Wanda finds a witty way to work around her laziness. A short film based off Scott Adams’ Dilbert comic strip “Wally’s Presentation.”
Producers: Gabby Dario and Meggie Manago
Director, Writer: Gabby Dario
Cinematographer, Editor: Meggie Manago
Executive Producer: Raz de la Torre
Type of Production: Visual Storytelling – Framing
TRT: 2m 6s
Videography (BC 144) 2nd Semester, AY 2013-2014 University of the Philippines-Diliman Department of Broadcast Communication, College of Mass Communication
Who is to blame for a bad mark on an exam? You? Or your tutor? Adapted from an excerpt of the comic “Worse” from Dumbing of Age by David Willis.
Producers: Kriselle Gueco and Aira San Pedro
Director, Writer: Aira San Pedro
Videographer: Kriselle Gueco
Executive Producer: Raz de la Torre Type of Production: Visual Storytelling – Framing TRT: 2:29 Videography (BC144) 2nd Semester, AY 2014-2015 University of the Philippines-DilimanDepartment of Broadcast Communication, College of Mass Communication
(SYNOPSIS) Alison is still learning to come to terms with her father’s death, long after he’s died. This is an adaptation of an excerpt from the chapter “A Happy Death” in Alison Bechdel’s comic book “Fun Home”.
Producers: Jenelu Masilungan, Dana Naval and Regina Peralta
Directors/Videographers: Jenelu Masilungan, Dana Naval
Screenplay by: Regina Peralta
Executive Producer: Raz de la Torre
Type of Production: Visual Storytelling-Framing (The Comic Strip) TRT: 3m 20s
Videography (BC 144) 2nd Semester, AY 2014-2015 University of the Philippines-Diliman Department of Broadcast Communication, College of Mass Communication
This is a derivative work. Characters, places, incidents and other entities are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual entities is entirely coincidental.
I first got to experience assisting productions on fashion shows. This was for my first ever internship, a little over two years ago. We’d wake up super early (or go to work super late) to set up. At the time, I was involved in technical and stage production.
What that meant (at least for the company I was working for) was everything from measuring the whole venue and plotting every single detail from seat-to-seat distance to AV set up (LED screen checks, audio checks) to stage set up (design execution, carpentry, etc.) At one point, I literally was painting a board-up in the middle of Bonifacio Global City. It was a hectic job, but it was fun.
Working on a fashion show is, of course, entirely different than working on a shoot. On a fashion show, everything is done live. You have stage set up, sound check, rehearsals — a run through or two — and then you literally just run with it, mistakes and all. If the lights go out or if a model falls, you just go on. On a shoot, every single detail is being monitored. Bad sound? You cut and go for another take. Bad hair? You call hair and makeup. The talent stammers? You cut and go for another take, or you prompt them to go over it again. There’s a bit of room for mistakes — but not really.
It’s a bit tedious. And a lot of fun.
A Diary of Sorts
Day 1 of my mentorship under Sir Raz was on a shoot with Tupperware brands. It was an AVP for an upcoming event and it was composed mainly of interviews. It was a pretty simple shoot, sir explained. Unluckily, because I had class that afternoon, I was only able to stay until 1pm and was only there for 2 of the 4 interviews. In hindsight, I think I got a bit spoiled on my first day as a mentee. Bawi na lang ako, Sir!
The equipment hadn’t been set up yet when we got to the venue so we had a few minutes to kill before the actual shoot started. I was introduced to the Tupperware executives that were already there and sir explained what he needed me to do for this particular shoot. A few minutes later, Ms. Che arrived with her cousin Jhiel who I would be working with as a production assistant for the shoot. We were tasked to take note of the shots as well as dump the footage (AKA: transfer the files from the memory card to an external hard drive.)
I was a bit nervous to be honest. I only got to experience student productions so this was my first real world shoot. And, I don’t know, being in charge of (or at least — handling) the files even for just a few minutes is kind of a big-slash-scary deal.
I kept on thinking, “DO. NOT. DELETE. DO. NOT. DELETE.” I mean can you imagine? That would’ve been a total disaster. Thankfully, my nerves didn’t get the best of me and Jhiel and I were able to get things done without hiccups until I had to leave (at least I’d like to think so.) I was tempted to stay until the end (my co-PA Jhiel feigned tampo when I left) but, alas, I couldn’t.
Day 1: Asking the Right Questions
Before applying as a mentee, I had already taken 2 classes under Sir Raz — one of which is my Broadcast Documentary class. In it, he stressed the importance of actively (and skillfully) seeking truths. Asking the right questions and being able to make the person-slash-subject open up to an otherwise complete stranger was a vital part of the process. I really didn’t think this would apply to a corporate shoot, but it did.
The two interviews I was present for were of employees talking about their life with the company. There was a set of guide questions, of course. But one thing I’ve learned (and am still learning) about interviews is that you should never completely rely on guide questions because:
1.) Interviewees won’t always follow the same flow as you.
They jump from beginning to end to middle to beginning without notice. It’s the way people tell stories. They don’t go outlining the facts in their heads and talking about it in a chronological order — unless rehearsed, of course. And for the sake of raw truthfulness, we don’t want that. 2.) (Really) Listening is important.
Because interviewees tend to talk about things from point C to B to A to D, really listening is key. We don’t want to be skipping over crucial points in the discussion, after all.
Which leads me to my last point on the matter: 3.) The really interesting stories are the ones between the lines.
In one interview, an employee shed a tear while talking about getting promoted. She was talking about working for a number of years and then finally moving up the ladder and getting to join an international summit. Her words were far from emotional but she clearly was. Before moving on to the next question, she was asked to talk about why she got so emotional and explained her struggles when she was just starting out.
The things she shared then could’ve easily been missed if they just stuck to the questions on the page.
Day 2: What’s Next
‘Asking the right questions’ doesn’t just apply to interviews but to this whole experience as well. I’m pretty sure future productions would mean longer hours and a whole lot more technical jargon. For me to able to do my job well, I’ve got to learn to ask the right questions. Being part of a production means being surrounded by people in the industry. And I’ve got to remember that everyone from craft service to the producer, from the sound guy to the client can help me be better in this field. This is an awesome, awesome opportunity and I’m excited for the next shoot!