Styling for 1896

4:00 AM

Lately, I've lost my cyber life. I couldn't believe I have survived a day or two without surfing the net because of this part time job that I recently got. The only valid reason for me to use the internet is to do research (c'mon?!). I've been itching to blog for daaays because all these pictures and stories that I wanted to share keep on piling up.

I'm not so sure on how many people are actually interested to read about my life but there's just this great feeling about telling a story - even to the unknown (therapy). I haven't even talked much to my friends because of work and thanks to blogging, they get updated without me seeing them face to face, talking to each and everyone of them. And though I MISS EVERYBODY SO MUCH (can't wait for school, ready to graduate now; haha), I am still equally happy with the very S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L raket that I've been blessed with.

BLESSING (really!). I was taken in (specifically) as an assistant stylist (first styling job evah), (second) part of the production design team and (third) a talent for an indie film, an entry to Cinemalaya film festival 2010 directed by the award winning (both local and international) Direk Mario O'hara.

This means so much to me! I am telling you, I will not be paid much for this project (even if I try to compute how much effort and hours I've put into this) because we are on a really (very pa, as in) tight budget. BUT I don't really care because the film is WORTH IT and I will never exchange anything for the experience I got (more to learn!) in working with a veteran director and acclaimed writer (especially) on his comeback film (after a 6-year break). I remember how I've first encountered Mario O'hara in my film readings in my Film 10 and Film 100 classes. He is indeed a name in the Philippine film industry (part of history) who has apprenticed under the tutelage of Lino Brocka, one of the greatest Philippine filmmakers that ever lived.

To break your expectations, the styling is not for any modern or chic outfits. Entitled Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio (The Trial of Andres Bonifacio), a period film like this with a setting going back to 1896 requires research and is much more difficult to pull off than I thought it would be. Talk about historical accuracy, if not must (really) close to it. Though the film will be shot in black and white (colors won't be seen), we have to consider the shades of gray in the movie.

I'm not allowed to post the pictures yet so here is an appetizer.

What I wore in the film.

It was a minor role, really. Haha.

Photos by JR Espejo

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  1. cute dress top (^^) always comfortable to wear them...i love long top & always will wear them with cute leggings too


  2. Wow Melai, congratulations on your stint! At ayan na naman yung cute shoes mo, so inggit! :D

    Lee []

  3. i am soo into oversized shirts nowadays too..hehe.
    love your shoes here...definitely a stand out color!

    hmmmm, you can actually see me scar on my photos where i wear skirts or shorts...i don't hide it, no sense in it. *wink*

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

  4. wow! i love stylings like this... and you being in a great production is surely a dream:)

    PAX of


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