In a new digital special under RCD Narratives, the same team behind primetime shows like The Killer Bride and A Soldier’s Heart, comes an original digital special Love Unlock, which will exclusively premiere on Kapamilya Online Live this Saturday, August 15. Director Dado Lumibao explained that the two-part show was borne out of a lot of creative brainstorming during the lockdown. “Actually nagsimula yung creating process sa unit namin. Ano ang puwede naming gawin habang nasa lockdown? Hindi naman puwede mag-taping, mag-shoot, so naisipan namin mag-pitch ng mga film na naipapakita yung mga nangyayari, paano yung experience ng mga tao habang naka-lockdown sila. So our creative team came up with ten concepts na prinesent sa management na nagustuhan naman nila. But because of the challenges and all we were able to produce two, itong E-numan at saka Hookup. So yun yung pinanggalingan niya,” he shared.
Their team finished the script and started shooting with E-numan stars Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto at the end of May. “Actually nakaka-challenge ito not only for us technical people but also for the actors because sila sila lang. Sila ang nag-camera man sa scene nila, sila ang nag-set up. So I admire them because they’re very professional. I know marami silang natutunan sa paggawa ng pelikula. Actually it’s really very difficult pero masaya siyang gawin. One, kailangan talaga because it’s virtual kailangan ng mabusising pre-production. So nung na-finalize na ang lahat, okay na yung script and we asked the actors Julia and Joshua and they said yes. So in-explain namin kung ano ang gagawin nila, kung ano yung quote unquote responsibility nila aside from being an actor kasi sila rin ang naglagay ng sound, inayos nila yung audio, inayos nila yung placement ng camera. But before that, siyempre nung nag-mi-meeting kami in one of the rehearsals, sinabi ko, ‘O i-tour niyo kami sa bahay ninyo. Tingnan natin kung saan yung magandang anggulo.’ So tinour nila kami using the camera. They obliged naman,” he explained.
The Love Unlock director said that the project is timely because of the current situation because of the pandemic. “I think so. Talagang naghintay ng magandang tiyempo para mailabas ito. So nung ni-launch yung Kapamilya Online, management thought na ito yung magandang platform and venue for this show. Siyempre first pairing nila Julia at Joshua after a long time so I think this is the right timing na maipalabas ito sa Saturday. Sa totoo lang, very limited yung number (ng tao sa production). So ako lang tapos executive producer, associate producer tapos dalawang production staff tapos production manager namin tapos yung business unit head namin. So kami lang talaga yung nag-work. Yung ibang mga technical staff like lighting director, ang mga lighting director namin sina Julia at Joshua na. Sila na ang nag-ayos ng ilaw nila. Sa audio naman, meron lang kaming consultant pero again, ang gumawa nun sila Julia at Joshua din ulit. Halos kami kami lang. Sa production design, nag-provide kami ng mga props na wala sa kanila, ganun. Very limited talaga. Kaya nakaka-challenge siya at nakaka-excite gawin,” he said.
Shooting his first film virtually was a different kind of challenge according to direk Dado, even though they were able to finish shooting the mini-movie in just half a day. “Kasi ang maganda rin yung mga casting like Joshua and Julia, yung nandun na yung chemistry, hindi na siya mahirap. So yun yung nangyari. Nung nagawa yung script, naghanap kami ng mga artista na babagay dun. yung mga may pinagsamahan para yung chemistry nandun na. Hindi na kailangang i-create pa kasi nandun na naturally. That’s why we thought of Julia and Joshua kasi parang yung mga characters that they play, very close to their heart. So nakakatuwa that they accepted the offer and the roles, so nung ginagawa na ito, yung mga adlib not on the dialogue but more on the nuances. Sa una natatakot ako kasi mga artista sila hindi naman sila camera men. Hindi naman sila audio men, hindi naman sila mga production designer. So I asked them na mag-mu-multi task kayo, they agreed to do it. So nakakatuwa kasi si Julia alam niya yung naggulo niya na ginagawa. Si Joshua din. So parang nakakatuwa kasi sa araw na yun, jack of all trades sila. Wow it’s so nice to work with professional people who are willing to work more than what is expected of them. So yun yung challenges dun,” he added.