Be­fore The Big Screen: A Quick Chat with Direc­tor Paul So­ri­ano


Esquire (Philippines) - - NOTE S & ESSAYS -

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.

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