“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.
5 coolest Airbnb places you can rent in Tagaytay
For when you want to escape Manila’s heat
Tagaytay is one destination you can visit when you’re looking for a weekend getaway. It’s popular for its cold weather, picture-worthy cafes, and an overlooking view of Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano. In addition, it’s just a two-hour drive away from Manila.
If you’re planning to stay in this city for a couple of days, here are our top five Airbnb rentals:
Dalton’s Lakeview Point
Dalton’s Lakeview Point is a stylish, modern-themed Airbnb. It’s spacious enough to fit groups up to six people, and its artistic interior design gives you that cozy and calming feeling. Stay here when you want a refreshing view of Taal Lake.
Couples might enjoy staying at Nordic Jewel, a Scandinavian-inspired Airbnb located in Tagaytay Prime Residences. Despite being small, every corner is Instagrammable. If that doesn’t convince you, let me tell you this: Small spaces make you closer with a person. Now go and have a good time with the love of your life!
Unit 217, Tower 1, Wind Residences
Even though it looks like a hotel room, Unit 217 in Tower 1, Wind Residences exudes an elegant, contemporary vibe. Its yellow accents give life in this Airbnb’s dominantly black and white design, and its patio invites you to relax and take a peek outside. This is perfect for those who want to feel that hotel vibe with a touch of the usual bed and breakfast.
Chalet de Tagaytay
If you want to retreat from the hustle-bustle of life, Chalet de Tagaytay is a rustic Airbnb that oozes privacy. Perched on a mountainside, it has the perfect view of Taal Lake for when you want to contemplate about life. Take the time to forget the world and your problems, and just relax during your stay.
Windsor Vacation House
Windsor Vacation House is the perfect place for get-togethers. It’s spacious enough to let everyone have their own space, and every corner is definitely picture-worthy. Next time you have an occasion to celebrate, bring your families and friends here for a wonderful experience. It can comfortably fit people up to 12 people, and it’s guaranteed you’ll make new memories with a beautiful Airbnb like this!
4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion
Small but packed with features
Fujifilm recently announced their new hybrid instant camera, the Instax Mini LiPlay. It’s the newest addition to the company’s lineup of Instax instant cameras and by far the smallest and most lightweight in its series.
Despite being small, it’s packed with features that every girl would love to have in different situations. Here are the reasons why:
1. You get to celebrate occasions in a special way
The Instax Mini LiPlay is not your typical instant camera. It comes with an LCD so you can review photos you’ve captured, and choose which one to print.
It also has a “Sound” button which is capable of recording up to ten seconds of audio. The Instax Mini LiPlay then converts the audio’s data into a QR code and adds it to the photo printed. Users can play and replay for at least a year by scanning the QR code. This function is perfect for adding greetings, songs, and other messages you’d love to share through the printed photo.
2. Definitely a travel companion
This hybrid instant camera is different compared to Fujifilm’s instant cameras. Its promise of being the smallest and most lightweight makes it an easy-to-carry travel-sized camera (that won’t take too much space in your bag).
In addition, solo and group travelers can enjoy the remote shooting feature, which remotely takes a photo and print it on the spot using your smartphone. Furthermore, it has a direct print feature so you can transfer your photos from your smartphone and print it using the instant camera’s film. Whatever device you use, the Instax Mini LiPlay is a travel companion you’ll love to bring anywhere you go.
3. For the times when you want to express yourself
If you love shooting flat lays or OOTDs, the Instax Mini LiPlay may be useful as a prop or as an accessory. It has a stylish design that matches your aesthetic, and it comes in three beautiful colors: Stone White, Elegant Black, and Blush Gold.
Moreover, it has an array of design frames. The camera comes with ten pre-installed frames, which you can select during or after taking a photo. When you download the free Instax Mini LiPlay app, you get to enjoy 20 additional design frames.
4. Enjoy taking photos wherever you go
Say goodbye to AA batteries that make you feel like you’re using a device from the early 2000s. The Instax Mini LiPlay uses micro-USB for charging and takes two to three hours to fully charge the device. Its battery can last up to 100 printed photos. Photos are also saved onto a microSD card so you can keep on shooting until your memory card is full!
The Instax Mini LiPlay is priced at PhP 9,999 and will be available around late June to early July in the Philippines.
Xiaomi makes your dream home more attainable with new appliances
Beautiful and affordable
As a struggling, single twentysomething, imagining what life would be like after 30 can be difficult. On rare occasions when my bank account looks more promising than usual, I fancy my future self as someone who can afford a living space that I designed myself — from picking wall colors, to getting minimal Scandinavian furniture, to hanging my own art, to breathing more life into it with plants.
Even if I’m surrounded by new technology all the time, the thing I find hardest to imagine is filling up that space with home tech — mostly because it’s hard to find well-designed appliances that don’t cost a fortune. While we put so much thought in getting furniture and accents that go well together, it rarely ever matters that we have a combination of a green stove, a white washing machine, a silver refrigerator, and a maroon fan — all in one household. But it does matter, and Xiaomi, once again, saves the day (or in this case, my future) with four new smart products for the dream home we all deserve.
Mi Smart Door Lock
Your dream home should only be unlocked with a mechanical key during emergency situations. The Mi Smart Door Lock offers up to six different unlocking methods, including fingerprint scanning and NFC. This means the new Mi Smart Band 4 or any phone with NFC can be used to unlock the door. This also means saving extra space in your purse for more important things like your lip balm.
The Mi Smart Door Lock retails for CNY 1,699 (US$ 245).
Mi Smart Combo Wash Dryer Pro (10kg)
Let’s face it, none of us like doing the laundry but it shouldn’t be a chore. The Mi Smart Combo Wash Dryer Pro supports voice control to activate or stop a washing cycle. It also sends a notification to your phone when your laundry is ready, so while waiting you can do a home workout or make yourself a hearty meal instead.
Washing machines should also not be an eyesore, and this one from Xiaomi sports a minimalist design and a singular OLED smart button. Oh, and it’ll be able to receive over-the-air updates in the future, too. The Mi Smart Combo Wash Dryer Pro starts at CNY 2,999 (US$ 433).
Mi Smart Kitchen Exhaust Hood and Stove Set
Any grownup kitchen should be a smart one so you can braise beef without forgetting about it and potentially burning your dream homes down. The Mi Smart Kitchen Exhaust Hood and Stove Set supports remote and voice controls, so you can monitor and adjust temperatures even from the toilet. The set is available at CNY 2,298 (US$ 333).
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