With a cast of so many actors, directing his first movie for Sta Cinema, “Momshies: Ang Soul Mo’y Akin,” proved to be the biggest challenge yet for Easy Ferrer.
“Itong cast na ito, dream cast ito para sa akin – Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros and Jolina Magdangal. Tapos noong nabubuo na, si Thou (Reyes), si Juliana (Parizcova) paano ito? Siyempre, iba-iba ang level ng comedy, iba-iba ang facets of comedy, iba-iba ‘yung kayang ibato,” Ferrer said during the online conference for the movie on May 8.
(This is a dream cast for me – Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros, Jolina Magdangal. Then, as it was being completed, there’s Thou Reyes and Juliana Parizcova, so how will this be? Of course, there are different levels of comedy. There are different facets and they are capable of throwing in different kinds.)
With that, Ferrer felt like he was in a “royal rumble” where he could sink in the middle.
“Noong nasa hotel na ko noong first night na mag-shoot, parang nakatulala lang ako. Alam nila ‘yun. Noong nagbi-briefing kami, nakatulala lang ako kasi ang dami, bawat isa dito may personalidad na ibabato, malalamon ako nang buhay,” he recalled.
(When I was in the hotel after the first night of shooting, I was in a blank. They know that. When we were having the briefing, I was just staring into space and overwhelmed, because they were so many, and each one has a different personality to throw in. I would be eaten alive.)
But being the fighter that he is, Ferrer didn’t shy away from the pressure.
“Eh, ipinanganak akong laging lumalaban, lumaban ako sa day one,” he said. (I was born to fight, so I fought right on day one.)
Ferrer had an easy time directing because the cast members were all professionals and not one gave him a headache.
“Tuwang-tuwa ako kasi nakita ko ‘yung galing nila bukod sa pagko-comedy, ‘yung galing nila to give what the director wants,” he noted. “Naintindihan nila na kailangan ko silang itono, kailangan ko silang i-weave nang maayos.”
(I was happy because I saw their skills aside from doing comedy. They have the skills to give what the director wants. They understood that I needed to fine-tune them, that I needed to weave them properly.) JB