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CAS production team wins in Gawad Obra Film Festival

As part of the future of the Philippine film scene, a production team of B.A. Communication – Multimedia Arts and B.A. Broadcasting students lived their dream as they entered the finals of the 7th Gawad Obra Film Festival (Open-School Category) with their entry “Magkita Tayo,” winning two (2) major awards.

B.A. Broadcasting student Patricia Amor B. Dominguez giving a speech as she received the Best Director award.

A fusion of Prof. Bart Andrew S. Mendoza’s two (2) classes, Film and Directing, One Shot Production is comprised of Patricia Amor B. Dominguez as Director; Lorenz James R. Diamante as Assistant Director; Ma. Victoria “Mavic” G. Salvio as Writer; Marc Vince A. Gregorio as Director of Photography and Editor; Prof. Mendoza as Producer; John Israel D. Bulawin, Emmanuel D. Fernandez, and Johann Axell B. Remigio as Audio Personnel; and, Guenalyn G. Manlunas, Mary Mae Alyssa M. Medina, Lavin T. Santos, and Marianne Kamille V. Uy as the Makeup and Prosthetics Team.

Since the team is made up of unique personalities, Lorenz took advantage of this diversity to complement the strengths and weaknesses of their members. “Together with the director, we did our best to bring out the best in each and every one and to turn their individualities into strengths they never expected to actually possess.” Competing with eight (8) other short films, Amor and Vince won as Best Director and Best Cinematographer, respectively.

A short film about a young girl seeking revenge for her lover’s death, Magkita Tayo was also nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Musical Scoring, Best Supporting Actor (for Mark Bustamante), and Best Supporting Actress (for Anna Camille Sangco, Marianne Uy, and Clelia Jade Catantan).

In Lorenz’s precise account, he described Magkita Tayo as a story of lost hope highlighting the capability of love to conquer even death itself and a story that empowers love’s neutral state as it delves with the LGBTQ+ community’s freedom to love.A first-time director, Amor shared how and why she chose Mavic’s script. “When we ran through the scripts, I wanted something that was unusual. I really wanted to do horror, thriller, or slasher films, kaya tuwang-tuwa ako noong nakahanap ako ng script na kakaiba ‘yung genre na hindi focused sa love.”

The awards for Best Director and Best Cinematographer went to two of One Shot Production’s staff for their work on “Magkita Tayo.”

According to her, they got Magkita Tayo’s color grading from The Lovely Bones and gore scenes from Saw and Evil Dead.

“As the director of the film, pinaka-proud ako sa makeup and prosthetics dahil dun sa dugo dugo. Hindi talaga ako pumayag na mukhang ketchup na nilagyan ng tubig ‘yung itsura ng dugo.

Vince, who has been shooting films and music videos and doing photography for a year now, got his filming and storytelling style from filmmakers like Sam Kolder, Nainoa Langer, and JR Alli.

Because it was a course requirement, they filmed and produced Magkita Tayo with a very tight budget, hence having a one-camera setup. “It was hard for me to move and direct the artists. It took a lot of work,” shared Vince, who was challenged by the prospect of filming a horror story.

Though the film still needs improvement, they pushed through and joined Gawad Obra. Lorenz shared that they wanted to see their film’s potential and its very production. “It was an experience that had no guarantee of winning yet we decided to take the risk.”

Gawad Obra Film Festival is an annual film competition for University of Perpetual Help System Laguna (UPHSL) students. For its 7th year, UPHSL opened the event to students from other schools and universities in Laguna to showcase their masterpieces.

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