“Ang Panday” is among the official entries for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival in December as Coco Martin’s debut film as a producer and a director.
In a recent interview during the launching of the mobile game app of “Ang Panday”, Coco told reporters that he did not set a budget limit for the production of the said movie so the quality won’t be compromised and moviegoers will not think that it was rushed.
He said he wanted the viewers to get their money’s worth so he is giving all his best.
“Hindi ako nag-over budget kasi hindi ko alam magkano ang budget. Hindi ako nag-set ng limit na hanggang dito na lang tayo.”
“Ayokong masabi nila na, ‘Ah, minadali at tinipid.’ Binuhos ko na lahat para masulit bayad ng manonood,” he added.
Coco proudly shared that at least 80 actors are in the movie and they were challenged to be shooting at various hard-to-reach scenic spots in the Philippines.
He narrated that there was even one time that the whole cast and crew had to walk to the top of a volcano.
“Dugo’t pawis talaga kasi iyong location namin talagang mahirap.”
With Carlo J. Caparas as creator and director of “Ang Panday” when it was first launched in Philippine cinemas years ago, Coco said his version will depict his Indie and mainstream techniques in producing the movie.
Coco Martin started as an actor in Indie films and was able to hone his craft in mainstream with renowned director, Brillante Mendoza. According to him he learned that “nothing is impossible” from Mendoza.
“Pinanganak ako sa indie, natuto ako sa mainstream. Kay Brillante Mendoza ako galing, so ang mindset walang imposible.”
Busy with his top-rating prime time teleserye, “Ang Probinsyano”, Coco humbly shared that he also sought the help of several actors and filmmakers, Mendoza, Malou Sevilla and Lito Lapid, to name a few, to guide him until he finishes “Ang Panday”.