After writing films like Birdshot and Babae at Baril, director Rae Red tries her hand at crime thrillers this year with Tenement 66.
“Originally kasi Tenement 66 is a series tapos nagka-pandemic so ginawa siyang one location series tapos nangyari yung ABS-CBN shutdown kaya ginawa naming pelikula. Tapos I’m so thankful for Dreamscape kasi all throughout those challenges parang gusto pa rin nila ituloy yung project which I really appreciated. Lahat ng preparations namin ay over Zoom, from script analysis pati yung mga workshops ni Francine (Diaz) and lahat ng logistics over Zoom namin plinantsa. Para pagdating sa set smooth na yung daloy ng production.
“It was my first time to shoot during the pandemic and ang laking bagay na supportive yung production which is Dreamscape and maganda yung naging collaboration ng team. Thankfully wala namang nagkasakit sa amin. Lahat ng protocols were followed,” she shared.
After working with a young cast composed of her three lead stars Francine Diaz, Francis Magundayao, and Noel Comia, direk Rae said they impressed her with their work.
“Ang galing. Ang intense ng mga emotions. Hindi ko alam paano nila nagawa yun. Even nung nagkita kita sila on set parang nakikita ko silang nag-re-rehearse on their own. Talagang trinabaho nila. Wala akong mako-comment sa commitment, sa hard work. Francine in particular, I think we would all agree ang major comment sa kanya is ang sweet kasi ng mukha niya.
“So how do we turn her sweetness into someone who’s tough, someone na maangas? Sobrang yun yung parang naging main challenge niya, to break out from her sweet exterior and to bring out her toughness. Tapos so parang mas magaslaw and tinulungan din with her wardrobe na parang laging nakatupi yung sleeves, ganyan. I think as an actress and as a person tough din talaga siya eh. Binabatukan nga niya sila Francis (Magundayao ) eh. So I think it’s just a matter of bringing that out and I think she did naman,” she said.
Aside from having to do a lock-in shoot last October, direk Rae said film production in the new normal was a very different experience for her and the cast.
“Maliban kasi sa genre, I think sila Noel, Francis, and Francine would all agree na ang hirap ng preparation for this kasi pandemya nung ginawa namin. So lahat ng workshop namin ay over Zoom, nag-work kami with an acting coach Bombi Plata. Nag-meet na silang tatlo sa set na. Prior to that hindi sila nakapagkita. So parang it’s up to them to do their homework at na-appreciate ko yung hard work na ginawa nilang tatlo kasi nag-pay off talaga. I’m very happy with the work that they’ve put in,” she added.
Tenement 66 stars Francine Diaz, Francis Magundayao, and Noel Comia. Directed by Rae Red. It is now available for streaming on iWantTFC.