Philstar: Young director excels at film academy

Philstar: Young director excels at film academy

by Lorenz Visco on December 22, 2014 - 10:57 am

Ernest John Talusan. Photo grabbed from his Facebook page.

Entrepreneurial Management alumnus Ernest John Talusan. Photo grabbed from his Facebook page.

An alumnus of the Entrepreneurial Management program of the University of Asia and the Pacific is slowly making waves in the film industry.

Ernest Talusan, 24 years old, recently graduated from the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) where he won the Best Thesis and Technical Excellence awards for “Tsuper Hero,” an 11-minute short film that depicts a jeepney driver who raises his daughter amidst certain difficulties.

Ernest did not enter IAFT as an amateur, though. Prior to film school, he had dabbled in car and landscape photography, and attended workshops by Jim Paredes and master lensman George Tapan. As a requirement during his college days, he put up Zomething Zpecial, a photography business that also made music videos for car events.

However, what gained the attention of his Hollywood mentors was his casting of a real-life driver for the titular role. The Philippine Star writes:

For the title role, he cast real-life driver Radfol Pilones — a move that earned him praises from legit Hollywood mentors, with one even stating that he “turned a non-actor into an actor.”

Read more about Ernest in this article by the Philippine Star.

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