“Anyone can be a filmmaker. If you have a story, if you have the talent, you can just do it.”
This is how filmmaker Pamela L. Reyes described the filmmaking landscape today. She’s been in the industry for close to a decade now and has worn different hats: From writer to producer to director.
Smartphones, GoPros, and prosumer cameras have enabled more people to tell their stories visually. Reyes says this wasn’t the case back when she started. Back then, she explains, “When you make films, you really have to want it a lot.”
“Before you had to find the film cameras, you had to find the crew members that really want to make films,” she elaborated. Filmmaking used to be a pipe dream, but that isn’t the case anymore, not with a variety of tools becoming more accessible to a lot of people. While that’s mostly a good thing, it has also created its own problem.
“There are really good artists everywhere but at the same time there are really bad films being made,” said Reyes adding that with the volume of films being made it has “become harder to weed out the bad ones.”
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The craft, though, definitely goes beyond the tools you make it with. Especially when you want your films to do well internationally.
“There’s a reward when you take things slow,” said Reyes, who has won and been nominated for various local and international awards for her role as producer for the award-winning film Birdshot. She says it’s also about uplifting the film’s production value. That includes creating a good and sustainable working environment on set.
We’ve all heard our fair share of stories from people in the film industry about insane work hours and talent fees that are not paid on time. Reyes wants to do away with these practices.
It starts, she says, with building the right kind of team all while making sure that everyone is paid appropriately, on time, and that their well-being is taken into consideration by making sure the work hours are reasonable.
“There’s no shortcut to making good films,” said Reyes, who is currently working on a few local and international films. She believes in investing the right amount of time when making films. Consequently, she’s turned down projects which demand that she rush things.
“Don’t rush it. The best film will come out if there’s a lot of love and passion in it,” she explains.
Stories that are true
A Visual Communication graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman, Reyes shared that she initially had an agency job that lasted no longer than three days. She said she “knew right away” that it wasn’t for her.
Her calling is in storytelling. When asked which stories she wants to tell the most, she beamingly replied: “I really want to tell stories that are true.”
“Most of the films I do are kind of feminist. That’s what I really want to push for because I haven’t seen that in a lot of films here [in the Philippines]. One that’s truly feminist. By that I mean you show what you have to show. You say what you have to say.”
Reyes is currently working on a coming-of-age film and a horror film — two of her favorite genres. Talking excitedly about her two projects, she once again highlighted the importance of taking the right amount of time in developing films. This way, you get the reaction you want to get out of your audience which is what pushes her to keep on making films.
“It’s just seeing the reaction of people and knowing that I affected their life a bit or I scared them a bit, made them think a bit. That’s the payoff that is enough for us to keep going.”
In a fast-paced world where we have a constant diet of content that’s bite-sized but oftentimes fails to hold our attention, Reyes champions the importance of running at your pace. Haste makes waste and to create something that you’re truly proud of and elicits a reaction from your intended audience, you need to take your time.
These new Ikea curtains fight indoor pollution by filtering air
Talk about being functional!
Ikea has just announced groundbreaking technology that will not only add to your home decorating or homemaking ventures, as the brand has been apt to do; it will also help keep your living space cleaner by purifying indoor air.
This is Ikea’s Gunrid curtain and it works just like a plant: It breaks down harmful pollutants when it gets in contact with light. The fabric itself has undergone “mineral-based surface treatment” which enables it to destroy common indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and odor. And since the tech is in the fabric, future products aren’t, in theory, limited to just curtains.
Unknown to most, indoor air pollution is a big deal with some living spaces found to have conditions five times worse than other parts of the world and a higher death toll than outdoor pollution. Mauricio Affonso, Product Developer at Ikea Range & Supply says, “We are creating an affordable and space-saving air purifying solution that also makes the home more beautiful.”
Ikea hopes to put these Gunrid curtains on shelves by 2020.
Samsung announces new generation of wearables
These include a tracker, watch, and wireless buds
Aside from the numerous Samsung flagships announced at Unpacked in San Francisco, there were also a number of wearables announced: The Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, and the Galaxy Buds.
The Galaxy Watch Active is the sporty version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch but without the iconic spinning bezel. It’s equipped with stress, fitness, and sleep tracking, plus GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth capabilities. Of course, it also has Bixby built in.
The watch also has wireless charging capabilities which will work well with the PowerShare-capable Galaxy S10. It runs on an Exynos 9110 processor and a 230mAh battery. It’ll come in four pretty colors: rose gold, sea green, black, and silver. It’ll be available on March 8 in the US for US$ 200.
The Galaxy Fit and Fit e are slim fitness wearables that will automatically track your activities. Equipped with a heart rate monitor and a 0.95-inch AMOLED display, this water-resistant baby is perfect for those who want something less obtrusive. They’ll be available in the second quarter of 2019.
Last but not least: The Galaxy Buds. Powered by AKG, you’re ensured a great listening experience. It boasts six hours of battery life for streaming and five hours on calls, with an additional seven hours with its charging case. That same case gives 1.7 hours of power on a 15-minute charge. Of course, it also has wireless charging.
These Buds are available starting March 8 and they’ll retail for US$ 129. It comes in three colors: black, white, and a fun yellow.
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Hands-on with all three versions!
Samsung’s newest Galaxy S devices have just been announced and we’re blessed with three versions: The Samsung Galaxy S10e (small), the Galaxy S10 (big), and the Galaxy S10+ (big big!).
Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!
In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!
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