Balang Araw (Someday) is a 17-minute drama based on a true story that was shot for exactly 13 days. It was produced by students from Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) and was nominated for multiple awards in the 1st DBTI-SHS film festival for best picture, best trailer, best actress, best supporting actress, and best poster.
In our Contemporary Arts class we were tasked to create a short film as our main performance task in the final quarter of the second semester. I have always been an advocate of film and have always been interested with the art of making one, therefore I was one of the those who were ecstatic once I heard the news.
After conceptualizing, finishing the script, and finalizing decisions with group mates was out of the way, it was time to start filming. Since we were all amateurs and first-timers, we didn’t have enough experience to know what the ins and outs of filming were. It was challenging especially when you barely have enough knowledge on which scenes to take first, which angles to shoot first (especially when you only have one camera!), and which way you should go next.
The following days definitely did not become easier. We struggled a lot especially in following the script. We edited out and cut certain scenes and had trouble with the pacing. We had trouble with the story line; with how events were supposed to change. There was a point wherein we didn’t know which direction we should go for. It was becoming a disaster in the making.