On finding and securing locations for Filmmaking in Cebu

Know how to choose and secure a location for an independent film, as the location plays a big role in the entirety of the film.

Independent film productions, particularly that in Cebu Philippines,  are usually those that have low or no budget.

Because of this, it is important to know how to find and secure reasonable locations that can fit both the film and the budget. And most importantly, maintain positive relations with the owners and/or managers of locations in Cebu.

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Actors and Auditions 101

There is a dynamic filmmaking scene in Cebu, Philippines– a good sign for the recovery of the region’s once glorious movie industry. This 2011, there are three low-budget filmmaking full-length productions currently in the works side-by-side in the Queen City of the South.

This, as well as a rising theater scene, leads to auditions left and right. Cebu’s well-known in the Philippines for the world-class caliber of its artists and performers and actors. And there are many more who aspire to take part in the cast of a local movie, TV or stage production.

But how should aspiring applicants behave in auditions? SineBuano, Cebu’s Independent Filmmaking Scene, has some humble helpful recommendations to those Actor-applicants to improve your chances, make your experience in auditions less stressful and more promising, more productive.

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SineBuano Basics: Start with Short Movies

Did you know that in the early years of cinema (black and white, non-talkies), all there was to watch were short films? Full-length movies (90~120 minutes) were non-existent before the 1920’s.

Ten minute cartoons and short comedies were the major products of all major film production companies in the silent and very early sound era.

So if you want to learn how to make a movie or produce a video, making a short one is a decent place to start. Before starting on your full-length movie making mission, try first making a GOOD short film. And here are the reasons why.

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Hinatagay, Christmas Charity-Concert this December 26

Local bands from Lapu-Lapu City donate their talent and time for “Hinatagay” a post-Christmas concert-for-a-cause

This musical and charity event is going to be held this December 26, from 6 pm – 2 am, at the park under the Marcelo B. Fernan bridge.

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Two Questions

Q: What makes some directors consistently stand out; what makes someone a great director?

A: Miles Davis answered these questions with an excellent analogy to music.

“The difference between a fair musician and a good musician is that a good musician can play anything s/he thinks.

The difference between a good musician and a great musician is what s/he thinks.”?


Taken from Gregory Goodell’s “INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION” © 1982.

Gregory Goodell is an award-winning writer-producer-director whose credits include independent features, documentaries, television movies, and mini-series.

He has lectured and taught at the American Film Institute and other organizations.