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My Experiences From Making Short Films

About Martin Jarmin

Multimedia Arts student of Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL). Football player and fan. Oh, and I love Chelsea FC! I bleed blue!

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Meetings were held every week in preparation for the shooting of the first film. Final checks were done before we started the shooting and the setting was at a resort first. We thought that this shooting would turn out good but in the end, it was a disaster. Most of our members just partied and swam in the swimming pool and our director was just lying around, turned out that he can’t handle the pressure. Although a few scenes were shot. I was really disappointed with that shooting. All of us wasted our money but we got to move on. The next day our professor got angry because she knew what happened. So we decided that we will re-shoot the whole movie with a new story. Challenging and disappointing for all of us.

The new script and storyboard were available the next week. We were ready to shoot the first film again but the problem is we only got a week to pass both the first and the second. So we split the production crew into two. One for the first film and the other for the second. I went for the second.

Simultaneous shootings were done to maximize time. Me and the others involved in the second film first shot at our school cafeteria. Then the house of our director for a few shots. Next we moved on to PASEO for the rest of the scenes. The first day of shooting our director was present but the following days he wasn’t present. He was too busy with the first film but we understand him. So me and the two other assistant directors took up the task of directing almost the whole of the film. We shot several scenes at PASEO for I think three days. The rest of which were shot in my friend’s house. Most of the time we finish our shooting at 9 or 10pm. So we usually get home late. There was this one time that I got home at 11pm because of overtime. We don’t have much news about the progress of the first film but from what we’ve heard they didn’t get a lot of sleep.

It took us about a week to finish shooting the second film. About three days left to pass it. Me and my co-editor Avegail edited the second film for two days but problems arose as the first film needs to be edited too. So we did simultaneous editing for the first. Three of us edited it for a whole day without sleep then the next day the second film again without sleep. In total, I got 2 days of no sleep but I kept in mind that it’ll be worth it in the end.

The day of the passing of the film came. We weren’t still finished with the first but our second film is ready. We showed it to our professor and the whole class. Sadly my professor didn’t quite like it. She said our film lacked the “Oomph” factor. So again we re-shot most of the scenes and edited it again and passed it again on our prof. AGAIN she rejected it so we re-shoot again and finally she said, “Okay.” FINALLY! We were all relieved but nervous at the same time because we don’t know what her reaction is to our second film.

The passing of the first film has meanwhile been quite straightforward. She accepted it immediately but wasn’t that impressed at all, harsh reality.

Before uploading the two films on YouTube, me and my co-editor re-edited both to clean them up. Still there were some parts of the two films that need re-editing but we just let it be, besides our director approved them both. This was a fun experience and I will apply all of the things that I have learned from this in my future projects.

Here are the links to the trailers:

ASMODEUS (First Film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acP9vFXO6-Q&list=UUf-GgGf-sIZRAWHDIHZ6IAw&index=1&feature=plcp

ALAS OTSO (Second Film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8jgi6lOg30&feature=relmfu

author:  Martin Jarmin

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