Updated: Jan 22
I found out about my distant relative, Kuya Doy, from my Dad. I met up with Kuya Doy at Wide Shot 2019 Outdoors Practical Videography and Filmmaking Course in Iba, Zambales. Kuya Doy was one of the special guests and a mentor to the young filmmakers. We spoke candidly about The Film Dream back then, and I eventually became part of The Film Dream many months later.
“A wise man once said: ‘There are no perfect men in the world; only perfect intentions.’” Azeem, Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves
“I believe that half the trouble in the world comes from people asking 'What have I achieved?' rather than 'What have I enjoyed?' - Walter Farley, author of "The Black Stallion"
Hello Everyone. Welcome to The Film Dream.
My name is Denton Lim Bulaclac. I go by the name Denton Lim, or just by Denton. The two quotes above are from my two favorite movies of all time. There are probably better films that have been created by incredibly gifted storytellers, but those two films have helped define me as a person and as a creative spirit.
The film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” helped educate me in the moral challenges between good and evil, rich and poor, divine right and earned individual rights. A person must hold on to the things that help define him or her since that will be the catalyst for the life to live by when they leave this blessed earth. This is my second favorite film of all time.
The second quote is from an author named Walter Farley. He wrote the book “The Black Stallion” in 1941, which happens to be my favorite film of all time (adapted to film in 1979 by Producer Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Carroll Ballard). When I was a young boy in the late 1980s, my father brought home this film for my siblings and me to watch. Ever since then, films have enamored me. This film showed me the power and impact of filmmaking and storytelling. The story came alive in my mind that every single night, for pretty much my whole childhood, I found myself living in the shoes of the main character, Alec Ramsey. I never actually had my own horse to call my best friend, but in a particular way, the film allowed me to feel as if I did. The film taught me that in this world, real friendships could come in many forms. Having a real friend is just as important to one’s survival as is food and water. The power of the story still holds in my heart to this day.
Collaborating with other storytellers in The Film Dream has been a dream come true. I can’t ask for a better group of people to be creative with, especially with our Audio Short Stories, The Face Mask Diaries. It has been a fun ride so far.
A big lesson I have learned is that I do not know everything about any aspects of storytelling. Asking candid questions with a great group of individuals, and getting useful and creative answers in return, shows me how infinite the lessons I will continue to learn as we progress our storytelling. It’s only the beginning.
A dream story project would involve a scripted story I have been writing since 2012. It’s a science fiction story based on a group of magical islands. I wish for the setting to be the Philippine Islands. It will be a passion project for sure.
I consider myself a creative soul, that writes stories, is occasionally an Actor and performer, a developing Vlogger, a creative collaborator, a friend, and a very big dreamer. I am currently 36 years old, and I consider myself very lucky to still be able to dip my toes into the vast and deep well of human creativity.
Denton Lim is a pioneer member of The Film Dream Storyteller’s Club.
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