After shooting his latest film Paraluman, director Yam Laranas said he was very confident with the work done by his two lead stars Jao Mapa and Rhen Escano. While on the set, direk Yam said he is not the type of director who dictates everything to his talents.
“I’m technical, I’m very hands on kasi ako rin yung cinematographer. Sometimes I hold the camera, ganun. But my quote unquote rule kasi is that that’s why the actors are there because they can do their jobs. Alam nila yung gagawin nila. So the only time probably I would say take two or hindi kami lumalagpas ng two or three. Very rare yun. Kasi pag alam mong magaling yung actors mo at maganda yung trabaho nila, alam ko naiintindihan nila yung screenplay so hindi ko na hinihimay up to the last syllable kung paano nila sasabihin. I let them be and give them a lot of freedom,” he said.
With Paraluman also being the comeback project for his lead star Jao Mapa, direk Yam shared his experience after working with the former teen star for the very first time.
“Jao is new. Parang even if Jao has been there way before Rhen, I like very much what Jao brought to the film. I thought nga before parang awkward yung feeling niya eh but it was really how he treated the character and how Jao interpreted yung role niya as Peter. And I’m so glad that he’s part of the movie. I think makikita naman natin na ako bilang director, ang pride ko is yung chemistry nung dalawa and that we were able to pull it off,” he said.
Direk Yam also admitted being impressed with the job done by Rhen Escano whom he personally handpicked for the lead female character.
“Kasi itong batang ito talagang nakakabilib yung kanyang dedication sa craft niya. Yung very artistically driven siya eh. Naka-focus talaga siya sa kung ano yung gusto niya sa character. Very open siya when it comes to roles. No doubt Rhen is one of the most important actresses out there right now in her generation. I believe that. She’s a very good actor, very true to her craft. And my only wish for her talaga is to be given iba ibang roles at napakagaling niya. I’ve worked with her for the first time sa Adan. I did not direct Adan. I wrote and produced it with Viva. And the second time meron kaming ipapalabas na isang horror soon with Viva again. But my experience with Rhen, every time na nandun yung script hindi ko na maiisip kung may issue ba ako dun, kaya ba ni Rhen ito? Of course kaya niya. Makikita mo she does her homework before and after,” he shared.
Watch Paraluman on Vivamax. Starring Jao Mapa, Rhen Escano, and Gwen Garci. Written and directed by Yam Laranas.