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FROM BEST-SELLING BOOK TO THE SCREEN: RICKY LEE REVEALS STORYTELLING SECRETS IN iWANT TFC’S “TRIP TO QUIAPO”

Iconic screen legend, Ricky Lee helps writers and aspiring writers jumpstart their story ideas by detailing the process of storytelling – from the conceptualization to the final draft – in the iWant TFC original docu series "Trip to Quiapo".

/ 22 October 2020

Award-winning writer Ricky Lee helps writers and aspiring writers jumpstart their story ideas by detailing the process of storytelling – from the conceptualization to the final draft – in the iWant TFC original docu series Trip to Quiapo, based on his best-selling scriptwriting manual. It has now officially began streaming on the iWant TFC app and website.

Shot like a reality show, the five-episode master class shows Lee sharing his knowledge about building stories, where to draw inspiration, and other meaningful lessons from his life and over 40 years in the industry. Trip to Quiapo is directed by Treb Monteras, who co-wrote and directed the Cinemalaya 2017 Best Film Respeto.

Enchong Dee is also featured in the series, stars as Julio Manunulat, the representation of aspiring writers and storytellers who are struggling to put into words the ideas they have in mind, similar to how Ricky began his writing journey.

Nung baguhang writer ako, hindi ko alam kung paano magsisimula. Marami akong pinagdaanan at pagkakamali bago ako natuto. At hanggang sa ngayon, natututo pa rin. At ngayon para sa inyong mga gustong matutong magkwento, susubukin kong ibahagi sa inyo ang mga karanasan at kaalaman ko matapos ang ilang dekadang pagsusulat. Pero ang actual na pagsusulat, baka hindi lahat matutunan dito dahil buhay ang gagawa nun,” shares the multi-awarded screen and stage writer.

Aside from discussions, the series is also accompanied by cinematic visual storytelling of his life, his writing journey, and why he intends to share his knowledge of storytelling with others.

He shares, “Kapag nagbabasa ka, ‘di ba nakakalayas ka? Parang nagiging iba-ibang tao ka. Nagiging pilot ka, teacher, madre, superhero, lahat na. Kung ako bata na lumalaki ng ganun who felt I didn’t belong, ay natulungan ng mga libro, gusto ko rin na makatulong sa iba. Power of storytelling ang naging sandalan ko. Stories connected me to the world.”

“So I want to do it to other people also. Gusto kong gumawa ng mga pelikula na ‘pag naupo sila sa front row, mababago ko ang buhay nila kahit for two hours lang,” he adds.

Para sa isang batang katulad ko, isang malaking katuparan ang Quiapo. Kaya noong nagsusulat na ako, Quiapo ang simbolo ng katuparan ng pangarap kong makagawa ng mahuhsay at matagumpay na script. At ‘yun ang gustong puntahan ng tatlong klase ng writers – ‘yun ang Quiapo.”

 

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