Reconnected with Judd Bradley Avelino: A Talented Student Filmmaker from TUP Manila


Living in a fast-paced environment has its own advantages. But more often than not, we forget that we have a life to live. We forget to communicate with the people around us. We tend to be controlled by these technological advancements when in fact we should be the one controlling them.


That would probably be my biggest take-away when I had the chance to meet virtually the 21-year old Judd Bradley Avelino. He is the Director of “Reconnected,” an entry to the 4th edition of the Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition.


In a world where gadgets play a pivotal role in our lives, do we still have time to talk to our family? To play and have fun with friends physically? While the situation is tough because of the on-going pandemic, it is imperative to reconnect with them and ask how they are coping. We all need each other in these trying times.


Thanks to Judd Avelino’s animated film, “Reconnected”, we can finally reminisce about the good times and realize what we have been missing all along.


THE PURPOSE


“Reconnected” is a film based on Avelino’s real life experience. This is his first directorial job but was more than happy to work with his co-writer, Mary Franz Salazar and the rest of Room 113 Productions.


Sharing a common passion on storytelling and being a Fine Arts student at Technological University of the Philippines, Avelino and his team leaned on collaboration and trust to make their film dream happen.


“Based talaga siya sa experience ko. Umuwi ako galing school tapos pagdating ko sa bahay ayun, cellphone, tutok sa computer. Suddenly, nagka-brownout dito sa lugar namin. Malaking brownout. Then nag ikot-ikot ako. Ang mga tao nasa labas nagkukwentuhan, walang mga hawak na cellphone kasi kadalasan lowbatt. And then ayun, pag-uwi ko bumalik ang kuryente nagkanya-kanyang buhay na ulit ang mga tao.”


“Naisip ko, bakit di ko gawan ng kwento. Ang ganda kasi ng concept na ang nostalgic nung pakiramdam na bata pa lang ako, yung mga bata naglalaro sa kalsada. ‘Yung mga tao naguusap-usap. Parang araw-araw kasi ngayon nakatutok sa cellphone. Pinitch ko siya sa producer and co-writer ko na gawin namin.”


Avelino also shared that originally, their film should have been a live action movie but opted to go with an animated film because of the circumstances and the risks of shooting in a time of pandemic.


“Isa din siya sa mga gusto namin itaguyod sa Pilipinas ang animation films. That time wala pa yung Trese. Hindi pa siya ganoon kapatok. Napagdesisyunan namin na gawin siyang animated. "Yung mga kaklase ko sa TUP, sila ang kinuha kong animators para mag-work sa aming film."