Photo by Noel Orsal
Masayang umuwi mula sa 28th PMPC Star Awards for Movies noong Miyerkules ng gabi, Marso 14, ang direktor na si Paul Soriano matapos mapanalunan ang apat na tropeyo para sa pelikulang Thelma.
Aniya nang makapanayam siya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) matapos ang programa na ginanap sa Meralco Theater, "We took home some really good awards, major awards, and we’re very happy with it. Team Thelma is happy tonight."
Hinirang ang kanyang pelikula as Best Digital Film at nanalo ito sa mga sa mga kategoriyang Best Digital Film Cinematographer (Odyssey Flores), Best Digital Film Screenwriter (Paul Soriano at Froilan Medina), Best Digital Film Director (Paul Soriano).
Ano ang pakiramdam ng magkaroon ng award para sa pelikula niya?
"Well, probably tomorrow morning I’ll absorb it, but right now I feel like I’m still dreaming.
"I’m still in a state of shock, it’s overwhelming. [To] PMPC, thank you so much."
Aminado si Paul na ang pagkakasama ng Thelma sa listahan ng mga nominado ay isa nang malaking karangalan para sa kanila.
"The fact that we were among the nominees was already, I think, a big victory for us.
"And to win the awards, I mean four out of twelve [nominations], it’s just amazing."
Ito ang kauna-unahang directing award na natanggap ni Paul at hindi raw niya ito malilimutan.
Dagdag pa niya, "I pray this will be the start of many more opportunities to tell stories and to make more films, because all I really wanna do is make films.
"So if this is a great start, it means I’m doing something right so I’m very excited and happy."
BIGGEST COMPETITION. Hindi kaila kay Paul na mahigpit ang kanilang mga nakalaban sa nasabing kategorya.
Kabilang na dito ang award para sa Best Actress kung saan nominado si Maja Salvador, ang bida sa kanyang pelikula.
Si Angel Locsin ang nag-uwi ng tropeyo para sa pelikulang In The Name Of Love.
Ayon kay Paul, "Well, of course I was praying Maja Salvador would take home Best Actress because, you know, for me she really is the Best Actress.
"But Angel Locsin is deserving as well, not [that I’m] discrediting her win, but I know Maja, she carried the film.
"Maja’s acting was also great and I know she will win many awards in her career. She’s still very young.
"So Maja Salvador, I thank her so much for making Thelma a reality. If it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t all be here holding this trophy so I share this with Maja as well."
MORE MOVIES. Dahil sa mga natamong awards ay tila lalong na-excite si Paul na gumawa pa ng mas maraming pelikula.
May tatlong script daw na pinagpipilian ang direktor sa ngayon para sa susunod niyang proyekto.
"There’s one that’s a true story, it’s a biopic about somebody.
"There’s also a period film about history, it’s something I’m dabbling in.
"And of course, there’s also a romantic comedy so a lot of genres to play around with, so I guess [I just have to choose]."
Paano nga ba pumili ng istorya si Paul para sa pelikulang ididirek niya?
"Before I direct a film, I have to fall in love with the story so...I haven’t fallen in love yet.
"I have to keep writing and re-writing the story so we’ll see which one of the three gets [to be] the next film."
DREAM ACTORS AND ACTRESSES. Pinapangarap din ni Paul na maktrabaho sa susunod niyang pelikula ang ilan sa mga mahuhusay na artista ng bansa tulad nina Maricel Soriano, Vilma Santos, at Aga Muhlach, pati na rin ang kapapanalo lamang ng Best Actress na si Angel.
"It’d be great to be just considered to work with them.
"Like I said, I’m here to tell stories, as best as I could, and whoever actor and actress I get to work with, I’ll try my best to bring out the best in them."
Nais din niya muling makatrabaho ang nobyang si Toni Gonzaga na una niyang nai-direk sa indie film na Journey Home noong 2009.
"I’ve worked with Toni so I definitely believe that it works—Toni in front of the camera, me behind the camera. I think that’s definitely in the future."
Kailan nga ba masusundan ang pelikula nila ng kasintahan?
"Whenever she’s ready to work with me again, I’d be happy to. I know she’s very busy, she has other movies lined up, so if I get that opportunity to work with her again...
"I know I’ve learned, I’ve gotten better with every film, so it would be an honor also to work with Toni because she’s also very talented and very versatile."