After being part of the Asian series The Bridge last year in Malaysia, Joseph Marco said that shooting projects abroad is not as glamorous as it seems, especially while working on his horror film The Missing which was part of the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) lineup and was shot mainly in Saga, Japan.
“Twice or thrice na ako nag-shoot abroad and hindi siya ganun kadali kasi ang nangyayari may mga parts dun na hindi kayo puwede mag-park kaya maglalakad talaga kayo ng malayo and I feel for the cameraman and the crew at nagbubuhat sila ng mga mabibigat na bagay. But our team was sobrang cooperative. You can really tell na nagtutulungan ang grupo so hindi kami nahirapan talaga,” he shared.
In the film, Joseph plays the role of an engineer named Job who is the ex-boyfriend of Iris (played by Ritz Azul). “Pinaghandaan ko itong role na ito. I think sobrang laking tulong na meron akong coach for Japanese lines. Na-guide niya ako thankfully and laking tulong din na nag-shoot talaga kami sa Japan because iba yung feeling na suot suot mo yung makapal na damit and at the same time ang lamig lamig talaga nung weather. And from there ako yung unang mapupunta sa Japan. From there on, in-invite ko si Iris to work with me and dun mag-sa-start yung kuwento. Basically I just built Job’s character, kung ano man yung binigay sa akin sa script and at the same time, may ginawa din akong add-ons dun sa back story ng character ko para mas maraming layers and at the same time nag-study ako somehow ng Japanese language and thankfully may naging teacher ako dun sa Japan while we were doing the scenes,” he explained.
The 32-year-old Kapamilya actor said he is thankful to have work even during the pandemic and is also happy to be a regular cast of another show.“Ngayon kasi nabawasan yung working hours so it’s like 12 hours na lang. Surprising natatapos namin yung 30 sequences a day so I think mas okay ito para sa lahat health-wise. Mas okay talaga yung set-up ngayon. I’m shooting for Ang sa Iyo ay Akin and na-experience ko both and masasabi ko lna may advantage at saka disadvantage siya. Advantage nung na-experience ko kasi mas napapaghandaan in terms of the lines, memorization, in terms of the planning kung paano aatakihin yung scenes ng mga directors. So may advantage rin talaga. Dito naman sa film especially for Metro Manila Film Fest, hindi na natin na-experience yung nagkakaroon tayo ng premiere night but the good thing about that is puwede na siya panuorin around the world. So kung hindi man mangyayari yun, ang mga kababayans natin from around the world mapapanuod nila yung film festival kahit malayo sila dito sa Pililpinas,” he said.
Watch The Missing on Upstream.ph.