Posts Tagged ‘editing’

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30 Sequences Edited_KINGPIN

July 25, 2011

As of last Saturday, a little over 30 sequences of KINGPIN, Asiong Salonga story remake, Tikoy’ comeback film have been edited. That’s the first cut edition, or what others call a rough edit. When juxtaposed with other sequences, they are still subject to trimming down, and further editing to make the edit tighter. Having over 24 days of footage [as of this writing] definitely adds to viewing time before edit, lengthening the edit period automatically. With more scenes to shoot, the amount of materials would eventually be like editing two films. Most of the major action scenes are edited…a few minor ones remains. Dialogue scenes are faster to cut but requires more thinking as to where the best possible cut should be, especially if there is dramatic action going on. Emotion has to be timed. Pacing is quite important. In action editing, it is more of physical cutting of the images, though of course, we can do jump cutting of shots too. When two camera set ups are there, editing takes longer time because viewing of materials doubles. That’s the difference between editing using celluloid as materials. The expensive cost of film limits the coverage. Use of cards spoils a filmmaker as I have noticed. They indulge…nevertheless, it is more challenging for a film editor to be faced with tons of footage, and even more challenging when continuity problems are there. Yung nga lang nakakainis din because they waste our time as much as they have wasted their time, effort and production costs while shooting because of simple neglect. Continuity is quite important…the work of the one responsible for it should not be taken for granted.

And the film editor’s role is as important as anyone in the production team, one of the most important in fact. Film editors can make or break a film… when given footage with continuity problems, we turn out to be surgeons at times. Ha hay!!! Anyway, I intend to edit overnight tomorrow…

By the way, google yielded what it says to be the  photo of the real Asiong Salonga. For materials on movies earlier made about him starting from Joseph Estrada to Jeorge Estregan Jr. [who is doing the fourth remake now but with a story based on AS story, and quite unlike the earlier movies,] and headline news about his death, please click OCTOBER 7, 1951: \”ASIONG SALONGA,\” TONDO\’S No.1 TOUGHIE, SHOT DEAD

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Bencab’s Haven: First Cut

August 4, 2009

“Bencab’s Haven” captures two significant times in the life of Bencab: the inauguration of Bencab Museum in Baguio last February and the conferment on him of Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa by the University of the Philippines last June 19, 2009.

Two very distinct events but both celebrating peak moments in the life of our National Artist in Visual Arts, Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera. The footages, shot by Romy Vitug were handed to me last June—with timing good enough for me to be able to find time to look at them and start editing in my mind. That’s the usual process I undergo everytime I edit anything. After watching the footages, cuts automatically position in the timeline of my mind churning an edited version of the film. If they become too much for my head to take, I usually jot down notes on the sequencing being formed which I eventually and normally follow. The rest would be easy. The greatest problem that I have as an editor however is that images follow me until I go to bed—they continue to edit in my head— that I can’t distinguish the sleeping and hours that I am awake anymore.

By the time I received the footages from Kuya Romy my work on “A Blind Architect” was already finishing so I had no problem in sorting and cataloging the footages in my head. As an editor, I have the problem of images flying, doing a montage of its own in my mind everytime I work on a film or a film yet to be done. I finally sat to edit the first cut last month (July).

The cañao ritual was most challenging to edit wherein a pig was shown  sacrificed so that reading of its liver can be done by a “mumbaki” (priest). It was my first time to see one closely and I found it surprising to see a combination of tribal and Christianized ritual practices. A person’s good or bad luck is said to be determined by it. I personally find very, very repulsive what appears to me as a “violent scene”–  the sight of killing the pig as part of the ritual. I finally managed to edit that part intercutting it with other activities going on simultaneously to shorten the actual act of killing the animal with an eye literally “closed” or looking off the frame or the corner of the frame as the action is happening. The ritual lasts a few seconds but the images are so strong a sight they tend to be unforgettable. The ritual is part of the Cordillera people’s culture, and understanding that fact I believed could help us take the sight of it in. But it still proved to be quite difficult for me.

Since Mr. Bencab and Ms. Annie Sarthou could not seemingly stand the sight of it as well, I was asked not to fully show in detail anymore one of the “most important yet gory and bloody part” of the ritual, rendering incomplete the full ethnographic documentation of something vital to their culture. I will keep intact the very first cut anyhow.