As writer and director of the new iWantTFC Original Series My Sunset Girl, director Andoy Ranay shared what makes the story of his latest project special.
“Originally this was supposed to be a whole full series. Para siyang serye talaga conceptualized by Nathan Arciaga. Niliitan namin. Ginawa naming mini-series. The reason why I got interested in producing and directing this is really because of the material itself and also the cast. Doon talaga. Lahat sila handpicked eh. So that made me interested to do this,” he shared.
Working with lead star Charlie Dizon in the six-episode series, direk Andoy said the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress winner was impressive on the set.
“Si Charlie Dizon is one young actor na very collaborative sa material, sa director, at saka sa co-actors niya. She would really go out of her way to do some readings to discuss. Masipag siya eh. Hindi siya pabaya. Mag-di-discuss siya, magtatanong pag meron siyang katanungan. Sobrang sipag niya. Tutok siya dun sa script, dun sa material mismo. Inaaral niya talaga.
“I don’t see any reason why she’s not going to be the next big star or she’s already a big star. It pays kung masipag ka talaga eh. Ganun talaga yun,” he revealed.
During the My Sunset Girl media con, direk Andoy also recalled his experience last year before the ABS-CBN shutdown.
“A year ago I remember it was one of the most difficult times working because we were finishing Love Thy Woman with Kim Chiu. We were the first ones to go back to work and we were in ABS-CBN at that time. It was the most difficult time and it was the most painful time because you know you’re working for that company you love, you’re working for the people that you love, you’re working for your family,” he said.
One year after the shutdown, the My Sunset Girl writer and director said he is focused on continuing to produce quality content for the network.
“Looking at it, I know it’s not going to be easy for everyone. Especially yung mga katrabaho namin na hindi na namin makikita ulit. Or nasa ibang kompanya na nagtatrabaho. Pero since maliit naman yung industriya natin, nakikita mo pa rin sila. Pero hindi na sila kapamilya. Pero the best part is, why I stayed and continue serving with ABS-CBN is because I believe the content that ABS-CBN is producing no matter what may franchise or wala, is world-class quality. yun naman.
“Aanhin mo yung franchise kung basura naman yung trabaho? I mean, parang mas masarap magtrabaho kahit bawas yung suweldo, kahit hindi laging may trabaho, pero alam mo na yung quality nung trabaho, yung mabibigay mo sa audience mo, I know in the service of the Filipino we have a responsibility to our audience. Kaya yun ang ibibigay natin hanggang dulo magkasama tayo,” he said.
A true blue kapamilya, direk Andoy said he never considered transferring networks. “Kumbaga parang kapamilya nga eh. No matter what, magloko man yan, umalis man yun ng landas, kapamilya mo pa rin yan. Susuportahan mo all the way. No matter what. Lalo na pag nasaktan siya. Lalo kang dapat andoon at sinusuportahan mo hanggang makabangon siya ulit kasi parte ka nun eh,” he added.
Watch the new iWantTFC Original Series My Sunset Girl starting July 14 at 8 pm. Starring Charlie Dizon, Jameson Blake, Mylene Dizon, and Joem Bascon. Directed by Andoy Ranay.