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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 15, 2012

'Tiktik: Aswang Chronicles' Employs Topnotch Foreign Technical People To Make It World Class

REALITY ENTERTAINMENT producer Dondon Monteverde knows they’re taking a big risk in producing an expensive special effects movie like “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles” that premieres tonight at SM Megamall. “Director Erik Matti and I started planning this six years ago,” he says. “We put up PostManila, a post-production outfit, and Mothership, a computer graphics company with internationally trained visual effects supervisor Dave Yu as head of the team. The aim is to revolutionize the making of action-adventure-fantasy films. We chose the local aswang folklore for our first project as it has great possibilities ev-en abroad.”

For the set design, they got Hollywood designer Peter Collias who was involved in the designs of such films as “The Matrix”, “Moulin Rogue” and “Dark City”. Peter has been living in the country for sometime and he’s now familiar with local folklore. He’s proud to be part of a movie that can be a turning point in local cinema as its the first local film to be shot entirely in green screen. “It’s a very challenging project as we start from scratch but I believe in the talent of the Filipino and in local folk tales that are fascinating and timeless.”

“Working with Peter is a great advantage because of his great creative input,” says Direk Erik Matti. “Without his help, we won’t be able to come up with a truly well crafted film that can meet international standards.”