Albert Martinez shares that being a film director entails discipline and great passion for one's craft.
After finishing the teleserye Kung Tayo'rsquo;y Magkakalayo, Albert Martinez has been busy filming Rosario, an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival this December. When asked if he feels pressured knowing that Rosario would be pitted against other big-budgeted movies (such as Ang Tanging Ina Mo Rin: Huli Na 'lsquo;To, RPG Metanoia, Shake Rattle and Roll, and Ang Agimat Ni Enteng), the actor-director simply replied, "Actually, 'lsquo;di ko naiisip yung pressure and competing with the others. Ang gusto ko talaga ay maikwento ng maayos yung buhay ni Rosario at mabigyan ko ng justice yung film."
According to Albert, the film is based on the true story of a former carnival queen whose struggles in life and love will surely move a lot of moviegoers. "The message that I want to convey through this movie is very simple. It'rsquo;s a straight narrative at sana ma-appreciate ng mga tao ang ibang klase ng pelikula na hango sa totoong buhay at binigyan namin ng pinakamataas na kalidad sa paggawa ng kwento ni Rosario. From production design to the characters na magbibigay buhay sa pelikula, pinag-isipan talaga."
Since being a director means he should always be on top of things, Albert claimed that he really learned to be more passionate and disciplined when it comes to his craft. "Ibang mundo siya. Dun ko na-realize na 'lsquo;di madali maging director dahil wala kang pahinga. Four am pa lang nasa set ka na, first kang dadating at last kang uuwi. But I am not complaining because it'rsquo;s a very good experience and I am very happy with the outcome of the film. Kaya lang physically tiring at kailangan may passion ka talaga."
Albert also takes pride in the fact that he was able to get a powerhouse cast from different networks for this project. Some of the Kapamilya stars who are part of Rosario include Dolphy, Sid Lucero, and Empress to name a few. "More than anything, dumali trabaho ko dahil magagaling sila. Kumbaga half of my job tapos na, 'lsquo;di ako masyado namroblema. Ang ginawa ko na lang ginuide ko sila properly na mapuntahan yung tamang characterization. And since artista din ako, mas alam ko kung papaano kontrolin yung emotions at kung ano yung mga bagay na dapat iwasan. Siyempre naintindihan ko din yung mga kapritso at sitwasyon ng artista, binalensa ko lahat yun."