Pinoy filmmaker's inspirational short film hailed by netizens

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Friday, August 22, 2014


A 25-YEAR-OLD United States based Filipino filmmaker has been recognized in social media when his inspirational short film was uploaded on August 8 in video sharing websites, Youtube and Vimeo.

Joshua Ortiz, a Filipino filmmaker, made a three-minute short film entitled "Listen." As described by Ortiz, the film was about four young and talented people who instilled a valuable lesson in their mind to keep going on for the rest of their lives.

Ortiz produced the short film as an entry to "Project Greenlight" contest, which was organized by Hollywood actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The competition was instigated to search for a "best first-time director" in America who will be given the chance to work on a full-length film in Hollywood.

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Initially, Ortiz said that he wrote the message in the film for him and two siblings, Monica and Joel.

"I'm a filmmaker, my sister plays golf, and my brother is a figure skater, and so none of us are taking the traditional route most Filipino families are accustomed to," Ortiz said, pertaining to the Filipino cultures on which they were not able to adapt.

On the whole production, Ortiz said that it took him two weeks to write, shoot, and edit. He also confessed that it was challenging for him in making the film because he experienced such struggles on which he almost wanted to give up.

Ortiz's siblings were also part of the film -- Monica as the golfer and Joel being the figure skater.

"It was very stressful because of hard drive crashes and laptops going crazy but we were still able to get it done," Ortiz said. He shot some missing parts in the crashed film and spent another 16 hours to edit again.

Despite the struggles that Ortiz encountered during the production, netizens who watched the short film appreciate and got inspired by his work.

A comment said that "Listen" could be a cure to people who were experiencing depressions.

"I felt such a failure today but then I saw this and I'm glad, I did. This one inspires me," one of the posts said.

A Youtube user reiterated the message in the short film: "As long as you love what you do and you never give up, you'll realize that failure doesn't mean you lost. It's just a reminder to get back up."

Some film critics also praised the cinematography and the overall production of the film. They said that Ortiz's work seemed like it had a "professional" touch.

"Thank you to everyone who watched (the short film) and I hope you like it," Ortiz said.

The video already gathered 27, 568 in YouTube and with 365 likes and 1, 204 likes in Vimeo, as of posting. (Sunnex)

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