“Sine Panitik…the First Trilogy” finally had its first shooting day last Wednesday, March 26, in Daet, Camarines Norte as Director Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao started work in the film adaptation of Sandaang Damit, a Tagalog short story by Fanny Garcia.
Scheduled to be finished in three consecutive days from March 26 to 28, Sandaang Damit is the first of three literary masterpieces to be presented as the first trilogy of this Film Academy of the Philippines project.
The second story in the trilogy is Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro of Gregorio Brilliantes which is scheduled for shooting on March 29 to 31 with Director Jose N. Carreon at the helm.
The third story is Tata Selo by Rogelio Sikat which will be directed by Director William Mayo with the possible location shooting to be held in a Laguna town.
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, Camarines Norte.
A production team led by Martinez and Director Vinarao motored to Daet last Sunday, March 23 and even held the flag ceremony at the Daet municipal plaza where they were presented to the public by Mayor Sarion.
“Sine Panitk…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).
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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