Costanilla: Crispo Mojica to do Cinema Electrik workshop

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By Sam Costanilla

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Sunday, March 17, 2013


WORKSHOP. Cebuano film enthusiasts should rejoice over this piece of goods news from a new-found friend based in Manila. He will conduct “Cinema Electrik: A Summer TV Directing and Cinematography Workshop” from April 22-25 here. I am referring to Crispo Mojica, founder and program director of the International Institute for Film & Broadcast Arts as well as its Talent Development Group. He rose from being the country’s youngest director in 1983 to being the oldest director in the advertising industry to date. “I’ve been in this industry for over 30 years now and I adore the idea of me growing old because it actually makes me feel so young, and the gray hairs on my head are like jewels of wisdom,” he stressed.

Passionate. I asked Mojica why he created the institute and his answer revealed his being passionate as far as the film and broadcast industry are concerned. He told me that the five-year old institute is primarily designed to discover and help budding filmmakers and broadcasters, and to promote the country as the leading film and broadcast training ground in the whole of Asia. Mojica was quick to add that he is also a freelance commercials and documentary filmmaker. “As such, I had the opportunity to visit other Southeast Asian nations to set up bases in Indonesia and Vietnam as well as observe the broadcast industries in Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore,” Mojica added.

Course. At present, he said, the institute is conducting a six-month training as a general course in film production. He wants to offer this as a two-year certificate course in 2014. This program is designed to give its participants a thorough understanding of the commercial production business and the viability of the expertise focus areas. Mojica explained that the term “commercial” means any endeavor that translates to professional artistic work where one earns a pay for the service of his craft.

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Cebu. Mojica also revealed that he spoke before a large gathering of students at the University of the Philippines in Lahug, Cebu City, a few years back at a time when video was just setting its mark globally as an alternative medium in production work.

“Cebu was then on the infancy stage in commercials production,” he recalled. Today, he noted, Cebu continues to grow exponentially. What makes it more vibrant is the popularity of the Internet as well as the global technological advancements in the field of filmmaking. I fully agree with Mojica’s observation that with Cebu’s rapidly expanding production infrastructure, it holds the promise as an alternative gateway for international students who want to study filmmaking and broadcasting. By the way, anyone who wants to get in touch with Mojica may visit his websites at iifa.ph/crispomojica or youtube/crispomojica.

Rotary. This year’s district convention (discon) of the Rotary International District 3860, held last week at the Cebu International Convention Center, was hugely successful with the second night featuring a number of local entertainers doing very delightful presentations. Singers Zenith Rivera and Windy Prado did a number of Broadway selections while the University of Cebu Dance Troupe wowed the Rotarians with their fantastic offerings. The incomparable Junjet Primor, an engineer, directed the entire evening program.

Kudos to Rotary Club of Cebu Fort San Pedro charter president Mila Demecillo, present club president Marifi Gerona and their co-officers for a job well done. Demecillo was the discon overall chairperson.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 18, 2013.

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