Recently, “Isa Pa, with Feelings,” by director Prime Cruz, had its release in Philippine theaters. What is this film about and can you explain the visual idea behind the feature?
“Isa Pa, with Feelings” is a romantic film about a girl, Mara (Maine Mendoza), who meets and falls in love with her deaf neighbor, Gali (Carlo Aquino). Because of the nature of the premise, the film relies heavily on visuals. My director Prime Cruz wanted to use light and water as a visual motif for the film. So, our visual design together with our production designer, Nestor Abrogena, focused mainly on those two elements. We created an aquarium-like world for both the characters as a metaphor to depict how they live in their own worlds and how they try to come out of their state of isolation.