Lights Camera Magic short film winner Arjanmar Rebeta introduces his new short film about exploited street children.
Award-winning director Arjanmar Rebeta is currently working on a short film that talks about kids being used in social crimes. Viral Kids, one of the three winners of the Lights Camera Magic 3-minute film competition, is currently in production for a longer version directed by Arjanmar who is being mentored by Director JP Habac.
Arjanmar told PUSH that the concept of Viral Kids was inspired by the social media trend of street kids going viral after singing on camera. "Ang pinaka istorya din is, sa likod ng pagiging viral kids nila, ano kaya ang kuwento? Nakikita lang natin kung ano ang pinost, baka mayroon pang ibang story na mas malalim pa, na mas kailangan nating tanungin o maging concerned tayo sa kanila. Hindi yung pinag-viral natin sila, tapos tapos na," he said.
The new version of Rebeta's film will feature two Goin' Bulilit stars, Josh de Guzman and Ashley Sarmiento.
Aside from receiving the grant from Star Magic's film competition, part of Arjanmar's prize is the chance to be guided by the I'm Drunk, I'm Love You director, JP Habac, in re-creating the short film.
"Malaking tulong lalo na sa script writing. Kasi dati nung pinresent ko iba pa yung daloy ng kuwento. Nung tinitignan ko nga, masyadong mababaw. Pero nung na-assess niya natulungan niya ako na mapalalim siya," Rebeta said while giving credit to Habac who also visited the set.
"Pinag-uusapan ngayon yung ibaba yung criminality age to 9-12 years old. Naging buhay yung script nito, (kaya) naipasok natin siya ngayon. So hindi na lang siya pagiging viral, somehow nagiging political and social issue na siya, nagiging mas malalim. Hindi na tayo nagiging concerned sa mga bata bilang mga palaboy, kundi magiging concerned na lang tayo sa kanila in the future," Rebeta explained.
Arjanmar received the Best Director award last year from a film festival in Turkey, for Ma-Gulong Sayaw ng Buhay. His recent short film, Palabas (A Country in Moving Pictures) was also selected as a finalist in Interfilm Berlin 2018.
Watch the 3-minute version of Viral Kids here: