The Sweet Shots Experience

The start of April has been a lot of fun especially when we conducted Sweet Shots an Event Filmmaking Workshop, the first of its kind here in Zamboanga. We held it at Gazebo, Astoria Regency on April 2-3, 2014. Robert Zapata Jr or "Trebz", our boss in Trebor Z, invited two of Philippines best videographers, Christian Andaya and Mike Jamandre to talk about the gears, workflow and tips in shooting and editing wedding films. The two masters started also in humble beginnings but with the guidance of Philippine's most popular Videomaker himself, Jason Magbanua. They were so kind to come over the city to share their time and knowledge in the field we love.

Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga

On the first day of Sweet Shots, we started with a little talk by Trebz on how our company started and why are we conducting such workshop. Over 30 participants attended from various backgrounds and affiliations. Cinesur, Vista de Lente, Sky Cable crew, and students as young as 13 years old were there. Professional or not, Sweet Shots goal is to gather the creatives who are passionate in Video making. Then, it's my turn to talk about DSLR Videography Concepts. I shared a short history of film making and discussed about what formats to shoot using DSLR such as Aspect Ratio, Frame Rate, Scanning Systems, Compression and Bitrate. Unfortunately, time was not enough to finish my topic so we proceed to QnA. A lot of questions were asked especially about settings which i dont have much knowledge of so Trebz was the one who answered most of the questions.haha. Lunch was served afterwards.

Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga

In the afternoon session, it was Christian and Mike's turn. First they showed us some of their works which were just flawless. Mike showed us a video of him at work, how he moved and what gears he used. Christian also showed a longer version of SDE called "Time-Shift" which is the final output given to the client aside from the full coverage. Then they talked about the gears they use to shoot. The duo were so much fun to listen to. They shared experiences like how Mike sabotages the editor to give him a hard time.haha. But again, its the job of the shooter to make things easy for the editor. They also discussed what to shoot and their workflows. We had fruitful discussions and, with no doubt, we learned a lot from them. After the discussions, Mike demoed how to use the crane and glide and how to handle the client/couple. Some of the participants volunteered to be the couples.

Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga

On the second day, were are all in our Sweet Shots T-shirts which looks so cute in white and pink. The goal of the participants for the day is to create a short video teaser for fashion designers. They were divided into three groups with one editor each. Team 1's editor was Dondee from Vista de Lente, also a pioneer shooter of Trebor Z. Their fashion designer is Mandrake Servito. Team 2's editor was the youngest participant, Joshua from ADZU High School. Their designer is Angking Francisco. And the last team's editor as AJ, a hobbyist, and their designer is Nilo Lacson. The designers provided models, a couple, in full hair and makeup and attire.

Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga

The shoot started too late because some of the designers were late. Some teams had their shoot just around the Regency ground while others went as far as Abong2x. Meanwhile, the staff also had a shoot of our own. We are about to produce an SDE of the 2-day workshop. I was busy editing while the teams were shooting. They only had a very short time to shoot. They have to finish it by noon so we can still have time for the awarding ceremony. After shooting, the editors started to edit. Some finished on time but some has just started editing. Then time was up but they haven't rendered their video yet. So extension was granted and the time pressure was enforced. I saw the faces of the teams who were already anxious. This experience is not far from real life. As SDE editors we only have a short time to do creative decisions in editing.

Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga

Finally, they were done and their outputs were showed on screen. We also showed our SDE in the tune of Pharrel William's "Happy". Everyone had fun with the video and we're just happy we came up with such video. Mike and Christian were the judges and they decided that Group 1 as the winner. They won gift certificates from Distrito. However, they were really appreciative on the effort that everyone showed during the workshop. They gave some tips and final words before we went to the closing ceremony. Christian Paolo Go from Go Photo raffled some schwags and most of the winners were girls.hehe. Certificates were given to the designers, participants and staff which is followed by the pictorials. As i observed, everyone was just happy and we heard a lot of feedback requesting for another installment of the workshop. I, myself,  had so much learning from the masters and i do hope i get to learn more from them.

Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga
Sweet Shots Film Making Workshop Zamboanga

We would like to thank everyone who supported and participated Sweet Shots. It wouldn't have been successful without your generosity and passion. Watch our fun-filled SDE below. :) Enjoy!


Sweet Shots SDE from treborz on Vimeo.

For more photos, visit Sweet Shot's official page, facebook.com/SweetShotsZambo.
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15 March 2014

Sweet Shots Video Trailer

Woohoo! I'm super excited for Sweet Shots Event Film Making Workshop, the first of its kind here in Zamboanga. Trebor Z are now doing all the preps for the 2-day fun-filled event featuring two of Manila's well-known Video Masters, Christian Andaya and Michael Jamandre. We also created this promo video which is literally about the two words, "Sweet" and "Shots".haha Talk about being creative ;) During the production we just thought about the concept. For 'sweet', we used candies, softdrinks, sugar, and couples who are sweet :)lol! And for 'shots', we used a dart board, shot glasses with drinks, lenses and selfies ;)

But more importantly, we have to show our videography and editing skills which is basically the point of the workshop. It took me long to edit it because of my week long vacay but happily the boss liked my editing. I used the soundtrack from the Oscar's promo video coz its so quirky and upbeat. We want Sweet Shots to be fun and not so serious event. Anyways, the early bird rates is closing soon so for those who want to avail a much lesser price for the tickets, call our Secretariat at 990-2131 or 09166947877. So here's the official Video Trailer of Sweet Shots Zamboanga :) Hope you like it ^^



Sweet Shots: Event Film Making Workshop
April 2-3, 2014 8am-4pm,
Astoria Gazebo,
Scout Limbaga Pasonanca,
Zamboanga City

Speakers:
Michael Jamandre (MJ Digital)
Christian Andaya (Andaya Wedding Films)
Ced Zabala (Creative Editor of Trebor Z Audiovisuals)
Robert Zapata (Trebor Z Audiovisuals)

Credits to the TreborZ team: Robert, Alleks, Louie, and Joan, for the shots and truly yours for the editing.
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28 February 2014

Val and Rhea SDE

For almost a month of no SDE, i'm back in event film making with the Trebor Z team. Val and Rhea trusted our team to capture the most important day of their life. The song was chosen by the couple along with other songs which are very fitting for SDE's. The song that i chose was also the song for their first dance, which means i did the right decision to choose this song among the 5 choices. Their wedding was an exquisite one. We got to work with Roy Guilly Photography and their team, where one of my former students is a part of. I definitely love their prenup photos which was styled by vintage queen Maam Aleli Tan. CMK was the coordinator and they gave the couple a pretty reception set up. So here's the highlight of Val and Rhea's wedding.



Val and Rhea Wedding
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PREPS Lantaka Hotel Loft | CHURCH St. Joseph Parish Church | RECEPTION Astoria Regency,
Zamboanga City | BRIDAL GOWN Edwin Uy | ENTOURAGE Benjie Alvarez | PHOTOGRAPHY Roy Guilly | COORDINATION & EVENT STYLING CMK Creations | PHOTOBOOTH Jess Yu Digital Images | LIGHTS & SOUNDS Sure Audio Mobile by Donjie
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27 February 2014

Sweet Shots: An Event Film-making Workshop

On April 2 to 3, 2014, Trebor Z Audio Visuals will be conducting the most awaited Event Film-making Workshop in Zamboanga City. Two prominent Videographers from Manila will be flying over to be our guest speakers. Jason Magbanua's Creative Videographer, Michael Jamandre, and Christian Andaya of Andaya Digital Videos, will be sharing their experiences and knowledge in film-making and the industry.

Michael and Christian are some of the creatives that belong to the Philippine Videography community called Pinoy Video Makers (PVM) which includes Jason Magbanua, John Marvi de Guzman, and Nicolas Brothers. Trebor Z's founder Robert Zapata Jr has also been actively participating in their community activities, joining their workshops like the PVM Sessions. Robert has decided to bring the videography industry here and Sweet Shots was initiated.

Along with Michael and Christian, Robert Zapata and I, Cedrick Zabala, SDE editor for Trebor Z, will also give a talk during the workshop. I will be talking about concepts of videography and photography while Robert will talk about gears and setting up for production. On the first day of Sweet Shots, the speakers will have their talks. On the next day, participants will have a hands-on video shoot with models. They will produce a short video presentation will be shown in the afternoon. The best video will be recognized at the end of the program.

Sweet Shots will be held at Gazebo, Astoria Regency Hotel. Registration Fee is only P2,000, inclusive of food, t-shirt, workshop kit and more of freebies. Early bird rate is P1,500 only (until March 16, 2014 only). We only have limited slots so register now! Call our Secretariat at 990-3231 or 09166947877 to register. Please visit and like the official facebook account https://www.facebook.com/SweetShotsZambo.

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16 February 2014

Baby Development to Birth Animation

Baby Development Conception to Birth Animation by CSZ97 So i created this simple animation for a group of high school student's class project. They asked me to animate a baby from its conception to birth. It was challenging but i guess i need to do this coz i want to practice my animation skills. At first I thought this would be so difficult but they told me they just want a simple animation. So i created this simple masking animation and add a bit of animation with the text presentation, too. The time limit was 2minutes only that's why some text went so fast. Anyways, here's the video.



So here's my process for doing this. First, i looked for references online and i found these images and became my references for the shapes and colors.


I traced the basic shapes of the sperm and egg cells in Illustrator. Then, I imported the layers in AfterEffects and animated them. For the tail of the sperm cells i used the wave warp effect. I also used some 3d camera for the zoom. I duplicated the egg cells for the cell division then introduced a new layer for the cell with multiple divisions. Then a pink layer comes in which represents the uterus wall where the fertilized cell attaches. Then the little fetus slowly grows. I used one layer for the body during the entire animation that's why there are awkward parts like the part where the hands are deforming as it animates. I added a new layer for the right arm and leg add added some gradients to add a little depth.

For the stages of labor i transitioned the pink background into the reproductive system. This is the toughest part. I have to create a lot of keyframes so that the vagina (haha) layer will follow with the baby's shape as it is moving outwards. I also added a hand for the nurse/doctor to usher the baby as it goes out of the womb. ;) Well, basically that's it. I learned many things from this project, too. I realized that i don't need to trace the shapes in illustrator. I can do it directly in AfterEffects. It will also help reduce the number of layers. I'm looking forward for more Motion Graphic animation in the future.
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08 February 2014

Graphika Manila 2014

It's the annual Graphika Manila, the biggest conference for Creativity in the country. In the nine years of GM, I've attended five: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014. Last year I wasn't able to attend because of the sudden change of schedule (from August to February). This year I made sure that I'll really push through and enjoy the conference. Indeed, we really had a great time! The speakers were awesome and inspiring!

I went to Manila with my classmate Tennyl, my cousin Wella and her classmate Windz. Some of our Atenean schoolmates also attended and we came together there. Unfortunately my cousin became sick on the day of the event, so she just went home and rested. Anyways, my buddy Tennyl was his first time to attend Graphika so I made sure he really had fun.


My GM2014 buddies. Joseph, their friend, and Jane from Cebu. Wella and Tennyl. We're all Ateneans except 'friend' :)


The speakers arriving at SMX while we're in line.


Going up :)

We went super early 7AM! And we're the first few people who lined up outside SMX. Our patience paid off coz we had good seats. We got conference kit and it has stickers and the GM book. I regret missing the submission for the GM book this year :( But the works are very nice! Anyways, inside the convention center we visited the booths and looked for freebies. I got my Adobo mag and a free photobooth print with Tennyl. I like the screen setup of Globaltronics who are promoting the National Digital Art Arwards that they are organizing. Tennyl and I bought the official Graphika Manila shirts, too, from Team Manila.


This is something new. They gave us ballers :) Cool!


With Lej, my former student who works for Globaltronics now :)


Fooling around at the booths :) Bought GM shirts at Team Manila booth.


Hahahaha. I like photo booths!!! So happy for this free print :)

Going to the conference proper, the first speakers were Teo and Carlos of DVEIN from Barcelona, Spain. They were very funny. I love how they use microscopic textures, 3d elements with a blend of good music in their videos. They discussed where their ideas come from. I observed that they really like organic and natural textures in their work. They also discussed how they became "Son the Pitch"-es. Most of their work comes from their pitch works and that they don't have a dream client.



Second speaker was Sarah Blake aka ZSO, an illustrator and graphic designer from New York. Most of her works look like traditional ink and watercolor works. She uses very interesting patterns inspired by nature such as foliage, feathers, and insects. I love the flowy style of her illustrations that are just mesmerizing to look at. She's so cool and she reminds me of Anna Kendrick. Anyways, she shared her humble beginnings and how our childhood becomes our identity as an artist. Young Sarah loves to explore the outdoors and sketch quiryk characters like "Snortvart". She also pointed out that our muscle memory should be exercised by always drawing, doodling or keeping a sketchbook.


Image from http://www.sgcny.com/

Then, lunch break! It was a tradition for me to have lunch at Tokyo2 during Graphika. For the afternoon session, we started with the energetic Ash Thorp, illustrator and motion graphic artist from San Diego, USA. This dude rocks! I love his comic inspired sketches and how he does it so quickly. He created visual effects for films like Ender's Game, Iron Man, X:Men: First class and the Amazing Spiderman. He said to do what you love and love what you do. Amen!


Some of Ash's awesome sketches!


Cool UI design from Ash.

Up next is the Filipina design goddess, Isabel Gatuslao, an Identity and Graphic Designer. Her talk was really close to my heart coz i had an indent project last year for Zoom In Zamboanga. She shared some of her projects for her clients like Liz Uy and Lebron! Her talk revolved around "Obsession". She said that when you like something, obsess with it. She's obsessed with typefaces and designing symbols. As a punkish teen, she loved black and white and as an Interior design student she was obsessed with art history like baroque designs. When I look at her work she always remain her identity as an artist no matter what the client wants to have. As designers we can also balance our work to show our indentities as artist, too. It is tough but the way is to obsess! I love her maka-Pinoy projects and how she said "I'm not always 'Proudly Pinoy' but i do it obsessively. This is so true! When you have a project, you will do anything passionately and even obsess with the tiniest of details. Isabel truly inspired me! :)


Custom Lebron shoe design by Isabel Gatuslao

Another Filipino speaker came next, Eugene Gauran of The Mill, is based in Los Angeles. He's a cool guy who does post-production and visual effects work for years now. He was overwhelmed when he realized how many Filipinos were so passionate in the creative industry and how he wants to give back, too. He became emotional :'). He's truly a world-class Pinoy to be proud of and i hope someday ill be like him. And last speaker was Jessica Hische for Lettering and Graphic design. I was really looking forward for someone to talk about the cool art of Lettering which im obsessed recently. Whenever i see cool stuff in the internet i keep them in a folder and when i saw Jessica's works, most of the lettering works i kept are hers. She was responsible for the awesome posters and book covers with vintage inspired letterings that i really love.



Jessica also shared some tips and tricks in creating her custom lettering like how she uses the stroke width tool in Illustrator. She also discussed the difference between Calligraphy, Lettering and Font. Calligraphy is the art of writing, Lettering is drawing or designing texts and Font is the software to manipulate types. She's so cool and funny! Love her!


Team Zamboanga in Graphika!



Well, i could say that this year's Graphika has one of the best bunch of speakers! I went home with tons of inspiration. I hope i can make use of my new knowledge and inspirations in my works. I'm looking forward for next year's Graphika and hopefully i go back again. For those who aspire to be in the creative industry i highly recommend that you attend Graphika. and i hope i will see you next year ;) Anyways, please check out my latest artwork in my doodle blog for the 30 Day Drawing Challenge here. Thanks for reading my blog ;)
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