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Miguel Calayan

High School, Class 2008

Finalist, Tribeca Film Festival

“As far as Southville goes (or my whole childhood for that matter), I can't really pinpoint the moment when I decided to pursue film. Unlike some of my peers, I didn't grow up knowing I'd want to be behind the camera. All I knew was..." read more>>

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Lens and Lights to Greater Heights

At an early age, Ren De Guzman started his own film company: Ren De Guzman Digital Films, specializing on corporate audio visual productions and indie films. The business is good, but he knew it can still be better. So he enrolled in Southville International School and Colleges to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts.

"My fondest memory was shooting and producing a corporate video for the school. The whole class, including the professors, collaborated for the big production. The video turned out very well and the school appreciated our work and play it regularly on various school events. The whole class was very proud of our accomplishment," said Ren.

As a photographer and a videographer, Ren also works as a freelance videographer in different companies such as the Treehouse Company, Zoombox Videos, and Stella Atelier. His work assignment is usually creative video, main and second hand camera operator. In his company, he works as the lead director and editor. Work is hard and the hours are long, but Ren is trained to achieve for the best.

“Southville has trained me to become an achiever. Southville will also train you how to work hard for your dreams.”

Incorporating the 5C’s on the outside world is something a Southville alumnus brings to their being. As for Ren, Commitment to Achieve is his virtue. He and his team of amazing photographers and videographers are committed to produce high quality events coverage, AVPs, and feature or short films for their clients. One of his notable works was alongside his friend and classmate James Ocampo on the set of the award-winning film, "Tres". Being the buddies that they were, it is no surprise that these dynamic duo would produce such a spectacular short film.

“Always know what you want and focus on it. Always think out of the box, be creative as you can, and don’t forget that we’re living in a technological world right now. But always have time to study and learn new things as the new generation,” an advice Ren wants to say to future Southville Multimedia Arts students.

Ren is a true testament to Southville’s unending commitment in preparing its students to become movers and leaders of society— able to make the world a more beautiful place through their commitment in their art.

Written by Marielle Ablaneda