Jennylyn Mercado's Rosario will use a first in Philippine movie making
Ang balita ko, sabi sa Juicy ng TV5, Rosario is the first directorial job ni Albert Martinez, first movie project ng Studio 5 (movie outfit ng TV5) at isa pang panggulat sa lahat—lalo na kina Bossing at Panday...
They will use the Arri Alexa Camera na first-ever tapeless camera. It uses memory cards na talaga namang nagde-deliver ng magandang kuha ng eksena.
[According to TV5's PR department Rosario is co-produced by Cinemabuhay and Studio5.]
[The Arri Alexa features an advanced optical viewfinder, modularity, PL mount lenses, and a 35mm-width CMOS sensor shooting up to 3.5k resolution. New features also include recording to the digital intermediate codec ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 in camera, simplifying the post production workflow.
The camera is designed for use in high budget feature films, television shows, and commercials, and is widely seen as Arri's answer to the growing acceptance of using the Red One, along with lower resolution cameras like the Sony CineAlta (35 mm, 1080p), Panavision Genesis (35 mm, 1080p), Thomson Viper FilmStream (2/3", 1080p) to shoot feature films. The body of the Arri Alexa however costs significantly more than the Red One at over $70,000 USD for a high end model versus the comparatively low $17,000 USD base price for the Red One. Source: Wikipedia]
***************************************************TV5 boss tells granny’s story in RosarioBy Marinel R. Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Actor-director Albert Martinez toured Luzon province in search of the best backdrop for his period film “Rosario.”
The drama, which has crucial scenes set in the 1920s, will be shot in historic parts of Laguna, Batangas, Bataan and Bulacan, as well as in Metro Manila. “It took us a while to find the setting that will best reflect the pre-war period,” said Martinez, adding that the film chalked up two years of pre-production.
“Rosario,” which stars Jennylyn Mercado in the title role, is a co-production of CineMabuhay International Inc. and Studio 5. It is an official entry to the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival in December.
The film is based on a true story, Martinez explained. “Six years ago, one of Rosario Pereira’s grandsons told me the story. I got extremely interested in the colorful life she lived. So in 2006, I sat down with her remaining relatives. Shortly after that, we (with Elmer Gatchalian) began writing the script,” the director told Inquirer Entertainment last week.
The grandson is TV5 owner Manny V. Pangilinan.
Martinez said his team initially considered Bea Alonzo for the role, but the actress was too busy with TV work.
“It took us three-and-a-half years to find the right actress,” he continued. “We considered Jennylyn’s features, which are similar to those of the real Rosario, plus her ability to deliver a compelling performance, and finally, her schedule. We asked her to commit an entire month to this project.”
During auditions, Martinez recounted, the actors were asked to act out several scenes. “That was how we found the perfect cast,” he pointed out. Mercado is working with Yul Servo, Sid Lucero, Isabel Oli and real-life boyfriend Dennis Trillo, among others.
To prepare for the role, Mercado said she watched a couple of period films as reference. “I also studied the script really well.”
“I’m proud of this project,” said Trillo, who plays the scheming Alberto Gonzalez. “It’s an authentic Pinoy story.”
Martinez said of Trillo’s character: “His role is very crucial. When Rosario meets him, her life makes a complete turnaround.”
Trillo said he shares his director’s vision. “We haven’t started filming, but I see in him the enthusiasm and determination to make this right.”
Martinez has megged several drama anthologies on TV, among them “Pira-Pirasong Pangarap” and “Larawan.”
But “Rosario” presents many “firsts” for him, Martinez said. It is the first film to show Manila in the 1920s. It is also the first Filipino film to use the high-definition ARRI Alexa camera
. “Our DOP (director of photography) Carlo Mendoza flew to Los Angeles to learn how to use it,” said Martinez.
“Rosario” is also the only drama feature in the upcoming MMFF. The other entries are horror and comedy films.
Martinez said promoting the film is a major concern. He pointed out that “Rosario” is a co-production of Studio 5, the film production arm of TV5, and features contract talents of rival network GMA 7. “We will think out-of-the-box. We will use nontraditional methods to drumbeat this,” he stressed. “We’re here to make good movies.”
Also in the cast are Susan Roces, Dolphy, Aga Muhlach, Charlene Gonzales, Carmen Soo, Liza Lorena, Phillip Salvador and Eula Valdez.