Crispo Mojica IIFA Program Director mimics his GURU Jill Bolten Taylor in his Brain in my Heart lecture-2009.

Part 1: Full Circle

After almost 30 years of working in our industry I have often contemplated if all these time can I consider myself “successful”. What Is success?

Joseph Murphy (The power of the Subconscious Mind) said that success means SUCCESSFUL LIVING. A long period of peace, joy and happiness in this life, and although much of peace, harmony, integrity, security and happiness are intangible—they are all components rooted in self. Meditating on these qualities builds these treasures of heaven in our subconscious. It is where “Moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal— Mathews 6:20. I was hoping to find MONEY in his definition, but instead found only self and God. The fulcrum of his definition is all about one self and how it contributes mankind, a hypothesis that led me to investigate the history of my own career, the life I live. Murphy emphasized that the most important step to success is that one must be sure that the thing he desire must not redound to his success only—you must not be selfish it must benefit humanity. In the beginning of my career I looked up to a few figures that I dearly respected and always wanted to emulate. And in many occasions they have provided me not only a genuinely noble encouragement, tricks of the trade but also the way to prolong and last in my direction. They were selfless often ready to answer all my questions, they were my masters and I was their enthusiastic student. Today most of my masters have faded to retirement and some are no longer with us in this life. I am left alone to answer a final question—how will it ever end in success? How will the industry that I revolve in measure my contribution, how will I know when I have reached what I desired?

The complete circuit According to Murphy there are 3 steps to success. Desire,Specialize and Contribute. And if one’s objective lacks any of these 3 it can short circuit and will fall short of coming to FULL CIRCLE. Desire—The first step to success. It is to find within you your innermost thing that you love to do and then do it. Success relies on how one loves his work. I remember my first thought of directing for television. It happened one day during college at the The Far Eastern University in Manila. It was in the toilet with a colleague in between rehearsals during a college play. “ I will be a TV director someday” as I turn to wash my hands. “It is damn difficult, I doubt if any of us will ever get there” was my friend’s immediate reply. I remember vividly the scenario in my head and bow today to etch it in my brain forever. It was during that period when I was on my third year of college and most of our days were spent in doing theater work (my first experience with 16:9 proscenium wall) a medium of art expression that I quickly learned to love “I will be a Director in time…I will” I uttered with conviction as I looked closely at this young man in front of the mirror. My good friend shook his head incredibly and said “good luck” and left. I was left alone, staring at myself—the future TV Commercials director. After the incident, I continued my theater work all the way up to graduation thus earning a degree in Mass Communication. Quickly I turned my attention to directing plays more and more and all that time completely forgetting that I wanted to become a TV director. I was pleased with my new found art form, theater gave me freedom of expression and artistic latitude to experiment—street, environmental, cultural you name it I experimented relentlessly and as the exercise moved on I was inevitably hooked—I became a director…of plays and was extremely happy.



Hands-On Training? How much is not enough?

There was a great deal of argument over the years as to how much and with what equipments should the students be exposed to for the course to take “effect”. Is the 10-day program sufficient for a participant to absorb everything lectured and demonstrated? Initially this was concluded partly by providing the participants of each workshop a “suggestion” paper to help answer these pertinent and valid concerns.

In all business practicality the more number of students the better. The more participants the greater the volume of resources that could be afforded them–equipments, shooting complexities & speakers. But greater numbers although a necessity is also  seemingly becoming  to be a pronounced hindrance in the actualization of the desired “curb” in the learning process–the greater the number of participants the lesser his time to partake in the exercises. Much like the concept of Newton’s law often used in the IIFA’s lighting program “the inverse square law” (the farther away light is in a subject the greater its coverage but with an inverse decrease in illumination).

“Immerse-Directing 5 workshop had the least number of participants to date with 10 students, but it proved to be one of the highest learning curb average in the last 3 years. We will definitely keep this in our score cards.“–Crispo Mojica

How much then is not enough? IIFA is opening its suggestion box again to provide us with comments and feedbacks to help us look at ourselves in 3 dimensional state..are we in tuned with our actions? Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions. Or you may write us at

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