As part of an effort to support displaced film workers during quarantine, Mikhail Red took part in a livestream session with the Cinema '76 Film Society and Lockdown Cinema Club. At #KwentuhanLangSessions, together with Mary Joy Apostol, Vance Larena, and Dimples Romana, the director behind Eerie, Dead Kids, and Block Z indulged netizens to an interactive Q&A. He headed the conversation all the while, with fellow director Victor Villanueva as moderator—and it was one chat that turned insightful.
First, Red keenly shared doing a prequel of Eerie, which previously starred Bea Alonzo and Charo Santos-Concio. "Kasama si Rae Red, who's writing it, at si Hyro Aguinaldo with Star Cinema." He clarified, though, that the pandemic-caused quarantine has restricted them to be more productive than usual—with all work only done through online meetings with the scriptwriter and creative supervisor.
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Speaking of sequels, Red also spoke much on that of his acclaimed Netflix film Dead Kids. "For me, sarado na yung story. Baka mawala na yung point ng story kung pagdugtungan." He quickly added, however, that he still has other upcoming projects with the actors from the project, hinting at an internationally-produced film with his star Vance Larena in the near future.
On how this current pandemic will affect the film industry in the long run, Red offered gave his two cents. "It's interesting, ang daming uncertainty. Kahit sa Los Angeles, yung mga nakakausap ko doon, sobrang problematic din sa kanila. Puro online digital release yung mga big Hollywood movies ngayon." He then discussed a film distribution left fazed. "Now, everyone is rushing their films to streaming, and then yun na yung naging new normal—na lahat ng tao, online na lang nanonood sa bahay."
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Red stressed that the pandemic has not only affected the technical and commercial aspects of cinema, but also the text. "Kung 'yung story mo ignores the whole pandemic, parang period film ka na bigla, or fictional. Lahat ng stories going forward, dapat i-acknowledge mo yan, parang milestone. Lahat ng conflict ng mga kuwento ngayon, parang ang babaw na kapag tinatapat mo sa pandemic. Iiba yung storytelling, iiba yung industry, iiba yung distribution."
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Photo taken from Red's Instagram account