Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Casting Call for Short Film Pera-perahang Lata

Casting Call for Short Film Pera-perahang Lata (a film by Rianne Hill Soriano), NCCA Grant

Aug. 17 (Friday) and Aug. 18 (Saturday), 2007, 1pm-530pm at the Boardroom of the Avignon Tower 144 H. V. dela Costa St. Salcedo Village, Makati City (the building next Mcdo Valero-dela Costa, facing Mcdo, left side).

Pls. text Gigi to arrange schedule at 09193399053. Hope you can pass to actor/actress friends. Thanks!


24-year old struggling, introvert, and critical man and breadwinner of the family (his mother and two siblings) who travels his way going to work and back home everyday and sees through the different people inside the jeep and the different sights along the highways.

Nilo’s good friend and co-worker. In his late 20’s, medium built, a jester and an extrovert type. The struggling Manila-born Gary comes from a big family of 8 children (the 5th child of the family). He is a very family-oriented guy who serves as a principled comic jester of the family and his co-workers.

The large-built Juda is the arrogant substitute to the permanent supervisor of the factory who is under maternity leave. The egotistic attitude of this bully-type man becomes the root of fight inside the factory.

Adult beggar
The adult beggar who was given alms by Nilo that morning turns out to be a beggar, and at the same time, an alcoholic and addict, a parasite of the society.

Nilo’s 8-year old sister who has a very cute voice on the phone. Makulit and active type, she calls her kuya to ask for money for the exchange gift.

Nilo’s mother
Nilo’s sickly, quite melodramatic mother

Gary’s mother
A longing mother full of hurting moments for her son.

Gary’s father
A longing father full of grief.

Gary’s sister
Gary’s sister who calms her mother during her lowest point.

Beggar boy
The beggar boy who desperately asks for alms or food to Nilo for his starving and dying mother. His painstakingly harsh condition puts guilt on Nilo upon seeing one shocking moment.

Beggar mother
The beggar boy’s sick and starving mother.

The firm boss whose voice reverberates in the whole place when making his speech, but at the latter part, it turns out he has some loose and comic side, too.

Boss’ wife
The boss’ stern, quite bulky, and all dressed up wife who turns out to have some loose and comic side, too.

Carinderia owner
The Filipina-Chinese owner of the newly-opened carinderia near the factory where Nilo works.

Pare 1 and Pare 2
Two middle-aged men wearing the typical pambahay clothes. They are seriously discussing the state of the Philippines inside the jeep as if they are intellectuals (but each of them turns out more comic than intellectual).

Drunk maniac
The drunk maniac who tries to take advantage of a woman beside Nilo while inside the jeep.

The snatcher who robs the purse of the woman with umbrella (the woman who also became the victim of the maniac inside the jeep Nilo rides).

The policeman who interviews the father of the murdered guy during his wake.

Friday, August 3, 2007

URGENT: We need help for our locations for a new film (factory, church, funeraria, lower-middle class apartment) to be shot on September

In line with the new independent short film (a film grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts) we are shooting on Sept. 2, 2007 and December 2007, I would like to ask your help in getting the right locations for the film. Due to certain turn of events, we are officially starting pre-prod today and we have less than a month for pre-prod in order to shoot the film. And so, we are seeking your help and suggestions for the following locations that we need:

- A small-, medium- or large-scale factory (within the vicinity of Metro Manila) that is primarily manufacturing such products as milk or soda or any other canned goods.
- A cinematic church or chapel with a grand opening of the Simbang Gabi this coming Dec. 16 (if possible, if we can also get the contact person and contact numbers of maybe the parish priest and administrative people of the church so we can further discuss our plans and intentions)
- A lower-middle class small house where we can shoot a “burol” scene inside the house and extend the seats and giving of “tong,” etc. outside the house. If anybody can help as in getting the art requirements for a “burol” scene as well like a funeraria where we can rent a coffin, some lights, and the rest of the stuff we normally seen during a “burol,” and maybe flowers too, we would gladly appreciate these things really.
- An apartment with a window and door beside each other and the window showing the outside of the apartment

If you have any idea for these locations that we need, or maybe you own any of these, kindly email at or text at 0920-9273651 so that we can discuss the possibilities of getting your place as location. We would really appreciate your suggestions. We are paying the locations and we will fix the permits needed, but we hope that you would understand that we cannot provide the commercial rates that others get for a TV commercial, mainstream film, or a TV production. We are allotting a budget for our locations, but it wouldn’t be as high as the likes of getting a location for an advertising project. With regards to the factory, and if it’s okay, with the church location, possible x-deals and media mileage can be something to consider as well upon further discussion of such possibilities. We really need these locations “super-urgent.” Thank you very much for your time!