We have dealt all our lives with natural disasters and calamities that come and go not only locally but in the global scale as well. And it is not easy dealing with Mother Nature when disasters strike so we have to be extra cautious and be aware of safety measures.
Man’s fight for survival against a super typhoon is front and center in John Stephen Baltazar’s The Signs which is featured in FDCP’s Cine Lokal theaters in SM starting December 7.
The Signs tells the story of Tony Hughes whose famous meteorologist father died while researching about typhoons. He discovers a manuscript predicting a series of signs that lead into a catastrophe—the mother of all typhoons. As the signs of the super typhoon unfold, he is responsible for ensuring his town’s safety. He discovers another threat that is much worse than the previous signs.
“I’ve always wanted to make a natural disaster film.
Given the fact that we live in a country where floods, storms and earthquakes are part of our normal lives in the Philippines, it is time to inform and educate young people using the power of entertainment,”
according to The Signs film director/writer/producer/director of photography John Stephen Baltazar.
John also did short films and other media projects since being based in Dubai.
'I am also fascinated with these calamities, he shared. "In fact I already have a follow up film, whch deals with The Big One!"
The disaster film stars promising actors and actresses, including Michael Kumar, Anna Reyes, Andrew Torres, and Enzo Ferrari Arciaga with Mutya ng Pilipinas 1st Runner up Mary Justine Teng.
Anna Reyes is an indie actress and is very excited to be part of The Signs.
"This is a memorable film because we got rained on a lot by natural and artificial rains." But to her it was all worth it because it was all part of the film's premise.
For Michael Kumar, this will be his debut film and he was really nervous.
"I am grateful and thankful to be part of this project. Mahirap siya. Pero sulit naman and as the lead actor, it was an honor to be directed by Direk John Stephen."
It was noted by Director John Stephen that no dedicated film dealing with storms/typhoons and other natural disasters in the Philippines so by making The Signs, everyone's attention is taken into consideration and we must all be prepared.
Photo Credit: Kids Discover
One very notable scene in the movie is an actual capture of a lightning storm by the director himself. He shared that it took them like two hours of continuous filming until a perfect lightning bolt was captured by their lens.
No other cast and staff were harmed when it got recorded because the lightning was far away from where the cameras stood.
This is also the debut movie of Mutya ng Pilipinas 1st runner up winner Mary Justine Teng who at 23, is also an interior designer. She is an incoming talent of Viva Films so let's watch out for more of Justine in 2019.
"I play a reporter in the film," says Justine. "It was fun making the movie despite the physical demands. All worth it."
Direk John Stephen also hope that people will take time to watch their passion project movie that was not very easy to make and FYI it only took them a budget of P1 million to make and finish it in 26 shooting days!
And that is some interesting trivia for you guys to get hooked into supporting the film.
The Signs opens on December 7 and 8 in Cine Lokal’s seven (7) SM Cinemas:
SM Manila, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Sta. Mesa, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, and SM Megamall at 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:30 PM screenings.
Tickets are at P150 only.
Produced by Mark Gil Arciaga and Bashir Atiyat.