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Segment from film "Taghoy Sa Dilim"
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Segment from film "Taghoy Sa Dilim" 13 years, 4 months ago #2682

  • Bob_Serrano
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Helped create the 34-minute docu-drama "Taghoy Sa Dilim" 5 years ago for Gospel Films International. I wrote the script, edited, and shot some of the footage for this Heinz Fussle film about the drug problem in the Philippines. It is now required viewing for all public schools there and is endorsed by the local Department of Education.

I shot this reality segment myself using a Sony VX-1000 and purely available (tungsten) light in the trauma unit of the De Ocampo Charity Hospital in downtown Manila. No extra lights, no reflectors. Just the camera. All the doctors and attendants are real and I asked them to dress and act the way they would if a real overdose victim were being wheeled in. I purposely didn't color balance to get that cold, steely feel of an E.R. We had to book the room and shoot at 12 midnight on a Sunday, right before it was scheduled for sterilization and fumigation. Otherwise, we would have had to pay for all the ER fees for the whole day--an otherwise expensive proposition. Did the original music score myself (mostly using a Korg Wavestation A/D wave sequencer). The sound effects are all canned using the Sound Ideas sample library. Mixed in NATSOT (natural sound) selectively.

We decided to insert this segment at the last minute because we felt the movie lacked the "scare factor" to make these young people think twice about doing drugs. The director had already flown back to the States so I had to shoot this myself. It's one of my personal favourites. Hope you guys like it.

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