Thanks to ABS-CBN Film Restoration, we get to enjoy classic Filipino movies in clearer resolutions through their digitally restored and remastered versions.
But in case you wonder how films are "saved" through digital restoration, the team's head Leo Katigbak happily shared how it was done in an exclusive interview with Star Cinema.
According to Leo, digital restoration is a process where you edit a movie frame by frame.
"When you're restoring the film, you're doing it frame by frame. Ang mahirap d'yan, karamihan ng mga lumang pelikula have multiple composite problems," he said.
Among these problems ate warped images, discolorations, and even molds, that make the whole process a lot more difficult on top of the frame by frame editing.
"So may gasgas ka na, meron ka ng molds, meron kang fungus, meron kang parang spider na gumagalaw, may warped image ka, may discoloration ka...you have to work on all of that. And you have to work on all of that frame by frame," he added.
Leo said that the "age" of the film, or the older the year a movie was released, the harder it actually is to restore due to its composite problems.
But it was only in the most recent film they restored that they got to experiment on the restoration process.
He was referring to the John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo romance "Miss You Like Crazy," which premiered on KTX.ph last June. Leo said that they restored the movie twice upon experimenting on the negatives.
"Ang 'Miss You Like Crazy' actually dalawang beses namin ni-restore. Originally, we worked with the prints kasi noong umpisa, prints ang ginagamit namin for restoration. Noong nag-umpisa na kaming mag-experiment, noong binabalikan na namin ang master negatives, and nakikita namin na superior ang quality 'pag master negatives, we decided to do the restoration again for 'Miss You Like Crazy'," he shared.
"Literally inulit namin. We did another 200 hours to do the correction, pero 'yung finished product kapag napanood mo, feeling mo kashu-shoot lang nung pelikula. Ganoon siya kaganda, ganoon siya kalinaw."
And with all the time they put in the restoration of the movie, Leo said he personally enjoyed watching it the second time around.
"It's one of those movies that personally, I enjoyed more this time out because I saw more of the details, I saw more of the character growth of the actors, and I saw more of the skill Cathy Garcia-Molina and Vanessa Valdez put into the story," he said.
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