Sunday, August 13, 2006

5 Takes Take 2...

What have I been up to lately? It's been a rather busy week for me, as I scrambled to submit a vlog (video log) for Discovery Travel & Living. Len had sent me an SMS alerting me to 5 Takes' casting call for their third season. They were looking for an Asian (and Australian) cast this time around, and all that was needed was to submit a short essay. I actually had a lot of trouble trying to submit my essay because their website wouldn't process their online form. Fortunately, that all got sorted out a few days before the deadline (July 28, I think) and I sent in my short essay.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail from them last Tuesday telling me they wanted to see more of me! I had gotten through the first of three steps to becoming the next 5 Takes TJ (or Travel Journalist -- a cooler iteration of VJs or DJs, I think). Three steps! It sounded so unbelievably simple it was daunting. Anyway, I spent the past four days running around Quiapo, Binondo, and Tagaytay with Aila and Eyong to try and get some decent footage. Last Saturday, I chanced on the semi-finalists who had already submitted their vlogs and blogs... and man, I'm up against tough competition! Some of the candidates look really strong -- I've got my personal favorites, but I'll keep them to myself for now. I'm pretty sure you can see who stands out, anyway.

I finished my 5-minute vlog early morning Sunday after a sleepless night editing on my PowerBook. I was supposed to work on the G5 in Tagaytay, but there was an all-day power outage that dashed all hopes of fast and powerful editing. So I submitted my entry only to find that the maximum length for vlogs was THREE minutes! I checked the video requirements and apparently, the site script wasn't working then because I never saw that little detail. So after submitting, I was freaking out and scrambling to edit my vlog down to a mere 3-minuter! I managed to do so with much agonizing... and well, here it is. I uploaded it and hopefully my earlier screw-up doesn't eliminate me. That would be such an imbecilesque tragedy. Here's the video. Hope it helps get me past Step 2.


Anonymous it's ja! said...

tantantinorts!!!! oh mah gulay!!! yeah... with lotsa Hsss.... martin?! statue?!? hahahahaha! shet.... makagawa nga din ng isang karumal dumal sa bideyo... :p

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Leonzon said...

hahaha! Martin, it that you?! hehe! this is a tough contender buddeyz!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you're so pogi. Actually I can't really tell because I have audio sans video. Harrumph.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Pika said...


1:31 AM  
Blogger niisha said...

we're all rooting for you, baby. i know you're perfect for it. and being short-listed is an accomplishment all on its own! they had over 4,000 applicants and you were hand-picked from that! i'm so proud of you!

11:27 AM  

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