18 February 2012

The important things between work and sleep

When Five Fell by Wong Fu Productions

Out of all Wong Fu shorts I've seen, When Five Fell would have to be my absolute favorite. I've only seen a few, but one is enough to convince you that these boys know how to make good film. Cinematography is one (huge) thing, but script is everything. And I think they've proven they can write. When Five Fell's poetic verses is truly captivating while Strangers Again, another short about relationships, is fascinating but at the same time relatable and simply genuine.

What's even more fascinating, is the fact that Phillip, Wes and Ted, the guys who make up Wong Fu, just started out as roommates who never planned to be as big as they are now. They were simply three people who shared the same passion for art and directing. It amazes me (and of course partly envious), how some people are able to do what they love most. And be darn good at it as well.

Wong Fu Productions have been touring universities in the US, conducting workshops and seminars about their works and directing. And this March, they are finally coming to the Philippines. Here's a link, if you want to know more about it.

As for me, I promised to start writing again this year. Last year, a project was cooked up with two of my friends; they were able to produce materials, but I, on the other hand, was not sane enough to finish anything. I don't think I ever even tried to begin. Everywhere else I looked, people were always better than me, so at one point I just stopped trying. Whatever plans and projects were left hanging last year, I really hope I'll be able to accomplish this time around. After all, 2012 has been looking pretty good.

I was very surprised when I first saw this film because there's a part here that is way too similar to something I wrote many months ago. The strange coincidence is probably one of the reasons why I like it so much, though. The similarity is way uncanny.

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