WPFF International Film Expo

World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) 2016 had a three-day International Film Expo at Cinematheque Centre Manila from June 30 to July 2, 2016. On Saturday, Hope and I were fortunate to visit the place without knowing about the event. 🙂 We were just supposed to take photos of old cameras but saw more than we wished for.

The International Film Expo exhibited newer, bigger and technologically-advanced cameras, cranes, editing equipment, and others that I cannot name (and sorry, I did not take down notes). The organizers and exhibitors were very accommodating and knowledgeable. They answered everything I asked and explained things in a clear and concise manner that could only come years of experience of working with and on the equipment they showcased. And I got to take a ride on a crane and use a camera more expensive than my life, so I was a happy camper.

WPFF 2016 International Film Expo Jeepney sign directed guests where to go. Photo by SPRDC.

WPFF 2016 International Film Expo Jeepney sign directed guests where to go. Photo by SPRDC.

A red carpet and a giant clapper (?) awaited guests. Of course, I could not resist the photo opportunity. ☺

A red carpet and a giant clapper (?) awaited guests. Of course, I could not resist the photo opportunity. ☺ Bottom photo by SPRDC.

The open ground between Cinemtheque Centre Manila and Casino Español was covered with tent and filled with cranes, drones and giant lights.

The open ground between Cinematheque Centre Manila and Casino Español was covered with tent and filled with cranes, drones and giant lights.

In the Film ASEAN Management Centre on the second floor was a set-up for Director Roundtables and Q & A (which happened at 2pm and 3pm).

In the Film ASEAN Management Centre on the second floor was a set-up for Director Roundtables and Q & A (which happened at 2pm and 3pm).

The Cinematheque Café area is occupied by R. S. Video and Film Productions (RSVP) Film Studios people and equipment. They explained that each camera has specific work, like for slow motion, for fast movement, for long shots, for stability while in motion (hand-held), and others. I just cannot remember which camera does what. 🙂

RSVP Film Studios’ T-Rex Superscope

RSVP Film Studios’ T-Rex Superscope

RSVP Film Studios’ Phantom Flex 4K

RSVP Film Studios’ Phantom Flex 4K

RSVP Film Studios’ Arri Alexa XT

RSVP Film Studios’ Arri Alexa XT

RSVP Film Studios’ men showed me why the two vertical lines on the small screen are important.

RSVP Film Studios’ men showed me why the two vertical lines on the small screen are important.

RSVP Film Studios’ Arri Alexa Mini

RSVP Film Studios’ Arri Alexa Mini

RSVP Film Studios’ Motorized Motion Control Slider

RSVP Film Studios’ Motorized Motion Control Slider

RSVP Film Studios’ Drone Cam/Helicam. Photo by SPRDC.

RSVP Film Studios’ Drone Cam/Helicam. Photo by SPRDC.

RSVP Film Studios’ “stable camera” (Red Pro?). Photo by SPRDC.

RSVP Film Studios’ “stable camera” (Red Pro?). Photo by SPRDC.

RSVP Film Studios’ Stereoscopic 3D Camera Systems. They provided a “sword” to poke at the screen and 3D glasses to complete the experience. Photos by SPRDC.

RSVP Film Studios’ Stereoscopic 3D Camera Systems. They provided a “sword” to poke at the screen and 3D glasses to complete the experience. Photos by SPRDC.

RSVP Film Studios’ Giant Ring Light

RSVP Film Studios’ Giant Ring Light

RSVP Film Studios’ DC Slider. Photo by SPRDC.

RSVP Film Studios’ DC Slider. Photo by SPRDC.

RSVP Film Studios’ list of equipment and scenes in films shot by their Octo Drone, Heli Cam. Photo on the left by SPRDC.

RSVP Film Studios’ list of equipment and scenes in films shot by their Octo Drone, Heli Cam. Photo on the left by SPRDC.

What used to be classrooms for students of Instituto Cervantes – Manila are now areas for film posters and filmmaking equipment. One of these rooms was manned by an amiable guy who showed us how 16mm and 35mm films are fed from one machine to the other.

Moving the 35mm film from the silver cylinder to the red one was scary because I was afraid the film would snap. Photos by SPRDC.

Moving the 35mm film from the silver cylinder to the red one was scary because I was afraid the film would snap. Photos by SPRDC.

 The middle part of that thing. Yes, by this time it is obvious that I do not know the names of the objects I saw that day.

The middle part of that thing. Yes, by this time it is obvious that I do not know the names of the objects I saw that day.

The 16mm film and the projector where it would be shown.

The 16mm film and the projector where it would be shown.

Before we left, we found out that CMB Film Services, Inc.’s giant crane that could go as high as 35 feet was just sitting there waiting for guests to use it. Without any prodding, I told the guys of CMB that I wished to do it.

CMB Film Services Inc.’s men buckled the seatbelt and taught me how to use the camera – how to move, zoom in and out and tilt. I requested them to lock the seat so I would not move and scream my lungs out while midair. Photos by SPRDC.

CMB Film Services Inc.’s men buckled the seatbelt and taught me how to use the camera – how to move, zoom in and out and tilt. I requested them to lock the seat so I would not move and scream my lungs out while midair. Photos by SPRDC.

CMB Films Services Inc.’s men and I looked at the screen as I pressed the zoom button. Photo by SPRDC.

CMB Films Services Inc.’s men and I looked at the screen as I pressed the zoom button. Photo by SPRDC.

“Shooting” something while midair. Photo by SPRDC.

“Shooting” something while midair. Photo by SPRDC.

I took these from above. When I zoomed in, they all shouted at me because it was so blurry. ☺ Photo by SPRDC.

I took these from above. When I zoomed in, they all shouted at me because it was so blurry. ☺ Photo by SPRDC.

The nice men of CMB Film Service Inc. who let me stay on the crane as long as I wanted. I was the one who gave up. Thank you, guys! ☺ Photo by SPRDC.

The nice men of CMB Film Service Inc. who let me stay on the crane as long as I wanted. I was the one who gave up. Thank you, guys! ☺ Photo by SPRDC.

Thank you, Hope! 🙂 Che, wish you were there.

To read more about World Premieres Film Festival, please read this.

For those interested, here are the contact details of the exhibitors at the International Film Expo:

R. S. Video & Film Productions:

2/F Salamin Building, 197 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229 Philippines

Telephone Number: (632) 816-3737 Fax: (632) 816-0090

Email: rsvpfilm@info.com.ph Website: www.rsvpfilm.com

 

CMB Film Services, Inc.:

Carding-Miling Building, #5 Ilaw Street, SFDM, Quezon City, Philippines

Telephone Numbers: (632) 709-2405 and (632) 709-2780

Email: cmbfilmservices@yahoo.com

 

#Villalon Subdivision, Capitol Road corner Providence Street, Barangay Capitol Site 6000 Cebu City

Telephone Numbers: (6332) 2312165 and (63917) 877 3692

Email: cmbfilms.cebu@yahoo.com

 

For more information about World Premieres Film Festival, please visit www.wpff.ph.

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