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Saving Sally: A Movie That’s Worth 12 Years Of Waiting, Explore Marty’s The Comic World

Saving Sally

By: Danilo Flores II

“Saving Sally” which was finally finish after twelve long years is a perfect harmony of animation and live action. “Saving Sally” is the masterpiece that famous Gallerist Liongoren created by the pieces in between his other projects that tells the tale of a boy who is deeply in love with a girl.

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[VIDEO]: SAVING SALLY (MMFF 2016) Official Trailer Rhian Ramos

Saving Sally 12 Years Production

The successful “Saving Sally” film made its first appearance on the social media site Facebook. Film creator Liongoren at that time was raising much needed funds to finish the movie’s pot-production. Viewers got their first view of what “Saving Sally” had in store through a short trailer, black and white, with unfinished special effects.

The gallerist’s appeal made some noise as live actors took interest. But after some time, “Saving Sally” plea disappeared. Fortunately, a few years later, that is today, the masterpiece was rescued by its creator’s blood and sweat as Liongoren gave everything up just to give Saving Sally its much deserved finish. The film was mostly in English but bits of Japanese anime’s “will somebody say something already” plot is evident.

Saving Sally Plot

From the very moment Sally (Rhian Ramos) rescued Marty (Enzo Marcos) from bullies in school, the boy was smitten and ever since fell deeply in love with her. Marty was an artist and viewers were made to see the world through his comic-books. Saving Sally tells the tale of Marty as he tries to save Sally from the monsters of the world, including herself. One notable character is Nick, Sally’s boyfriend who was totally childish but proved to be essential in making one strong point in the end.

Filipino Customs And Culture

The world through Marty’s comic books is astonishing! Brilliant colors filled all its corners with eccentric shapes and adorable cartoons. Plus, it is refreshing to see that the Filipino culture prevalent in Marty’s comics through the famous Filipino Jeepney and masked characters that go around the University of the Philippines. Even the sight of street foods vendors in the comic-word is exciting.

Saving Sally’s lack of dynamics in terms of moving shots as well as CGI backgrounds for most, if not all, of its scenes on top of character’s lack of mobility during scenes is undeniably a sign of the film’s age. But this was taken as an opportunity for creators to show off their passion, creativity and originality.

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Evolution of Filipino Cinematics

Saving Sally is truly an evolution of the Filipino cinematics. Saving Sally takes viewers to a journey, a roller coaster ride through a light and bubbly plot with adequate references. The movie’s adorable leads and storyline is truly relatable as the story progress. Saving Sally will definitely become a timeless reference that will demonstrate how special outcomes are when visual arts and film-making meet.

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Despite the 2016 MMFF FPJ Award Controversy, Oro Is Truly An Awakening Masterpiece


By: Danilo Flores II

In the middle of teaching elementary kids in her school room, Linda (Mercedes Cabral), amidst the scorching heat of the sun, traverses the steep hill while the background extends far just so she could grab the opportunity to talk to Elmer (Joem Bascon). He is one of the locals who is captured and detained by the group of armed men. This scene alone instantly brought Oro on the top spot among other MMF 2016 entries.

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[VIDEO]: ORO (MMFF 2016) Official Trailer Irma Adlawan, Joem Bascon, Mercedes Cabral Crime Drama

Dog Slaughter Scene

True enough, the film Oro is under great controversy over the sensitive dog slaughter issue in one of the movie’s scenes. Upon initial criticisms and inquiry about the slaughter scene, production representatives’ claim that no dog was harmed since they use a dead goat with prosthetics; the concern is put to rest.

But the issue has risen from the dead and is currently making so much noise in social media after Oro movie representative recently admits to lying about the scene and that a poor dog was indeed killed. While this issue is sensitive and merits great discussion and attention, its focus should be directed first on judging the quality of the movie based on other aspects.

Gata 4 Massacre

The film Oro follows real-life events and tells the tale of “Gata 4 Massacre” where four miners lost their lives to an armed group in Barangay Gata in Caramoan, Camarines Sur in the year 2014. The story is fictionalized in some points in order to refrain from becoming a mere re-enactment of the massacre.

The film is truly a masterpiece. It retells the story of the “Gata 4” victims, the tale of the town and the legend of oppression in itself. Oro proves to be a socio-political film anchored on real life events that have turn-out to be an outstanding narrative suited for the big screen. Every scene is artistically choreographed to build up tension among viewers, that leads them to chaos and the lingering feeling of uneasiness up until the climax – where emotions explode before everyone watching.

Brilliant Casting Team

Oro’s casting team did a great job. The actors that gave life to the film’s characters were complimenting each other, making it easy to believe that they were indeed living their lives together in one community for a very long time.

The movie’s visuals are excellent. Lighting is properly utilized for both of Oro’s day and night scenes and played a great role in achieving the atmosphere of that in an island barangay setting.

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Oro’s Screenplay is  Seamless

Oro’s screenplay is effortless, truly seamless.  Actors and actresses all portrayed their roles with superb acting and the unraveling of the story reveals a brilliant scene direction.

A little point for improvement perhaps would be the integration of the native dialect’s tone. This would be tough on the movie’s cast. Nonetheless, justice for the roles was truly served. Despite the issue that confronts Oro at the moment, there is no argument on the fact that it deserves the Best Ensemble Cast Award. One of the cast members, Irma Adlawan, is also the best actress winner for her role.