For Star Cinema’s resident "Millennial Director" Gino Santos, it’s never too early to start working on your dream. At 15, he already knew that he wanted to be a filmmaker. This, after attending a workshop multiawarded director, the late Marilou Diaz-Abaya herself, conducted.
"You could say that I’ve always had a thing for film. Whenever we’d go on family vacations, I would take videos and edit them on Movie Maker," Gino tells ABS-CBN Lifestyle.
To further pursue his passion, Gino took up Digital Filmmaking at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde. Then 22, he became a finalist at the Cinemalaya Film Festival New Breed Competition—he was still the youngest finalist to join such, to date.
Today, Gino is considered one of the more successful young directors in the industry with award-winning films such as The Animals, Labing Dalawa, #Y, plus Star Cinema blockbusters Ex With Benefits, Love Me Tomorrow, and Sin Island.
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Gino's recent project for commercial brand Axe only adds up to his already stellar resumé. His participation at Beyond Cinema—the fourth and final leg of the Axe's "Project You" series that focused on men discovering their passions—was carved as testament to that.
Held last June 30, Beyond Cinema gave participants a glimpse of what goes on and beyond the cameras. Prior to the workshop, the participants were asked to submit an original film pitch. It's much like how it goes in independent film festivals here in the country, where the shortlisted pitches were given oppurtunities for improvement following the workshop. Gino, along with fellow budding filmmaker Karl Chavez and other reps from Axe, took part in the panel.
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Photos courtesy of Axe and Gino Santos