Meet Viddsee Juree Finalist Tashana Rivera Of ‘Companion’


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Tashana Rivera

Q1 – Tell us a bit about yourself and your team!

I’m a graduating film student from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde and my team is composed of my closest friends and also graduates of Benilde. There are only ten crew members in this production including myself.

This is actually the first short film I ever directed and also my capstone film as a final requirement of Digital Filmmaking in Benilde.

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A scene from Companion (Kaulayaw)

Q2 – What is the inspiration behind this short film?

Creating something “millennial” is the idea where I focused in order to complete the story. I was thinking that I want to make something relatable, something real for the people who is same age as me.

Most of us are curious about a lot of things and I think that it’s okay even if it looks like we haven’t figured everything out just yet. We all have different ways of reacting in a situation.

A lot of people will say that they’ve already experienced what we’re feeling right now and such but we have our ways on how we see things and how we want to deal with it.

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After shooting the film and be able to watch it, there’s this one person who said that all the characters in this film is a piece of who I am.

I didn’t notice that I was able to create something out of my personal experiences and struggles. This film mirrors me as a person in all possible ways. This film is me.

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Q3 – Could you share with us what your main challenges were in putting this together, and how did you overcome them?

I find it hard to have the story written because first I don’t know what kind of story do I want to tell. I can’t hardly remember how many times I revised my script before actually giving it a go.

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It was scheduled to be a two-day shoot but on our first day, we were delayed for a couple of hours because of the heavy rain and some of my crew were stranded someplace else but regardless of the unforeseen situation, we were able to accomplish what has to be done that day.

There are some people who criticised my work which made me question my ability as a filmmaker. Something like “it doesn’t interest me” kind of sentiments. It is actually degrading for my part to hear those kinds of comments but look where this it-doesn’t-interest-me-kind-of-film brought me.

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Being part of this competition made me more confident as a person and a filmmaker, and that I have the chance to be recognized by a bigger audience, that I have a shot in this industry.

Watch ‘Companion (Kaulayaw)’ by Tashana Rivera (Philippines) on Viddsee:

Tashana is one of the ten finalists of the Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines competition, a filmmaker community initiative to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia. Check out the rest here.

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