’10,000 Hours’ producers, winners in their own right
New breed of movie producers Boy2 Quizon, Neal Arce and Nicolo Juban convinced action star Robin Padilla and filmmaker Joyce Bernal to star and direct respectively “10,000 Hours,” a movie inspired by Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.
According to Neal Arce, they made their primary goal clear and simple to Joyce Bernal when they first discussed the said film project: They want to win awards.
“Joyce asked us kung anong intention namin sa pelikula, Sagot namin sa kanya, gusto naming manalo ng award. Gusto naming pang-awards ito na hindi bibilhin. Sagot ni Joyce sa akin, ‘Sira ulo ka ba? Ayaw mo bang kumita. Dapat kumita muna.’ Sabi ko naman kapag nanalo kami susunod ang kita. Ang intention talaga namin is to make a good film,” shared Neal.
The idea to produce a movie based on an intriguing phase in Sen. Lacson’s life materialized when they were given the go signal to make it fictional.
“The son of Sen. Ping Lacson is one of our best friends and he said that his father’s supporters wanted to do a movie on him. Sabi namin we’ll pitch a story but if ever fiction because baka masyadong makahon kami sa story baka masyadong maging ma-issue or baka masyadong hindi cinematic. Maganda yung story kaya gusto namin yung freedom na ma-express yung creativity ng writers, director and everything na hindi kami makakahon,” explained Neal.
As for Joyce, it was gut feel that pushed her to accept the project. She was intrigued to meet producers whose goals were to win awards than make money at the box office.
“Sabi ko parang mali yata, dapat si Chito Roño yata ang kinuha nilang director pag gusto nilang magka-award. Hind naman ako nag-promise na nagkaka-award sila pero I put it in my heart yung intention nilang magka-award. Pero bilang Joyce Bernal gusto ko talagang kumita pero sa panahon ko, sa edad ko po ngayon, any film, any pelikula na maiiba sa gagawin ko ngayon, any pelikula na may kabuluhan gagawin ko kahit sino pa man ang producers ko,” said Joyce.
Robin also used his instincts in accepting the role of Sen. Gabriel Alcaraz, the fictional character inspired by Sen. Lacson. He didn’t have second thoughts especially since he was told that the movie would be helmed by Joyce.
“Ang mga naganap ay mga kasagutan sa mga panalangin ko bilang isang struggling older actor. Siyempre mga bata ang mga producers namin kaya malilikot pa ang mga isip niyan. Gusto nilang mag-experimento, gusto talagang may patunayan. Siyempre Lacson ito. Sino ba naman ang tatanggi eh tunay na action star yun. Kahit saan mo tignan talagang hero ito,” said Robin.
Whatever “10,000 Hours” make at the box office, both Joyce and Robin agree that their producers are already winners and are in a league of their own. The film is a far cry from the usual “formula movies” of the annual MMFF which they hope moviegoers would give a chance and watch for its merits. Though not a movie for all ages compared to their competitions, “10,000 Hours” showcases a more serious and dramatic actor in Robin Padilla; and an action director in Joyce, a filmmaker known in the realm of romantic-comedy.
“Hindi kayo magsisisi kasi ang producers namin gustong gumawa ng magandang pelikula and gusto ko rin naman yun. Pero gusto ko ring bumalik yung pera nila. Nag-merge po yung goal nila at goal ko so sana bigyan kami ng chance para po sa susunod na festival na magaganap ay totoong festival pa rin po yun,” remarked Joyce.
So what was Sen. Lacson’s reaction to “10,000 Hours?”
“Pinapanuod namin sa kanya yung rough cut. Nagustuhan niya. Nagbigay siya ng suggestions. Technically si Sen. Lacson isa sa mga pinaka-magaling sa police intelligence. So sa mga technical na bagay sinabi niya sa amin na kung ano ang hindi at mga ginagawa ng pulis at kung ano ang dapat. Sinusunod naman namin siya. Kahit mga pulis or mga spy na manuod hindi nila ma-question ang mga ginawa namin,” said Neal.
Also in “10,000 Hours” are Michael de Mesa, Carla Humphries, Bela Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Pen Medina, Ping Medina and Alden Richards, among others.
According to insiders, the film’s trailer already resulted in positive feedbacks that deemed “10,000 Hours” a strong contender for the Best Picture award, among others, at the “2013 MMFF Gabi Ng Parangal.”