won best production design in the 5th cinemalaya film festival this year for mangatyanan directed jerrold tarog. i missed receiving the trophy onstage as i was at work. incidentally, mangatyanan actress che ramos was presenting the award and started jumping up and down onstage when she read out my name. jerrold stood up to receive the award and admonished me for yet missing out again on the events leading to this moment 🙂 shucks, i havent even blogged about working on this film, i had soo much fun! cheers jerrold and thanks for the opportunity! wohoo!
links from inquirer.net and pep.ph here. the pep article is posted full below:
by William Reyes Wednesday, July 29, 2009 04:19 PM
Award-winning indie filmmaker Jerrold Tarog is happy with his Cinemalaya experience. He confided this to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on the eve of the awards night, which took place on July 26, 2009. Win or lose, being chosen to compete in the 2009 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Fest, with his second full-length indie project, Mangatyanan (The Blood Trail) was already a privilege.
“Masaya siya, and, well, the fact na limited ang [resources ng]… mga filmmakers, they have really good films. So I feel privileged na nakasama ko sila,” Jerrold said. “Maganda yung experience, inspite of all the stress, dahil maraming taong… [na-a-accomodate],” he added.
Direk Jerrold was on top of his film’s production, from conceptualization to actual shoot, post-prod, and even during the screenings, he had to oversee every aspect of his film, including technical troubleshooting and taking care of his guests invited to the special screenings. He also made it a point to be present at every screening, “Oo, halos,” he said. “Yun lang naman yung stress, actually.
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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN. As film, Mangatyanan tackles a very sensitive issue on incest and child abuse, as told against the backdrop of an ethnic harvest ritual (called Mangatyanan). It is conducted by a fictional tribe called the Labwanan. The lead female character, Laya Marquez (Che Ramos) is a travel photographer who is tasked to document the ritual before the tribe discontinues with the practice. Laya is accompanied by her supervisor (portrayed by Neil Ryan Sese).
The dwindling tribesmen, desperately being held together by its leader, Mang Renato (Publio Briones III) becomes a mirror of Laya’s own frailties.
Among this year’s competing full-length feature films, Mangatyanan proved to be the most “exotic,” with a visual design that is simply stunning (credits go to director of photography/cinematographer, Mackie Galvez; and production designer, Benjamin Padero, who won the Cinemalaya 2009 award for Best Production Design).