Till next time, love
Spent three months in Paris, working on Above the Clouds. It may sound like bullshit to say that this was a life-changing trip, but it was. I didn’t meet someone on a train or have any grand realizations while walking the Seine, but I’ve gotten to work with great people, I’ve seen amazing works of art, learned to be more independent, learned to put my life in perspective, rediscovered my voice, and began to dream a little bigger. It’s good for anyone to spend time away from home, and I realize how lucky I am to have been given the chance do this here of all places. See you soon, city of lights.
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!
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.
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.
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)
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! :)
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!