Whoever said animated films are only for kids was clearly lying or gravely mistaken. In fact, I find that the older I get, the more I turn to an animated film to help me feel through the weird phases life seems to put me through. Existential crisis? Loneliness? Lovesickness? There’s one for every phase.
And because of this, I’ve started to believe in the magic in film-making, as cliché as that may sound. There has to be. With all of the feelings, stories, and wisdom it imparts in 2 hours or less, there’s no other reason. Film sorcerers aren’t born, however, they’re made. And the magic comes from rigorous training, burning passion—and help from established sorcerers. With a bit of sparkle, hard work (and luck!), “Rebelde” brings us all three in their upcoming class session.
“Rebelde Ph” is a diverse community of aspiring filmmakers based in the Philippines who gather to share their love and passion for film. Founded by Filipino filmmaker J.E. Tiglao, the community hopes to continue to create impactful movies and host events for aspiring filmmakers and lovers of the craft. They’re known for their award-winning coming-of-age film “Metamorphosis,” which is about a young intersex person, and their “Rebelde Film Camp” which gathered film lovers in a secluded area (think Camp Rock) to learn from mentors like Ricky Lee all about the magic of cinema. And just like all great communities, they adapted to the pandemic this year by bringing us “Rebelde Class.”
“Rebelde Class” is an online filmmaking workshop with an exclusive panel. For its upcoming session this Oct. 17, they upped their magic and invited Academy Awards nominee Ronnie Del Carmen, a Filipino writer, story artist, story supervisor and production designer for Pixar. Yes, you heard ALL of that right.
You may know Del Carmen from beloved films like “Inside Out,” which he both co-directed and co-wrote (wild, I know!), as well as being the story supervisor for the iconic movie “Up.” Yes, he helped turn all of our tears into reality.
The best part is that you can experience this magic, too. The online event will take place this Saturday, Oct. 17. You can signup here and pay the P1000 fee (hurry, though, because they’re limited!). The event will be hosted by Pamela Reyes, the producer of “Birdshot,” and actor Mikoy Morales (talk about star-studded).
If you find yourself encapsulated by their magic after the session—or maybe you got curious after reading me gushing throughout this article—you can join the Rebelde community by visiting their Facebook page or shooting them an email. I hope, whatever way you choose, you find that magic too.
Featured photo screengrabbed from the “Inside Out” trailer