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Writing My First Commercial Screenplay

I never thought the day would come.

Yesterday, I submitted a sequence treatment to a film company. This is my first commercial screenplay project. I don't consider the Zaturnnah movie as the first as I'm only credited for "story," and I've only gone as far as making dialogue suggestions for that. A few years ago, I did write a full-length screenplay for an animation company, but they didn't intend for it to be released.

How did I get this new project? Back in 2013, when my one-act play "Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady" was being staged at the Virgin Labfest, I'd be chatting with director Chris Martinez about the possibility of writing for film. It was one of those it-would-be-nice-but-I'm-not-sure kind of things, but Chris was very encouraging. I even got a call some time later if I was seriously interested, but I had to turn it down. I was busy, but I was also iffy.

Writing the Leading Lady musical script in 2014 gave me the experience o…

Why telling GMA-7 to check out local komiks is a wrong approach

GMA-7 recently premiered Alyas Robin Hood, a Filipino superhero drama series which raised the hackles of a number of Filipino comics fans because of the teasers' resemblance to the American show Arrow. Admittedly, I was one of those who objected to the idea, wondering why they couldn't use any of our local martial arts or weaponry. Some netizens went even as far as engaging in online arguments with the show's head creative.

In a recent episode of the series, another round of objections occurred because of one villain. Never mind the poorly-executed special effects or fight choreography/cinematography. The main beef with this villain is the fact that he wielded a flame-throwing toy gun, and people cried foul over the reference to Heatwave of CW's Legends of Tomorrow (apart from the silliness of the toy gun).

Overall, we (yes, I include myself) in the comics community wondered why the television executives haven't tapped the creativity of the new comics creators in c…