Ria Limjap: Bravo to the UFO Filmmaking Workshop

Says Ria Limjap on the UFO summer filmmaking workshops: "It reminded me of why we make movies."

At the UFO Summer Workshops, now on its second year, raw talent is being developed. I met college students, matrons, and a Lady Gaga impersonator–all of whom want to learn something about filmmaking. I experienced their shyness, their vision, as well as their experimentation and expansion. This is what I saw last weekend, and this is what reminded me of why we make movies. It isn't an easy process but we love it anyway. Bravo to the good folks of UFO Films for doing their best to enrich the independent film community through education and empowerment.

I sat in on JP Carpio's course called "Finding Your Way in Filmmaking." JP is a young filmmaker from Bacolod whose work is mainly in experimental film, and on Day 3 of his course, he talked about qualities like intimacy and flexibility in the filmmaking process. JP's passion for film was all too evident in the way he spoke about the art of the tracking shot by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, and the sublime use of production design and cinematography in French films. With his students JP was patient and encouraging, prodding them to discover what kind of filmmakers they are.

Then I had the pleasure of meeting writer-director Armando "Bing" Lao, whose renowned script writing courses have been touring the country. His "Found Story" method is fascinatingly detailed and executed. Even when the film is inherently chaotic–one doesn't realize the sensitivity and philosophy behind it.

Biyaheng Lupa is the directorial debut of film writer Armando "Bing" Lao.


It's good to meet these people because I suddenly remember that there are a bunch of talented and courageous folk out there doing meaningful and original work. They are paving the way for Philippine cinema.

For more details, visit ufoworkshops.wordpress.com. (Big thank you to Ana and Emman!)

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