“Sine Panitik…the First Trilogy” finally takes off after Daet Mayor Tito S. Sarion and Director-General Leo G. Martinez of the Film Academy of the Philippines sealed an agreement to produce two of the film’s three episodes in Daet, Camarines Norte.
A pre-production team of the Academy will be motoring to Daet on Sunday, February 16 for a three-day location hunting and pre-production work in the place. The shooting is tentatively scheduled for the last week of March.
The FAP production team is composed of Joel B. Apuyan and Romy Opulencia, production managers; Tom Torres and Andy Andico, assistant directors; Archi Adamos, casting director; and Dante Kabigting, assistant director and video-cameraman for the location hunting.
“Sine Panitik…the first Trilogy” is the first in a series of films which will translate into film classic literary masterpieces written by Filipino writers, including short stories, plays, novels and even poetry and folk tales like legends.
The First Trilogy will include three short stories which were adapted into screenplays in the first Sine Panitik Scriptwriting Contest last year. There were seven winning scripts but three will be filmed first. These are Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro by Gregorio Brilliantes (adapted by Jeffrey P. Yap), Sandaang Damit ni Fanny Garcia (adapted by Therese Anne Cayaba) and Tata Selo ni Rogelio Sicat (adapted by Julie L. Po).
The two films to be shot in Daet are the Brilliantes and Garcia short stories.
Mayor Sarion has agreed to support the FAP in this first ever film project. The municipal government will provide lodging and transportation requirements in Daet for the cast and crew who will stay in town for six days (three shooting days for each project). It will also take care of the rentals and shooting permits for the locations which will be chosen by the pre-production team.
Director-General Martinez say that the mayor is willing to share catering expenses with the Academy for the food requirements of the cast and crew.
In return, Martinez vowed to help promote Daet as a tourist destination inasmuch as the place will be amply promoted in the two film episodes. “The town, its people and officials will be properly acknowledged in the film credits. The First Trilogy will be shown commercially and will have special bookings in the big schools, colleges and universities throughout the country.”
He added that the film will solicit a required viewing endorsement from DepEd because the stories are included in the curriculum of the grade school, high school and even college levels.
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