|The entire 1st Abs-Cbn Comedy Scriptwriting Workshop Class (2005) with Director Jose Javier "Joey" Reyes|
Around seven years ago, I remember falling in line as I apply for the Ricky Lee’s Intensive Scriptwriting Workshop for ABS-CBN and Star Cinema. There was really a long queue near the ABS-CBN audience entrance. If I am not mistaken, my number was 8000++. The crowd was composed of people from all walks of life—fresh grads, oldies, yuppies, and I tell you, even “characters” that seem to have come to life from the silver screen. We were all aiming to get to the top, to make it in the list of the lucky ones whom respected and multi-awarded TV and movie scriptwriter Mr. Ricky Lee would be training in his intensive workshop for FREE. It’s some sort of a scholarship that will open doors for those who wanted to work behind the camera as scriptwriters.
|The author, Alma Rivera and Abs-Cbn production manager Cynthia Jordan.|
|Director Ipe Pelino with Abs-Cbn executive Joanna Gomez Santos, the author and Alma Rivera.|
During my time, I was interviewed by the late Gilbert “Manong” Perez (May he rest in peace+), an award-winning ABS-CBN director who megged most of the hit teleserye in the late ‘90s. Too bad that he passed away due to heart attack while he was filming a project. It was a panel interview and you had to really impress whoever was assigned to interview you, or else you’d easily get lost from the race. I had tried my best to be as smart as I could be. Not really, to get a good impression, it’s more of an advantage on my part, being naturally talkative but I made sure I did not sound annoying.
There were series of interviews followed by sample works in different genre that soon followed. The group had been cut down each time so as to make it to the final list who will undergo the workshop. Then, we received calls for brainstorming group, where we could pitch our ideas with executive producers and production managers etc. Soon, we were called again to undergo a scriptwriting workshop—but alas! We were surprised to know that we were chosen to be part of the Comedy Scriptwriting Workshop and not Ricky Lee’s Intensive Scriptwriting workshop in which we officially applied for. I didn’t know if they found me funny or that they seemed to have laughed at my work that they had picked me for comedy. Nevertheless, I am forever grateful for such—that I had the chance to work with and know another award-winning scriptwriter for movies, Jose Javier Reyes or Direk Joey Reyes and comedy television director Philip “Ipe” Pelino who used to do Dolphy’s shows on ABS. I had learned so much from those almost three months of intensive workshop. I was able to gain friends, some I still keep up to this day. We were like one big happy family, some of my batchmates still work for ABS-CBN—writers from Walang Hanggan, PBB etc.
|Direk Joey Reyes with the workshop participants. The author in front with fellow workshopper.|
|Proud grads of 1st Abs-Cbn Comedy Scriptwriting class in 2005.|
Now, enough of my own experience, it’s time to make yours. I wish you all the luck!
Would you be interested to join an intensive scriptwriting workshop for film and TV?
The workshop is open to anyone:
- With the knowledge, creativity and passion for the craft of writing for Film and/or TV in any of the following formats: drama, comedy, reality, game, variety or talk.
- Highly skilled in story writing using the Filipino medium.
- College Graduates with any Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)
- Has a good track record in TV and/Film writing (may be considered for non-college graduates)
The scriptwriting workshop will be a collaboration of ABS-CBN, Star Cinema and Ricky Lee, who is credited for some of the best works in Philippine Cinema like “Rizal”, “Anak”, “Himala”, “Salome” and “Bagong Buwan”. He is also the author of the best selling scriptwriting manual, “Trip to Quiapo” (Just a tip: which you should buy if you intend to join this workshop!) Joining him will be other ABS-CBN and Star Cinema reputable writers and creative consultants for film, talk, reality, variety, game and comedy shows.
How to Apply:
· Download the application form from http://scriptwriterscaravan.abs-cbn.com
· Fill up the application form and submit, along with resume and sample written work/script at the drop box located at the ground floor of ELJ Building.
· You may also email the application form, resume and sample written work/script to firstname.lastname@example.org
· Applications will be accepted from June 9 to July 6, 2012.
Qualified workshop participants will be contacted by HR Recruitment.