Before The Big Screen: A Quick Chat with Director Paul Soriano
THE ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR TALKS FAVORITE FILM GENRES, ALTERNATIVE PROFESSIONS, AND WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE AN ICONIC MOVIE.
We owe the current resurgence of quality local cinema to a new crop of independent directors like Paul Soriano. As head and founder of a boutique film production company based in Quezon City, Paul is one of the creative forces that fuel the push for better cinema. And with nine films to his name plus another one in the works, he’s also actively and directly contributing to that effort.
But when Paul isn’t hard at work making movies, he also takes time off to kick back and watch them. Every great director must also necessarily be a great connoisseur of film, after all, so it’s important that Paul gets to appreciate a good movie every once in a while. When he does, it’s usually at home. Paul has made it a point to curate his own entertainment experience to suit his tastes, his needs, and his conveniences as both director and cinephile. This is why Paul watches films on the Samsung QLED TV.
Apart from its awe-inspiring display capabilities, the TV has several features that impress a more discerning viewer like Paul. The One Remote, for instance, integrates all key functions into just one controller. The TV, cable box, media player, even the audio system—the One Remote can control them all, so he’s no longer burdened by the array of remotes that always seem to get lost in between the cushions and under the furniture. Paul never has to pause a movie just to look for a specific remote to perform a specific function—he just needs to keep the One Remote within arm’s reach, and by extension, everything is too.
When Paul has to put on two hats, that of a filmmaker and film enthusiast, he can turn his TV from entertainment hub to workstation. All he does is go to the Smart Hub, an interface that allows him to search, access, and share content to and from the Internet with ease. This is especially important for a director like Paul, who finds that watching a truly good movie often ends with him doing research about it, or taking down notes that he can use in his work.
Lastly, Smart View lets Paul customize his viewing experience by turning his mobile phone into a personal remote. The feature brings videos, photos, and music from mobile device or computer directly to the TV screen. This means that if he’s particularly engrossed by a movie on TV, but needs to leave the couch, he can easily take the movie with him, so his viewing experience remains uninterrupted. This is crucial for reviewing important scenes and picking them apart, which filmmakers and connoisseurs are inclined to do.
This is why watching films on the Samsung QLED TV affords Paul Soriano an array of luxuries that are priceless for the man who truly appreciates good cinema and entertainment.