Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas

As you all know by now, Christmas came early to me in the form of my first Feature Film "Dagsin." Please forgive me if I have not been updating this blog as often as I should these past few months, but I have been really busy...
Me with my new toy.
It has been a wild roller-coaster ride so far, but Anne (Producer) and I have somehow managed to keep our ship afloat. "Dagsin" has been plagued with all kinds of problems from the onset of Preproduction and each shooting day has been challenging-- Two of our actors have been ill and hospitalized, another decided to drop out in the middle of filming, the local government threatened to shut our production down more than once, we had to iron out a land ownership dispute situation for another location, and on top of all that, we had to fire someone from our team for gross misconduct and anomalies regarding the budget-- these are just the major ones! Talk about Murphy's Law... We are taking this all in stride because it has always been our goal to deliver the best work we can, once we set out to execute a project!
I am very grateful that I have finally been given the opportunity to finally make my movie and I thank God everyday for this blessing. I love making movies and I plan to keep doing it for as long as I can! 
I have not forgotten that this is also a photography blog, despite my other interests. So I am posting some of my still-photo work in the movie. I just realized recently that it is hard to be a director, cinematographer and photographer all at the same time, so I have recruited a second DP as well as a BTS photographer in "Dagsin" to complement my work.
Here are two promotional photographs I shot for "Dagsin," which I am giving to the actors as Christmas gifts:
Tommy Abuel, Lotlot De Leon and Sue Prado for Dagsin
Alex Diaz, Janine Gutierrez and Benjamin Alves for Dagsin

Here are some prop photos I shot and edited, to be used in the movie:
Corazon (Janine Gutierrez) in her prime.
Master Sargeant Justino Razon (Benjamin Alves) as a Philippine Scout
Captain John Bishop, Jr. (Alex Diaz) of the USAFFE
...and finally, prop photos I composited from old photos, to be used in the movie:
Mr. and Mrs. Justino Razon (Janine Gutierrez and Benjamin Alves)
Atty. Justino Razon (Benjamin Alves) Law School graduate.
--All photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia

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