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Friday, May 28, 2004
five days
It took five days to change my perspective in life.

From May 23 to 27, I was up in Tagaytay, Cavite attending a five-day scriptwriting workshop under the supervision of writer Roi Iglesias (Mano Po, Filipinas, Dahas).

Not knowing what to expect, I arrived at Tagaytay trying to conquer my worst fears: not knowing anyone, not meeting anyone new, being berated by the professor, feeling like a failure, shit like that.

Imagine my surprise when the first person I meet is not only my classmate in the Scriptwriting class (it's a program with different media workshops which includes scriptwriting) but also my quasi-neighbor (she lives in Fairview, I live right before Fairview). We're both film buffs and writers. We sometimes even think alike. Yikes. And the other writer our age in the class (the others were old-er people) turns out to be a friend of friend of mine and we both belonged to a community for Filipino writers. Wow.

The course was great. Yeah we got to learn all the basics and all that about scriptwriting. But I think the most important thing we learned is how everything really works in the film industry. We got to pitch our stories, write our stories, collaborate, write, edit, revise, pitch again and deal with the nicest AND the most arrogant of directors. Lessons in reality? We had lots! And it was good. Because we had to experience that so we could know.

Now my cellphone phonebook is longer because of the added entries and, for sure, my Friendster account will have more friends added to it. It's amazing how life works out in the end. I came there with no expectations and with fear and I left with more friends and more connections and projects. I'll be collaboring some scripts with my coursemate and we've already commissioned a director and editor for it. People we also met there.

The whole experience makes me really want to go back and do it all over again. And maybe I will. Next workshop is on October. Maybe I'll drop by again then.
posted by Jax @ 11:32:00 PM  
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Name: Jax
Home: San Francisco, CA, United States
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I am a freelance writer, editor and blogger.
I write from home and I write from the
coffee shop I manage. I am also a graduate
student at AAU, studying film.
I have never been more stressed in my life.
And I am loving it!
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