Entertainment

Ely Buendia’s directorial debut


THINK of the name Ely Buendia and what comes to mind? For many, the answer would be a fine music talent who had been one of the major forces that promote Pinoy rock. Some fans would turn to Eraserheads and Pupil, of course.

THINK of the name Ely Buendia and what comes to mind? For many, the answer would be a fine music talent who had been one of the major forces that promote Pinoy rock. Some fans would turn to Eraserheads and Pupil, of course.

On top of his music career, Ely is also a budding filmmaker. His first directorial project was a 13-minute short film exhibited at the indie film fest Cinemanila. And from this short film, the 43-year-old musician, who lists acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino among his inspirations, takes it to a different level by unveiling the full-length feature, Bang Bang Alley.  

Ely wears the hat of being the producer and one of the directors of this project, which he describes as a three-part crime drama that delves into the culture of violence infecting our society.

In previous interviews, the Pupil front man said he grew up watching Westerns and the films of Fernando Poe Jr. Thus, Bang Bang Alley takes inspiration from the moving tales of fugitives and outlaws, and the stories of lawlessness that happen both in the rural and urban landscapes. Additionally, its plot takes a course, which other budding filmmakers consider too risky. It follows the story of three characters: a journalist who has just survived a political massacre; a driver spiraling into madness; and a drug-addled wild child on the run from the police.

Working on Bang Bang Alley, Ely realizes a dream he put on hold because of his unwavering passion for music.  He’s in fact a film major back in college. But filmmaking is no different to Ely’s passion because it also covers different art forms including sound.

Just like his contribution to the local music scene, Ely’s dynamic energy as seen in the trailer of Bang Bang Alley, might serve as his ticket to success in his newfound career. And why not, the local movie industry is in dire need of fresh and bold ideas like that of Ely’s.

 

Prime soaps make ratings history

It is obviously a winning streak as Kapamilya primetime series continue to dominate the much-contested timeslot where more viewers are in front of their television set surfing from one channel to another.

Romantic series Got To Believe top-billed by teen stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo set a ratings record for 2014 when it bid primetime goodbye on March 7. A week later, Anne Curtis’s latest primetime television project, Dyesebel, made a big splash with a ratings no other show has obtained this year.

Got To Believe took its final bow with ratings that toppled Honesto as the no. 1 show in the country for a day. The teen drama registered a nationwide ratings of 38.6 percent, as measured by Kantar Media.

Its ratings milestone was also validated by AGB Neilsen. According to the market research firm, from Mega Manila households from March 1 to 7, the last episode of the top-rating Kapamilya series got 32.7 percent ratings, the highest rating any show in 2014 has received until Dyesebel’s pilot telecast.

Meanwhile, the television series based on a famous graphic novel Dyesebel created by Mars Ravelo made an astonishing debut on March 17. Based on data from Kantar Media, the newest adaptation of Dyesebel scored a nationwide ratings of 32.8 percent or almost 15 points higher than its rival program on GMA-7, Kambal Sirena (17.9 percent).

Supporting the numbers gathered by Kantar, the now up to date AGB Neilsen data also put Dyesebel on the top spot.  And as both market research groups agree on which program rules primetime, it’s obviously difficult for any show to make a claim to be the most-watched.

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