After his directorial debut with this year’s digital film Alter Me which premiered online this November, RC De los Reyes said that creating a controversial backdrop for his lead stars Enchong Dee and Jasmine Curtis Smith’s story was not meant to stir up any issue and instead just aims to shed some light into the alter world in the country.
“I think hindi naman kami masyado lumalim on the alter universe because we respect the community and their privacy and ayaw namin mag-step in into something na alam namin at the end of the day hindi naman yun yung kuwento. Our kuwento is about connections and rebuilding connections and it’s a love story at the end of the day about two people finding that connection in their lives. Siguro at the end, sana hopefully when the people watch the movie, hindi lang nila makita yung Alter Me na as your alternate universe to fulfill your desires, na yun yung outlet mo for release. Most importantly, sana ma-realize nila that before we are able to connect to the world, you have to be able to connect with yourself, hence self-love,” he explained.
Even though they shot the Netflix film before the pandemic, direk RC said his need to continue to work on projects continued even while he was doing home quarantine.
“Siguro during this quarantine siyempre we were able to get connected again with ourselves ngayon na nasa loob lang tayo ng bahay. We get to talk to ourselves more, we get to talk to our family and friends more and there’s one thing I’ve realized, as a person kasi I may not be that vocal with my opinions and what I stand in unless you ask me. But siguro my contribution to the industry that I belong in is nowadays I think what is important is to do what you are supposed to do. And in my case, I am a filmmaker and I have to make films, I have to create stories, I have to continue developing stories. Because one film na ma-approve ng mga producers, that one film that I make, it’s not just a job for me, it is a job to many. And I think that is what is important and that is yung hindi dapat mawala sa atin, knowing what our duty and our responsibility as a human being in the society in this country,” he said.