War Machine: Will Goyo be the Biggest Filipino Film of All Time?
September 09, 2017
Heneral Luna legitimized local blockbuster filmmaking for a new era. Jerrold Tarog and his producers are faced with an even more monumental task, coming up with act two.
There is a celebration in the town plaza, far away. But they say the general is coming, and that is all they need to hear.
The villagers rush out across the mountainous countryside, less anxious about the heat as they are about arriving late. They scale a hill and dash through the market, rounding the corner before finally slowing their pace. Every seat at the center of the plaza has been taken. They content themselves with a standing view under the shadow of the church. There are hundreds in attendance: simple folk like them, soldiers in their imposing blue uniforms, ilustrados with their umbrellas and impractical suits. And shining as white as the rumors say, right in front of the stage, is General Gregorio del Pilar.
This is, of course, not actually Gregorio del Pilar’s hometown, but somewhere in the middle of Tarlac Recreational Park, where the crew of the film production company Artikulo Uno has built, from scratch, an entire set made to look like a late-1800s plaza, complete with second-floor balconies, the façade of a church adorned with statues of saints, and a modest marketplace tucked away in the corner, replete with real food. Large panels of green screen fill in the rest of the background. The houses are authentically somewhat dirty, with stains and flecks of paint dotting even the smallest surfaces that won’t get a second of screen time. I try to ask how long it took for this set to be constructed, but the best answer I get is a sigh, followed by an approximation: “Months.” I hazard a guess on how high the budget of the film is. The producers I’m talking to look at each other and answer, “Higher.”
The only exact number I get is this: it is Day Eight of an estimated 55 in the production of Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.
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