It is dawn – an otherwise regular day in everyman’s Singapore. In her flat, the blinking lights are bothersome, our writer takes a breather. She ponders on leaving -will the lights follow her around? Spoiler, they do. She ducks into the city, unsure of where to go, certain of one thing – the blinking lights don’t stop.
Caloy Soliongco directs stuff. His advertising work is mostly fun and funny, or real and raw, specialising in comedy and documentary, with a spattering of beauty, narrative, kids and music-driven commercials in between. He has worked with brands like L’Oreal, Nike, Uniqlo, Honda and Calbee.
He also has a knack for shooting vertical, having shot 75 mobile videos for the Nike Hypercourt, a project that eventually won awards at D&AD, Gong CCA and Spikes.
As a filmmaker, Caloy has had work screened at the Gawad CCP, Luang Prabang International Film Festival, White Night Melbourne, and Moscow International Film Festival. He has been a scholar of the Japan Foundation and the Australian Endeavour Awards. His thesis film was nominated for Best Short Film in the 2012 Gawad Urian.
Caloy is passionate about Volkswagen Beetles, geography, the Beatles, vinyl toys and vinyl records, and mayonnaise. If he weren’t a filmmaker, he’d probably be in a punk band that is not aging gracefully.
He is currently making an adaptation of the first Filipino feature film, Dalagang Bukid, as supported by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening Moderator: Justin Ricafort