What Did I Miss?: June 2022

Short Films

Interview with an Aswang (Short Film) – Originally written and produced in 2021, a college student interviews her aswang friend about what her life is like for a class assignment.

Published Works

Filmmaker Soma Helmi on Bringing AAPI Leads and Indonesian Mythologies to “The Angkasa Legacy” – For Mixed Asian Media, I spoke with this writer and director about the making of this sci-fi romance and the importance of Indonesian representation.

Notable Little Moments and Details from ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into the “fractals” that caught my attention in this “Star Wars” limited series.

An Additional Notable Little Detail from ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ – For The Nerds of Color, I explore an additional “fractal” I had accidentally left off of my list exploring them from the latest “Star Wars” live-action series.

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7 Years of Lola By the Bay and 2020 Year in Review

A part of me has always found it perplexing that I chose to start up my website at the end of a year. I sometimes wonder, “Why not have waited one more week until you were in the new year before finally starting it?” Well, seven years later, I look back on that decision and I think it worked out, actually. I get to both acknowledge the formation of this constantly growing website and look back on the past year in one go… and… well…. needless to say, this is quite a year to look back on. Continue reading “7 Years of Lola By the Bay and 2020 Year in Review”

Thoughts About Identifying as a Filmmaker

It happened again this week. I mean, I guess it would make sense for why I’ve been asked about this more than once by now. When your day job oversees funding, distributing, and occasionally producing films (and a film festival), I can see how it would only be natural one would ask if you have any filmmaking aspirations of your own. So when a visitor asked if I am a filmmaker, I said no, but I did say that I am a screenwriter. He argued in saying that a screenwriter is a type of a filmmaker. But is it? Continue reading “Thoughts About Identifying as a Filmmaker”

What Did I Miss?: December 2018

Published Works

About Baybayin – For Surat Magazine – the very first publication written entirely in Baybayin in over 50 years – I contribute a poem on how learning this script writing system has contributed to my overall understanding of my Filipino heritage.

This is the Only SNL Skit Featuring Jason Momoa You Need to Watch – For YOMYOMF, I spotlight a very particular skit from the night actor Jason Momoa was the guest host for “Saturday Night Live.”

SIGNAL ROCK Sheds Light on Philippines’ Toxic Patriarchal System – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I explore how this year’s opening night film gives a glimpse at the long embedded patriarchal attitudes that still exist in the Philippines.

A Grimy, Working Class Singapore Unfolds in “A Land Imagined” – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I explore how this year’s closing night film shows another side of Singapore from the one seen in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The Cast of “The Debut” Reflect on Film’s 18th Anniversary – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I interview several of the cast members of this groundbreaking film, as they look back on their experiences of making it.

Judith Hill Releases Postponed Music Video for “Back in Time” – For YOMYOMF, I shed a light on an old yet new music video that is released two years and eight months after it was supposed to originally come out.

Gene Cajayon Discusses His Journey in Filmmaking and the Making of “The Debut” – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I speak with the film’s director about the 18 years since its release.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS and AQUAMAN: The Significance of Their Timing– For YOMYOMF, I spotlight the personal significance on the fact that “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Aquaman” came out the same year and what they did for me in terms of representation.

Appearances

YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown: AQUAMAN – The Offenders and I close out the year by sharing our thoughts on one of the better films to come out of the DC Extended Universe.

Enlightenment Blog Feature on Lola By The Bay! – Author Reno Ursal shouts out this blog and the post I did about him and his upcoming novel, Enlightenment.

 

Thinking Like a Filmmaker

When one goes and pursues a form of storytelling, I think an unexpected after affect of that is suddenly being able to see and analyze the executions of other works of the given medium. I know that to be the case in my experience, for ever since I decided to pursue writing more seriously a few years ago, my eye for what makes a good story in terms of books suddenly enhanced and matured, as I’m now better at being able to detect when the flow of the story is moving properly, whether or not a plot execution is effective, the development of a character, and more.

Of course, the same can go for someone who reads actively as well, and it’s that kind of mindset that has brought me to a realization recently. Does one have to be involved as a creator in the designated storytelling medium in order to know whether a work has been executed well or not? In the case of books, I can see that to not be the case, and recently I’ve realized that can go for films as well. I’ve come to see how within the past few years, I’m starting to think like a filmmaker. Continue reading “Thinking Like a Filmmaker”