Director Erik Matti reveals why he is scared to go back to work after ECQ: "Where do we go from here?"

by Arniel C. Serato
Apr 29, 2020
Award-winning director Erik Matti: "I'm scared to go back to work because I don't want to know how this pandemic has changed my views of the world. I hope it is for the better."
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal

Sa napipintong pagtatapos ng Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) sa May 15, magsisimula naman ang General Community Quarantine (GCQ) kinabukasan, May 16.

Sa ilalim ng GCQ, may mga industriya at business sectors na maaari nang magbukas at bumalik ang operasyon.

Kabilang sa papayagan nang bumalik sa trabaho ang mga nasa TV at film industry.

Ibig sabihin, maaari nang mag-resume ang taping at shooting ng mga programa sa telebisyon at pelikula.

Sa pamamagitan ng Facebook kagabi, April 28, naghayag ng kanyang saloobin ang batikang direktor na si Erik Matti tungkol sa kaganapang ito.

Ayon sa direktor, sa unang tingin ay maganda itong balita para sa mga nasa entertainment industry.

Pero tanong niya: "is it really?"

Tila hindi pa kumbinsido si Matti na ligtas na ang mga manggagawa sa industriya na bumalik sa trabaho ngayong wala pang nadidiskubreng bakuna na panlaban sa COVID-19.

Saad niya, “There's a lot of uncertainty when this is all over.

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“Yes, it's easy to think that we can just resume what we have been doing before this lockdown happened.

“I have yet to finish my shoot for On The Job 2.

“And we still have pending projects that we can start on.

“Just thinking about working to earn a living I think there's a lot to be excited for once we are all allowed to go back to the outside world.”

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Ang On The Job 2 ay sequel ng 2013 movie ni Matti na pinagbidahan nina Piolo Pascual at Gerald Anderson.

“WOULD IT STILL BE THE SAME?”

Nag-aalala rin si Matti kung babalik ba sa dati ang lahat pagkatapos ng halos dalawang buwang tigil-trabaho dahil sa enforced quarantine.

Saad pa niya, “Several times during this lockdown we had thoughts about all these as a welcome break.

“But also the other side of it, that keeps you awake at night, is whether things will be better for all of us after this.”

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Bilang isang filmmaker, nangangamba si Matti kung ano ang mga istoryang maaaring ilahad sa pelikula pagkatapos ng pandemic na ito.

“Do we all just go back to how we used to be telling random film stories for everyone's entertainment?

“Certainly after the scare we all went through, we all just need mindless fun to get us through being imprisoned for more than a month.

“But isn't that what we've been doing all this time?

"Watching anything and everything that can take our mind off the worst that's happening out there?"

Sa isang banda, dahil sa lockdown ay nabigyan daw ng sapat ng oras ang mga nasa pelikula na pag-isipan ang mga bagay na mas mahalaga.

Pahayag ni Matti: “The other side to all these is that the lockdown has given us time to think of things that matter.

“And when we are allowed to go back, we will start telling stories that matter.

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"Entertaining still, but matters.

“We don't have a monopoly of what the audience wants.

“Either we go back to how we were, which was already slowly moving towards doom, or we start making films that matter to try to leave a mark in this world like the end is just around the corner?

“Well, only the audience can tell.”

“WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?”

Matapos ang halos dalawang buwan na nasa bahay lang, kung anu-ano raw ang ginawang libangan ng mga tao upang makaiwas sa buryong.

Kabilang na rito ang paglalaro ng video games, panonood ng mga video content mula sa streaming apps kung saan may sari-sari itong istorya, conflicts, at genre.

Saad ni Matti, “Crime, love, heist, Jordan, comedy, Spanish, German, Indian, British, Australian. Accents mixing up.

“I sometimes get confused if I'm watching a full movie or a series.

"We just click and click to get through the boredom of this long break.

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“And then what? Where do we go from here?

“Is it enough that as storytellers we just resume our lives and do a version of the top popular hits we saw during this lockdown?

“Let's do something like Money Heist but with a bit of Crash Landing on you. Patok yan!!!

“Or do we do something so original and out there of a story but deep down inside know that no one will bank roll it because no one can see its promise?”

Ang Money Heist ng Spain at Crash Landing On You ng South Korea ay dalawa sa Netflix series na tinangkilik nang husto ng mga Pinoy ngayong panahon ng enforced quarantine.

Tanong muli ni Matti: “Where do we go from here?

“Certainly, we will rush back to work after this long haul because why not?

"We need the money.

“But the question is, is it still what we want to do?

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"Deep down inside when we ask ourselves, with no regard to earning a living or finishing contracts, what do we really want to do?

“Do we still just go where the tide brings us even knowing the uncertainty of things all around?

"Or do we now deliberately drive our filmmaking lives to something that will matter before the next pandemic stops our world once more?”

Aminado ang direktor na takot siyang bumalik sa trabaho.

Paliwanag niya, “And I'm scared to go back to work because I don't want to know how this pandemic has changed my views of the world.

“I hope it is for the better.

“Let's see. That's all we've been saying these last few months anyway.

“Let's see.”

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REACTIONS FROM COLLEAGUES

Base sa mga komento sa Facebook post ng direktor, maging ang ilang mga kasamahan ni Matti sa industriya ay hindi pa rin handang bumalik sa trabaho.

Ayon sa Heneral Luna actor na si John Arcilla, "I DONT WANA TAKE THE RISK YET, wala pang vaccine.

"Ayoko pang sumabak at magbaka sakali pero ikakapahamak ko o ng kasama ko at magkakadamay damay tayo.

"In all honesty - until the vaccine is ready, only then that I can be a little more willing to risk.

"But still, precaution should be strictly observed.

"But after the 15th... I am very certain, ayoko pa."

Sagot ni Matti kay John: "yun na nga. It’s uncertain."

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Ganito rin ang pananaw ng direktor na si Richard Somes.

Sabi nito, “Im reading this as a common worker...

"And i keep asking myself eversince, Are we all safe 100 percent after this?..

"Or are we just opening another pandora's box? Scary.

"Hope everything will be taking a lot of precautions.

"Vaccine or cure will not be ready maybe til next year."

Hindi rin daw sigurado na ligtas ka sa virus kahit gaano ka pa kaingat sa mga precautionary measures na pinaalala ng gobyerno upang makaiwas sa sakit.

Dagdag ni Somes, "And the only thing we can do when everyone get back to work is to be more aware.

"But even then, Its still going to be a hit or miss regardless if we take all precautionary measure.

"Scared as hell. Not for myself. I'm rock n roll.

"Im okey going out of the house.

"Im just scared of carrying it one day going back to our houses and compromise family members.

"This one scared the shit out of me."

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Award-winning director Erik Matti: "I'm scared to go back to work because I don't want to know how this pandemic has changed my views of the world. I hope it is for the better."
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal
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