Sunday, September 30, 2007


October 10 is our son's third birthday. This is Elias Lukas De Mesa-Laranas... ELKI (el-kee).

I'm still weeks away from going back to LA and I already feel sad about leaving him. I promised that I will take him and mom next time when dad has a shoot in any part of the world. In ELKI's own words..."that's perfect!"


It's been raining almost non-stop. I haven't seen rain in a while.

I actually don't feel too well... a little sick. Still adjusting.

I'll be seeing soon some scenes cut by John Coniglio our editor. I am excited. Thanks to a secure FTP site.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


This is my worst jet lag ever.

I thought I'd post some pics from the last days of the shoot...

Here's me and Amelia on a a very "hair-raising" situation. This scene required a very complicated timing and choreography. I said, what the hell... I'd do it myself then!
(photo by Mark Manchester)

This is 3:10 TO YUMA's Kevin Durand playing as an NYPD officer. Kevin is so intense that he never had any idea that I asked someone to take this photo of us. Good times Kevin! Thanks for sharing with us your incredible talent man!

Friday, September 21, 2007


Three hours layover in Tokyo. I'm just chilling at the airline lounge. I still can't believe that we've finished principal photography for The Echo.

Time to take a break and spend time with my family.

I'll write a longer post next time.


We are officially wrapped... 3AM in New York City. September 21, 2007. Scene 101A. From Washington Square Park to 6th Avenue. Bravo to our New York Crew!

I'm in my room at the Hotel Rivington. I'm 98% packed. Tomorrow is the day when I fly back home after five months. I will post more photos for you guys and tell more stories.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Dear Jesse...Mr. Bradford,

Dude! We so rocked in this shoot man. You are just amazing and let me tell you this...
Of all the actors I ever worked with in Hollywood... you are one of them! Hahaha!

Seriously bro.. thank you for sharing your awesome talent with me in this show. Thank you for being so genuinely real and collaborative. Thank you for responding well with all the NOISE. Thank you for believing in the script. Thank you for takes two, three, four and more. Thank you for your precious notes. Thank you for being concerned when you saw me eat granola bars all day. Thank you for being so nice and cool to all the cast and crew. Thank you for pumping iron everyday to get the look that we want.

And Jesse... thank you for introducing me to your parents - the nicest mom and dad (next to mine) ever. I want them to know how thankful I am to them for being readers of this blog.

Hey Jesse, thanks brother.


11AM to 11PM yesterday on our first day in New York City. Today is a 6PM to 6AM schedule.

I don't care. I had such a wonderful shoot yesterday. It's no joke locking down traffic in Orchard Street at the Lower East Side, but we did and we were able to get all our kick-ass shots from our hero building.

Sorry guys, no pics in the meantime. Don't fret. You will see stuff soon.

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Sunday. This is the day before we wrap In Toronto.

I did laundry yesterday - a very meditative activity for me. Pre-packed my stuff. We leave Toronto on Tuesday for New York... morning after the wrap party. It's bittersweet. I've made good friends with my crew and production team in Canada. Really great people.

3PM later will be our New York meeting. Everything must move on.

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Thank you Amelia for being so patient - always. I know I had to grab you by the hair and push you against a wall and kick and punch you and drop you on the floor...and probably more, come monday.

But, you are such a pro and everyone in the crew appreciates how you make their lives way easier.

I'm so glad that that we have Steve Lucescu to train and work with you these past days; and a staff and crew who are extremely dedicated.

Thank you Amelia for posing by Matt, Bob McRae, and Mark Manchester's extraordinary lighting.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Everything has its season
Everything has its time
Show me a reason and I'll soon show you a rhyme
Cats fit on the windowsill
Children fit in the snow
Why do I feel I don't fit in anywhere I go?

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I've got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky

Every man has his daydreams
Every man has his goal
People like the way dreams have
Of sticking to the soul
Thunderclouds have their lightning
Nightingales have their song
And don't you see I want my life to be
Something more than long....

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I've got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky

So many men seem destined
To settle for something small
But I won't rest until I know I'll have it all
So don't ask where I'm going
Just listen when I'm gone
And far away you'll hear me singing
Softly to the dawn:

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I've got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky

-Corner Of The Sky (Pippin)
lyrics by Stephen Schwartz


Meet Patrick Tidy - my First Assistant Director. Patrick make things happen and get things done while playing card tricks, telling corny jokes, and never losing his cool.

I wish I'd be working with Patrick in all the movies I'll make in the future. It will definitely be easier for me and for everyone on the set.

Thanks Patrick. Thanks for doing a fantastic job! You will always be Uncle Fester to me and the guy who makes the best NOISE.


We had a forced overtime yesterday due to the difficulty of the scenes. I shot parts of the FINALE!

Two cameras doesn't necessarily mean speed. It was a tough day - we had to cover the ending in as many angles as we possibly can. Today is another busy busy day.

Oops...gotta go!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Four days left after today's shoot in Toronto - then, we're off to New York City. It's been a great shoot and tough at the same time. But, things feel easier when you have a dedicated team working with you. Thanks guys...

Thank you David Lee for the sound; Dennis for your boom; Dana for your attention to details.
Thank you for helping me make this movie!

Sunday, September 09, 2007


I went to the after party of Eastern Promises last night. I'm so lucky to have a friend who is a member of the elite Hollywood Press - Ruben Nepales was so nice to introduce me to literally every major press person from all over the world.

By the way, I bumped into this guy named David Cronenberg.


Friday, September 07, 2007


Run. Scream. Stop. Strike a pose. That's the way we do it on my shoot.

Friday today... very very heavy day. I stayed on set for about twenty minutes after we wrapped yesterday. I needed to rehearse in my head the scenes we are shooting today. That's how I usually do it. Alone and quiet.

Good luck to us today.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Everyone, please meet Mr. Pruitt Taylor Vince... your new neighbor on the fifth floor.

It's Pruitt's first day today - and what a day. All his scenes were with Jesse, Iza Calzado, and Jamie Bloch.

It's a dream come true for me.


You are welcome to sit and relax. Enjoy the apartment. Feel the vibe. You will love it.

We had a very good day yesterday. We were able to cover all shots for little Jamie Bloch and Jesse. A and B cameras really help!

Today, we welcome to the set - another fine actor - who will be playing the role of Joseph, Jesse Bradford's neighbor. Welcome to The Echo Mr. Pruitt Taylor Vince!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

DAY 16

Today is our third week - day number sixteen in the Toronto shoot. I'm up early for a 7AM call.

We are shooting several scenes today with Jesse and little girl Jamie Bloch. It's going to be tough because I only have eight hours to shoot Jamie's scenes. Although it's a huge departure from Manila's "four hours per day" work rule for kids (which a lot of TV shows violate), I still find it tight since we are doing one big scene with her. But, we always prevail - and at the end of the day we always get things done.

Saturday, September 01, 2007


Morning after breakfast. Me and the crew hang out and enjoyed the short period of time before werc/work.

After twelve hours - here we are again on a "slightly" different level of energy...

I love our crew. I've never met professionals who are very dedicated and as passionate as their director and their DP.

Speaking of passion and dedication...