Indie Movies Philippines

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    where in manila can i go to audition for indie movie roles?
    im a 19 year old college student from UST and i have been looking for days on the internet on how and where to go for auditions or casting calls for roles in indie movies.

    im nowhere near interested for mainstream movie roles for several personal (and obvious reasons).

    can anybody please help me or tell me where they indie directors usually hold auditions and when?

    thanks so much! mabuhay! =)

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know anything about the film industry in the Philippines but I did find this link using google. You're probably going to have to back track and research some of these names to network yourself in to how they handle their casting notices and auditions.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the golden year of photography in the Philippines?(arroyos era, estradas era, marcos era or ramos era?

    • ANSWER:
      The term "Golden Years" references film when speaking about the Phillippines. I could not find any reference to photography.

      Manila, Philippines – INDIES’ GOLDEN YEARS – I dare say that Philippine cinema is enjoying its Fourth Golden Years (or Age) the past decade. This time, independent films are carrying the banner of local movies.
      Look, Brillante Mendoza won Cannes International Film Festival best director award for “Katayan.” No other Filipino director has been honored by the world’s most prestigious filmfest, the mother of all filmfests.

      Come September, another Brillante indie, the Nora Aunor starrer “Thy Womb” will compete in Venice, another prestigious filmfest.

      His other films include “Masahista,” “Kaleldo,” “Foster Child,” “Lola,” “Serbis,” “Captive.”
      Other indie directors whose films merited good notices here and abroad are Raymond Red, Nick Deocampo, Lav Diza, Pepe Diokno, Auraeus Solito, Jade Castro, Francis Pasion, Lawrence Fajardo, Chris Martinez, Gil Portes, Soxy Topacio, Marlon Rivera, Jun Lana. The list is by no means complete.
      *
      FIRST GOLDEN AGE – Those who know their cinema history place the First Golden Years (or Age) in the mid-’30s and early ’40s, when hundreds of films were produced. Danny Dolor recently mounted an exhibit of movie ads during those golden years at the CCP, in time with the Cinemalaya indie filmfest.

      Dolor did local movies a great service by patiently collecting those pre-World War II ads – and more important sharing them with the public. The CCP should by all means recognize Danny’s works… not only in the field of cinema, but also art and culture, especially Filipino music.

      Sadly, only five pre-war films are existing.

      The Second Golden Years came in the ’50s and early ’60s, while the Third was in the ’70s and early ’80s.

      And so this is actually the Fourth Golden Age of Philippine movies.

  3. QUESTION:
    There Be Dragons? Why is no one selling this movie?
    Best Buy, Target, BlockBuster, and Barnes Noble all do not have it in stock or even when I search it on their webpages. Something about this movie I do not know? I just need it for extra credit,

    • ANSWER:
      The DVD has not yet been widely released, since the film is an indie. Currently, it's still running in the Philippines via www.dragons.ph as well as in Latin America. Web admins say it's not yet in stock. There are small, local screenings all over the world though. Or you may contact Viva International Pictures.

  4. QUESTION:
    Question about movies?
    Me and my friends are planning to make a movie. Once our script is done, we're supposed to submit it to a studio or producer right? How do I find them? I live in the Philippines, so I have no idea how to find one on the Internet. I'm not exactly sure what to search for.

    • ANSWER:
      make friends w/vicky belo's son quark. Maybe search for movie producers in the phils. I think you could apply as screen writer. What is the genre of the movie.. Heck, just upload it n youtube and be discovered just like charice. . I mean the movie.. But if u worry about the prodduction cos, yeah i guess u have to look for those producers. Try giving it to those produce indie films.. Anyway go0d luck. Would like to star myslf in a m0vie..or my lifestory ..coz i feel like bcoming a taong grasa.

  5. QUESTION:
    please set aside all prejudices.. about becoming an actress...help!?
    it's a bit discouraging reading all those answers to questions similar to mine now, but i really am different from those whose dream of becoming an actress is just a passing fad. as early as 12 years old i already knew that this is what i wanted, i just cant be happier and gosh, the adrenaline rush that i always experience when we shoot project videos or do school plays ever since just tells me that this is what i am for. i watch movies not only to be entertained but primarily to be educated about what is good and bad acting and what kind of scenes work and not. when i was 16 and was applying for universities, i always discussed with my parents the idea of taking up theater arts. they just wouldn't hear of it. i am currently taking up a bachelor of science degree in nursing because they always wanted me to be in the medical field. i took this particular path because i know that this is one of the best ways to get myself in the united states (hopefully in new york or los angeles) where i can be totally independent and pursue my dreams of becoming an actress. i am actually going to be a year delayed for graduation because i left school when i suffered clinical depression more than a year ago of which one of its causes was my big frustration over not becoming a theater student. now that i've recovered, it still doesnt mean that im going to throw all my dreams away and just stay stuck with what i have now. yeah, im studying hard and doing real good at my hospital school and community health center shifts, but im back to reading lots of acting related books, practicing by myself and watching scenes from different movies over and over. i dont like movies because theyre top grossers, i love movies that are really brilliant because of their substance and the showcase of amazing talent. now, i'm 19 and am very, very happy that i'll be joining my university's theater organization (as a matter of fact,the oldest one in the philippines) this year. i hope this does not sound like a crazy obsession to you but seriously anybody who knows how to really want and be swayed many times from an ambition will understand.

    and now, that i've already pulled myself together, i replanned, and i incorporated my acting plans in my "gameplan". that is, finish college (that will be in more or less 2 years from now), go to the u.s. work as a nurse two jobs at a time, save up for acting classes and get started.

    by the way i'm not american (which will surely make things harder than they already are), im asian (filipina with spanish roots from my maternal side) but i know how to speak english fluently. im not goddess-like beautiful but im also not an ugly hag either. i really dont know if i fall in the pretty category. not skinny, not fat, just right. im 5'1 (yeah i know that's short) but i am certain that i have immense talent for this kind of job. if you're going to ask me "then if you really like acting why don't you try your local film and tv business?" this is my answer: the philippines's entertainment business is nothing but crap. face value and sex appeal is what they find important, not talent. it's all about whom you're related to, how you look like and how modelesque you look. it will be a feather to your cap if you have foreign blood in your veins. that's crap. and as for storylines, i dont wanna sound really b*tchy but it's always the same. anybody who really appreciates movies and tv series and everything in between will really get bored here, what with all those very predictable finales, with all those predictable lines(!), all those oversold looks and poorly directed and acted scenes. well i cannot fully blame them, they have the stupid Filipino masses who love cliches to entertain and get lots and lots of money from. but it's not always the case i have the indie movie industry to thanks for. but you know, i dont wanna act without getting at least any penny in return. i am passionate about acting but i dont want to starve either.

    wow, that was a mouthful i just said. now, here's my question (or plea for help). how do i start..?
    any tip or piece of advice will be greatly appreciated. thanks guys, and i hope you don't put in unsolicited and rude comments. =)

    May God bless you..! =)
    oh my god, i didnt know i had that lot of typographical errors... sorry! =)

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to already have a good idea of how to get started! Get involved in as much theatre as possible and apply to do an MA in performing arts/theatre/acting/drama... Many professional performers didn't start out with a theatre-related degree!

  6. QUESTION:
    pls give me a reaction paper about the movie nars?
    it is a movie that discuss filipino nurses reasons on why they are taking nursing

    • ANSWER:
      NARS (2007)

      "With a majority of nurses opting to work abroad rather than stay in the Philippines, Nars aims to present the advantages and disadvantages of working for one’s homeland.

      The five lead characters belong to one study group who immerse themselves in a community before they can graduate. As they work on their last year as nursing students, they meet people who make them realize not only their roles as ordinary nurses but as Filipino nurses."

      http://chuvachienes.com/2007/09/27/indie-film-nars-captures-the-realities-of-filipino-nurses/

      This is a review by The Philippine Star:

      http://telebisyon.net/balita/The-nurse-behind-Nars/artikulo/6278/

  7. QUESTION:
    could you please give me your reaction with regards to the movie FAMILIA? it is a tagalog movie. .pls help me!?
    its an indie film i think.. maricel soriano, richard gomez, dawn zulueta are some of the stars there.. pls help me. and pls, could u relate your anser to these questions:
    1.what is the significance of the movie to the Philippines and
    2.how it shows/ represents the social institution in the society which are the religious institution, educational institution, economical and political institution and family institution. pls help me.. i need it for my schoolwork.. tnx..

    • ANSWER:
      I'm Filipino and I'm not a fan of Filipino movies (because they're all garbage) but it's better that you ask this on the Philippines category

      It's right here:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/index;_ylt=AgZ3EOFqXq_Vz3Q4qMu02e3sy6IX;_ylv=3?sid=396545493

  8. QUESTION:
    Filipinos: I need to write a movie report about the movie "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo". Can you tell me the story?

    • ANSWER:
      After tackling problems that haunt senior citizens within decades after their marriage in "I Wanna Be Happy," writer-director Jose Javier Reyes teams up this time with Star Cinema for "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo," a Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry with a more glamorous look on issues revolving around marriage. This time, it's about a young couple who have to deal with all the hustle and bustle, all the ups and downs that accompany a newlywed life. What ensues is an amusing if a tad spotty film that mixes a little bit of "War of the Roses," "Meet the Parents/Fockers," "Monster-in-Law," and a generous amount of Filipino flavor and sarcasm on the contemporary local culture, Joey Reyes-style.

      Real-life pair Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo play Angie and Jed, respectively, who tied the knot with each other in a whimsical manner. After being pressured to migrate to the US by his parents, Jed proposes to Angie, his girlfriend of four months, possibly to ensure a reason of staying in the Philippines. But their relationship soon rears its ugly head as the young couple realize that not all marriages are made in heaven. Fights occur, in-laws meddle with personal affairs, and marital infidelity starts to loom around.

      The film pretty much accomplishes what it has to do, succinctly showing the context of a married life and how quirky our culture can seem when we're outside looking in. It's funny when it's in its element although it gets a tad too long with Reyes eager to showcase all the possible angles that leaves the film with more cynicism than innocence. The film has a breezy feel throughout but there are times the biting bitterness of certain plot points gets the better of the supposed lightheartedness of the work as a whole.

      Still, this is a film blessed with a terrific cast. While Agoncillo's acting is monotonous, he's more than ably aided by Santos who has a commanding screen presence and a biting sense of humor. But it's when "Kubrador" star Gina Parreno appears on screen that the movie mostly comes alive. As Santos' mother, she steals every scene she's in. I have no idea how much of her lines were exactly from the script or how much were ad libbed; nonetheless, she's a riot. Gloria Diaz plays as Agoncillo's mother and she delivers the qualities required of her haughty character. Indie film-staple actor Soliman Cruz is slightly underused here.

      Despite the title that suggests something that goes into revolutionary status, there's no mistaking that at its core, "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo" is a mass-marketed romantic comedy. Still, all things considered, the film is not only funny and engaging but also unexpectedly sincere and insightful.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you rate the acting prowess of Rain in his film "Ninja Assassin" for his Hollywood quest?
    I only seen the trailer of the movie 'Ninja Assassin', and I think it is pretty good. That is why I am asking those who have seen it and tell me what you think. Koreans are already showing some form either in music like the blockbuster song 'nobody' by the wonder girls and now they are embarking on the quest for a Hollywood fame. While we Filipinos are still watching soap opera over the television, crying our hearts out. I remember once I suggest that we make a movie all Filipinos are speaking in English for international marketing, some says it will never worked. I think the problem is not speaking in English but script writing. We do not have good story teller. Direktor bakla, script writer bakla, camera man bakla, PR bakla, lahat halos ng tao sa movie industry are gays. I have nothing about gays, but when it comes to making good script iba talaga ang lalake. Look how Steven Spielberg make movies and tell a story. Fascinating. Medyo magiisip ka while watching the movie. In the Philippines, trailer pa lang alam mo ng story line. Like the previous Filipino movies 'And I love you so' and 'In my life". Our Filipino actors or actresses are merely acting while in the US actresses like Demi Moore are not actresses only but artist in their own category. I admired here in the movie G.I. JANE, na nagtraining pa sya for 6 months and have to cut her whole hair for the role. Now that is dedication and utmost devotion to her craft. She can do the push up with one hand. Now compare that to a Filipino female actress who can do the same. I cannot think of one. Another one, Hilary Ann Swank, an academy award actresses of 'Boys don't cry' and 'Million dollar baby'. In 'Boys don't cry' nagpakita sya ng upper portion of her boobs, dito sa atin na MTRCB na yon at na cut na, while in 'Million dollar baby' obvious na nagtraining sya how to box in real life. So talagang pinaghihirapan nila every roll unlike our Filipino actresses or actors, barilan na tipong parang galing sa beauty parlor pa rin pose na pose. The telenobela nasa luob ng bahay ang bida bihis na bihis parang aa-tend ng binyagan lagi. Ano ba ang kalimitan suot ng isang nakatira while she or he is at her own home, sapatos ba or slippers? Hindi tayo magaling mag conceptualize ng scene or how to project the idea of the character in the film. We shall never reach the door of Hollywood hanggang gutter lang tayo.

    And now the Koreans are influencing our lives as well as the lives of the entire world. There are also Koreans shops in the Philippines, next thing we know the Koreans are buying the Philippines. I am not surprised the Filipino girls are going gaga over the Korean nobela 'Boys over flowers' which I think is where Rain originated from and now hitting hard for his film Ninja Assassin. While the world is revolving around us, a Filipino is eating fish ball and a sago in a plastic cup to quench his thirst in one corner of the street and watching the vehicles passes by.
    In my previous question, some says it not English that can make it to Hollywood because some films can be dubbed in English. Jacky Chan & Jet Li in some of their films have to learn English one way or another, Jacky' first US film the Protector in 1984, a Chinese cop who speak English and it was a flopped. It took him 7 more years to penetrate Hollywood because he concentrated filming mostly in Europe, it was Shanghai Knight 1 &2 and Rush Hour1&2 that catapult him to stardom in the US and the rest is history. While Jet Li in the movie "kiss of the dragon" he managed to speak broken English. So who is telling me English is not necessary in order to move to Hollywood? Plus the fact that Chinese are very good script writers compared to Filipinos, who's only audience are merely for domestic consumption. It is time we change the way we think. But the way things are going I don't think we can change it overnight.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you made a strong point about movies with English titles but are actually Tagalog movies. I am not a movie making professional but I think this is a no no. Since these movies are shown nationwide, you can have non-Pinoy tourists inadvertently buying tickets who could not understand the show. I recall there were Filipino indie movies that won in Cannes and Venice and they were good. We saw a couple in the States. Such an abundance of talent actually for the country but unfortunately their quality movies would not sell in the Philippines. The best thing for you to do is write your congressman and senator so they can do something about the sad state of the Phil. movie industry. I hope the country can come up with a Sundance Festival type of competition where talents are showcased. Sadly most movie professionals who earn big bucks in their careers turn to politics so the local movie industry is left to digress and never improve much. Stop comparing it with Holywood, it will only frustrate you as it is like night and day. Hollywood is a more than a billion a year industry where everyone strives to be the best and they are 'the best'.

  10. QUESTION:
    are there any philippine indie film/s showing this week?
    If so, where? I heard indie films here in the Philippines are usually shown in CCP. Why not in cinemas at the malls? If CCP is the only place where you can watch them, how do you get in? Is it for free or not? If not, how much would it cost to watch? What films are showing right now anyway??

    • ANSWER:
      I'd also love to see indie films shown in big shopping malls but I guess it's still gonna take a long time before that happens. (Unless we're talking about a highly commercialized indie film.)

      Aside from the CCP, there's another venue showing indie films.

      On January 20 at 7pm, Banned Movies Pilipinas kicks off the new year at the FREEDOM BAR in QUEZON CITY with “Todo Todo Torres: John Gets Banned.” A cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, indie filmmaker John Torres is a recipient of Vancouver’s Dragons and Tigers Award, Singapore’s Fipresci-Netpac Award, and Cinemanila’s 2005 Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema. The event will screen four of his short films, namely, “Tawid Gutom,” “Salat,” “Paano Kita Liligawan ng ‘Di Kumakapit sa ‘Yo?” and “Gabi, Nang Nalaman Ko na Ang Aking Ama ay May Anak sa Labas.”

      Between these 3-12 minute-films, the rawest and freshest local bands will be rocking the scene. Among them are Taggu nDios, Severo, Pumping Pluto, Linch 12, Xeven Thursday, Surfherloverboy, Final Vow, and the Board of Trustees.

      I don't know how much they'll charge but you can call (02) 667 3061

      Hope this helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why are Filipino Movies always the same and deals with Forbidden Love?
    Hi all, my girlfirend is Filipino and she makes me watch these cheesy, corny and predictable Filipino Movies in which to me the plot is redundant. It either has to deal with Forbidden Love, Teenage love or Long lost love. Doesn't the directors and script writers have anything more original to write? I mean, c'mon think outside the box people, like when was the last time a Filipino Film was nominated at the Sundance Film Festival for A Best Foreign Picture? Are you guys turning into "Bollywood" now? Is it because nobody will watch your Movie if you try to make something new, fresh and original? That's why every Movie Director in the Philippines follow suit because that's where the Money is?

    • ANSWER:
      "That's why every Movie Director in the Philippines follow suit because that's where the Money is?"

      Don't blame directors, blame the producers. The producers have the money and the prerogative on what movies they want to make.

      In any case, Filipinos, in general, like commercial sappy love stories where there are a lot of conflicts. Filipinos also love stories of pathetic underdogs rising to greatness. It has become a cultural thing. Somehow, it's sad, but could we really do anything about it?

      However, if you want noteworthy Filipino films, then watch old films made by great directors like Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. No other contemporary Filipino director today can compare to the two. (Both are already deceased, by the way... sad.)

      The bright spot in Filipino movies are the so-called "indie films" (independent films). They work on low budgets but the stories are very good. Two noteworthy indie films that have got international awards are "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" and "Kubrador".

      "Kubrador" (2006) has won an award/s in Amiens International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Brussels International Independent Film Festival and the Moscow Film Festival.

      If you want a Sundance Film Festival nominated Filipino film, watch "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" (2005). That film has also garnered nominations and awards from the Montreal World Film Festival, and Rotterdam International Film Festival.

      The University of the Philippines-Diliman film center also shows great Filipino films from time to time. You might want to visit that with your Filipino girlfriend to enjoy noteworthy films. And ticket prices are not as expensive as movie theaters in shopping malls.

  12. QUESTION:
    Philippines: help me find this movie?
    I decided to post it here in the Philippine Section of Y!A cuz the gay-themed indie film is filmed there...

    I cant remember the title but I do remember some parts of the film.. Here it goes..

    There is this young guy who is gay and his uncle decided stayed with him for a short term ...

    Then this uncle slept with his nephew in the same bed in just briefs ...
    a dialogue from that scene "parang di ka lalake"

    Then another scene ...

    This young man was reading a book and his uncle stands in front of him and put his nephew's hands in his crotch and inside his brief and his nephew started s*cking it ... The next morning the nephew was in the kitchen eating and his uncles comes down and eat with him ... The young boy's mother was out of town and this young boy pulled his uncle's short down again and began s*cking it again.. but then this uncle coulndt get enough so he told his nephew to stop and asked him if he could f*ck him and the boy refuses because he tought it sounded scary and it would hurt ... This uncle then did it and the boy was screaming really hard ... and is in pain and the uncle kept f*cking him ..
    another dialougue.. "aray, tito joe(not sure if its the right one) ang sakit, nasasaktan ako"

    The next scene is that this young boy has a photoshoot to be a model..

    **thats all i can remember**

    i believe this was an indie film

    • ANSWER:
      ang lihim ni antonio.

      di ba amo (lola bakekang)?

  13. QUESTION:
    what are the indie gay films in the philippines?
    recent or at least grossed some

    • ANSWER:
      ang lalake sa parola
      mascho dancer
      twilight dancer
      daybreak
      there are lots more, i dont know if that movies are good
      i never watched one.

  14. QUESTION:
    why are filipino movies crappy?
    I mean filipino movies are great but why is it always grainy or faded looking and the sound is terrible... you can always here backround noises like chickens, dogs tricycles...

    im not bashing it cuz i love filipino movies... buy why cant wee take it up a little and get something like hollywood movie type of camera and not just the indie film type?
    What im saying is i like the storyline... just not the cinematography(is that what you call it)?

    im watching movies from major filipino film companies.not indie films... although i watch indie films and i get why it is "grainy"... i mean abs-cbn,gma, star records... why cant they purchase a decent camera?
    or at least take the chicken sounds away...

    • ANSWER:
      i am not a fan of Filipino movies but i don't think all of them are crappy.

      i have a theory that Filipino's have a tendency to settle for less. maybe it's because of poverty or the direction the Philippines are going. also, their culture is built that way, that trying to be contented with what you currently have, even if you deserve more. they think that it's a form of sacrifice or something that's good.

      there's a very thin line separating being contented and stagnation.

      another thing colonial mentality. observe closely everything you see on tv in the philippines, everything is either copied or adopted from other countries. The closer their movies or shows, even ads, look similar to americans, the more they patronize it. of course other countries do the same thing. but it's quite disturbing if you see Filipino's liking other cultures, it's not being hospitable but just hating your own, maybe not directly but it's the same thing.

      Filipino's mostly think they don't really have a choice, so instead of expecting better movies, they settle for less and try to force themselves to just enjoy it.

      so if you're a movie producer and you also earn by doing "not so goo" movies, why would you waste your time making a very good one.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why do black guys like asian chicks all of the sudden?
    My cousin like Tila Tequila. I saw black guys flirting with asian girls when last semester at my college. All over the interent I hear black guys say they like asian girls. I seem to like asian girls as well. I cant think of why this is happening. I dont watch anime or rap videos so that's out. I dont hang out with asian guys. I dont have parents that dont like asians and I didn't understand asian parents had a dislike for black people. I listen to heavy metal alt and indie music but never J POP. If anything it would seem I like white chicks but I dont. Why is this happening and has anyone else noticed this?

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate to that because I'm Filipino and my bf is Jamaican. But my mom don't like my bf, maybe at first I think but when she will get to know him, he would really like him, like how I fell inlove with my bf. In the Philippines where very rare black people live, when they see black they are scared or whatever. Like me, when I worked and lived here in the Carribean, at first I was scared because I dont know a lot about black guys, like I only base on what I've watched from movies,like most black guys are gangsters and really scary. But when I start to hang out with them,get to know them better, they are really cool and talented and really smart! and they really stand up for what they believe and they really will do anything to fight for their loveones. And that is what i love about my bf, I really feel secured and I know that he will fight for me even if life is at stake just for my sake. Maybe black guys like asian chicks more now because we, asian chicks like black guys too!

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I fulfill my dream of being an actor?
    I am 17 years old and currently residing in the Philippines. Ever since I was a kid, i always dream of being an actor and even now i still do. 3 years from now I'll be graduating college and I'm gonna be 19 years old. I'm planning of moving to L.A. so I can pursue what I want. I really do want to be in Hollywood, even though just a minor role in a television or in movies. So now, what's the first thing to do so If ever I'm in there, I can easily get a role. I hope you can help me.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -On the Technique of Acting-Michael Chekhov
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -The Best of You-Craig Wallace
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:

      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print


indie movies philippines

Indie Movie Philippines

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    where in manila can i go to audition for indie movie roles?
    im a 19 year old college student from UST and i have been looking for days on the internet on how and where to go for auditions or casting calls for roles in indie movies.

    im nowhere near interested for mainstream movie roles for several personal (and obvious reasons).

    can anybody please help me or tell me where they indie directors usually hold auditions and when?

    thanks so much! mabuhay! =)

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know anything about the film industry in the Philippines but I did find this link using google. You're probably going to have to back track and research some of these names to network yourself in to how they handle their casting notices and auditions.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the golden year of photography in the Philippines?(arroyos era, estradas era, marcos era or ramos era?

    • ANSWER:
      The term "Golden Years" references film when speaking about the Phillippines. I could not find any reference to photography.

      Manila, Philippines – INDIES’ GOLDEN YEARS – I dare say that Philippine cinema is enjoying its Fourth Golden Years (or Age) the past decade. This time, independent films are carrying the banner of local movies.
      Look, Brillante Mendoza won Cannes International Film Festival best director award for “Katayan.” No other Filipino director has been honored by the world’s most prestigious filmfest, the mother of all filmfests.

      Come September, another Brillante indie, the Nora Aunor starrer “Thy Womb” will compete in Venice, another prestigious filmfest.

      His other films include “Masahista,” “Kaleldo,” “Foster Child,” “Lola,” “Serbis,” “Captive.”
      Other indie directors whose films merited good notices here and abroad are Raymond Red, Nick Deocampo, Lav Diza, Pepe Diokno, Auraeus Solito, Jade Castro, Francis Pasion, Lawrence Fajardo, Chris Martinez, Gil Portes, Soxy Topacio, Marlon Rivera, Jun Lana. The list is by no means complete.
      *
      FIRST GOLDEN AGE – Those who know their cinema history place the First Golden Years (or Age) in the mid-’30s and early ’40s, when hundreds of films were produced. Danny Dolor recently mounted an exhibit of movie ads during those golden years at the CCP, in time with the Cinemalaya indie filmfest.

      Dolor did local movies a great service by patiently collecting those pre-World War II ads – and more important sharing them with the public. The CCP should by all means recognize Danny’s works… not only in the field of cinema, but also art and culture, especially Filipino music.

      Sadly, only five pre-war films are existing.

      The Second Golden Years came in the ’50s and early ’60s, while the Third was in the ’70s and early ’80s.

      And so this is actually the Fourth Golden Age of Philippine movies.

  3. QUESTION:
    There Be Dragons? Why is no one selling this movie?
    Best Buy, Target, BlockBuster, and Barnes Noble all do not have it in stock or even when I search it on their webpages. Something about this movie I do not know? I just need it for extra credit,

    • ANSWER:
      The DVD has not yet been widely released, since the film is an indie. Currently, it's still running in the Philippines via www.dragons.ph as well as in Latin America. Web admins say it's not yet in stock. There are small, local screenings all over the world though. Or you may contact Viva International Pictures.

  4. QUESTION:
    Question about movies?
    Me and my friends are planning to make a movie. Once our script is done, we're supposed to submit it to a studio or producer right? How do I find them? I live in the Philippines, so I have no idea how to find one on the Internet. I'm not exactly sure what to search for.

    • ANSWER:
      make friends w/vicky belo's son quark. Maybe search for movie producers in the phils. I think you could apply as screen writer. What is the genre of the movie.. Heck, just upload it n youtube and be discovered just like charice. . I mean the movie.. But if u worry about the prodduction cos, yeah i guess u have to look for those producers. Try giving it to those produce indie films.. Anyway go0d luck. Would like to star myslf in a m0vie..or my lifestory ..coz i feel like bcoming a taong grasa.

  5. QUESTION:
    please set aside all prejudices.. about becoming an actress...help!?
    it's a bit discouraging reading all those answers to questions similar to mine now, but i really am different from those whose dream of becoming an actress is just a passing fad. as early as 12 years old i already knew that this is what i wanted, i just cant be happier and gosh, the adrenaline rush that i always experience when we shoot project videos or do school plays ever since just tells me that this is what i am for. i watch movies not only to be entertained but primarily to be educated about what is good and bad acting and what kind of scenes work and not. when i was 16 and was applying for universities, i always discussed with my parents the idea of taking up theater arts. they just wouldn't hear of it. i am currently taking up a bachelor of science degree in nursing because they always wanted me to be in the medical field. i took this particular path because i know that this is one of the best ways to get myself in the united states (hopefully in new york or los angeles) where i can be totally independent and pursue my dreams of becoming an actress. i am actually going to be a year delayed for graduation because i left school when i suffered clinical depression more than a year ago of which one of its causes was my big frustration over not becoming a theater student. now that i've recovered, it still doesnt mean that im going to throw all my dreams away and just stay stuck with what i have now. yeah, im studying hard and doing real good at my hospital school and community health center shifts, but im back to reading lots of acting related books, practicing by myself and watching scenes from different movies over and over. i dont like movies because theyre top grossers, i love movies that are really brilliant because of their substance and the showcase of amazing talent. now, i'm 19 and am very, very happy that i'll be joining my university's theater organization (as a matter of fact,the oldest one in the philippines) this year. i hope this does not sound like a crazy obsession to you but seriously anybody who knows how to really want and be swayed many times from an ambition will understand.

    and now, that i've already pulled myself together, i replanned, and i incorporated my acting plans in my "gameplan". that is, finish college (that will be in more or less 2 years from now), go to the u.s. work as a nurse two jobs at a time, save up for acting classes and get started.

    by the way i'm not american (which will surely make things harder than they already are), im asian (filipina with spanish roots from my maternal side) but i know how to speak english fluently. im not goddess-like beautiful but im also not an ugly hag either. i really dont know if i fall in the pretty category. not skinny, not fat, just right. im 5'1 (yeah i know that's short) but i am certain that i have immense talent for this kind of job. if you're going to ask me "then if you really like acting why don't you try your local film and tv business?" this is my answer: the philippines's entertainment business is nothing but crap. face value and sex appeal is what they find important, not talent. it's all about whom you're related to, how you look like and how modelesque you look. it will be a feather to your cap if you have foreign blood in your veins. that's crap. and as for storylines, i dont wanna sound really b*tchy but it's always the same. anybody who really appreciates movies and tv series and everything in between will really get bored here, what with all those very predictable finales, with all those predictable lines(!), all those oversold looks and poorly directed and acted scenes. well i cannot fully blame them, they have the stupid Filipino masses who love cliches to entertain and get lots and lots of money from. but it's not always the case i have the indie movie industry to thanks for. but you know, i dont wanna act without getting at least any penny in return. i am passionate about acting but i dont want to starve either.

    wow, that was a mouthful i just said. now, here's my question (or plea for help). how do i start..?
    any tip or piece of advice will be greatly appreciated. thanks guys, and i hope you don't put in unsolicited and rude comments. =)

    May God bless you..! =)
    oh my god, i didnt know i had that lot of typographical errors... sorry! =)

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to already have a good idea of how to get started! Get involved in as much theatre as possible and apply to do an MA in performing arts/theatre/acting/drama... Many professional performers didn't start out with a theatre-related degree!

  6. QUESTION:
    pls give me a reaction paper about the movie nars?
    it is a movie that discuss filipino nurses reasons on why they are taking nursing

    • ANSWER:
      NARS (2007)

      "With a majority of nurses opting to work abroad rather than stay in the Philippines, Nars aims to present the advantages and disadvantages of working for one’s homeland.

      The five lead characters belong to one study group who immerse themselves in a community before they can graduate. As they work on their last year as nursing students, they meet people who make them realize not only their roles as ordinary nurses but as Filipino nurses."

      http://chuvachienes.com/2007/09/27/indie-film-nars-captures-the-realities-of-filipino-nurses/

      This is a review by The Philippine Star:

      http://telebisyon.net/balita/The-nurse-behind-Nars/artikulo/6278/

  7. QUESTION:
    could you please give me your reaction with regards to the movie FAMILIA? it is a tagalog movie. .pls help me!?
    its an indie film i think.. maricel soriano, richard gomez, dawn zulueta are some of the stars there.. pls help me. and pls, could u relate your anser to these questions:
    1.what is the significance of the movie to the Philippines and
    2.how it shows/ represents the social institution in the society which are the religious institution, educational institution, economical and political institution and family institution. pls help me.. i need it for my schoolwork.. tnx..

    • ANSWER:
      I'm Filipino and I'm not a fan of Filipino movies (because they're all garbage) but it's better that you ask this on the Philippines category

      It's right here:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/index;_ylt=AgZ3EOFqXq_Vz3Q4qMu02e3sy6IX;_ylv=3?sid=396545493

  8. QUESTION:
    Filipinos: I need to write a movie report about the movie "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo". Can you tell me the story?

    • ANSWER:
      After tackling problems that haunt senior citizens within decades after their marriage in "I Wanna Be Happy," writer-director Jose Javier Reyes teams up this time with Star Cinema for "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo," a Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry with a more glamorous look on issues revolving around marriage. This time, it's about a young couple who have to deal with all the hustle and bustle, all the ups and downs that accompany a newlywed life. What ensues is an amusing if a tad spotty film that mixes a little bit of "War of the Roses," "Meet the Parents/Fockers," "Monster-in-Law," and a generous amount of Filipino flavor and sarcasm on the contemporary local culture, Joey Reyes-style.

      Real-life pair Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo play Angie and Jed, respectively, who tied the knot with each other in a whimsical manner. After being pressured to migrate to the US by his parents, Jed proposes to Angie, his girlfriend of four months, possibly to ensure a reason of staying in the Philippines. But their relationship soon rears its ugly head as the young couple realize that not all marriages are made in heaven. Fights occur, in-laws meddle with personal affairs, and marital infidelity starts to loom around.

      The film pretty much accomplishes what it has to do, succinctly showing the context of a married life and how quirky our culture can seem when we're outside looking in. It's funny when it's in its element although it gets a tad too long with Reyes eager to showcase all the possible angles that leaves the film with more cynicism than innocence. The film has a breezy feel throughout but there are times the biting bitterness of certain plot points gets the better of the supposed lightheartedness of the work as a whole.

      Still, this is a film blessed with a terrific cast. While Agoncillo's acting is monotonous, he's more than ably aided by Santos who has a commanding screen presence and a biting sense of humor. But it's when "Kubrador" star Gina Parreno appears on screen that the movie mostly comes alive. As Santos' mother, she steals every scene she's in. I have no idea how much of her lines were exactly from the script or how much were ad libbed; nonetheless, she's a riot. Gloria Diaz plays as Agoncillo's mother and she delivers the qualities required of her haughty character. Indie film-staple actor Soliman Cruz is slightly underused here.

      Despite the title that suggests something that goes into revolutionary status, there's no mistaking that at its core, "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo" is a mass-marketed romantic comedy. Still, all things considered, the film is not only funny and engaging but also unexpectedly sincere and insightful.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you rate the acting prowess of Rain in his film "Ninja Assassin" for his Hollywood quest?
    I only seen the trailer of the movie 'Ninja Assassin', and I think it is pretty good. That is why I am asking those who have seen it and tell me what you think. Koreans are already showing some form either in music like the blockbuster song 'nobody' by the wonder girls and now they are embarking on the quest for a Hollywood fame. While we Filipinos are still watching soap opera over the television, crying our hearts out. I remember once I suggest that we make a movie all Filipinos are speaking in English for international marketing, some says it will never worked. I think the problem is not speaking in English but script writing. We do not have good story teller. Direktor bakla, script writer bakla, camera man bakla, PR bakla, lahat halos ng tao sa movie industry are gays. I have nothing about gays, but when it comes to making good script iba talaga ang lalake. Look how Steven Spielberg make movies and tell a story. Fascinating. Medyo magiisip ka while watching the movie. In the Philippines, trailer pa lang alam mo ng story line. Like the previous Filipino movies 'And I love you so' and 'In my life". Our Filipino actors or actresses are merely acting while in the US actresses like Demi Moore are not actresses only but artist in their own category. I admired here in the movie G.I. JANE, na nagtraining pa sya for 6 months and have to cut her whole hair for the role. Now that is dedication and utmost devotion to her craft. She can do the push up with one hand. Now compare that to a Filipino female actress who can do the same. I cannot think of one. Another one, Hilary Ann Swank, an academy award actresses of 'Boys don't cry' and 'Million dollar baby'. In 'Boys don't cry' nagpakita sya ng upper portion of her boobs, dito sa atin na MTRCB na yon at na cut na, while in 'Million dollar baby' obvious na nagtraining sya how to box in real life. So talagang pinaghihirapan nila every roll unlike our Filipino actresses or actors, barilan na tipong parang galing sa beauty parlor pa rin pose na pose. The telenobela nasa luob ng bahay ang bida bihis na bihis parang aa-tend ng binyagan lagi. Ano ba ang kalimitan suot ng isang nakatira while she or he is at her own home, sapatos ba or slippers? Hindi tayo magaling mag conceptualize ng scene or how to project the idea of the character in the film. We shall never reach the door of Hollywood hanggang gutter lang tayo.

    And now the Koreans are influencing our lives as well as the lives of the entire world. There are also Koreans shops in the Philippines, next thing we know the Koreans are buying the Philippines. I am not surprised the Filipino girls are going gaga over the Korean nobela 'Boys over flowers' which I think is where Rain originated from and now hitting hard for his film Ninja Assassin. While the world is revolving around us, a Filipino is eating fish ball and a sago in a plastic cup to quench his thirst in one corner of the street and watching the vehicles passes by.
    In my previous question, some says it not English that can make it to Hollywood because some films can be dubbed in English. Jacky Chan & Jet Li in some of their films have to learn English one way or another, Jacky' first US film the Protector in 1984, a Chinese cop who speak English and it was a flopped. It took him 7 more years to penetrate Hollywood because he concentrated filming mostly in Europe, it was Shanghai Knight 1 &2 and Rush Hour1&2 that catapult him to stardom in the US and the rest is history. While Jet Li in the movie "kiss of the dragon" he managed to speak broken English. So who is telling me English is not necessary in order to move to Hollywood? Plus the fact that Chinese are very good script writers compared to Filipinos, who's only audience are merely for domestic consumption. It is time we change the way we think. But the way things are going I don't think we can change it overnight.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you made a strong point about movies with English titles but are actually Tagalog movies. I am not a movie making professional but I think this is a no no. Since these movies are shown nationwide, you can have non-Pinoy tourists inadvertently buying tickets who could not understand the show. I recall there were Filipino indie movies that won in Cannes and Venice and they were good. We saw a couple in the States. Such an abundance of talent actually for the country but unfortunately their quality movies would not sell in the Philippines. The best thing for you to do is write your congressman and senator so they can do something about the sad state of the Phil. movie industry. I hope the country can come up with a Sundance Festival type of competition where talents are showcased. Sadly most movie professionals who earn big bucks in their careers turn to politics so the local movie industry is left to digress and never improve much. Stop comparing it with Holywood, it will only frustrate you as it is like night and day. Hollywood is a more than a billion a year industry where everyone strives to be the best and they are 'the best'.

  10. QUESTION:
    are there any philippine indie film/s showing this week?
    If so, where? I heard indie films here in the Philippines are usually shown in CCP. Why not in cinemas at the malls? If CCP is the only place where you can watch them, how do you get in? Is it for free or not? If not, how much would it cost to watch? What films are showing right now anyway??

    • ANSWER:
      I'd also love to see indie films shown in big shopping malls but I guess it's still gonna take a long time before that happens. (Unless we're talking about a highly commercialized indie film.)

      Aside from the CCP, there's another venue showing indie films.

      On January 20 at 7pm, Banned Movies Pilipinas kicks off the new year at the FREEDOM BAR in QUEZON CITY with “Todo Todo Torres: John Gets Banned.” A cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, indie filmmaker John Torres is a recipient of Vancouver’s Dragons and Tigers Award, Singapore’s Fipresci-Netpac Award, and Cinemanila’s 2005 Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema. The event will screen four of his short films, namely, “Tawid Gutom,” “Salat,” “Paano Kita Liligawan ng ‘Di Kumakapit sa ‘Yo?” and “Gabi, Nang Nalaman Ko na Ang Aking Ama ay May Anak sa Labas.”

      Between these 3-12 minute-films, the rawest and freshest local bands will be rocking the scene. Among them are Taggu nDios, Severo, Pumping Pluto, Linch 12, Xeven Thursday, Surfherloverboy, Final Vow, and the Board of Trustees.

      I don't know how much they'll charge but you can call (02) 667 3061

      Hope this helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why are Filipino Movies always the same and deals with Forbidden Love?
    Hi all, my girlfirend is Filipino and she makes me watch these cheesy, corny and predictable Filipino Movies in which to me the plot is redundant. It either has to deal with Forbidden Love, Teenage love or Long lost love. Doesn't the directors and script writers have anything more original to write? I mean, c'mon think outside the box people, like when was the last time a Filipino Film was nominated at the Sundance Film Festival for A Best Foreign Picture? Are you guys turning into "Bollywood" now? Is it because nobody will watch your Movie if you try to make something new, fresh and original? That's why every Movie Director in the Philippines follow suit because that's where the Money is?

    • ANSWER:
      "That's why every Movie Director in the Philippines follow suit because that's where the Money is?"

      Don't blame directors, blame the producers. The producers have the money and the prerogative on what movies they want to make.

      In any case, Filipinos, in general, like commercial sappy love stories where there are a lot of conflicts. Filipinos also love stories of pathetic underdogs rising to greatness. It has become a cultural thing. Somehow, it's sad, but could we really do anything about it?

      However, if you want noteworthy Filipino films, then watch old films made by great directors like Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. No other contemporary Filipino director today can compare to the two. (Both are already deceased, by the way... sad.)

      The bright spot in Filipino movies are the so-called "indie films" (independent films). They work on low budgets but the stories are very good. Two noteworthy indie films that have got international awards are "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" and "Kubrador".

      "Kubrador" (2006) has won an award/s in Amiens International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Brussels International Independent Film Festival and the Moscow Film Festival.

      If you want a Sundance Film Festival nominated Filipino film, watch "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" (2005). That film has also garnered nominations and awards from the Montreal World Film Festival, and Rotterdam International Film Festival.

      The University of the Philippines-Diliman film center also shows great Filipino films from time to time. You might want to visit that with your Filipino girlfriend to enjoy noteworthy films. And ticket prices are not as expensive as movie theaters in shopping malls.

  12. QUESTION:
    Philippines: help me find this movie?
    I decided to post it here in the Philippine Section of Y!A cuz the gay-themed indie film is filmed there...

    I cant remember the title but I do remember some parts of the film.. Here it goes..

    There is this young guy who is gay and his uncle decided stayed with him for a short term ...

    Then this uncle slept with his nephew in the same bed in just briefs ...
    a dialogue from that scene "parang di ka lalake"

    Then another scene ...

    This young man was reading a book and his uncle stands in front of him and put his nephew's hands in his crotch and inside his brief and his nephew started s*cking it ... The next morning the nephew was in the kitchen eating and his uncles comes down and eat with him ... The young boy's mother was out of town and this young boy pulled his uncle's short down again and began s*cking it again.. but then this uncle coulndt get enough so he told his nephew to stop and asked him if he could f*ck him and the boy refuses because he tought it sounded scary and it would hurt ... This uncle then did it and the boy was screaming really hard ... and is in pain and the uncle kept f*cking him ..
    another dialougue.. "aray, tito joe(not sure if its the right one) ang sakit, nasasaktan ako"

    The next scene is that this young boy has a photoshoot to be a model..

    **thats all i can remember**

    i believe this was an indie film

    • ANSWER:
      ang lihim ni antonio.

      di ba amo (lola bakekang)?

  13. QUESTION:
    what are the indie gay films in the philippines?
    recent or at least grossed some

    • ANSWER:
      ang lalake sa parola
      mascho dancer
      twilight dancer
      daybreak
      there are lots more, i dont know if that movies are good
      i never watched one.

  14. QUESTION:
    Why do black guys like asian chicks all of the sudden?
    My cousin like Tila Tequila. I saw black guys flirting with asian girls when last semester at my college. All over the interent I hear black guys say they like asian girls. I seem to like asian girls as well. I cant think of why this is happening. I dont watch anime or rap videos so that's out. I dont hang out with asian guys. I dont have parents that dont like asians and I didn't understand asian parents had a dislike for black people. I listen to heavy metal alt and indie music but never J POP. If anything it would seem I like white chicks but I dont. Why is this happening and has anyone else noticed this?

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate to that because I'm Filipino and my bf is Jamaican. But my mom don't like my bf, maybe at first I think but when she will get to know him, he would really like him, like how I fell inlove with my bf. In the Philippines where very rare black people live, when they see black they are scared or whatever. Like me, when I worked and lived here in the Carribean, at first I was scared because I dont know a lot about black guys, like I only base on what I've watched from movies,like most black guys are gangsters and really scary. But when I start to hang out with them,get to know them better, they are really cool and talented and really smart! and they really stand up for what they believe and they really will do anything to fight for their loveones. And that is what i love about my bf, I really feel secured and I know that he will fight for me even if life is at stake just for my sake. Maybe black guys like asian chicks more now because we, asian chicks like black guys too!

  15. QUESTION:
    why are filipino movies crappy?
    I mean filipino movies are great but why is it always grainy or faded looking and the sound is terrible... you can always here backround noises like chickens, dogs tricycles...

    im not bashing it cuz i love filipino movies... buy why cant wee take it up a little and get something like hollywood movie type of camera and not just the indie film type?
    What im saying is i like the storyline... just not the cinematography(is that what you call it)?

    im watching movies from major filipino film companies.not indie films... although i watch indie films and i get why it is "grainy"... i mean abs-cbn,gma, star records... why cant they purchase a decent camera?
    or at least take the chicken sounds away...

    • ANSWER:
      i am not a fan of Filipino movies but i don't think all of them are crappy.

      i have a theory that Filipino's have a tendency to settle for less. maybe it's because of poverty or the direction the Philippines are going. also, their culture is built that way, that trying to be contented with what you currently have, even if you deserve more. they think that it's a form of sacrifice or something that's good.

      there's a very thin line separating being contented and stagnation.

      another thing colonial mentality. observe closely everything you see on tv in the philippines, everything is either copied or adopted from other countries. The closer their movies or shows, even ads, look similar to americans, the more they patronize it. of course other countries do the same thing. but it's quite disturbing if you see Filipino's liking other cultures, it's not being hospitable but just hating your own, maybe not directly but it's the same thing.

      Filipino's mostly think they don't really have a choice, so instead of expecting better movies, they settle for less and try to force themselves to just enjoy it.

      so if you're a movie producer and you also earn by doing "not so goo" movies, why would you waste your time making a very good one.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I fulfill my dream of being an actor?
    I am 17 years old and currently residing in the Philippines. Ever since I was a kid, i always dream of being an actor and even now i still do. 3 years from now I'll be graduating college and I'm gonna be 19 years old. I'm planning of moving to L.A. so I can pursue what I want. I really do want to be in Hollywood, even though just a minor role in a television or in movies. So now, what's the first thing to do so If ever I'm in there, I can easily get a role. I hope you can help me.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -On the Technique of Acting-Michael Chekhov
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -The Best of You-Craig Wallace
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:

      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print


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