It looks like some risk-taking filmmakers and TV content providers are taking it upon themselves to take to location shoots a bit too ahead of the anticipated new normal. This was because the Film Development Council of the Phil. (FDCP) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have issued early on guidelines how to shoot on location observing stringent provision for health and “lock-in” protocols as a way to beat the volatile pandemic.
A couple of caveats, however, from said “lock-in” protocols clearly prohibit the participation of minors and senior citizens off and on-camera.
Due to said ruling, Superstar Nora Aunor had to beg off from an earlier commitment to shoot a serious film project on hand. The same with former ABS-CBN TV director Johnny Manahan who has moved to TV5. He has to wait hopefully for the pandemic to die down and for said ruling to relax on senior directors like him.
Incidentally, some younger and courageous group of filmmakers and artists who are obviously way below 60 are taking advantage of said “lock-in” shoot protocols. This we were informed in a story conference of a film in-progress billed “Crazy In Love With You” held recently at the spanky Rbiel’s Bistro in Quezon City and hosted by Throy Catan, talent manager-movie reporter and President of TJC Entertainment Productions.
Throy bundled up at least nine warm bodies of actors led by beauty queen Ariella Arida and veteran actor Mike Lloren who is also the film’s line-producer in a face-off situation with some friends from the movie press. The rest of the actors included the male lead and former ABS-CBN talent Miko Raval with Coleen Perez, Ara Altamira, MJ Cayabyab, Jay Gonzaga and Throy’s wards John Arcenas and Irene Solevilla.
Strangely, they were all visible only through their eyes and spoke, albeit quite clearly through their face mask, charge it to strict social distancing protocol.
Surprisingly, the bigger reveal of the story con was that the executive producer and screenwriter of said film project Romina Wilcox happens to be a sharing-caring gorgeous Fil-Am who is a renowned novelist and had come up with several cyber high-tech, and glowingly reviewed five-star thrillers available at Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
She was hooked-up live via Zoom with us and was gamely on standby through much of the Q & A portion.
This led Caveat to ask Wilcox why she settled for a far different genre like the rom-com story material at hand when she had stacks of creditable, serious and highly relatable novels for film adaptation suitable even for the millennials. Her answer was due to budget considerations.
This because most of her sought-after novels were actually born against the complex and enigmatic Silicon Valley as its veritable backdrop, her workplace for years before she left it for good for a new challenging workplace much more conducive yet to creativity and productivity.
Towards the end of our conversation, we promised to look into the rest of the oeuvres of this trailblazing Filipino novelist who is making big waves in the marketplace for techno and murder-mystery thrillers among numerous and competing Fil-Am authors of varied and exciting genres.