Filipino Video Co-op Needs Help
I have been a movie writer/producer/director here in the Philippines for the last 25 years. For five years now our local movie industry has suffered from a very acute crisis. Now it is virtually dead. We used to produce around 600 movies a year. Now the total output is less than 60.
My fellow movie workers, from the stars down to the utility boys and girls, are out of work.
To help, I decided to form a cooperative called the Pinoy Alternative Multipurpose Cooperative.
We intend to produce movies not in the conventional celluloid 35mm film format but on video, and exhibit them theatrically through TV projection units under the trademark of "Alternative Cinema." However, due to the financial crisis that the whole of Southeast Asia is reeling from, we have been unable to find financiers that will give us work to feed our families.
As a prestigious magazine, I believe you can refer us to generous users and manufacturers of video equipment who can donate used or outmoded TV projection units, camcorders, etc. that can still be used to produce and exhibit video movies.
Instead of letting obsolete, but still working, video equipment gather dust and rust in storage rooms, it will enable us to redeem our dignity and give us back our means of livelihood. We can repay them, especially the manufacturers, by demonstrating to the world that the video format can replace the 35mm film format. And the cheaper production cost of making movies and exhibiting them in video format is ideal for the poor third-world countries like the Philippines. We are asking people concerned to give us a chance to prove that the future belongs to the video format.
Believe it or not, it is a matter of life and death for us movie workers here. We would appreciate very much any help you may extend to our cooperative. Thank you in advance for whatever assistance that you may extend to us. Our mailing address is 1008 Roxas St., Balic Balic, Sampaloc 1008 Metro Manila, Philippines.
Mike Relon Makiling
Young Film Festivals
I am 13 years old, and a subscriber to your magazine. I love to make movies! When I grow up, I want to be a director. I was wondering, do you know of any good film festivals for children in New Jersey? Thanks a lot.
Though we don't know of any shows located in New Jersey, you can mail your entries to contests around the country. We list the latest in the entry deadlines section of Quick Focus every month. Here are some film festivals for young producers that you may find interesting. Good luck.
The Young People's Film & Video Festival (503) 221-1156, www.nwfilm.org. The 33rd Annual California Student Media and Multimedia Festival (714) 895-5623, www.mediafestival.org .
The Young People's Filmfest (707) 996-2536, e-mail email@example.com. The Chicago Int l Children's Film Festival (773) 281-9075, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The National Children's Film Festival at www.childrensfilmfest.org .
How-to on Ads Please
I enjoy reading Videomaker very much. I have learned a lot from the magazine and I am able to shoot with confidence because of the knowledge I have acquired from Videomaker. Keep it up. I have observed that while you have written about many kinds projects, I have not seen an article on making commercial advertisements. Could someone tackle this topic?
Your wish is our command. See Selling Laughs p.85 of this issue.
On page 34 of the November 1999 issue, we incorrectly listed the price of Canon's GL1 Mini DV camcorder at $4995. The GL1 actually retails at $2699. We regret any inconveniences that may have occurred due to this error. You can read our review of the Canon GL1 on p.43 of this issue.