Independent filmmaker Ricardo Unto is a native of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
His works always revolve around the experimentation of production equipment, editing tool and topics.
Disappearing Verses is his third film project as director/producer.
His stop-motion animation film Bangku (2016, 1 min 17 sec) or Chair in English, recounted a community of ‘chairs’ faced by a giant enemy – a ball. The film was shot fully on a smartphone.
Bangku won third place in the 2016 Sabah Screen Fest.
He returned to Sabah Screen Fest in 2018 by submitting dekat (2018, 4 min 16 sec) or near – a psycho-thriller film with no dialogue. The film was also shot and edited fully on a smartphone.
Funded by Projek Dialog, in 2020, he produced Disappearing Verses (2020, 7 min 23 sec) – a documentary on the traditional priestesses and priests of the natives in Sabah.
The film was shot on a compact digital vlogging camera.
Disappearing Verses was well-received by the public as it gained more than 30,000 views and more than 1,000 shares within 24 hours of its publication on Facebook.