69 Things You Need To Know Before You Bingewatch The Movies In Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017

PAALALA: Mahaba-habang pagbabasa ‘to. Suggestion ko sa ‘yo, basahin mo pag di ka busy, nagpapaantok, nasa traffic, o habang tumatae ka, K lang sakin, sinulat ko lang rin ‘to kasi nagtatae yung utak ko. Also, hindi ko sinasadya na 69, nagsulat lang ako nang nagsulat. Dyan talaga nag-end up. Ikaw ang bastos mag-isip, uyyy!

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interview ni ate gurl with Direk Randolph (Star Na si Van Damme Stallone) – grabbed from their FB page

Isa sa mga bagay na nakakainis sa parte ng mga segment/story producer bukod sa pagta-time code (super horrendous guys, gusto ko patakbuhin ang oras every time) ang kakulangan ng oras. Kulang oras ng tulog, ng pagsusulat para sa script, ng pag-edit, at higit sa lahat, kulang sa air time. I swear, kung mura lang ang airtime para maikwento namin sa inyo ang lahat-lahat ng mga nangyayari sa isang segment na ginagawa namin, shet, ang saya ko siguro. Yung ilang araw naming shinoot, minimum 2 oras na material na ilalatag, pagkakasyahin namin sa ilang minuto lang, depende pa kung gaano kahaba ang allotted na oras sa show.

Pero siyempre, hindi naman kami mayaman, kadalasan wala kaming benefits at naghihirap (lol ibang topic na yan) kaya ang gagawin namin, gagawin namin ang lahat sa abot ng aming makakaya, kasama ng EP, editor at edit sup na maikwento pa rin ang istorya ng buong-buo, kahit na marami na kaming kinatay at masakit sa kalooban namin minsan. Kasi pag kulang kwento mo, aba, mag-iba ka na ng field, bes.

Pero super frustrated talaga ko dito sa Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino segment ko sa dami ng kinailangan kong katayin, as in, kaya lahat ng nakakausap ko tungkol sa PPP na interesado, kinukwento ko ‘tong mga sasabihin ko sa ibaba.

So ganito yan, bale may 12 pelikula sa PPP, ang treatment ng segment ko ikwento ang kwento sa likod ng mga kwento.

I had the chance to interview several of the directors and listen to the stories that we can’t see on the big screen – so we’ll show them on the small screen. But sadly, a lot of their stories still didn’t make it to the cut, at super nanghihinayang ako, because I love telling stories! But gotta thank the internet gods, for not having censorship or air time in the interwebz, because the ones that didn’t make the final edit on the cinema and the TV, I’m saying it all here!

Nabuo ang PPP dahil sa FDCP and other government and private sectors in celebration of Buwan Ng Wika, o diba, may maganda rin silang nagawa hindi lang EJK and patayen kita charot, peace tayo mga ka-DDS. It’s kinda like MMFF in the sense na all Filipino films for a week, but syempre QUALITY Filipino films, let me give stress to that ha. Bold, CAPSLOCK, underline, italic, red font. None of the usual films you would see during MMFF na gusto raw ng mga bata kasi nga Pasko. WEH. Sabi ni Liza Diño, it’s not about “pacifying” the audience who wants better movies, (we accept the films we think we deserve, bitchez,) pero syempre ano, ayoko na magsalita, kayo na mag-isip ng gusto ninyo, quiet na lang ako. HEHEHE. Let’s just hope na super magaganda talaga at quality films, kasi ano, umaasa ang taumbayan sa PPP!

Enough with the kuda, ito na, if you’re excited at how the alive and kicking the Philippine cinema is, here are the stories, behind the stories. Enjoy!

Birdshot

  1. Second feature film ito ni Mikhail Red, who hails from the Reds – ya know, yung pamilyang halimaw sa paggawa ng pelikula. Nag-uusap kami ng friends ko na paano kapag odd man out ka sa pamilya ng Red? Paano pag di ka creative? Ipapatapon ka ba? CHAROT!!! Co-writer niya ang pinsang si Rae Red (so as to get insights/show perspectives from a girl seeing as Maya, the protagonist in the movie, is also a girl) at kasama rin sa production ang isang tito sa pagbuo nito. Seriously, how to be like your family po?
  2. Galing ang story ng Birdshot sa isang news article na may farmer na nakapatay ng Philippine eagle and ate it, he didn’t know that it’s against the law and got jailed for it. Mikhail is fascinated with stories that didn’t actually have an antagonist, where everyone is just a victim of the circumstances, that they just need to survive the “food chain”, that is why he co-wrote the screenplay. Lasang chicken din kaya ang Philippine eagle?
  3. It took 2 years to finish the entire film. Mikhail’s vision is to make it look nothing like the “typical” Filipino film. The editing alone took six months to finish so they can polish the audio – surround, every foley, every gun shot, every footstep, nilinis. The movie also has a bluish tint, which is different from the typical Pinoy film na warm, mainit tingnan. Mas cold, very Western feels that they also shot it in a corn field, part ng concept. The team leveled up the production standard.
  4. The reason why they were able to do everything on their own time was because they were able to get international grants (soft funding), so until they were able to get the money, they didn’t start shooting the film. This is different from festival grants since may timetable and deadlines ang directors for their movies. #TIP for other struggling filmmakers.
  5. Two Phil. eagles were used in the film through the help of Philippine Eagle Foundation: isang hindi nakakalipad for the close ups (may gunshot wound ito), and one that is trained so when the trainer tells it to spread its wings, you can see the eagle in all its form and glory, baka mapapakanta ka ng Lupang Hinirang sa ganda, ewan ko lang, di ko sure mga mumshie, hindi pa ko nakakakita ng agila IRL.
  6. The film has won several awards in different film festivals around the world and only debuted in the 2017 Cinemalaya as its opening film. Kasi diba ganun dito sa Pinas, mainstream/commercial muna over movies na may social relevance. Lol. So far, rave reviews came from everyone who has seen the film – meaning, wagi si direk sa pag-hybrid ng social relevance at commercial chenelyn kemer ng pelikula.
  7. Mikhail is only 25 years old and this is his second film. His first movie (Rekorder) was shot in 2013 and he is currently shooting his third film. During the interview, napabilang ako, like, tangina, 21 pa lang siya gumagawa na siya ng pelikula. Nung 21 ako, tinapos ko yung Desperate Housewives, nagpakaadik sa Plants VS Zombies tapos pinanood ko ulit yung FRIENDS after graduation bakit ba. Tapos nung 25 ako, nag-overnight kami ng friends ko sa Station 10 kasi nagkagulo kami ng housemate naming qaqo, HAHAHA! So who’s the real winner here?

100 Tula Para Kay Stella

  1. Ang 100 Tula Para Kay Stella ay semi-biographical story ni Direk Jason Paul Laxamana. AYIIII. Habang kinukwento niya sa ‘kin to, tangina guys, kinikilig na ko. Ang haba ng hereret ni real Stella. Like Fidel, he also tried writing 100 poems for real life Stella. He was only able to finish 30-50 poems, some of which appeared in the movie.
  2. Some of the little details in the movie may appear like just prod design to regular audience, but the real Stella noticed these little details at lahat sila may meaning. Guys, yawcoena!
  3. May isa pa siyang kinwento pero pag kinwento ko, medyo spoiler so update ko na lang ‘to pag nag-showing na haha! (PM mo ko if you want to know it)
  4. It’s a period movie – set in the early 2000s so a lot of the songs used are reminiscent of that. Hence, the theme song Balisong and 241 are used. In the original draft, even songs from Sugarfree, Hale, basta yung mga bands during that time are part of the movie, kaso syempre expectation vs reality hehe.
  5. The scene that went viral – yung CR scene na nagkulong sila – was supposed to be cut from the movie due to time constraints. Buti na lang, they pushed through with it!
  6. JC Santos (who looked like Kit Harington in his specs and man bun kahapon sa Cinemalaya huhu pogiii) said that ang hirap nung kailangan nags-stutter siya sa film. Because not only does he need to give the right emotions, he also needed to think kung kelan siya mag-stutter. Uy, multitasker.
  7. Alam ko na ending ng movie kasi guys yung scoring was done in the prod house I’m freelancing, so one day, I was getting materials for my other segment, so chismosang frog si ate niyo gurl, paglingon ko, ay confrontation scene, so nood ako. Tas after a few minutes, WTF, ending na pala yuuuuun. I hate you, Pau (musical director naks). </3

Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone

  1. Direk Randolph had a cousin with down syndrome who died a week before she turned 18. Kumpleto na ang mga handa para sa party, pero sadly, hindi niya na inabutan at namatay na siya. This made him realize na halos wala pang pelikulang ina-address ang ganitong klaseng kwento kaya nabuo ang storya ni Van Damme.
  2. Nahirapan silang gawin ang pelikula dahil a lot of producers doubted its feasibility. Their main concern is if kaya ba ng mga batang ito na umarte sa harap ng kamera? Until Cine Filipino took a chance on it. They were the last film to start shooting, and they were having a hard time finding the kid who’ll play Van Damme. Pero yung adult Van Damme, it was easier because of Paolo – the kid from McDo commercial.
  3. They saw 700 kids, but they weren’t able to find their Van Damme. Until one day, may isang bata who came and just said, “Good morning!” and Direk Randolph thought, this kid is it.
  4. Prior to filming, every cast, staff, and crew attended a seminar conducted by DSAP (Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines) so they would know how to act around the kids.
  5. For the first time, ito lang daw ang set na napuntahan ni Direk na walang nagyoyosi, walang nagmumura, and everybody is just happy.
  6. Some of the scenes, they had to be creative in shooting, para sa mga bagets. One time, they had to shoot the young Van Damme to say “puno!” on cam, but he kept on playing around with the team when the camera starts rolling, so they had to roll the camera during rehearsal, just to get the shot.
  7. Since madaling ma-down ang mga batang may down syndrome, yung nurse ni young Van Damme, pag nada-down na siya, will give him a power hug for ten seconds. After that, okay na ulit siya. This was then mimicked by the staff and crew, if they’re feeling down/pagod, they give each other power hugs and they said that it really works! *tear here
  8. May isang scene where Paolo, the adult Van Damme, didn’t want to dance, “hiya ako Direk” he said. So they had to be creative. Direk Randolph said they’re going to play stop dance so Paolo would dance. Everybody in the set had to dance, even the cameramen. And if gumalaw sila, out sila sa set. HAHAHA!
  9. Kids with down syndrome, takot sila sa mga nagsisigawan. Unfortunately, there’s a scene na kailangan magsigawan ang character ni Candy and the brother. After the scene, young Van Damme was shaking and peed on his pants, buti na lang, they put him in diapers, as his mom suggested. Grabe ang apology ni Direk sa mama ni Van Damme and to him. To cheer him up, pinalabas agad ang mga power ranger na next scene pa dapat ang shoot and made them play with him kahit hindi pa sila ready.
  10. Isa sa emotional scene was when Paolo had to button up his polo. He didn’t know how to do it in real life, but with Candy’s help and encouragement, he was able to do it. The shot took 18 minutes and everybody couldn’t move after the shot, they were crying and cheering for Paolo’s achievement.
  11. Candy was chosen to play the mom in the movie because direk likes giving “breaks” to artists who do not usually play the lead. Also because Candy has a kid with autism, so she knows how parents with differently abled kids feel and deal with having one.
  12. Overall, naging patient at creative si Direk during shooting, not because he was dealing with differently abled kids, but because they are kids.

Patay Na si Hesus

  1. Patay Na si Hesus is a movie about a dysfunctional family’s road trip on their way to their father’s burial. It was shot in chronological order (the road trip part) para makatipid.
  2. Direk Victor thought madali lang ito i-shoot. But he said he was very wrong. He had to hide in the backseat of the minivan with the monitor covered in black backing during takes. He said, “para kaming mag-kama sutra ng cameraman ko.” HAHAHAHA! They also have to take a lot of stops, go back and shoot again for retakes.
  3. He said he enjoyed the little things like ano kayang pagkain ang makakain nila sa next stop.
  4. One of the scenes they were in a rush to shoot, kailangang habulin ang sikat ng araw at kailangang maabutan ang ferry from Cebu to Dumaguete. “Para kaming nag-a-amazing race,” he said.
  5. He said Jaclyn San Jose agreed to do the role because it was different from the last movie she did (Ma’Rosa). She had to learn the dialect – accents and all to look and sound like the part.
  6. In one of the scenes where everyone has to cry, the ensemble had to draw emotions from each other and it was one of his (Direk Victor’s) favorite scenes in the movie.
  7. The original title of Patay na si Hesus was “Lubong na si Hesus” and then later on changed to “Libing Things” (sikat ang Stranger Things that time hahahaang jologs sabi ni direk) and then later on they settled to “Patay Na si Hesu”s because of the whole “bawal magsaya/maglaro patay si Hesus” belief Catholics have during Lenten season. Diba? Like bawal maligo after 3pm lol, bawal masugatan, bawal ngumiti, charot! Daming bawal, sang part ba ng bible sinabi yun?!
  8. Tapos so diba yun na nga dahil sa title, may mga shunga shungang netizens na hindi gets na word play lang yung title. Blasphemy daw lol. “Blastfemy” “blastphemous” daw, so yun na nga guys, pag ako naging friend ko si Zuckerberg, isa-suggest ko talaga na may IQ test ang Facebook para mabawasan ang mga tanga sa Facebook. #NoToFakeNews

AWOL

  1. AWOL is Direk Enzo’s third film, a modern full blown Pinoy action movie.
  2. He chose Gerald Anderson to star in the film because he has the built of an action star and he came from a family who are in the military, that’s why he thought he was perfect for the part.
  3. The film had a small budget and despite this, Gerald still agreed to do the film, gave his full dedication and commitment to the film.
  4. Gerald was trained by army rangers, before shooting and while shooting.
  5. The film was shot in a span of 11 days, and since they have a limited budget, they had to rush the shoot a lot of times (do 1 take only and then run on the next location) because they have a very ambitious script.
  6. AWOL is a collaborative project from Skylight, Cinebro and the AFP. The AFP is very proud of this project and they supported the film the best that they can.
  7. To make it look as real as possible, the soldiers that you see on the film are actual soldiers. It’s the real deal.

Hamog

  1. It stars several child stars including my favorite baby gurrrl, Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita’s Therese Malvar. Therese said that they all went to Guadalupe to immerse with actual mga batang hamog to see how they talk, walk, act, and even react to their environment.
  2. There was one batang hamog girl na peg niya talaga in playing her role in the movie that she shadowed. Ang bongga ng may peg in life lol.
  3. Therese’s mom had to teach her to curse because she didn’t know how to. Imagine having your mom teach you paano magmura ng malutong na putangina, bwakanangina, etc. LOL. Nanay ko dati nananampal pag nagmura ka, siya lang pwede magmura sa bahay LOL.
  4. This was the first time she had experienced getting slapped on cam. Anna Luna slapped the fvcked out of her that she had ringing in her ear the entire day. The director also told Anna Luna to kick her as well after the slap. Ayan, bb gurl, gusto mo masaktan diba? Haha.

Triptiko

  1. Para makumpleto ang isang eksena, ipinilit ni Direk Mico na mai-shoot ang isang tracking shot kahit na mali ang shooting permit at hinabol at sinita na sila ng mga pulis. Naging police chase scene ang car scene which led to him being threatened by the local security that he might face possible jail time. He said na it seemed like the right thing to do at the time, but in retrospect, mali talaga yun. So guys, remember, no scene is worth going to jail for. Mehehehe. Also, make sure you have the right permits, ene be.
  2. May mga iniwang “easter eggs” sa bawat episode na konektado sa isa pang episode para mapakita na nasa iisang “universe” lang ito nangyayari.

Salvage

  1. Ang Salvage ay isang experimental approach sa supernatural horror-found footage genre.
  2. Aside from the movie being supernatural, a lot of supernatural things also happened during shoot. There were reports that the set were disturbed by spirits and doppelgangers.
  3. Director Sherad Sanchez has a ritual in choosing his locations. Naghihintay siya na may ahas na tumawid sa harap niya. For him, this is a sign na the spirit guardian of the location is giving permision for the film to shoot in the place.
  4. He also said that he was always reprimanded by filmmaker friends to stop interpreting the script. They are trying to restrain him from making the film stranger than it already is.
  5. Due to limited budget, Jessy Mendiola had to do all her stunts. Nagpagulong-gulong siya sa gubat.

Pauwi Na

  1. The film was inspired by a news clipping in Inquirer about a family na umuwi ng probinsya using their pedicab. It affected Direk Paolo in several ways that compelled him to write a screenplay about it
    1. they were so poor they had to use a pedicab because there was no other way
    2. the resilience of the family to actually go through the process of traveling ng ganun kalayo
    3. how strong the family was to travel that far
    4. It’s a reflection of every Filipino’s story – how we want to be in a better situation and how we are going to make a way to do it.
  2. Shooting the film was logistically difficult – it can be compared to how the family in the story traveled to get to where they want to go.
  3. The movie won the Golden Goblet in Shanghai and they were really happy that the movie will also premiere in the Philippines, not just in different countries, but here, where the intended viewers are.

Bar Boys

  1. Most of the stories in the film happened to actual law students/law schools.
  2. The barkada is based from Direk Kip’s own barkada when he was in college, including the game the boys were playing in the film.
  3. The film was inspired by the movie ‘Bagets’
  4. It tells the story of a “normal” college barkada would look like in a film: with all the struggles and difficulties. It’s a movie about law, friendship, and in a way, a love story but not a romantic love story, but a love story between friends.
  5. Direk Kip created a “chill” environment to allow the boys to bond and have chemistry on cam although Enzo and Rocco are already friends in real life.

Ang Mananaggal Sa Unit 23B

  1. Manananggal is a horror love story by Direk Prime Cruz. It’s a different take on the typical manananggal film we all love in the 90s, in the sense that it humanizes the manananggal.
  2. Was lucky to watch the uncut version in UP Cine Adarna. Oh good gahd, it was intense. Ryza was intense. SPOILER ALERT: May masturbation scene and in all honesty, I was like, “ah ganun pala pag babae.” HAHAHA yawcoena! Ewan ko lang baka tinanggal na yan sa ipapalabas kasi MTRCB lol yoko na magcomment.
  3. The female sexuality was used a lot in the movie and was used as a plot device in the film.
  4. They shot the manananggal transformation scene first to allow the CGI team a lot of time to make the necessary CGI look real. DOP Tey Clamor also made it look darker, para mas maganda tingnan. They also storyboarded this part to make it easier for the CGI team to do the necessary edits.
  5. Red and green are the color palettes used in the movie; red is for blood and green was used to balance it out.

Paglipay

  1. Paglipay first premiered in To Farm Fil Festival.
  2. They were supposed to have real actors but having to make their skin look darker for the Aeta role wasn’t working so they used non-actors in the film.
  3. Filming it was harder than usual, because the actors were conscious and were looking at the cameras during filming or after saying their lines.
  4. This is where the power of editing came in, they used different shots to make it look more natural on cam.

Note: All info about Paglipay are secondhand information. I wasn’t able to interview Direk Zig because he was busy with his Cinemalaya 2017 entry, Bagahe, which I heard was great!

Information on Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B were all taken from the Q&A after the movie was played in UP Cine Adarna.

All the other pieces of information were my recollection with my interview with the directors themselves, while some sent in their answers through Messenger, Viber, and video message. If there are errata, I’d gladly change them. 😉

If umabot ka hanggang dito, ‘lika nga, pa-kiss! Congrats, mas mahaba ang attention span mo kesa sa goldfish! Manood tayong lahat sa Aug 16-22. MABUHAY ANG PELIKULANG PILIPINO!

6 responses to “69 Things You Need To Know Before You Bingewatch The Movies In Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017”

  1. Binasa ko lahat! Binasa ko kanina habang lunch break hehe. Grabe ang ganda! Public service ito para sa aming mga wala sa Pilipinas pero mahilig sa pelikulang Pilipino! Super salamat huhuhu!

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    1. You’re welcome! Aaminin ko na, isa sa dahilan bakit hindi ko gustong mangibang-bansa kasi hindi na ko makakanood ng mga pelikulang Pilipino as much as I want to. Hahaha! Inilaban ko sa producer ko na magsusulat ako tungkol dito kaso di raw pwede kasi yung materyal hindi sa akin. Akala niya pala video ang ipopost ko. Haha! Nagtaka pa ko na, information lang naman, bakit kaya bawal? Sabi ko talaga, hindi pwede, kailangang malaman ng mga tao gaano kahirap gumawa ng pelikula sa atin. 🙂

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      1. Hahaha! Sabihin mo sa producer mo na may at least isang tao kang sobrang napasaya. Legit mehn, walang stir. Nakaka-miss talaga ang Pilipinas. 🙂

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        1. Tatlo na kayo actually. Haha! Yung kaibigan ko sabi niya, bakit bawal ko raw ipost, e dapat daw ipost ko na hahaha! Masaya rin siya kasi nai-post ko na raw sa wakas at pinayagan ako. 😊

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