Vilma weighs in: mainstream vs indie

Posted at 08/11/2013 6:06 PM | Updated as of 08/11/2013 6:06 PM
Veteran actress Vilma Santos talks about her independent film "Ekstra" during her "The Buzz" guesting on August 11.

MANILA – After she finally got the chance to do a movie for Cinemalaya, veteran actress Vilma Santos, who has made numerous mainstream movies, has come to appreciate independent films.

In an interview with “The Buzz” on Sunday, Santos related her experience in filming “Ekstra,” as compared with shooting mainstream movies.

“[Ang difference] depende sa script and sa role na ginagampanan mo. Pero ako sa tingin ko, sa mainstream kasi mayroon tayong tinatawag na cinematic effect na parang comics na gustong gusto ng fans. Sa Indie hindi. Mas totoo, mas gusto nila,” she said.

“May dialogue na for mainstream para bumenta, kailangan bibigyan mo ng extra effort. Sa Indie hindi. May sarili silang world and attack kung paano magiging natural,” she added.

Another major difference between mainstream and independent movies, Santos said, is the pressure to do well in the box office.

“Sa mainstream, parang kailangan may kadikit na dapat box office. Kailangan medyo comic, kailangan sinasampal. Sa indie, hangga’t maaari, hindi,” she said.

Santos said this prompted her to agree to do “Ekstra.”

“Kasi matagal ko ng gustong ma-experience ang indie. For curiosity, kasi sabi ko paano ka makakatapos ng isang pelikula in 10 days and at the same time, kapag pinanood mo, iba ang passion na kayang ilabas ng artist na hindi pinipigilan. Matagal ko ng gusto,” she said.

In the film directed by Jeffrey Jeturian, Santos plays Loida, who makes a living playing bit roles.

“Nakikita ko minsan na masyadong malayo ang gap between the stars and the bit players. Hindi dapat. Sa dami ng pelikulang ginawa ko, nakikita ko paano rin sila natatrato. Even if they are bit players, parte pa rin sila ng pelikula,” she said.

Also appearing in "Ekstra" are Cherry Pie Picache, Eula Valdez, Cherie Gil, Richard Yap, Piolo Pascual and Marian Rivera.

The independent film debut of the award-winning actress will be released by ABS-CBN's film production outfit, Star Cinema, on August 14.