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Hi everyone, I’m really proud to show you the latest behind-the-scenes video for Above the Clouds. This episode shows the amazing work that our production designers did for the film, and I learned so much watching this. Enjoy!

abovethecloudsmovie:

Here’s the latest behind-the-scenes video for “Above the Clouds”. In this episode, our production designers Benjamin Padero and Carlo Tabije talk about the physical aspects of the film and teach us about their craft.

Keep following our journey in making the film at http://facebook.com/AboveTheCloudsMovie.

View of Rue Franklin Roosevelt Sunrise near our flat My producer Bianca Balbuena at the lovely home of our French editor, Gisele Rapp-Meichler The Hunchback of Notre Dam

Hello from Paris!

Hello from Paris! Arrived on Tuesday, and I’ll be here for a few weeks to do post-production on Above the Clouds. I’m nervous about this trip. It’s in post that a film really comes to life, and I don’t quite know how it’s all going to turn out. No one really knows how a film is going to turn out, though I’m the kind of person who always has the worst at the back of his head. Aaanyway.

Still a long road ahead for us and the film — editing, sound editing, sound mixing, color grading, and musical score. I’ll keep you all posted. Hope to have some off-days so I can go around and take everything in. I love this city. I love how you get here and it seems larger than life, but when you start to walk around, and take the metro, and meet people, and ogle at people, the city gets smaller and smaller, and Paris can feel like the most intimate place in the world.

I’ll keep posting photos and videos on my Instagram, so please follow me there! Catch you all again soon.

Potipot Island, Zambales

Spent last weekend here with my family to celebrate the birthdays of my mom and brother. Beautiful place. Was lucky enough to catch this amazing sunset. I’ve been neck-deep in editing “Above the Clouds” so I needed this break. The downtime gave me some perspective. Back in the editing room today with a fresh eye.

More photos and videos at http://instagram.com/PepeDiokno.

Tokyo Diary

Spent four days in Tokyo during cherry blossom season last year and shot this little video diary with my good friend, cinematographer Carlo Mendoza, using a pair of Sony NEX VG-900 cameras.

Got to Tokyo just as the flowers were falling and it was raining over the city, but never mind. Tokyo is one of my favorite places in the world. The energy is just different. There’s so much going on, everything moves so fast, the locals barely speak English, and the Japanese have a penchant for the strange.

The reason I love Tokyo so effing much is because it’s easy get lost in it — not because it’s disorienting but because it absorbs you. It doesn’t take long after landing in Japan to feel that you’re part it. The country is a place that is difficult to leave. Went there twice last year, and I would go back this year in a heartbeat.

Music: “Get Up and Go” by Broadcast 2000 (Buy)

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Neil Gaiman

Above the Clouds
Behind the Scenes #3

It’s here folks! The third episode of our “Above the Clouds" behind-the-scenes diaries. I know it’s been a long wait. We had to pause production for eight months because of money matters, but we’re back and we have so much to show you. In this episode, our logistics team talks about the challenges of making the film, while Pepe Smith, Ruru Madrid, and I take you to our locations. Please watch and reblog! :)

Via abovethecloudsmovie

So this is what it feels like when your crew becomes like family; when you’re with people who go through joy and hurt and hell and high water with you. “Above the Clouds" wrapped filming at 5am today. Trying my best not to feel nostalgic because the journey isn’t over, but I miss everyone already. Thank you, guys for sharing this labor of love with me and Bianca. This isn’t my film, it’s ours.
Off to post-production now. Episode 3 of our behind-the-scenes diaries now online at http://facebook.com/AboveTheCloudsMovie!

So this is what it feels like when your crew becomes like family; when you’re with people who go through joy and hurt and hell and high water with you. “Above the Clouds" wrapped filming at 5am today. Trying my best not to feel nostalgic because the journey isn’t over, but I miss everyone already. Thank you, guys for sharing this labor of love with me and Bianca. This isn’t my film, it’s ours.

Off to post-production now. Episode 3 of our behind-the-scenes diaries now online at http://facebook.com/AboveTheCloudsMovie!

I hope above the clouds would be released soon. Been waiting for it since this summer :)

Asked by
chadantamoroso

Me too. We started shooting in March of this year, with the intention of releasing the film also this year. But then we ran into some money issues — and this is the first time I’m really going to talk about it — but we didn’t get some funds we were expecting, and so the production had to come to a halt. This was really hard for me. Nobody was sadder than I was.

Thankfully, some really kind-hearted Filipinos came to our rescue and invested in the film recently, so now we can finish it — eight months after we began. As of now, we have just two shooting days left, then, we’ll do some post-production work in Paris early next year. (We got the World Cinema Support grant from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and this requires us to spend half of the grant money in France.)

We don’t have specific plans for the release of the film yet, but I can tell you it’ll be out next year. Finally. My producer Bianca and I have been working on this film for two long years :)

PS. We’ll be releasing our third behind-the-scenes video really soon. Missed the first two? You can watch them at http://youtube.com/pepediokno :D

Hi! I'm going to repeat my question here! How did you meet your producer Bianca Balbuena? How did you pitch her your first feature film? Is there a standard way in which a first feature filmmaker can pitch to a producer (e.g. send producer pitch/treatment first before script?)? How did you form the crew for Engkwentro? Thank you! *Sorry for having many questions*

Asked by
thediscobelle

Good questions. I was my own producer on “Engkwentro,” and this is a very difficult thing to do. I really don’t recommend it. A director is supposed to focus on the creative side, and a producer, on the money side. For one person to deal with both sides is a case of epic stress.

I met Bianca in college, actually. We were classmates in UP. On “Engkwentro,” she was my assistant director, and that was the beginning of a beautiful partnership, haha. She moved into producing with “Above the Clouds.” And I’m really lucky;  we work so well together.

A good way to meet producers is through project markets. There’s the Manila Film Financing Forum, which is organized by the Independent Filmmaker’s Cooperative, and it happens every year during Cinemalaya. This is where Hannah Espia (another classmate at UP) met Paul Soriano. Hannah pitched her project to Paul, Paul loved the concept, and then went on to produce her first feature film, “Transit.”