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Director Antoinette Jadaone dedicates her film ‘Fan Girl’ to real life fans

2020 MMFF Best director Antoinette Jadaone reveals what’s in store for her next film project.

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Rhea Manila Santos

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01/06/2021 10:04 AM
Director Antoinette Jadaone dedicates her film ‘Fan Girl’ to real life fans
Photo Credit: @tonetjadaone Instagram

After her film Fan Girl won all the major awards during the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival, director Antoinette Jadaone said she is already busy working on making new scripts for future projects.

“Meron akong mga sinusulat ngayon na mga script at pelikula. Ang Fan Girl sa akin hindi talaga siya nag-sa-start na gusto ko magtalakay ng isyung panlipunan. Mas nag-uumpisa talaga siya sa kuwento na gusto ko ikuwento. Parang naturally sa pag-develop ng script, lumalabas na lang yung mga issue kung saan naroon yung mga characters. Naka-depende talaga siya sa kung ano ang naiisip kong isulat at that time. Hindi kasi ako nakaplano kung ano yung next film. Mas kung ano yung nasa mood kong gawin at that time,” she said.

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The film, which is a story about a high school student (played by Charlie Dizon) obsessed with her idol Paulo Avelino (playing himself) is also dedicated to real life fans according to direk Tonette. “Siguro para siya sa lahat ng fans, kasi usually hindi naman pag fan ka, fan ka lang ng artista di ba? Puwede kang maging fan ng teacher mo, puwede kang maging fan ng k-pop, k-drama, and athletes. And lalong lalong puwede kang maging fan ng mga pulitiko at government officials. So I think what started as just a story on fan culture and celebrity culture, it was actually what we had in mind at the start. Pero nung nag-e-evolve na siya hindi lang pala about the entertainment industry natin, mas about pa pala siya sa ibang klaseng idolatry. Pero it was a natural progression,” she explained.

When they started shooting Fan Girl, direk Tonette admittedshe deliberately made sure Charlie did not interact with Paulo off camera.

“Yung sa start kasi ng pelikula awkward pa dapat kasi nahihiwagaan pa si fan girl kay Paulo Avelino kasi dati hindi naman niya nakakausap, ganyan. Gusto ko ma-preserve yung awkwardness na yun, na feeling ko, after every scene kung parang yung usual set na nag-chi-chikahan, close, sabay sabay kumakain, mawawala yung magic na yun, yung awkwardness ni Charlie kay Pau. I think nag-work naman kasi ang ginawa namin sa shoot, yung first part ng script first part talaga ng shoot namin ginawa so almost chronological namin siya ginawa. So sinundan ni Charlie as the actor yung journey rin ng role niya as fan girl na awkward to sa gitna pinapayagan na namin siya kay Pau kumain, ganyan. Although si Pau lagi din naman nakatambay sa set kasi machika siya sa mga crew, ganyan,” she said.

The talented director also said her decision to hire an all-female camera crew was deliberate and in consideration of her lead actress. “Si sir Neil Daza is my director of photography and cinematographer. He’s a male but I got him kasi ang gusto kong treatment sa Fan Girl is a documentary and I think he is one of the best documentary filmmakers and photographers in the Philippines so yung eye of a documentarist kay sir Neil yun. Pero I really wanted to have women camera operators. Yun yung first requirement, dapat babae ka. This is because yung first reason is because we have sensitive intimate scenes involving Charlie, a woman. Gusto ko, pag ginagawa yung mga eksena, kumportable siya. So kapag merong part na hindi na siya kumportable, literal na sa paligid niya, abot kamay, ay babae na puwede niyang sabihan,” she added.