Fe, played by Irma Adlawan, mysteriously receives baskets of black fruits
The first time I saw Irma perform was during one of the Palanca Awards ceremonies I attended at the Manila Pen. In every ceremony, they perform a play. In this particular one, they played Floy Quintoss Fluid. Irma performed one of the monologues. I was so impressed by that performance. From then on, Irma got my attention. I go to ccp to watch her plays. Later on, I found out that she began accepting roles for TV and soaps. One of my dreams is to work with her. I want to write to a script to showcase her range as an actress. Thats why I wrote the script. May range kasi and pelikula, from the hysterical to the sublime.
Shes a favorite among indie directors and I now know why. Shes easy to work with. She really knows her craft as an actress. She studies her character. One thing I observed with her during the shoot is that she knows how to calibrate her emotions and her calibrations can be minute but that impressed me.
There was a particular incident when Fe witnessed a crisis in Arturos family involving his dad and brother. Fe looked at Meeyo (playing the younger brother) then TJ (playing Arturo) in a brisk manner. When I saw the register on the screen, that was not what I was looking for. I told her to do it slower. With that one direction, she was able to deliver it. Kuha agad. Na-deliver. She can deliver a line without a dialogue. She can deliver an emotion with the flick of her neck or just with her eyes.
And most of all, she trusts her director completely. And thats important for any director.
How was it then working with her?
She knows what shes doing. She takes care that each scene would not repeat the emotional register of the previous scene. Shes so careful to monitor the emotional continuity, the emotional history of a character. There was a point we could no longer figure out the direction her character would go with the fruits. But she was able to discern the uninevitable direction.
Hindi siya maarte. Grabe ang mga pinagawa namin sa kanya. Pinaghukay namin siya. Pinahiga sa ilalim ng punong may langgam. Pinaakyat at pinababa ng bundok. Pinagpasan ng ilang kilo ng rattan (habang umaakyat at bumababa ng bundok). Lahat yun ginawa niya.