The Mindanao Center for Moving Image (MCMI) with the support of GenSan Tourism Council conducted a two day film workshop to the 13 aspiring filmmakers last October 18-19 at Veranza Conference Room. The said workshop aims to teach the fundamentals of feature/narrative filmmaking as well as to raise the consciousness of the people of its importance for cultural regeneration.
“Film is about feeling it,” as Teng Mangansakan, the workshop director said. “There are lots of individuals who can make a video or short film because of the democratization of technology today. You can watch and upload videos in Youtube and other video related sites. What will make you set apart is how you tell your story.”
The participants also learned how to formulate ideas and how to capture the right premise for their stories. “There’s no such thing as original idea…idea is not copyrighted. There is an interpretation or variation of old idea,” said Teng.
“In a competitive world, it is not enough that one becomes a filmmaker. One must aspire to become an intelligent filmmaker,” Teng pointed out.
The second part of the GenSan film workshop will be held on November 8-9, 2014.