Two years in the making, what began in September 2011 as a short film about a couple, unexpectedly and organically evolved into a full length feature film on a friendship between two women. The film later evolved into a story that revolves around the everyday lives of several different women, their families, friends, and lovers.
When outcome drives the process, we will only go to where we’ve already been. When process drives the outcome, we may not know where we are going, but at least we know we want to be there.
– Bruce Mau, design guru
I hope this letter finds all of you well.
When we began pre-production on this film in September 2011, the film was originally conceptualized as a short film about a couple. It was a chance to work and collaborate with people I had never worked with before, and a chance to explore the HD video medium for the first time. Shooting began in December 2011 and I estimated that it would take five shooting days to complete the film by January 2012. My estimate for the film’s shooting completion turned out to be quite “conservative”. None of us who are part of the film could have ever imagined that I would be writing this letter nearly two years later.
In the course of these two years the film grew organically, spontaneously, and unexpectedly, from a short film about a couple to a full-length feature film about a friendship between two women, and finally, to portraits of the everyday lives of several different women, their families, friends, and lovers.
The complex nature of the material, the cast and crew’s individual schedules (we could only shoot on weekends or when people were free from work, sometimes weeks apart at the time), personal and health issues, the film shoot spanning my first two years of marriage, my father’s lung cancer diagnosis, treatment and his eventual passing away, all became part of the film’s difficult, frustrating, draining, but also at the same time liberating, enlightening, and humbling process. It is indeed a true labor of love and soul, and I am deeply grateful to the generous and extremely talented individuals who have become a part of it.
With the film’s shooting nearly complete, from the bottom of my heart and soul, I am humbly asking for whatever support you can give for the next stage, the film’s editing and post production. Please help us bring INT-EXT (Ella, Marita, Atbp.) to its completion.
Thank you very much.
Trying to stay true,
Jan Philippe “JP” V. Carpio
Working Title: INT-EXT (Ella, Marita, Atbp.)
Production: Linao Films
TRINA-Michelle Sto. Tomas
TITA BETH-Salou Palao-Sobrepeña
RENO-Michael Ian Lomongo
VIDEOKE FRIENDS-Dino Manrique, Nerissa Picadizo
DENNIS, CESAR-Cesar Jovito
SECURITY GUARD-Noel Reonal
ELTON JOHN THE CAT
And with the special participation of SOLIMAN CRUZ as MANNY FERNANDEZ
Director, Cinematographer, Editor-JP V. CARPIO
Writers-JP V. CARPIO, CHRYSMAS GAWARAN, YVETTE CARPIO
Production Designer-CHRYSMAS GAWARAN
Additional Camera-YVETTE CARPIO
Additional Sound-JHA BRIONES, YVETTE CARPIO, DINO MANRIQUE
Production Managers-KAT MARTIN, JHA BRIONES, JP V. CARPIO, YVETTE CARPIO
Additional Direction-CHRYSMAS GAWARAN, KULAS OGNITA
Script Translation-MICHAEL IAN LOMONGO
Production Stills-KAT MARTIN, YVETTE PANTILLA-CARPIO, CHRYSMAS GAWARAN, KULAS OGNITA, NERISSA PICADIZO
MICHELLE STO. TOMAS,
MICHAEL IAN LOMONGO,
JP V. CARPIO
Catering-MAGDALENA SIVA, JP V. CARPIO
***INT-EXT (Ella, Marita, Atbp.) blog and FB page coming very soon.
ST. PAUL MANILA CAST AND CREW
SCHOOL GIRL-Joyce Anne Laygo
60's GIRL-Mary Colleen de Leon
FUNK LADY-Megumi Taguchi
CAMERA BOY-Pierre Stefan Lalin
COUPLE-Shariff Bayoumi, Trisha Santos
WIZARD JESTER-Levi Romero
FAIRY PRINCESS-Kathrina Caldoza AlanoEXTRAS-Jessey Guiam, Daryle Cayao, Bea Restua
Assistant Director-KATRINA BULGAR, MARINETTE PORTUGUESTechnicals-ANGELICA RADA, CHERRY SALAZAR, NADINA NATIOLA
Food-DAVID BERNARD PETER TOLEDO, ZHANON ELER
Props-ILONA RENOVILLA, RENALYN MAGAT, ROLAND VEANDO
CORNER TREE CAFÉ
Corner Tree Café Staff
ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY MANILA
Mrs. Lalaine Vitug-Mallari
Sr. Natividad FerrarenGeneral Services Department and Staff
Rica Marie Delos Reyes
Rolly Maligad-Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Jun Lopito-Lead Guitar
Rene “Chong” Tengasantos-Drums
JT’S MANUKAN Gilmore
Ronald A. Burgos
Joey O. Galvez
JT’S MANUKAN Gilmore Staff
Ma. Lourdes D. Barrameda
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Jan Philippe V. Carpio, Linao Films
I am a writer, filmmaker, and performer from Bacolod City, currently based in Metro Manila, Philippines. I have undertaken a number of writing, acting, and filmmaking workshops. Most significant on the list are Ricky Lee’s Film and Television Writing Workshop in 1999, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Media Arts Division workshops under Ed Cabagnot: “Paano Ba Talaga Manood ng Pelikula” film appreciation workshop and in 2000, the workshop module of “The First Filipino Full Length Independent Feature Festival” where I completed and screened my first feature length film, Girl of My Dreams.
In 2005, I completed a workshop facilitated by pioneering American filmmaker Jon Jost as part of the workshop module of the .MOV International Digital Film Festival.
I have also completed fifteen short films. I completed and screened my third full length feature Hílo (thread) in 2007 at the first Kontra-Agos Film Festival. My second full length feature Balay Dakû, the first feature length film in the Ilonggo language, was awarded a 2002 National Commission for Culture and the Arts Cinema Grant.
The shooting of my latest feature length film INT-EXT (Ella, Marita, Atbp.) is almost complete. A feature length film Palanggâ (the beloved) is currently in post production.
My films have been screened at Philippine film festivals like the eKsperim[E]nto Film & Video Festival, GAWAD CCP, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and .MOV International Digital Film Festival as well as international film festivals like the Chicago Filipino American Film Festival, the EC0-ETNO-FOLK Film Festival in Slătioara, Romania and the Festival Internacional de Cinema Independente in Rio Claro, Brazil.
My films were officially selected twice for the Silvershorts competition of the 2008 and 2011 .MOV International Digital Film Festival. I was a co-programmer with Benhur Winter of the Anahata Foundation for the year long Metropolis Film Screenings series in 2010. In 2011, I was one of four Filipino filmmakers invited to present their work and participate in the inaugural Asian Cultural Symposium held at the LASALLE College of Arts in Singapore.
My writing has been published in national publications like Philippine Graphic and The Philippine Star. My short story “Bundle” was the runner up for Best Published First Short Story at the 2001 NVM Gonzalez Awards.
I have taken performance workshops such as Act Now in 2004, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 2006 Beginning Acting Workshop under Tess Jamias and Ian Lomongo, a contemporary dance workshop under Dancing Wounded’s Jay Cruz in 2007, a martial arts and contemporary dance workshop under Jun Nishio in 2008, and an acting workshop under Soliman Cruz for Actors’ Pleygrawnd. I continue to investigate and try to understand the relationship between the so-called plastic arts and the performing arts. I am an advocate of what I call “artistic cross training”.
I have collaborated with actor and dancer Vanni Liwanag on improvised movement pieces which we have performed in venues such as the I Love You Store, Lav Diaz’s award winning film Melancholia and the painting exhibit opening of Dante Perez’s Versus at Alliance Francaise Manila. I also collaborated on a series of performances with the Actors’ Pleygrawnd: a collective of artists exploring the potentials of performance. In 2010, designer Chrysmas Gawaran directed me in an experimental performance piece “Sa Gitna: a meet-and-greet party” based on my one act play “Sa Gitna”.
I am a member of Actor’s Pleygrawnd, a member of Free Expression Philippines, Free the Artist Task Force Movement and staff writer for desistfilm.com, an international online film quarterly. I am currently teaching film subjects at St. Paul University Manila and College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts.
I live in Makati with my wife, Yvette.
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Raised of ₱100,000.00 Goal
This project is raising ( ₱100,000.00 ) until Thursday, October 17, 2013