I have made three short films, two of those I directed myself and I have only the slightest idea how difficult it was to act until this fourth film, where I cast as one of the two primary characters.
My friend Mica just finished filming her first ever short film. She wrote the script last year, produced and directed the movie last January, and even cast as an impromptu supporting actress during the second shooting day!
The project became possible because Mica is surrounded by loving and talented friends (ehem ehem). Two of her bestfriends casts the main roles – Jehz Laurente as Kuya Jess the elder autistic brother, and Cai Abbass (yours truly) as Jackie the younger sister of Jess. Supporting roles are also played by Mica’s closest friends: Winston Almendras as Rommel, Jackie’s suitor, who did a great job enduring six power slaps on his left cheek; Ed Arevalo as (originally) Uncle Rey who, after some takes, became Kuya Rey; Ada Lajara who superbly played the role of Jam, the lesbian cousin of Jess and Jackie; Jhelo Cruz, the impromptu cast who just happened to pass by for a while in the location, played as Uno, the other cousin; and Sire Arevalo who played two extra roles.
Mica was lucky to have Mr Buddy Gancenia of Philippine Wedding as the Director of Photography in exchange of a practical deal. Gancenia is an expert in wedding coverage. It was fun working with him, he got along with other people just fine.
My experience? Totally awesome. I was really humbled working with these peepz. They did great. Jehz is a natural “special kid” actor. I was blown away by Ada’s acting prowess. Liz is a gifted artist. Everyone is friendly and motivated. It was sure a fun-filled weekend shooting.
I am excited for the next project that we are planning. I have already done a love story, a sci-fi, and two drama. Next, thriller. 😉