Thursday, December 31, 2009

Unfortunate Christmas and New Year Celebration

It is really sad to reflect that there are families out there that are mourning instead of celebrating Christmas season as well as New Year. And just as these people grieved over their loved one’s another tragedy occur.

It was hours before Christmas Eve when MV Catalyn B bumped to a fishing boat somewhere in Libones Island in Cavite killing 3 people and two dozen more that are missing. Few days ago, another sea tragedy was broadcasted. MV Baleno 9 sank off someplace in Verde Island Batangas. Even worse it killed 6 people and hid more or less 20 people in its mystic waters.

I can’t imagine how these sadden families celebrate New Years Day knowing that they have just lost someone so dear to them. Others don’t even know if they will see the bodies of their loved ones again. These things made me realize that life is so precious and short.

We don’t need to live a perfect life, we just need to live happily and so much aware of the things that really matters. Look at your parents. Do they look the same when you were younger? They definitely have gone old and weak. Love them.

Assess your relationship with your family and friends and know if they are happy the way you treat them.

Look deep into yourself and ask if you have lived life the way others expect you to breathe or you really did fight for your happiness but still live life accordingly.

It is not too late! Do what it takes to be genuinely happy with the people that really matters to you. Be happy and Prosperous in 2010!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Easy Schemes and Ideas for amateur businessmen

There are many articles, magazines, videos and other useful materials that can be used to aid a person that is extremely and blissfully excited about starting up his/her own business. I won’t give the best and the most brilliant ideas in running one because I myself is also a beginner on this field. However, what makes me decide to write my humble learning and experience is because I know for a fact that there are some of you who wants to get and absorb all the information you can get without having your nose bleed because of some complicated techniques and terms that some of the Pro’s use to explain things.

The first thing to consider in starting up a business is to identify where to get your funds. Make a complete business plan, be ready to answer questions regarding your application and be organized. It is also good to discuss risk with the bank officer to give the impression of being prepared for unforeseen events. The success of your application is in your hand.

Choosing the right location for your business is very important. It can help you identify your target market, the products that you sell, the quantity of your supplies, the price bracket and your marketing strategy.

As for your building, you can choose to build your new building, repair or refurbish existing building or you can just rent a space. Try to list down the advantages and disadvantages of each option before you decide if you go for a new building, refurbished or rented. Choosing and acquiring the decorations, furniture and equipment is fairly the same in deciding for your business edifice.

To finally start the business you need to have enough supplies of your products. Some of the suppliers allow consignment purchase meaning you will not pay for the items yet unless it is sold. You can return unsold items at a given time. This could help a lot for beginners that are still coping up. Other suppliers allow credit card payment. It is wise to use credit cards to have ready money as long as it is considered necessary.

To wrap up, you need to have service crew. Be very careful in selecting your staffs because they can largely affect your business as they are considered as the front liners. Make sure that they are well trained, knowledgeable about what they sell, coherent, efficient, dependable, loyal and honest.

The success of the business is not just about your products and your excellent staffs. It also depends largely on how you manage and run your business. Be a good manager to your staffs and think about their welfare too. Create a good system and be strict in imposing it. Work smart while you work hard!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Learning and enjoying Guerilla Filmmaking

A lot of people though not so familiar about how exactly movies are made gradually developed an interest to create one. It’s not easy to create a movie but one thing is for sure, you’ll have one hell of a blissful experience as it’s extremely fun, thrilling, exhausting and fulfilling at the same time especially if you do it in a guerilla way.

Guerilla filmmaking is done in a low budget, lesser crew, limited equipment and friendly talents that don’t asked sky rocketing talent fees. Commercial film is quite the opposite. My first film was produced and formed independently. It was so fulfilling and fun despite many difficulties.

Let’s talk about the stages of film production and how movies are formed. We call the first stage as Pre-production. In this stage, patience and hard work is needed. This stage is crucial because it is in this phase that you choose and hire your talents, select locations, build sets and prepare all the necessary materials needed for the shoot like the screenplay, shooting schedules/time frame, cast and crew, production vehicle, costumes etc.

Production is the second phase of the entire process. Apparently, this is the stage where the Director and his/her crew convert the screenplay to real videos. The Director should make sure that all the necessary shots and scenes are taken in preparation for the next stage in which all the recorded videos has to be in exact series according to the screenplay and should be all set for editing.

Once all the needed videos are recorded, the third stage of film production takes place. We call it Post-production. In this stage, the Director together with the editor joined forces in selecting good shots, put it in series, and add the intended sound effects/music to complete the film. This stage is also crucial because it is in this stage the film is being polished to its maximum quality both technical and contents.

After all the preparation and execution, your film deserves to be exhibited in big screen. We call this stage as Sales and Distribution phase. This simply means that the film you made reaches the distributor as well as its audience.

It might have appeared simple based on how I presented it. It is not. Like everything that we do, we can never feel sense of fulfillment if we do not undergo complexity and trouble since you will work under limited budget, equipment and crew. If you are an independent filmmaker you will surely experience difficulties twice as the one working in a huge budget.

However, if you got talent and heart for this craft you will not take these challenges as burden but instead find these things the spice of your main dish – Your Big Film.