By Andrew Encapas, Carrie Concepcion and Andrea Abogado
Exploring the world of solarpunk was the theme of the seventh annual PRISM exhibit entitled “PRISM: The 7th Voyage! A Digital Exploration of Reimagined Islands.”
The project, led by project head Friday Galvez, saw Multimedia Arts (MMA) of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas in Cavite exhibiting their arts and designs though a “one-of-its-kind” way. This year’s event was conducted virtually through Facebook Live and Behance for the first time. With over 50 virtual exhibitors ranging from students from Graphic Design, Animation, and Film and Video Production, the four-day event showcased different fields of art and design as well as the professional potentials of Multimedia Arts in their journey to conquering the creative industry.
The FB Live event took off with a fun heart to heart podcast about Creatives in Quarantine featuring DLSU-D BGM alums Naomi Tayao (@medyotoyo), Pam Legaspi (@plcreates) and Nicole Lunaria (@thecuriouscreative). They talked about their struggles of how isolation has affected creativity and productivity in their profession. They shared tips on how to combat creative burnout. Through their sharing, they made their audiences feel that they were not alone in their experiences.
Knowing your value as a designer
The second day of the event focused on the exhibit of graphic design majors showcasing their collaborative output. Entitled “30 Types Reimagined,” exhibit showcased different illustrations of letters and numbers under three themes—Solarpunk, Ethereal, and Arcade. The artwork included the personal portfolio of the students that were posted on their of Behance account. The event also featured a virtual exhibit webinar series entitled “Creative Talks”.
In the first part of the event, graphic designer Martin Juner Cosme explained how competitive the graphic design industry is especially for newcomers. Cosme discussed the issue of low prices for graphic design services and encouraged the students to advocate, educate, and inform each other on the need to put a premium on their skills and services for the good of the entire industry.
The second speaker, Nicole Lunaria, who is also a graphic designer, demonstrated how to do the branding of a liquor brand through a live editing process using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
More than just drawings
On the third day of the FB Live event, PRISM focused on the topic of Animation. Speaker Rene Glenn Ramos, an animation and illustration instructor, character designer, and storyboard artist focused his lecture on storyboarding and character animation. He opened the talk with clips from animation productions he was able to take part with and shared his experience in working on various animated feature films and television shows.
He also furthered the importance of learning as an animator and advised aspiring animators to read, watch, and learn more about the craft. The talk also tackled how to start a career in animation, and the responsibilities of an animator.
The collaboration output of the Animation majors of DLSU-D MMA fourth year students was also featured during the live event, showcasing a trailer about it. The collaboration entitled “Philippines Reimagined” is the students’ take on famous landmarks and attractions in the Philippines reimagined in a Solarpunk setting. This can be seen in the Behance account of PRISM 2021.
What lies behind the cameras
The last day of the Facebook Live featured webinar talks and the works of the film and video production majors. The live event continued with the last two creative talks from filmmaker Kyle Francisco who talked about the whole end-to-end process of filmmaking from conceptualization, pre-production to post-production of his short film “Gulis,” and Filipino actor Anthony Falcon on the topic of the different mediums of acting in the Philippine film and TV industry.
PRISM 2021: MMA SHORTFLIX also took place with the premiere of student-produced short films Kolehiya by Lester Racelis, The Girl in the Mirror by Victoria Cervantes, Lone by Clara Cinco, Child by Afaf Elsayed, Kolorete by Jo Magpantay and Francis Aritao, Dilim by Ralph Jhon Medez and lastly “Blank”, the collaborative short film produced by all the DLSU-D MMA Film and Video Production majors. The show also featured behind-the-scenes clips of “Blank” and the photography vlog of the Solarpunk photo collab output shot in Bonifacio Global City.
The virtual exhibit also featured giveaways that were sponsored by Prismacolor Philippines, Clissora Cosmetics, Drip to Go Manila, Coli Philippines, The Paper Star Shop, The Kettle Project Philippines, Sugar and Spice Philippines, and Fiori Philippines along in partnership with Multimedia Arts Program Council (MMA-PC), CEAT Student Government (CEAT-SG), DLSU-D University Student Government (USG), Visual and Performing Arts Production Unit (VPAPU), Heraldo Filipino, Antipara Studios, T’nalak Productions, and Manila Bulletin.
Audiences can still access the event at PRISM 2021’s official Behance account: