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.

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.

The camera​ is important but Story is crucial…


In filmmaking Camera is important but Story is CRUCIAL
In my 10 years of filmmaking TVC, corporate video, and short films, I have used RED Dragon, RED Epic, ARRI ALEXA, CANON, NIKON, SONY, and others and every single one of them had its quality and special features that I adore, but what I learned especially the most important thing in filmmaking is the STORY and the rest will follow.

I have even heard of one feature film that garnered lots of awards and it was filmed using iPhone 7, so if anyone of you had a great story to tell, shoot it and have it filmed whatever camera is to be used it doesn’t matter, what counts is your beautiful story, and share it with the world.

Our first feature film “Year After” was shot in Canon but I’m proud to say that the story will stay in your mind for some time, it’s a story of unconditional love, friendship, and betrayal, story of how social media is affecting our lives, story based on real people of OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) in the Middle East .

I am proud to say that “Year After” will linger in your minds and senses for a long time, it will make you think of who your real friends are, what is the cost of a real relationship if your love is strong enough to give your life to that person.

Year After written and directed by Albert Gayo starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan and Lawrence Binghay, coming soon in cinemas near you.

Filming “Year After” under the moon…

_MG_5116It was mesmerizing, actor Angelo Carl and the rest of us noticed the beautiful moon as we continue filming for “Year After” we all started sharing wonderful memories and reminisce some of our past stories.

I’ve heard it said before, “Film is imitating life, imitating art” whoever said it in a way is true, as we talk in between takes, some excitement happenings in our life unfolds, and it feels like talking about another film as we shoot our film.

How long can you sustain your love? Do you really believe that there is forever love? Does pure love really exist? these are some of the questions that will be answered by the feature film “Year After” written and directed by Albert Gayo starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan and Lawrence Binghay.

As we change lens, position our tripod, and have our break after almost 7 hours of filming Angelo outpours his emotion on and off camera about some experiences that somehow change his life.

Now I understand where he is getting his emotions that projects on cam, as one Hollywood actor say “To be a good actor, you have to experience various role in your life, then you can apply it in acting”

Year After, feature film coming soon to cinemas near you.

First Day of filming “Year After”

YEAR AFTER POSTERFinally rolled our first day of filming for the feature film “Year After” story of unconditional love and friendship based on a true story,  directed by Albert Gayo, featuring Arnel Hasigan and Angelo Carl.

A mixture of excitement, cooperation, and fun filled our day as we embark on our experimental endeavor, as I mentioned on my earlier blog, this has a lot of experiment in terms of filmmaking, and budgeting, and lots of first as well.

This is the first feature film that is written, and directed by me, after filming at least 15 short and documentary films, I decided to finally make my feature film and create a story close to my heart that will inspire people, look at love in a different angle, and see the real beauty of life not through our eyes but through our heart.

For me genre of drama or life’s reality can be a bit boring if not handled carefully, and that is one of the things I should really look out for, this film will touch your heart but at the same time I want to make sure that you will love every character in the film despite their shortcomings and flaws.

We’re hoping to finish the film in one month and will announce our screening soon, here are some of the behind the scene pics on our first day of filming.