From January 10-14, the Office of Student Affairs of the Holy Angel University is holding a filmmaking workshop.
It will orient the participants, mostly student-neophytes in the field, on the different aspects of filmmaking such as script and story development, cinematography, directing, and acting.
I was the first resource speaker discussing to the participants the importance of story and script and oriented them about cinematography (art/science of capturing moving images on film/video). I told them the importance of realism in filmmaking, and so, if the setting of their story is in Pampanga, it will be outrageously awkward that Kapampangan will not be the language.
January 11 and 12, it was/will be my personal idol Brillante Mendoza (directors of internationally award-winning films, mostly with lots of Kapampangan elements: Masahista, Kaleldo, and Manoro; also Foster Child and Tirador) and also independent actor Coco Martin. He mentioned that he makes sure there are Kapampangan lines in his films when they are set in Pampanga, because filmmaking is capturing as much as possible honest reality.
(L-R: Coco Martin, me, Brillante Mendoza)
May the contestants in the digital film festival at HAU realize those things we mentioned not only about Kapampangan, but about realism in independent filmmaking.