What is important Love or Money?

This is one topic that is commonly addressed by almost everyone, the importance of one compared to the other has divided a lot of people in a lot of reason, I’m sure each one of us can and will be able to relate himself once way or the other.

Filming myself convince each other for a lot of hundred reasons almost make me laugh, because of its reality, I personally believe in both, that Love and money are both important in this world.

But come to think of it, if I am asked to choose between the two, it will really make me think for so long and might not even come out with the right answer or right argument, so to be able to have both of my answer in one film gives me more freedom to express myself and my reasons.

Love or money? That is the question and both will be able to give you a wonderful answer or reason but as they always said, the experience is the best teacher, so if you prefer one over the other, think again for a second and then realize your reason.

Through time immemorial love has conquered kingdoms, countries, and states but at the same time it did act with enough resources at the helm, there was never love alone and yet this thing we call love is so powerful that it can move mountain and seas.

Yet if love is supported by enough wealth, then only then that it can ever be more meaningful like when the whole army took Helen of Troy, love, and money together they conquer.

 

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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.

 

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.

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.

Film is an Art but also a Business.

_MG_5589FILM IS AN ART BUT ALSO A BUSINESS
We always think that filmmakers job is to make films because we are artist, it is actually one of the most exciting art forms because as filmmakers we can create new life, we can create a new world new hope, new beginning, yet after we had created this and bring to life a story from our imagination what’s next?

We then want to share it with as many people as we can reach, we want to tell them the story that we created, show them the new world, the new person we gave life to and this is where the business side starts.

As one of the famous director Werner Herzog said ”Film is an Art but it’s also a business” yes, filmmakers, it is not enough to have the finished film in our hands if no one or there is not enough people to watch it.

We should find a way to screen it to as many people as we can, to as much crowd as we can to show them the new world we created, the new characters we gave life to and maybe they will be able to sympathize with our creations or be with or against them

Once in a while we get bashers that do not understand our films or the world we created, do not be discouraged for we know what is involve in the process, we filmmakers do not make films for certain individuals, we make films to tell them the story we know to the best of our abilities using the tools we have the camera and lights.

If one way or the other some people get to change their actions, beliefs, or understanding because of what we have shown them then we won.

“Year After” is the first feature film written, and directed by Dubai-based Filipino 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”

“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 in cinemas near you.