Meet the Fil-Ams behind award-winning web series
HOLLYWOOD - An upcoming web series features Filipino actors who are speaking Tagalog.
The "Record Keeper" is the history of mankind, good-versus-evil and bible stories told through the angelic perspective.
Its epic scope and production value make it look like a big Hollywood project fit for the big screen. But instead, it will be shown via the internet.
"It's the West Wing meets Battle Star Galactica in heaven. The web is kind of the Wild West right now. They have a fighting chance of getting views. We don't have to pay for airtime anymore. It's an exciting time to be in this field," said writer and director, Jason Satterlund.
"The Record Keeper" trailer won "Best One Shot" at the recent Geekie Awards in Hollywood.
"We wanted to have a very multicultural cast throughout the series and we've created the series just for them. We wanted them to be totally Filipino, they're Filipino Gods," Sutterlund said.
Their characters "Mangkukulam" and "Manisilat" speak only in Tagalog in the sci-fi action drama web series.
Its lead stars also spoke Tagalog in some scene.
The Filipino characters are played by Fil-Am actors Aris Juscon and Jelynn Sophia.
"It was honestly the most fun I've ever had on set working as an actor," Juscon said.
He was also the Tagalog language coach, as well as the fight scene choreographer, for the web series.
He said he's hoping to incorporate Filipino-style fighting in his upcoming projects.
"Being Pinoy, it'd be nice to know and to learn that we actually have a fighting technique," Juscon said.
The Record Keeper will start airing in February.