About VideoAuteur.com



Who am I?



Hi! My name is Alvin Motilla and I’m the author of VideoAuteur.com. :-)

I don’t know exactly why you want to know more about me. I’m not that important. ;-)

Anyway, since you’re here already, here I am with my daughter, Mariel…

“Baby Mariel” and “Papa Alvin”

Now, she’s with her mother, Jessica—my wife…

“Mama Jessica” and “Baby Mariel”

I told my wife to frame her subjects well, when taking selfies. But I still used this picture because I love their smiles. They’re so natural and beautiful. :-)

And here we are as a family. A day in our life. Quality time together…

In case you’re wondering… Yes, I shot that video using a smart phone. :-)

 


Why have I started this site?



You know what, it’s a question that’s a bit hard to answer. Because it will need some “soul-searching” on my part. :-) But I’ll try my best to answer it—as faithfully, and as briefly, as I can…

Do you ever feel like that you’re alone… like you’re different to others you’ve been with?



Well…

I’ve been with “The Techno-centrics”.

I’ve been with people and colleagues who pay so much attention to…

- equipment,
- gear specifications,
- what’s “latest” in the video production market,
- different “bells and whistles”,
- the war among “fanboys” of gear manufacturers,
- and so on.

And if you hang around with them, you’ll feel that it is this “mechanical” thing that consumes them. It’s their favorite topic.

I’ve been with “The Swashbucklers”.

They are people whose “vanity” you can smell, from the way they carry their gear and move.

It’s as if, their expensive stuff, makes them so great.

And if you happen to shoot beside them, in an event, you may get that snobbish look.

I’ve been with “The Buck-chasers”.

Guys who entered video business, even if they lacked real passion for making video presentations.

They just did it for “money”.

And if you’ll take a look at their work, they’re fond of using fancy effects, and unmotivated camera work, that add nothing to the video’s story.

Typical presentation looks like a slideshow of random images from a photo shoot. Often with music, and some flashy graphics, which they add to raise the “value” and the price of their video.



And you know what? I’ve seen individuals who are combinations of “Techno-centric”, “Swashbuckler”, and “Buck-chaser” attitudes. :-l And there are websites that seem to only cater to these folks.

But...

I believe, it is the HUMAN aspect of video production that matters most.

I believe that…
- the human being behind the camera, and
- the human being who’ll watch the video,
… are far more important, than gear and technology. And they deserve greater attention, than machines.

I believe that, what defines you as a video creator, is your act of…
- showing up in the process of making videos, so that
- you experience the challenges of—making it engaging, and meaningful—to your human viewers.
… Not the tools that you happen to own and use.

I believe that, whether you want to make videos as a hobby, or as a way to earn money, you’ll do much better if you’re operating…
- from the stance of a communicator, than
- from the tinkering of a technician.


I’ve started VideoAuteur.com to reach out to like-minded individuals. “Everyday” people who may share the same belief.

Perhaps, they also feel somewhat alone, in how they see the world… and how they see themselves compared to others.

But they’re NOT alone. There’s a place in the Web, that offers them a different conversation, that they may be looking for—the human side of video creation.

This place… I dedicate to them...

This place… I dedicate to YOU...

Video Auteur is here to help you make video presentations that communicate and connect. The kind of videos that your "human" audience would want to watch.

It talks to you about…

  • expressing your unique worldview, and take on life (self-expression),

  • conveying your ideas and messages through videos, in ways that, your “intended viewers” can relate to (human connection), and

  • making videos despite limited resources (practicality).

The videos you make, don’t have to be serious, heavy, or commercial. They can be fun, light, or personal as well. But all are meaningful to you, in their own special ways. :-)

And, by the way, you don’t have to be the like of those “auteurs” in the film making industry. I only use the French word auteur in a loose manner… to mean, “someone who creates something”.

So Video Auteur simply means, “a creator of video presentations”.

 


What’s my background?



My love affair with “motion picture” and “video creation” started when I was taking cinema, and TV production classes in college.

I fell in love with sample films that were shown to us. Great films from European, American, and Asian cinema.

My group mates and I made a documentary. I wrote the script for it. My first involvement in video production.



After college, I worked for a non-profit organization that did public service. I wrote scripts, shot documentaries, and oversaw the editing process…

To make sure our audience gets our messages clearly.




Of course, I had other jobs that had nothing to do with video production. But life is good! I still ended up with my passion for making videos…

For several years, I also worked as a corporate videographer and writer for our city government. You would see me in the field shooting community events…

Photo of me by Isagani Sampang.

… and local government activities.

With Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, right in front of me. During a round table discussion. Photo by Elgene Bautista.

Out of those materials, I wrote and produced video presentations. Both for internal corporate use, and for our local program at a cable television.



Time came when I had to leave government service. A new administration came in, and brought their own group of people to govern the city.

But I still do what I love to do—making videos for humans. Now, as a small freelancer.

I cover different events. From kid parties, to birthday celebrations, to debuts.

While shooting a children’s party. Photo by Jessica Motilla.

From reunions, to religious ceremonies, to weddings, even funerals. ;-)

While filming a dancing couple. Photo by Ting Cunanan.

I also do some music videos, corporate gigs and other paid projects that need customization.

With some key persons of a famous salon. Photo courtesy of Aaron Galon.
A selfie with one of them (done in front of a mirror), just after a music video shoot for their company.

Quick Facts About Me Relevant to Video Production and Communication

College Degree / Education

AB Mass Communication
Far Eastern University, Manila (1995—1999)

Alvin Motilla's college diploma

Work Experiences

Freelance Videographer - Video Editor - Video Content Creator
April 2012--Present

Writer - Videographer
(Administrative Officer I, SG-10)
March 2005--June 2013
Public Information Office (PIO), City Government of Muntinlupa

Contributing TV Writer
January 2004—December 2005
UNTV 37

Scriptwriter for TV
August 2000—August 2001
ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.

Trainings

Script Writing for Television
ABS-CBN Talent Development and Management Center
June 5 to August 28, 1999

Alvin's script writing for TV workshop certificate from ABS-CBN

Lectures on Journalism and Mass Communication
Teodoro F. Valencia Foundation, Inc.
January 28, 1998 to March 13, 1998

Alvin's lectures on Journalism and Mass Communication certificate

Video Camera Operation
Multizoom Productions
July 6, 1997

Alvin's video camera operation training certificate

Audio Post-Production Techniques
Multizoom Productions
July 6, 1997

Alvin's audio post-production training certificate

AIMM Refresher Workshop on Writing the Effective Press Release
for Radio, TV, and Print and Feature Story, Facing/Handling Media,
and How to Conduct a Press Conference
Association of Information Officers in Metro Manila (AIMM) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA)
October 6, 2011

Alvin's certificate from Philippine Information Agency

Other Certification / Accreditation

Career Service Professional Eligibility
Civil Service Commission
Date of Release: January 4, 2006

Civil Service Commission Eligibility of Alvin Motilla

 


What do I hope for VideoAuteur.com?


Me in black and white photo


I hope that Video Auteur keeps on helping you, in your own video creation “journey”.

That’s why I keep on thinking… planning… writing… and publishing articles that, hopefully, will matter to you.

Yes, I run and maintain this site, all by myself. :-)

But I’m not totally alone. I have a supportive family. And I have a great partner. Without my partner,…
- Video Auteur won’t be able to “go live”, and
- you and I won’t be able to have this “conversation”.

But here we are—in this very place of the Web. Fascinated with the connecting power of great videos.


Sincerely,

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