Know your characters really well.

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…

_MG_5555Ending is one of the most important parts of the film.
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.

Music for Filmmakers…

_MG_5520Music will dictate the mood of your FILM

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.

Venue for Art Lovers and Filmmakers of Dubai and Middle East..

GROUP EXHIBIT 2.jpgRIBBON CUT.jpgGROUP EXHIBIT.jpgWe had a wonderful opening of the 1st Group Photo Exhibition held at Al Erzal Cafe & Restaurant , we would like to thank our beautiful Philippines Vice Consul Elizabeth Picar Ramos for gracing the occasion and Ms. Vivian Economides for the wonderful venue, also for all the photographers who gave their time and effort Buddy Gadiano ,Christine Aggasid ,Dexter Bacani, Emmanuel Gonzales ,Hermogenes Masangcay, Jonathan Ollero, Nhoileen Maypa, and Edwin Mendoza.

We also would like to thank of course the organizer Arc5 Events with Rachel Hamot and Maria Dahlia Francisco, we were also privileged to have Mr.Robert Oswald Alfiler from Aksyon TV who is preparing his planned photojournalism workshop on the 30th June at the same venue.

For all the ones who came on the first night of the photo, exhibit thank you very much and the exhibition will remain open for public until 29th June at Al Erzal Cafe and Restaurant, doors open at 6 pm until 2 am and entrance is free.

International Filmmaker and host Albert Gayo wants to make this venue a hub for Filipino Artist to show their works, Al Erzal Cafe & Restaurant even have a big screen where films can be shown as well.

“I think this is a great place where we can show the wonderful works of Filipino artist in Dubai and the Middle East and this venue is perfect, ” said Albert.

Starting on the first week of July an exhibition of oil paintings by a Filipino artist is being planned.


The Magic of Filmmaking happens at Post Production.​

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.