Film: American Beginnings of Philippine Cinema

Film: American Beginnings of Philippine Cinema

Center for New CinemaThe second episode in Nick Deocampo’s continuing saga on the history of Philippine cinema, this documentary recreates through 3D-rendered animation the evolution of motion pictures during the period of U.S. colonization of the Philippines. Introduced during the time of the Philippine-American War, American film pioneers under the protection of the U.S. military made the first cinematic representations of the country and its people. With Hollywood on the rise in the decades that followed, American influences shaped the growth of cinema in the Pacific colony through technology, language (both oral and visual), mode of production, aesthetics, and ideology. Before cinema became the “national” culture that it would later assume, this documentary unravels Philippine cinema’s colonial past that laid down the foundations of today’s Filipino cinema. This documentary is based on Deocampo’s book, Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema.

Film: American Beginnings of Philippine Cinema

Synopsis

Center for New CinemaThe second episode in Nick Deocampo’s continuing saga on the history of Philippine cinema, this documentary recreates through 3D-rendered animation the evolution of motion pictures during the period of U.S. colonization of the Philippines. Introduced during the time of the Philippine-American War, American film pioneers under the protection of the U.S. military made the first cinematic representations of the country and its people. With Hollywood on the rise in the decades that followed, American influences shaped the growth of cinema in the Pacific colony through technology, language (both oral and visual), mode of production, aesthetics, and ideology. Before cinema became the “national” culture that it would later assume, this documentary unravels Philippine cinema’s colonial past that laid down the foundations of today’s Filipino cinema. This documentary is based on Deocampo’s book, Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema.

Description

2012, Digital Documentary, 55 mins., English Narration/Subtitles, In Color     

Writer/Director/Producer: Nick Deocampo;
Production Company: Center for New Cinema;
3D Animation Artist: Roy Dadivas;
Asst. 3D Animation Artist: Matt Sudario;
Editor: Phyllis Grande;
Music: Jeff Hernandez.

Funding made possible through a grant provided by The National Commission for Culture and the Arts

Key Subject Areas:
3D Animation; Arts & Culture; Cinema (Philippine, Hollywood); Colonialism/Neo-Colonialism (U.S.); Communication Arts (Film, Mass Communication, Communication Research); Digital Media; Documentary; Film History; Identity; Indigenization; Manila; Modernism; Philippine History; Society