Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cute Overload on Campus!

It just turns out there are the cutest little kittens running around the Bigfoot campus, and after running after them with my intimidating camera I managed to catch a few moments with the adorable little critters. In retrospect, the kittens would have flocked to me had I a little bit of tuna or kitty snacks.

This was one fearful kitty, but extremely curious the moment you turn your back. Here's a closer look:

kittens! hooray!

Sunday, December 28, 2008


As Bigfoot Entertainment is an international production company, it produces material in multiple languages and for a variety of audiences. Check out the short snippets of this Bigfoot film, Irreversi/Hui Lu, which was shot in both Chinese and English. The film was shot in Hong Kong and has an excellent theme song by Muller & Patton.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Ghost of Christmas past...

Digging through the annals of Bigfoot holiday cheer, I found this cute Christmas video. Merry Christmas from sunny Cebu, Philippines!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

On Behalf of Bigfoot Entertainment and the orphans of the Albert Schweitzer Foundation we wish you Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year 2009!

photography by michalgarcia.com

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Deep Gold 101

Here's some behind-the-scenes action on Deep Gold's 101st shooting day to keep you in the holiday spirit! This particular feature follows the creation of a pool set to match the open-ocean scenes. Production designer James Thompson gives the art department specs and First AD Ken Sui brings it to life with the help of camera operator Rick Robinson. There's even an exciting introduction to show where the shot fits in the context of the film. Kudos to the BTS editor, Sujay Duhake!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Intern at Bigfoot!

Liam is a new editor intern at Bigfoot, working under Fashion TV. He's been here just three weeks, and is working in our 6-month program. Liam says he likes working at Bigfoot because you get involved in projects as soon as you arrive. In editing you can edit so many different ways; it's very creative and you start to figure out your style. In a way, the internship is a test run for the real world of filmmaking.
Prior to coming to Bigfoot, Liam had graduated from filmschool and worked on a few shorts in London. In the Fashion TV editing suite, Liam gets a taste of Filipino culture - the Filipino editors break out in song and it makes you want to add a bass line to accompany them. The country is quite famous for Karaoke (it's practically the national sport), and Liam notes that even a waitress in a restaurant will sing as she serves you.
An interesting thing Liam has found in Cebu is getting used to the transport system. "You have to make your own way" - Jeepneys and taxis take a while to get used to but it's worth the effort of learning to use the system. Then, you're free to roam about Mactan Island and Cebu city.
You can apply for the internship program here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What's shot at IAFT

As a 101 project, Taiwo Badejo shot and edited this cheeky short about trying to get a girl and removing all obstacles in the way of doing so. Great work Taiwo!
Other work from the International Academy of Film and Television can be found on the IAFT website or on their youtube channel.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Song and Dance

There's a whole world of music and dancing in Cebu! Weekends are awesome for exploring the many venues around town: The Outpost, Paseo, Vudu, Loft, Pump, Sunflower - even Jazz & Blues. With so many venues to go around (and Cebu being the guitar capital of the Philippines) a few employees like James D'Lonsod and Michal Garcia find themselves playing gigs around town as often as they get a chance. James leads a Rastafilipino Reggae-Rock band called Coolie Dread and the Microphone Commanders (CDMC) as pictured below. Thanks for the photos Nathalie!

Photography by Nathalie Heugas

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Ashley Isham Singapore

Fashion TV covers various fashion events throughout Asia and caught the opening of the Ashley Isham Boutique in Singapore, the designers home territory.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Education and Work

Brian Valdez came all the way from Dallas, Texas to the International Academy of Film and Television over a year ago and truly made his mark in that time. Not only did he win the award for best thesis film (in 16mm no less!) but he has been working the past four months as assistant production coordinator on Bigfoot's latest feature film project Tears From Afar. Brian has nearly finished his work with Tears, as we call it back at the studios, and the last major shots are currently being filmed in the south of Viet Nam. Congratulations Brian, and best wishes for Los Angeles!

Click here for further information about Brian and the International Academy of Film and Television.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Kacy Andrews interviewed for Dog & Pony

Here is a recent interview of our CEO Kacy Andrews interviewed for Dog and Pony. In it, she discusses the challenges of building a company "from the ground up" on Mactan Island, Philippines.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Exploding work day

Part of the fun of working at a film studio are company e-mails like this one:

"Hi Everyone,

Please note that the shoot for today's explosion scene will be between
15:00H to 17:00H.

Please be guided accordingly.

Thank you.


Explosions? What?!? But never fear! With a pyrotechnics team from Manila, a firetruck and ambulance on standby PLUS multiple test runs and a very well-coordinated effort by our First AD Ken Siu, you're as safe as can be.

Here's a closer view of the pyrotechnics:

Friday, December 5, 2008

Afar in Vietnam

Our crew for Victim of Circumstances has made their way from Cebu, Philippines to Saigon, Vietnam and thus the second major stage of shooting has begun for the film. It's a very exciting affair, such that Cebu Smile Magazine (of Cebu Pacific Airlines) will be running a story about us in their next issue. After all, it's not an easy task coordinating 25 crew to fly across the ocean to join 60+ Vietnamese crew to shoot in and around Saigon and the Mekong Delta. In fact, that's quite a feat!

Photography by Tony Pham

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Victim of Circumstances

Our feature film (shooting now) has changed its former working title of Tears from Afar to Victim of Circumstances. We had been searching for a title and it has now been finalized, great work guys!

Yekta Nikou for Fashion TV

Here's a showcase of talent at Bigfoot Entertainment: Photographer (and model) Tina Macfarlane as she photographs Yekta Nikou in tropical Cebu, Philippines.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Three Needles: World Aids Day

Today is World Aids Day and with that comes a solemn look at the state of the human race in relation to the epidemic. It is important to realize both personal responsibility and the importance of education in preventing the disease. Especially considering the lack of a cure, the best that can be done is to be aware and help others become aware.
Three Needles is one such film that aims to create this awareness. It follows three very different stories in three separate countries, tying them together with the sickness that destroys their lives. After viewing the trailer, read the excellent interview with writer and director of Three Needles, Thom Fizgerald.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving at Abaca

Thanksgiving this year was absolutely fun! We all participated in the year-old tradition of sharing what we were thankful for. Among the thanks, most were very happy with their close workmates whether filming "Tears from Afar" or back in the office. With so many actors and filmmakers coming from Los Angeles we had a turnout of over 50 employees at Abaca restaurant on Mactan Island.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

On site with the Bigfoot Foundation

Every other weekend, the orphans from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation come to Bigfoot Entertainment for a morning of activities, and as they're being picked up from Cordova (or when we go for a visit) we get to play with the kids and they do fun things like dance around on video. Fiona shot this short clip on her mobile phone, but a more hard-hitting documentary is being produced of their story and likely available by February.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tears from Afar: humor

Bigfoot is on the loose and shooting a new film called Tears From Afar. This film will shoot in the Philippines, Viet Nam and Florida. Though the subject matter is very serious, here is a fun look at at the production of the film. Above, Rick and Bebe smile for an in-car green screen shot.

The first rule (about to be broken by Rick) is you never use a hot set as you would in real-life.

bathtubs and bubbles! Adi attacks Bebe with a handful of bubbles :-)

Rick Robinson is having a peachy day with the Red Camera.

A.D. Jenni gives the camera a quirky look.

The crew take a quick break from working for a photo opp.
Photography by Johannes Bichmann

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Warning: explicit language, gore

At the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) students complete a series of projects in their studies. At the end of the basic level the 101 students or 101's do their "MOS" which is a film without dialogue. The 301's get to do a final thesis project and go all-out in terms of cast and locations and equipment used. The 201's are in between but nowhere near forgotten. They do great work and come out with quirky films like the one above, Beat Sushi Sushi. For more student films, visit the IAFT youtube channel.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Postcards from Cebu

We're working on a series of photographs showing the scenic parts of Cebu, for a series of postcards to send out to potential clients/students/friends. Take a peek at some of the work!

Eveningscape of Cebu

Cebu City Hall

IT park, in the heart of Cebu

Hilton Hotel on Mactan Island (really close to Bigfoot)
And lastly, a view of the bridge connecting Cebu City to Mactan Island as seen from the Cebu Yacht club (Highly recommended)

photography by michalgarcia.com

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tears from Afar: drama

Bigfoot is on the loose and shooting a new film called Tears From Afar. This film will shoot in the Philippines, Viet Nam and even Florida. Here is a serious look at at the film.

The first two shots are of our Vietnamese lead Thanh.

Bebe plays a victim of human trafficking in the film.

Thanh is shocked as he enters.

Here's an epic look at production designer John Sabato and producer Ashley Jordan. John looks just like Indiana Jones with that groovy hat of his!

Jimmy engineering sound.

Crazy Filmmaker Program students (of the International Academy of Film and Television) film Behind-the-scenes on the feature as part of their program.

Photography by Johannes Bichmann