For our Passion Issue this August, we’re all about celebrating the beauty of arts and culture. With that, we’re putting the spotlight on different artists from the region, who, as they strive to hone their crafts, inspire us to live a colourful and meaningful life following our passion-filled pursuits.
Most people see writing as something that's uncomplicated and utterly mundane. After all, it is a basic skill taught to us at the foundation of our education, which makes it an accessible means to express one's self. However, not many people appreciate the true craft behind expressing and creating stories through words. Great films or books would be lost without good writing, and it definitely takes more than just knowing how to use a pen and paper to embody what a 'writer' truly is.
Meryl Bunyi is one of those people. As a scriptwriter, she lives and breathes words and pursues her passion to create captivating stories that tug at one's soul and senses. From embracing her creativity and turning conversations into art, Meryl shares her story below.
The origin story
When did you start pursuing writing?
I was already a TV producer in 2015 when I realised that my number one passion is writing, especially, when Director Jun Robles Lana chose me to become one of his fellows in CinePanulat Batch 1. Through his workshop, I honed my talent in writing and developed my passion for it. From there, I tried to sell myself as a writer-producer until I got my first writing gig in Maynila TV.
What was the initial reaction of your family, especially your parents, when you told them you wanted to become a writer?
My family and friends were shocked when they learned that I want to write scripts for TV and film. They thought I will push through with my career as a TV/Film producer but I told them that I want a transition and I want to explore my other talents and skills. So when they learned that, they supported me all the way.
Can you cite some misconceptions about scriptwriting that you'd like to debunk?
I think the biggest misconception about writing for TV and films is that writers just imagine their material. Nope. As much as we want to write what's in our imagination, it’s impossible. There's also research, verifying facts, and checking on people’s psyche and feelings that contribute to our work.