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CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Film Club of Southville International School and Colleges Manila flies to Cebu for a filmmaking workshop at Film & Media Arts International Academy (FMA). Headed by their president Jian Romano, the Film Club members will undergo an intensive 9-day filmmaking workshop.
“We are IB-1 students,” says Jian “I expected FMA to be very professional and that I would learn a lot from the teachers who are Hollywood filmmakers. And they exceeded my expectations!”
In the short time that the Film Club members are at FMA, they will learn the basics in storyboarding, screenwriting, cinematography, directing, producing, production design, and editing.
“The students are quite brilliant,” says Timm Doolen, Academic Director of FMA. “They are far more mature than what you would expect of their age.”
They will get their hands on FMA’s top industry-grade filmmaking equipment that includes the Black Magic cameras. They also get to use FMA’s well equipped Editing Lab, Design Studio and Shooting Studios.
“The FMA filmmaking equipment is just amazing! I don’t mind being punished inside this (equipment) cage,” Bella Fragman says in jest. “But seriously, this program made me decide that I want to be a world class filmmaker! I am so spending my gap year here!”
The desired output will be a music video that the Film Club members will also act in! Asked if this ambitious objective is possible, FMA’s Creative Director Carey Rothman says, “So far, they have displayed nothing but enthusiasm and their determination to make this happen!”
Also joining them is Film Club member Diana Angela Chua from the College of St. Benilde.
“I study Multi-media at CSB,” quipped Diana. “So this right down my alley, and even my Dad agrees! But what really surprised me was the quality of the filmmaking equipment! I can’t wait to enroll in the 1-year Diploma in Filmmaking!”