"Love at First Stream" marks many firsts for the team, but most especially for director Cathy Garcia-Molina.
The film, which is an official entry to the 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival, is the first movie of the Blockbuster Director to ever take part in the annual film fest. It is also the first time she worked with new generation stars for a film, particularly Kaori Oinuma and Jeremiah Lisbo.
Asked to describe her experience with the director, Kaori admitted during the film's media conference that she was initially scared of her given her "terror" image as described by other celebs.
"Nakakatakot sa umpisa. Bago ako pumasok sa set, nanood ako ng interviews ni Direk. Bakit parang napakakalog ni Direk? Parang ibang-iba sa naririnig ko na terror. Pero pagdating ko ng set, nakakatakot nga talaga siya," she quipped.
"Pero habang tumatagal, napakakalog ni Direk. Lahat kami barkada, tawanan, nagshe-share sa'min si Direk kaya nawawala takot namin sa kanya. 'Pag nasa set, work is work, pero 'pag off set naman, lahat bonding talaga."
Jeremiah also said the same of the director. "Karamihan ng impression kay Direk Cathy nakakatakot, terror... pero kapag tumagal nang tumagal, mae-enjoy mo talaga 'yung trabaho."
While Daniela already worked with her in "Make It With You," she still felt the same fright when she met her the first time.
"Sobrang takot ako kay Direk, kasi THE Direk Cathy yan. Pero noong nabasa ko 'yung script bago kami mag-lock in, oh my gosh, ako 'yung pag-iinitan ni Direk dito. Siyempre baguhan po kami, di kami ganoon kagaling. Pero pagpunta ko sa set, it's not what I expected," she said.
"Sobrang matulungin si Direk Cathy. From the start hanggang huli, hindi niya kami pinabayaan."
Her unique way of directing - and even her raw, kalog self - also left a mark on the cast.
Kaori even recalled Direk Cathy being a one-man team as her most unforgettable memory on the set. "All around siya (Si Direk) sa set eh. Siya 'yung nagdi-direk, siya yung nag-aayos ng buhok namin, siya nagme-makeup, halos lahat siya gumagawa. Siya 'yung nanay namin doon, katawanan, kabarkada," she shared.
Jeremiah also shared how he was amazed by the way Direk Cathy handles the stars.
"'Yung mga eksenang mino-motivate ni Direk 'yung mga actor. Ako kasi, nanonood ako kapag hindi ko take. Talagang hindi siya susuko kapag hindi niya na-achieve yung emosyong gusto niya. Sobrang amazing lang," he said.
As much as the award-winning director received praises from the young actors, she also commended the four of them for their professionalism, eagerness to learn, and respect towards the staff throughout their lock-in taping.
"I am very, very, very happy with the four," she said. "I must commend their professionalism at a very young age. I am so proud of them, na even after my film, tumawid sila sa isang project, sinabi na ang babait po ng mga bata."
"They did well. They performed beyond my expectations. Tuwang-tuwa ako sa willingness nila to learn. As much as siyempre nasabihan ko na 'yan before, sila 'yung hindi nagkukwentuhan sa harap ko. The respect for me and my staff were there all the time. And I love them for that," she added.
Catch "Love at First Stream" this December 25 in cinemas. Make sure you follow the official Star Cinema accounts on Instagram, Facebook, kumu, and Twitter for more updates about the film.
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