Sitting in the director's chair for the first time in "Boyette", Jumbo Albano was faced with a huge challenge — to film during lockdown.
Working on the film in the time of COVID-19 made him feel “fear and anxiety.” But along the way, he realized he has to do his job for audiences.
He said, “Ito ‘yung kailangan ng mga tao ngayon. Kailangan nila maging masaya. Kailangan ko makapagpasaya ng mga tao, gamit ang boses ko.”
Jumbo began working for Star Cinema as a brainstormer. He then eventually wrote comedy scripts for Vice Ganda movies, working on “The Revenger Squad” and “The Mall The Merrier." After being recognized for his potential as a filmmaker, Jumbo was sent to undergo a directing workshop. Last year, he was given the opportunity to become a writer-director for “Boyette.”
“Parang ang laki laki niyang responsibility. Ang dami naming pinagdaanan na brainstorming sessions, pitching sessions. Tapos nabuo naman siya. Then, nag-lockdown,” Jumbo said, during the digital conference of the movie yesterday, October 13.
“Noong day one namin, kabang-kaba ako,” he related. “Pero after noong day na ‘yun, naramdaman ko kasi from the staff, from the crew, from the cast, na pinagkakatiwalaan nila ako. ‘Yun ang hinawakan ko. Pinagkakatiwalaan nila ako kaya ‘wag ako kabahan, ‘wag akong matakot. I-enjoy lang natin ‘to. Kaya day two onwards, talagang enjoy-enjoy lang kami.”
"Boyette" stars Zaijian Jaranilla, together with Maris Racal and Iñigo Pascual. According to the director, the film is “a simple story about a teenage gay boy na college freshman na maraming gustong i-achieve sa buhay.”
He furthered, “Ang kanyang dreams, he wants to discover himself, at dahil doon napakarami niyang mga pagadadaanan na mga wacky adventures. It’s a family comedy, na punong-puno ng saya, puso, at kilig.”
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