MANILA, Philippines - RPG Metanoia, the country's first 3-D animated film, is set to premiere on Christmas day as one of the official entries to the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
The Tagalog-language film, which took more than 5 years to make, features the voices of local stars Zaijian "Santino" Jaranilla, Aga Muhlach, Vhong Navarro, Eugene Domingo and Mika dela Cruz.
"Even if it's just their voices, they really put their personalities in (the film)," RPG Metanoia director Luis Suarez said in an interview at Mornings@ANC.
Suarez found it "almost impossible" to complete RPG Metanoia, with only 26 animators performing tasks usually meant for a team of 300 people. But with the dedication of his team, he happily shared that they were able to put the film together in time for the holidays.
"We really put our minds together. Even though we didn't see the actual light at the end of the tunnel, we just kept going," Suarez said.
For her part, RPG Metanoia supervising producer and Thaumatrope team manager said, "It's all about passion and love for our craft."
Time to shine
RPG Metanoia tells the story of Nico, a boy who loves to play massively multi-player online role-playing games (RPG) all day as he struggles to adjust himself to the real world.
According to Suarez, the film was somewhat inspired by his nephew, who is a huge MMORPG fan.
"A few years ago, I had to baby-sit my nephew. I took time off to spend some time with him. I asked him what he wanted to do, and he said he wanted to play online role playing games. So we went to a cafe and spent the entire day in it," he explained.
The RPG Metanoia director continued, "But then it was a summer day, you should be going out, riding a bike, like we used to do. So that's where a bit of it came from. I wanted to write a story for him to sort of tell him what he's missing."
Suarez revealed that there have been talks for an English version of the film as they attempt to tap the mainstream international audience.
Gutierrez, meanwhile, hoped that RPG Metanoia will finally give Filipinos an opportunity to shine in the field of animation.
"We're doing this (film) not only for ourselves but also for the Filipino. Actually 'yung idea kung bakit namin ginawa ito is because of the Philippines, our love for our nation din. Kasi parang it's time for the Philippines to shine, hindi lang 'yung laging outsourcing work," she said.