Ice Idanan: Capturing Emotion and Cinematography, Following the Sun and Capturing the Magic Hour

Direk Ice Idanan shares how she fell in love with filmmaking, how she captures and translates emotions in her cinematography, her challenges as a female cinematographer, and how she copes in this pandemic. Follow Ice Idanan’s Journey, get tips, and be inspired. Skip to 26:17 to find out her 7 Tips on Capturing Emotions.

From not knowing what to do with her life, to defying society’s expectations of what a cinematographer should be – uhmm ‘di lang lalaki ang pwedeng magbuhat ng ilaw at kamera, ok? – to landing a break as a cinematographer for a film that was nominated for Best Cinematography, Ice marched on with unwavering passion.

In 2016, she wrote, directed, and did cinematography for her first full-length film, “Sakaling Hindi Makarating”, which bagged major awards at the CineFilipino Film Festival as well as from the Urduja Heritage Film Festival (2017), Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines, and the Asia Tourism-Induced Film and TV Arts Week (2018, Taizhou, China).

Since then, this 2017 PMPC Star Awards Indie Cinematographer of the Year has gone on to becoming a writer-director-cinematographer for both indie and mainstream films like Ania ‘Ti Nagan Mo? (What is your name?, 2017), Stranded (2019), and Cara x Jagger (2019).

Watch Ice’s short film, LIMANG LIBO (2009; National Winner at the 2009 Kodak Film School Competition and Grand prize winner at the 2010 Quisumbing Escandor Film Festival) for FREE here.

Creative team:

Creative Producer: Ellen Ongkeko Marfil

Segment Producer: Aimee Bertulfo

Editor: Jham Tejome

Why “Lakambini Series”?

“Lakan” means “chieftain” and so, “Lakambini” means “woman leader”. The meaning only changed to “muse” later on.

In this series, we are reviving its true meaning. In commemoration of the 145th birthday of Gregoria de Jesus / Ka Oriang, who chose “Lakambini” as her alias in the Katipunan during the Philippine Revolution, we launched the “Lakambini Series” which aims to celebrate the different “lakambini” in the field of arts as well as feature works that champion women’s perspective on various aspects of life.

Feeling inspired? Follow Direk Ice Idanan’s tips on capturing emotions in filmmaking and create your own short film at home even while on GCQ! Share your film or any artwork to our arts healing page, Covid Memoirs Project, and email us at [email protected]


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