The Filipino Society of Cinematographers will hold an underwater cinematography seminar-workshop in a resort in Anilao, Batangas this weekend, June 20 and 21.
FSC President Isagani Sioson said they expect 25 participants, mostly young and new members of their guild, to join the hands-on workshop which will enable them to try shooting underwater in the assuring presence of divers and life-savers. Veteran cameramen have been invited as guests and resource persons.
The FSC president said they are still open for five students interested in cinematography who can still be accommodated for the two-day workshop for free.
Interested students may contact Sioson through his cell phone 0915-218-2461
Sioson said that this will be the second seminar of this nature as they also held an underwater cinematography workshop in 1996 in two resorts in Anilao which are owned by actor Gabby Concepcion and movie directress Marilou Diaz-Abaya.
He said that they need more practitioners in this specialized mode of cinematography.
The seminar-workshop is one of several projects lined up by guilds of the Film Academy of the Philippines which were approved for funding by the National Commission for Culture ad the Arts (NCCA) for this year.
Sioson said that the workshop is in line with his program to conduct a continuing series of seminars and workshops. In 2003, the FSC held a seminar on modern 35 mm film cinematography with funding from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In 2006, the FSC had a seminar on digital cameras to update the guild members on the new line of digital cameras that were introduced worldwide.
He said that for their next project—which will also be submitted to the NCCA for possible funding—will involve the production of a documentary that will trace the history of cinematography in the Philippines and feature the pioneers of camerawork. It will be timely because we are now on the verge of breaking into the digital era of filmmaking, Sison explained.
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