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It’s been a crazy last few weeks! Fridays are the only days in the week I get the morning off. So far, we’ve been filming, editing, scriptwriting, finalising our prospectus of an adaptation of a graphic novel, and generally trying to cling on for dear life before the official launch of our school and final screening to mark the end of the term.
Film school is punishing. I’ve gotten sunburned from shooting in the field, backache from carrying gear, dizziness from staring at the screen too long and general fatigue from late nights and early mornings. But the results have been worth it so far.
My friend shot a documentary with Hiroshi FC. The club owner actually knocked down half his home to accommodate people who wanted to play sports in a good venue, and for his children to be able to grow up being physically active.
Then I went to the mountains of Cebu to film my friend’s documentary with Sistemang Pilipino, an organisation which gives children the opportunity to grow their musical talents.
The family was so kind to insist on feeding us (the crew) despite our protests. We know it’s a huge expense to have to provide for us – and the meal was even more delicious with that fact and that it was so fresh and wholesome.
Trekking back to the car on foot as our subject’s home, apart from being away from the city, also requires meandering on dirt tracks to reach it.
There’s nothing more rewarding that watching a completed film after all the hard work creating it. You can see the finished documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FqBx1m6NJ0