By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files
The director who won top honors for “Crying Ladies,” “La Visa Loca” and “Baler,” among others, opines the basics of filmmaking can be learned but its essence cannot be totally taught.
“You can introduce the subject, you can guide the students but from there, it’s up to the beginner to explore the world of filmmaking,” director Mark Meily adds.
Meily has been both an assiduous student and teacher of filmmaking he can now share what it was like to be a student and what he now enjoys as a teacher.
“I love teaching. I got many insights teaching in the film school of Marilou Diaz Abaya and at La Salle and I tell you it is in school where you are guided. But everything else will depend on what you get outside the school. I always remind my students, ‘When you want to tell a story, don’t verbalize it. Simply visualize it,’” he says.
What the students don’t realize is that teachers learn from them as well. “You get many inputs from them when you interact in theRead More »from Mark Meily: The director as teacher and student