Franz, Film and Fervor

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

AN IDEA can change the entire world. Natural talent can help one fuel that dream even further.

Franz Arrogante has recognized what he’s good at for a number of years now. Coming from a family with an eye for all things captivating and quick enough to notice it, Franz currently is a professional wedding filmmaker.

“I come from a family of artists. My father was a musician and my brother, Mikhail, is a photographer. I guess you could say it runs in our blood because my uncle Lemuel is also a photographer, and it was through him that my brother and I were first introduced to this field,” he said.


It was highly important for him from the beginning to do something in life he enjoyed doing. “I was first trained in photography, but later on, I came to realize that my passion was in film making. I pursued what I loved most and so far, so good.”

So far, so good indeed. The man has claimed numerous awards in the annual Sinulog short film contest since 2005. His film entry Mananahi won Best Picture, Best in Cinematography and Best in Production Design during this year’s contest.

“Mananahi is a film about how an ordinary seamstress’s life unfolds as she recalls vividly some moments that made such an impact in her life.”

“I always love to do films on certain occupations or jobs that most of our fellow Filipinos take on. I have done films about a candle maker, a sculptor and this time, a seamstress or mananahi. I asked my wedding planner friend, Iris Castillo, to create a story on this, and I was happy with what came out. The parallelism between being a mananahi and our God as our life-shaper was very original, and we believed we would be able to deliver a beautiful message through this,” explained Franz.

Obviously, the film hit the right note among critics and audiences alike, as it took home the top prize. Despite attributing the film’s success to the technical excellence it tried to achieve from things like cinematography and proper lighting, the filmmaker believes the message his film tried to get across was instrumental as well in making the entry a winner.

“Perhaps a lot of people related to the film’s message. In life, when we are faced with difficult times, we do not understand why God has allowed something painful to happen to us. Only after the sorrows do we see that all the hurt and pain we went through made us stronger, better and more beautiful.”

Franz believes that his everyday experiences affect his output a lot, and that he is constantly inspired by even the simple things. He notes that being in the wedding industry all the more allows him to experience more beautiful things in life.

The guy has expressed interest in continuing to join contests in the future and sharing his messages more. But for now, Franz’s life should be a lesson on how using one’s talent can be very effective in getting a point across. In the end, it’s about staying true to oneself and becoming a blessing to others.

“Let what you love, be what you do, and everything else will just follow. You will even surprise yourself if your inspiration comes from within.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 27, 2012.


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