Living Alone

It was fun while it lasted!

School started last Monday (I didn't even feel the term break last week T_T let me elaborate on that later). Since last Sunday, I've been living alone in my new condo near school. Today was the last day, tomorrow my roommates finally move in. :( I'm definitely going to miss living alone! But I need my roommates coz I can't pay for everything myself. :))

Anyway this week has already had it's ups and downs, and maybe I should just keep those things to myself. I've learned not to overshare anymore without me being asked to. :)

Let me elaborate on term break instead.

September 7 and 8, LSDC-Contemporary went on their teambuilding. It was held at the Romulo residence in Tagaytay. I swear I'm definitely going back to that place! :) as much as I wanted to maximize the fun I could have had, I wasn't able to because I was extremely sick during the duration of the event. :( but at least I still came and I was still able to enjoy despite my condition :)

Oh and grades were out the same day and I found out that I FINALLY MADE IT TO THE DEAN'S LIST! For the first time in my whole college life. I used to really not care about being on the Dean's List but when I finally made it, ahhhhh! Pure joy. :)

The rest of the week was spent training for the UAAP Cheerdance Competition intermission number which we, the La Salle Dance Company, performed in. Here's our performance, just in case you guys weren't able to catch it live or on tv:

Can you spot me? ;;)

Anyway moving on... school hasn't been hectic YET since it's only been a week, but I've already done one shoot for one of my classes (one shoot = piece of cake for us comm arts people HAHAHA). I'm scared because this term I'm going to be starting on my thesis! It's going to be a hell of a term, I have to prepare myself mentally, emotionally and physically! GAAAAH.

Most likely I wouldn't be able to update my blog so much anymore. Well I already haven't been since school's been a bitch (HAHA) but anyway. I'll try my best to keep you guys updated, still. :)

PS. Belated happy birthday Mark! I hope you had fun yesterday (bv parin ako sayo though. :|).

PPS. Yesterday was such a busy day! Busy + BV = not good. But anyway congratulations to the teams who made it through the Remix Eliminations round! :D (ComONE Ground, Skittlez, Team Elite, Cadence Uprockin' Crew, Absolute Movement, Vital Legaci)

PPPS. Thank God today I had fun. Good vibes all afternoon, to say the least. :)

Going back to the condo tomorrow. Hello, roomies! T_T



Friday Noise Club Productions
a short film by Erika Tan
Ella Dator as Maris Henares
Erika Tan as Victoria Gamboa
Ria Casco as Emily Castillo
Rika Callangan as Olivia

Written and directed by: Erika Tan
Assistant director: Ria Casco
Production and logistics head: Michelle Confesor
Audio man: Ramon Fagar

Camera handling: Ria Casco, Michelle Confesor, Ramon Fagar, Erika Tan
Editing: Raffy Casas
Music compilation: Raffy Casas, Erika Tan

Shot on location at:
Rehearsal Hall, SPS507
Steps Dance Studio
William Shaw Little Theater
Food Locker

Special thanks:
Ms. Nix Lanas
Mang Ed
Raffy Casas
Steps Dance Studio
Harlequin Theater Guild
Ira Macalindong
Check Geronimo


I Took A Leap of Faith

My very first screenwriting and directorial (and film acting? HAHA) job!
a short film by Erika Tan
assistant directors/production assistants/cinematographers/all-around people (hahaha!): Ria Casco, Michelle Confesor and Ramon Fagar
Showing on September 4, 2010 at DLSU M208

For our Video Production finals, our professor asked us to create a short film (about 10 minutes). We were asked to write our own concepts individually, then our professor would pick the best ones per group (of three or four people). Fortunately (and unfortunately), my concept was chosen among my group. At first I wasn't very glad because I knew right away that it would just stress me out and that I may not be able to deliver very well. I actually did not believe that my concept was chosen because I remember writing it just for the sake of passing something! I never really saw myself working in the film industry. I was (and still am, actually) leaning more on the print track of Communication Arts.

But eventually I learned to love this project. Mostly because well, I needed to. And the way my professor said "I want to give Erika a chance to direct" well, made me feel more obliged to do so. I didn't believe in myself at all at first. I was stressing out on the script, writing its first draft. I felt so scared to submit it to my professor! But my heart smiled when I got it back from her and she gave us a go signal to shoot already. That's when I started to step up and actually believe that I can do it. :)

Casting, looking for locations and props was hell. The week before we started shooting I could've sworn I was giving up and was just letting whatever happen, happen. But come shooting week (this week!), everything went so well. Yes I had to delete or rewrite some scenes from my script to compensate for the lack of time and inability to find actors and actresses, but all's well. We shot everything in three days and edited and scored in two (thank you so much, Kuya Raffy! You are amazing!). In those three days of shooting we even had time to rest! Like for instance, last Wednesday, we only shot in the morning and at night so we had the whole afternoon free. :) we may have lost some money in this project (we were aiming for a no-budget film hahaha, apparently it's impossible) but then again, who said Communication Arts was not an expensive course to take?

Anyway... I have yet to hear feedback about Leap since it's not been shown to anyone else yet. So, I can only share to you guys my thoughts on the production so far, as the writer and director. :)

Ella, you are amazing! Thank you for being our talent. I owe you bigtime!
Rika, thank you for agreeing to be a talent as well!
Ria, Michelle and Ramon, this is it, guys! We shall conquer VPRODUC!
Kuya Raffy, hands down :) thank you so much for editing and scoring our film for us! I love the music and sound effects :) and I'm so happy with the editing! My vision came to life! :D

My next post would probably be about my professor's and other people's comments on the film. Hopefully I'd get to upload it as well for you guys to see. :) watch out for it!