Seminar in Visual Research Methods at UPOU-FotosOctober 29, 2012
Typhoon Ofel (international name: Son-Tinh) was raging when I went to UP Open University [UPOU] in Los Baños last October 24. Only then, had I come to know that it is not situated inside UPLB campus. I met again Dr. Dinah Nadera, UPOU Multimedia Director and Dr. Erminia Colucci. They were facilitating the two-day Workshop in Visual Research Methods participated in by some faculty members of UPOU, staff, and guests.
Despite the gloomy day and heavy rain downpour, I enjoyed sharing my films and and my film making experiences with the participants, afterall I consider myself a researcher. I repeatedly stressed on the importance of research and primary sources of information in my film work, especially so, because I am making documentaries and dealing with real people.
Research as part of the pre-production stage is one of the most important activity in film making; failure or lack of it would affect the work during the production and post-production stages. I showed snippets from my first feature-length documentary Tiga-Isla [The Islanders of Corregidor], Alyana–A Study of Autism in the Philippines and Silent Odyssey, the first digital feature-length documentaries on autism and Deaf Filipinos in the Philippines, A mi Patria, the first interpretation of Dr. Jose Rizal’s poems in Filipino Sign Language, and Ultimo Adios [Filipino version, read by Vim Nadera]. Snippets from A Blind Architect — The Vision of Non-Handicapping Environment, a commissioned short film was also screened.
UPOU Report re the Seminar [Updated November 2012]