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.


5 Comments:

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...

I REALLY PRAY THAT YOU'LL MAKE IT KUYA!! MWAHHH!

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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