status that reads and follows the development of filming our first feature film “Year After”.

I’m always excited and look forward to my blog because there is always an interesting person that reads it and follow from different parts of the world, and it only shows how social media connects us and how it penetrates to places unthinkable over the past generation.

That is one great part of social media, on the other side, social media can still ruin a family, friendship or relationship if not handled carefully like what we also have in our 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” starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Lawrence Binghay and Albert Gayo coming soon the cinemas near you.