The pre-production team of the Sine Panitik film project of the Film Academy of the Philippine conducted a four-day location hunting in Daet, Camarines Norte from Feb. 15 to 18 and identified the location requirements for the film’s first two episodes.
The pre-production trip to Daet was undertaken after Daet Mayor Tito S. Sarion and FAP Director-General Leo G. Martinez sealed an agreement to produce two of the film’s three episodes in Daet.
The team was composed of Joel Apuyan, Dante Kabigting and Romy Opulencia, production managers; Andy Andico and Tom Torres, assistant directors; actor Archi Adamos and cameraman Roy Apuyan. During their stay in Daet, Mayor Sarion provided them with four guides. They were billeted at the Herbis Penthouse Hotel.
During the flag ceremonies last Monday morning, the mayor even introduced the group to the officials and employees of the municipal government together with a medical mission team who was also visiting and conducting clinics in the town.
“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. The production team searched for locations of the two stories which included a school and a simple house for Sandaang Damit; and an ancestral house, a gasoline station and a hut by the river in Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro.
Mayor Sarion has agreed to support the FAP in this first ever film project by providing 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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