July 26, 2019 (11:50 PM)

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#CINEMALAYA2019. Ateneo de Davao University held a film-making workshop which featured the works and lectures of acclaimed Filipino film-makers. Photo by Julien Jame Apale

“What’s the secret element that makes people cry? -Injustice.”

This was the firm contention of Director Kip Oebanda, director of Liway, one of the finalists of this year’s Cinemalaya and Bar Boys, a Gawad Urian Best Screenplay nominee, in the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Campus Workshop yesterday.

Dabawenyo young film makers and writers from different schools in Davao City gathered at the university’s Finster Auditorium to learn from the experts on filmmaking through the event which is the first of its kind.

In his speech, Oebanda mentioned techniques and advice on the right mindset of a film creator, director or an actor through his filmmaking masterclass.

“You have to think of your actor, tell them to focus if he or she feels anxious or nervous. I give them goals, ” he stressed.

He also differentiated “teleserye” from films which to him, imbibe and need to convey unique emotions through their respective techniques.

“It’s not the sadness that makes people cry; it’s injustice. In the absence of injustice, people don’t cry,” he said.

Aside from that, he also enumerated some strategies he named like the 1,2,3 work, ‘pomodoro timer’, and ‘making a deadline for yourself’, to avoid procrastination in terms of writing.

“Don’t look for an inspiration; make a habit, ” he said.

The workshop was organized by the Mindanaoan Youth Development Center and Ateneo Culture and Arts Cluster as part of the initiative of the Cinemalaya to develop its range to different regions.

End the silence of the gagged!

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