Movie watching is a favorite source of entertainment for almost everybody since each movie we watch reflects our way of life depending on the story and the genre. Like a regular tele-novela, films are art works that express and reflect on the lives of people in certain situations. Even though fictional characters and locations are used, we aspire to connect with what we watch even for a short time.
The movie industry has always been populated by mainstream film makers and producers. A lot of times our local films are overthrown by outlandish films from the likes of Hollywood.
The complexity and unequalled levels of stories have caught the Filipino audience and in some ways other film makers have adapted them in order to steal away the spotlight from the foreign silver screen. Advancements in technology have given way to a wide avenue for ideas to spurt from every film author.
It seems our local film makers are having a tough time breaking into the local scene. Though once in a while, some of them make it through the stiff rivalry.
During a recent stroll to one of the biggest chain of malls, I saw a movie poster of several independent (indie) films that grabbed my attention since they made their way to the commercial cinema. Films like “Babae sa Septic Tank” and “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington” got their chance to prove that independent films can make it to the dominant movie market.
Independent film maker, Yam Laranas, shared his gratefulness for the indie film’s breakthrough in the local film industry and has gained a large amount of audience. He is currently working on a new film which he wrote the story with another indie film maker, Aloy Adlawan , entitled “The Road”.