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Imagine eight (8) screenplay handwritten by yours truly. There were no available typewriter nor a computer. It was just like a stone age with a pen and paper in front of me.
WHERE WAS I? For five years, I was on HIATUS BY DEFAULT.
Wondering why? I don't have the guts to reveal exactly. Then I asked myself, why will I be ashamed of it? I have encoded all the manuscripts into digital format — I am already a free man in the outside world, preparing my screenplay's journey into production.
The time to reveal is now. It was a journey of self-reflection, if I may put it lightly. Truth is, I was in prison for the last five years, burying myself with what I call “work”; something that I can get myself out of this difficult conundrum.
That made my life productive and busy.
My sister was generous enough to send me books to read. And I read it over and over again until I learned writing techniques from different authors and school of thought. Then I was able to write different genres of films. No time wasted in jail. I was just like enrolled in a university with round the clock security, utilities, board and lodging FOR FREE. Though, it was really lonely in detention. I fought it and survived. That was my journey to positivity. The power of accepting THE NOW.
The case was a guarantee check from a bank loan. I lost my job that time and the bank wanted me to pay in full. This will be another topic to write about. The non-payment of bank loan is a criminal offence in Doha, Qatar. Instead of allowing the debtor to work and restructure the loan, they will lock you up in prison as per their law. But I'm done with it. Served and paid the loan through a jail sentence of four years and 9 months. During these times books have been my companion every single day, 24/7.
This is the backstory of this website and blogs. This website is where you will find the finished products. My blogs will be sharing of my experiences. The journey of bitterness to sweet. The process of accepting from denial. And finally, the journey of my screenplay to production - the real happy ending of my life and manuscripts. In the beginning of my detention, I asked my self WHY? What have I done to be locked up leaving my family behind. I had to send them back home to Manila. The solitude and isolation at it's best.
Then I realize the reason why God gave space and time - MOVIES... To fulfill my personal dream and passion. To be in jail gives you all the time to read and write. voila! 8 screenplays in five years and counting. This website is my story. The films I wrote is my voice. The themes are my lessons in life and my advocacies. To quote one book author, JEN GRISANTI of STORYLINE - "Find gold in your life story."
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