How to become Master Storytellers..

_MG_5536HOW TO BECOME A MASTER STORYTELLERS AND FILMMAKERS.
If you want to master storytelling, don’t just watch movies.
It’s not enough just to watch movies and other works to improve your storytelling, we should read lots of books, feel lots of theater, watch the opera, read the news, meet people and observe our surroundings, these and more are needed to become masters of storytelling and filmmaking.

Because it is through these that we listen to the wonderful happenings of people in life, it is through these that we listen and learned about the exciting moments of people around us, it is through these that we listen and write those wonderful moments that we capture in our camera and imaginations.

There are times when we watch movies and the visuals we see are embedded in our minds like illusions from dreams that doesn’t go away and yet they are not enough to make the tapestry of our stories, we’ve got to give it some meat, some souls and we do this by putting on experiences that we read, experiences that we heard, thighs that we experienced first hand.

So to master storytelling, don’t just watch movies, let your senses work, watch, feel breath every moment, everything you read, hear and experience, follow your senses.

“Year After” is a story of best friends 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 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, Lawrence Binghay and Carl Lorenz, coming soon to cinemas near you.

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Where and How to market and distribute your Indie film..

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Scene from “Year After”

FILM MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
For Filmmakers one of the challenges is the marketing and distribution part of the films, now you have the finished edited film in your hard drive and you want to show it to the world, how do we dot it.

There are various ways in which to do this and also depending on which part of the world you are in, the first option is self-distribution, this is where you get in touch with different distributors and show them your film and if they get interested they do distribution for you.

Also, you can actually talk to your local cinema owner or cinema managers and either hire the screening room for a couple of days with an option of longer runs and negotiate the ticket sales percentage.

Another option is you pay certain film distribution company and they will charge you a certain amount, I know one agency in Los Angles or New York and with a minimum amount of $10,000 you can have a cinema run in either one of the city together with publicist and marketing online, they will do everything for your film to make sure you get the exposure you wanted worldwide.

One more option is to enter International Film Festival especially the major ones and once you get awards or become a winner and manage to build the hype, then the film distribution companies will be the one running after you to get signed up.

As we say, filmmaking is not only an art form but at the same time a business as well, and most of the filmmakers always and should allocate a fair amount of budget on marketing and distributing our films.

We want to communicate to as many viewers as we can because we believed in the story that we did and it is a shame if we won’t be able to show it to the world.

“Year After” first feature film written and directed by OFW Filmmaker Albert Gayo after completing about 15 short films and documentaries in which some of them were shown in Film festivals in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Bangladesh and Miami is a story of unconditional love, friendship, and betrayal starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Lorenz Binghay and Carl Lorenz will be shown in cinemas near you.

Keep it simple and use the one camera set up to capture your best film possible.

_MG_5525KEEP IT SIMPLE, LEARN HOW TO USE ONE CAMERA TO MAKE THE BEST FILM POSSIBLE.
Famous director Werner Herzog once said” Keep it simple, focus and efficient, don’t shoot coverage, learn how to use one camera to make the best film possible.
I agree with Director Werner Herzog on this, especially when I found out that most of his remarkable film like”Aguirre, the Wrath of God” and “Fitzcarraldo” among others were shot in single camera.

Simply because at the end of the day the camera does not only sit there but actually is a part of the characters, it breaths on its own, had a meaning to itself and becomes a part of the storyteller.

There are times when we filmmakers feel really tedious just having one camera because there are times when we want to capture the wide and the close up at the same time but as the saying goes learn the rules before you break them, and how can we learn the rules when we opted for the easy set up 2 to 3 cameras at one shot.So on this rule, I would agree strongly with Werner Herzog, learn how to use one camera to make the best film possible.

So on this rule, I would agree strongly with Werner Herzog, learn how to use one camera to make the best film possible.

Our feature film “Year After” written, produced, and directed by Albert Gayo starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, Lorenz Binghay and Carl Lorenz used the one camera concept and the drama that ensued about unconditional love, friendship and betrayal were all captured in this process.

Year After is a story of unconditional love, of real friends, and betrayal based on true story of OFW (Overseas Filipino workers) who toil for their families back home and their hope, dreams, and trials, directed by OFW filmmaker Albert Gayo 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.

Social Media effects on relationship tackled by film “Year After”

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Social media might and can ruin your relationship if your not careful, and the worse, it can actually ruin a family, this and more are touched and answered by the feature film “Year After” story of unconditional love, friendship, and betrayal.

“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.

It wasn’t easy but once you start rolling it just feels like you are making at least 10 or more short films, the process is longer and you have to constantly change some scenes to make it more interesting and make your characters lovable or horrible and you have to constantly think of situation that will make the film move forward.

But every shoot day is as exciting as the first since we are doing an experimental process of filmmaking, that is shooting it first just having the back story as our background and shoot as we complete the script and it’s amazing how it all turning out.

Once you start filmmaking and enjoyed the process, everything comes easier and one will definitely always look forward to it like I do now. Hope to see you all in our screenings. Playdates will be announced soon.

 

Plot Point 1 for “Year After” movie..

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Plot point 1 of feature film “Year After” is our next shoot to come up, the situation of James and Carlo will be tested, will they hold on to their past or let it go, will their love endure, James will do everything for his family especially for his daughter and Carlo will do everything for James, what circumstances will trigger that will test their longing for each other, these and a lot more and were hoping to finish the principal shoot in the next 3 weeks and go for post production.

Story of unconditional love, story of hope, longing, and love betrayed, an unusual love affair, the love we always wanted but afraid to ask.

There is more to love than carnal feelings, love of heart than the love of the flesh, these are some of the subjects that will be tackled by “Year After” feature film written and directed by Albert Gayo starring Angelo Carl, Arnel Hasigan, and Lawrence Binghay, coming soon to 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.