Hero Angeles reveals his inspirations for the indie film "Stockroom"

Neri Naig of Sana Maulit Muli attended the premiereof the indie film Stockroom, which Hero Angeles wrote, directed, andstarred in. She and Hero both competed against each other for the 2004 artistasearch Star Circle Quest, wherein Hero was adjudged the Grand TeenQuestor.

Using a mini-DV camera, former ABS-CBN talent Hero Angeleswas able to produce an 88-minute long digital film entitled Stockroom.

His directorial debut took place last May 1 at the IndieSinein Robinsons Galleria. The one-time screening coincided with the premiere ofthe Hollywood flick Spiderman 3 but the venue was still packed with Hero’ssupporters.

Star Circle Quest’s first Grand Teen Questor told PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) his goal for making the indie film Stockroom."Gusto ko lang ipakita ito sa mga students ngayon...katulad kong estudyante, na[kayang] makaproduce ng ganoong film. ‘Di na bibili pa ng libo-libong camera."

It took Hero around four months to shoot this digital filmsince some of his actors were still studying and could not miss their classes.The winner of SCQ Season 1 wrote the script, directed the movie, and starred inthe indie horror film about a haunted bodega (stockroom). Hero and his olderbrother, Henry, produced this film, whichcost almost P1 million.


INSPIRATIONS. Hero revealed his motivation for makingthis film. "Mahilig ako sa computer games. I play horror games kasi sonagka-idea ako. Sabi ko, kung sa games maraming natatakot, i-try ko kaya nai-execute yung ideas ko through a movie. [Sinubukan] ko muna mag-shoot sacellphone tapos nagsulat na ko ng script."

The young filmmaker also pointed out that he was influencedby the works of the late director Luigi Santiago. Direk Luigi—who died on the8th of June, 2005—was known for directingNginiiig Hidden Files on Studio 23 and Nginiiig on ABS-CBN. "SiDirek Luigi Santiago may kakaiba siyang technique sa paggawa ng horror,"recalls Hero.

The 22-year old FineArts student from the University of the Philippines Diliman says that he madethis film "out of love sa sining [art]." Hero describes Stockroom as afilm that shows the current employment problem of the Philippines. He focuseson the plight of teachers, especially those who are teaching Japanese andKorean students.


Stockroom will be toured in various schools and universitiesstarting this school year.


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