Showcasing the beauty of Boracay through film
Local businesses that relied on local tourists and travelers have fallen on hard times, especially during travel restrictions and closures due to the current health situation.
The travel industry’s struggle inspired an aspiring Filipino filmmaker to create a film that showcased not only the beauty of the country, but also the people and businesses that depended on tourism for a living.
Jo Serrano has just released his first short film entitled “Boracay: Beyond The White Beach”. The documentary-style film was produced in collaboration with one of the best local directors, Paul Soriano, and his team at TEN17P.
Serrano was named the overall winner of the TECNO Mobile Movie Masters program last December, winning a cash prize of P300,000 and the chance to work on the film with the film company.
Last year, TECNO Mobile launched the Movie Masters program, which also allowed Filipino amateur filmmakers to showcase their talent in a short film competition. The finalists were tasked with creating original videos using the CAMON 18 Premier smartphone, highlighting moving moments in everyday life.
During the Movie Masters program, Serrano won with her entry, “Bukidnon: An Eco-Adventure” which showcased raw and authentic moments she experienced during her trip to the beautiful province of Bukidnon.
Doing Boracay: Beyond the White Beach
According to Serrano, her short film “Boracay: Beyond The White Beach” was inspired by the struggles she faced during lockdowns and the current health situation. The documentary-style film highlighted the story of a main character who headed to the island of Boracay for an escape; however, on the island, she met several locals who then shared their experiences and struggles during the lockdowns and the difficulties caused by the current health situation.
“I came to a point in my life where my stress, anxiety, and depression almost caused me to stop being a creator,” Serrano explained.
Serrano’s content was mostly about travel and local destinations; but with the tourism industry heavily impacted, content creators like it were also struggling. Fortunately, she had the opportunity to create a film where she could return to her passion and share hope.
“I want my viewers to see that whatever struggles we face during the pandemic, there is always a silver lining and we all need to be steady in the face of challenges,” Serrano added.
Making a documentary is full of unexpected experiences according to Serrano. “Since you’re dealing with real people and real experiences, you won’t know what happens next,” she shared.
Filming with the Movie Master CAMON 18 Premier
Most of the scenes of Serrano’s participation in TECNO’s Movie Masters Program competition and his short film were shot using a CAMON 18 Premier smartphone. She considered the CAMON 18 Premier to be a good starter camera for anyone interested in filmmaking, but doesn’t have the budget for expensive gear.
“Its gimbal feature in the body is a big help when you’re always on the go. As a traveler, you need to carry light gear with you,” Serrano said.
Direk Soriano also agreed that CAMON 18 Premier is good for budding filmmakers to capture moments and tell stories. In a recent Instagram video, he shared that his favorite feature of the CAMON 18 Premier is the gimbal-stabilized camera, which allows people to capture handheld shots which will be beautiful, sharp and stable. He also said that this smartphone was something he wished he had when he started making home videos, short films and music videos years ago.
TECNO Mobile supports Filipino filmmakers
TECNO Mobile’s Movie Masters program marked the start of the smartphone brand’s commitment to supporting the local movie scene in the Philippines. Serrano’s experience speaks to the brand’s dedication. She thought the program had a huge impact on her as a budding filmmaker.
“Working with a team is very different from working alone,” she said. “I learned new things while working on this film. The process of filming a film is very different from the way I do vlogs. It made me a better storyteller.”
Serrano was grateful to TEN17P for helping and guiding her through the filmmaking process.
“Coming from a vlogging background and transitioning into the world of filmmaking was a challenge for me, but they guided me to come up with something meaningful and inspiring for viewers to watch. you will enjoy watching and listening to the stories I encountered on my trip to Boracay,” she adds.
Through the Movie Masters program, budding filmmakers had the opportunity to tell their stories. In his message at the awards ceremony, Direk Soriano urged more filmmakers and creators to take advantage of opportunities like this. “We have the freedom we all want when we tell our stories. The freedom to create. It’s really just you, the CAMON 18 Premier and your stories. What else do you need?” He shared.
Experience #SuperSteadyShot with Movie Master CAMON 18
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CAMON 18 Premier, nicknamed the “Movie Master”, brings together the best of the CAMON series, with features such as TAIVOS, Super Night mode and Selfie mode, combined with a new ultra-stable gimbal camera, 60X hybrid zoom and more improved AI features to achieve a #SuperSteadyShot.
CAMON 18P is also aimed at video enthusiasts, with its clear and stable 48MP video camera and 13MP 50mm professional portrait camera. The series is completed with the CAMON 18 variant, which is equipped with a 48 MP triple multi-camera and is available in a beautiful Iris Purple color that is perfect for women, as well as a ceramic edition with a unique design.
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