Filmmaking has changed drastically over the years, and nowadays, you definitely don’t need expensive cameras anymore to produce a good short film. This is the reason why Power Mac Center partnered with Pixelworx to launch the digital short film competition dubbed Pixelworx Cinemansanas to recognize the capability of every individual to become a digital storyteller. Now on its second year, Cinemansanas showcased the ability of artists to produce very impressive short films through the use of iOS device lenses.
Pixelworx Cinemansanas’ special screening of entries and the awarding ceremonies took place at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati. Award-winning figures in the industry of filming and designated Pixelworx brand ambassadors such as independent filmmakers Mario Cornejo and Monster Jimenez, seasoned director Yam Laranas, and multi-awarded author and screenwriter Ricky Lee served as the judges for the competition.
According to Cornejo, it is the heart of the artist that he looks for every time he watches films. Jimenez said that the one and only condition in choosing a favorite film is if there is something in it that makes her feel alive.
Contenders did well in crafting their impressive works within the limitations of their iPhones, iPads and MacBooks. A series of workshops, including tutorials for Apple software iMovie, Garageband and the Final Cut Pro X was held at the store.
Judging was based on two criteria: Creativity of presentation, and the quality of technical elements. Power Mac Center Gift Cards were given away for the winners from both student and professional category.
Under the Student category, Seliada Asilo bagged the diamond award for her entry Flared and brought home P30,000 worth of Power Mac gift cards. The winning entry was about a blind boy whose imagination gave color to the darkness in his life. Jaime Mari Joaqin Asido Morados’s entry, The Boy Who Spoke, bagged the Platinum award which earned for him P15,000 worth of Power Mac gift cards, while Joel Griffiths won the gold award for his entry, Pagkilala, and brought home P10,000 worth of gift cards from Power Mac.
For Dylan Ray Agcaoili Talon, no words can explain how grateful he is for winning the top prize that came with a P50,000 worth of Power Mac gift card in the Professional category. His entry, Biyahe sa Buhay ng mga Batang Bagot, is an actual footage recorded during the conversation of a group of friends reminiscing about past movies through a guessing game. Edward Golla won the platinum award and P30,000 worth of GCs for his entry. Seven and Ang Payo Ni Tita Whitney by Jessie Villabrille also won the gold award and P20,000 worth of Power Mac gift cards.
The winners in both Student and Professional categories also got the chance to have their films screened during the program. “There were a lot of really impressive works when I saw the entries. I actually watched it several times, and over and over again. The top requirement I look at is how the technical (element) was applied,” said Laranas. “Hopefully this is not the last Cinemansanas,” he added.
Online voting for Pixelworx’ People’s Choice Award was also officially opened recently, and all entries that made it to the finals were uploaded on the Power Mac Center YouTube channel. Announcement of the entry with the most number of likes will follow. For updates on Power Mac Center, check online channels @PowerMacCenter on Twitter and Instagram, and Power Mac Center on Facebook.
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