When Sean asked me to create a script for Cinemanila‘s official AVP to be shown during the evening ceremonies, I suddenly couldn’t think in words.
Just images in my head.
I asked the director, “Can my script be drawings? It seems I can only think of single words for now.”
Sean said, “Yes.”
“Yahoo. I was wondering… can this be done in animation?”, I queried.
“Hmm, let me see.”, he replied.
Cinemanila is an international film festival which celebrates top-caliber independent films from around the Southeast Asian Region. Over the years, Manila welcomed industry icons and filmmakers from around the world —— director Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill), Indonesian actress Christine Hakim, Filipino-American actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Tia Carrere and Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (City of God, Constant Gardener) — who all visited the country to share their thoughts and take part in the events.
I had to work and draw real fast because I didn’t want to forget or miss anything that popped in my mind. When Sean messaged me days later to say everything was done, he also sent me the video file.
I almost cried — because it was exactly how I envisioned it.
As with media-related projects, things are almost always due yesterday. A day after the briefing for the video, I sent him scanned images of haphazard sketches done hastily on the back of English grammar worksheets. I worked around Cinemanila’s logo, which is the bulol — an ancient Philippine deity I became familiar with after living in the northern region. I originally thought he was a rice god but I learned that the bulol symbolizes plentiful harvest, as invoked by the Cinemanila International Film Festival for prosperity and abundance of world-class Filipino films.