Filmmaking and Acting Workshop Expands Opportunities for Media Ministries in the Philippines
More than 50 participants from Central and South Philippines congregated in Cebu City from July 19 to 22, 2023, for a four-day workshop in filmmaking and acting.
The event, organized by the Communication Department of the Central Philippine Union Conference (CPUC) in collaboration with Hope Channel Philippines, aimed to awaken the untapped potential of the film production and acting industries while fostering spiritual growth among the attendees.
Nadeth Quinto, Central Philippines Communication DepartmentCentral Philippine Union Conference (CPUC)Oct 4, 2023, 9:10 AM
More than 50 participants from Central and South Philippines congregated in Cebu City from July 19 to 22, 2023, for a four-day workshop in filmmaking and acting. The event, organized by the Communication Department of the Central Philippine Union Conference (CPUC) in collaboration with Hope Channel Philippines, aimed to awaken the untapped potential of the film production and acting industries while fostering spiritual growth among the attendees.
The workshop kicked off with a warm welcome from CPUC President Pastor Eliezer "Joer" T. Barlizo Jr. Pastor Barlizo expressed his hopes that the delegates would find inspiration and spiritual enrichment through the event. "This workshop goes beyond honing your artistic talents; it's about bringing people closer to God through this ministry," Pastor Barlizo passionately conveyed.
Mr. Berdandino C. Maniego, Director of CPUC's Communication Department, expressed his delight at the realization of the workshop, describing it as a dream come true. According to him, the workshop aimed to enhance the appeal of the media ministry to viewers, and he offered prayers for continued blessings on the media ministry's initiatives. "May God bless the Adventist Film Network in Central Philippines," he added.
The event featured distinguished Adventist filmmakers and industry professionals who served as resource speakers, including Mr. Gem Roy Fuentes, a film writer and director; Mr. Macky Caroro, a pioneer volunteer with Hope Channel Luzon and a licensed unmanned aircraft vehicle pilot; Mr. Val Filomeno, President of Philippine Talents Forum Unlimited Inc.; and Mr. Jericho Filomeno, a director of photography for films and advertising work, alongside his wife, Mrs. Grace Filomeno, a professional makeup artist.
Pastor Heshbon Buscato, the Communication Director for the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, was also one of the devotional speakers during the event. On the opening night, Pastor Buscato emphasized the attendees' privilege to be part of this filmmaking and acting workshop. "Filmmakers are modern-day storytellers, bridging the gap between the secular and religious worlds, ultimately guiding people towards God's kingdom," Pastor Buscato proclaimed.
Throughout the workshop, participants displayed great enthusiasm for learning and improving their craft. Mr. Jeriel Nuñez, a delegate from Eastern Visayas, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn from industry experts. "This opportunity is an immense privilege for us to expand our knowledge and enhance our skills by learning from experienced industry professionals."
Delegates were exposed to various aspects of filmmaking and acting, including cinematography theory and practices, basic directing principles, production management and workflow, drone operation, screenplay writing, plot development, visual storytelling, acting, hairstyling, and makeup techniques in filmmaking.
Pastor Joel Sarmiento, President of Hope Channel Philippines, unveiled the program's underlying purpose: to push the boundaries of creativity and storytelling at Hope Channel Philippines, with a focus on producing short films initially and later, longer ones that will convey the message of the Lord. The goal is to inspire volunteers and viewers alike through stories of conversion, mission, and hope, showcasing the transformative power of Christ's love.
Furthermore, the delegates' dedication and passion deeply impacted the organizers, igniting a flame of creativity and inspiration. The organizers envisioned that this passion would continue to burn brightly, winning more souls through media ministry until Jesus returns. They believe that the knowledge and skills acquired during the workshop will equip the delegates not only with technical expertise but also with a profound sense of purpose. Through their media productions and visual narratives, the delegates will convey powerful messages, offer hope to their viewers, and guide them toward a life filled with hope and the love of Jesus Christ, ultimately leading them to follow and accept Him as their personal Savior.
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