Want to learn documentary filmmaking from Alyx Arumpac, director of the much-acclaimed film Aswang? Or do you want to learn the history of documentary filmmaking in the Philippines from Prof. Nick Deocampo, one of the country’s most prolific and revered historians?
Daang Dokyu, the ongoing festival of Philippine documentaries, offers these classes for free, for everyone via its Facebook and Youtube Channel.
Documentary Filmmaking 101 happens on October 14, 2 p.m.
Arumpac will talk about the challenges of making the first documentary film and seeing it develop from a personal idea to a work seen by the wider public. This session will serve as a practical guide to the essential parts of the creative process.
Arumpac is a documentary filmmaker who studied film at the Docnomads Joint Master (Lisbon, Budapest, and Brussels) and the University of the Philippines. She produces current affairs for television in Manila.
Her film “Aswang” is currently streaming for free at DaangDokyu.com/watchnow until October 15.
Prof. Nick Deocampo will discuss the beginnings and movement of documentary filmmaking in the Philippines, through two World Wars, and from revolution to revolution.
Deocampo is both a filmmaker and film historian. He presently teaches as associate professor at the U.P. Film Institute in the University of the Philippines – Diliman. He took up his Master of Arts degree in Cinema Studies in New York University as a Fulbright-Hays scholar and received his Certificate in Film as a French Government scholar in Paris, France. He has made more than 30 documentaries over a span of forty years.
One of his prizewinning works, Oliver (1983), will be streamed by Daang Dokyu from October 16 to 22.
Aside from these two, a masterclass composed of veteran journalists Roby Alampay, Ging Reyes, Maria Ressa, John Nery, and Shiela Coronel will happen on October 23, 8 p.m. They will tackle the current state of Philippine journalism.
GMA Network documentarists Raffy Tima, Atom Araullo, and Kara David will also have a separate masterclass on October 30, 4 p.m.