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‘Love Unlock’ director Dado Lumibao on directing Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz: ‘Ang ganda nilang tingnan’

‘Love Unlock’ director Dado Lumibao premieres his latest digital film on the Kapamilya Online Live channel on August 15, Saturday.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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08/15/2020 08:37 AM
‘Love Unlock’ director Dado Lumibao on directing Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz: ‘Ang ganda nilang tingnan’
Photo credit: @DirekDado (L) Twitter Page and ABS-CBN Entertainment (R)

With the upcoming exclusive premiere of the original digital special “Love Unlock,” this Saturday (August 15), 7:30 PM, director Dado Lumibao shared how the two-part film came to be. “Creatively, isa ito sa tatlong concept na naunang in-approve at nabuo. Even with sa E-numan, we are trying to reunite yung mga romantic couples, so sa Hook-up we thought of Gerald and Arci kasi siyempre ang hirap mag-taping ng virtual lang so dapat talaga yung chemistry talaga ng dalawang artista should be there especially since ang episode na ito dalawa lang sila na characters dito na na-trap sa kani-kanilang mundo during the lockdown,” he shared during the Love Unlock virtual media con held last August 11.

Direk Dado said he was thankful to Hook-up lead actors Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz for accepting the project. “Kinausap namin sila na nakakatuwa naman na pumayag sila. Orignally, ang intention ng script sa episode na ito romantic lang siya talaga. Kaya lang nung nakita namin si Arci, actually first time ko makatrabaho dito si Arci, na napaka-kenkay, yung sense of humor niya nag-sa-swak sila ni Gerald. So ang ganda nilang tingnan. And then sabi namin kay Arci, ‘Puwede ba namin makita yung kuwarto mo? Dapat yung kuwarto mo romantic. Maganda yung ilaw, maganda yung ganun, ganyan, ganyan.’ So nung dinala niya kami sa kuwarto niya, puro mga laruan. Sabi namin, ‘Arci, paano yan. Puro mga laruan ang nandiyan. Baka hindi tugma sa character.’ But then I realized parang mas bumagay siya kasi ang child-like so ginawa namin yung character niya na napaka child-like at napaka pilya pero yung oozing with sexiness and all that. So parang mas gumanda pa yung kuwento tuloy. After that nagkaroon ng rehearsal and then nag-shoot na kami. And then natapos din namin on time kasi maganda yung chemistry ng dalawa,” he explained.

Dealing with the challenge of directing via Zoom and having the actors do a lot of the technical work in their own homes, Direk Dado said he was impressed by how well they adjusted to the new normal way of film production. “Kami talaga yung nagtulong tulong and then isa sa mga concern, yung mga artista sila ang magiging lighting director, sila ang magiging audio man and all that, camera man, paano kaya? Marami silang iisipin. Pero nakakatuwa kasi napaka professional nilang lahat. Si Arci nga lagi niyang sinasabi na hindi niya alam, kinakabahan na siya. Pero sabi namin, ‘Relax ka lang. We’re with you along the way.’ Alam mo, in a matter of time, wala pang oras siguro, natutunan niya lahat. Pati paglagay ng camera. So kung mapapanuod niyo yung short film talaga, sila yun. Sila ang nag-camera sa sarili nila, ang audio nila sila rin lahat. Mahirap siya pero very, very fulfilling kasi parang bagong bago talaga. Talagang it will really challenge you creatively and technically and nakakatuwa naman na nagawa namin. Maganda naman yung kinalabasan,” he shared.