this, my friends, is a dream come true.

the experience was priceless. it was like i grew two years older discovering things along the way. at times i felt so friggin’ amateur and i learned that i’m not that bad of a director really.

my initial plan was to showcase what i can do with the crane since i got it just a month ago and i haven’t really tried it. but when my head started coming up with new ideas every trip back, i had to do it for the story. the first major mistake was that the two-day shoot took place before the script was finalized and i had to work around with almost an hour of footage. with our on-site production crew consisting of only three people (including myself and my talent), losing the original pair of slippers on the second day of shooting was an inevitable disaster. doing the voice over was the bloodiest of ’em all (with myself making my talent literally cry at least twice.) i had to seek the help of my wife as reading with feelings coach. and scoring…i totally sucked at scoring the video. it cost me one whole day of editing/looking for music.

i thought man, i wish i could make this film look better than the poster and still, i wish i did. nonetheless, i had a great feeling of satisfaction with what i came up with. the blog premiere was a bit delayed but from the comments and reviews from my first invited viewers, i was blown away with the reception.

a film without a purpose is just a waste of time and my purpose (though i admit that this was not part of the original plan) is to try and help out the kids from this school in bulacan. here’s the deal: each elementary level have three classrooms with seventy pupils each. majority of these kids walk to school. most of them have no money to buy a six-peso ballpen…but one thing’s for sure, they want to learn. what my team and i will do is to go back there this coming june and distribute some school supplies to these children. we’re no superheroes and we cannot do this alone but we’re planning to start out with a certain level and try to make a little difference. we’ve got to start from somewhere and pray that maybe by next year, we can help more kids. maybe i can try to change the world one ballpoint pen at a time. i’m totally psyched to get started!

this is how i spent my holy week and it was the best black friday ever!

18 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Rose says:

    wow, the video is amazing. what’s even more amazing is your admirable cause in helping these children get the education that they rightfully deserve. if there’s any way i can help, i’ll be very willing to provide support or assistance to these kids.

  2. EJ says:

    Congratulations in advance. I believe in your vision and creativity. Making a short effective and powerful film will really entice a lot of people to help the children in need to fulfill their dreams and reach the stars.

    More Power!

  3. Len says:

    wow!!!i admire you even more now, not just because of the spectacular short film but more so in the initiative to help others and make a difference. we’re willing to lend a hand, just let us know what we can do to help. :)

  4. Ome says:

    I thought the script was deeply moving, but the statistics in the end is more mind blowing. Congratulations! Keep us posted on your project, we will be happy to help.

    PS More short films to come!

  5. Lisa says:

    Just watched this. Galing naman ni Wendelyn! Haha. Seriously though, loved this, Bim. If there’s anything we can do to help, let me know.

  6. top says:

    it was deeply moving. made me realize not to think so much of the hardships im going through as there are a lot others, younger than i am, who are already experiencing harder battles in this world.

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