“The FILMMAKER” film by Ulysses Villamin was his final project for New York Film Academy when he enrolled for a 4-week Filmmaking course. He made this film to express what they, as students felt as they were undergoing the course. It represents conquering their fears and having the courage to give their dreams a try regardless of the result.
“The FILMMAKER” commences with a symbolic scenario of a cat silently walking over piles of books and research materials. Surprisingly, the cat was effectively directed to perform its role, to project or represent quiet and undisturbed way of studying and learning. Such a symbolic introduction serves as a segue to the filmmaking student’s sub-plot, the violent rescue (though subduedly presented) of a woman by her lover from the bailiwick of another man. The sub-plot eventually constituted Ulysses’ intention of how to go about the highlight of his film with its remarkably well defined cinematography.
The main storyline of “The FILMMAKER” has Ulysses himself playing the role of a filmmaking student which he actually was during his making of this film. Even as “The FILMMAKER” had depicted him as a good for nothing filmmaker (the recipient of boos and tomato throwing from his peers), the film made sure that it delivered the message and that is, from Ulysses’ own words: “…to express what we as students felt as we were undergoing the course. It represents conquering our fears and having the courage to give our dreams a try regardless of the result.”
“The FILMMAKER” is really one of a kind film that begins as a suspense thriller and ends up as a comedy film but nonetheless, very sensible and intelligently presented. As a matter of fact, “The FILMAKER” is a strong candidate for top awards at http://www.tallenge.com/vote/vote.aspx?vid=dd9605c7-98e5-4a30-ab54-184ae7041e8e