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‘Bloody’ here finally

It could’ve been easily canned given the challenges it encountered but ‘Bloody Crayons’ proved if there’s a will there’s a way

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It has been a long wait but “Bloody Crayons” is finally hitting the big screens.

The cast of ‘Bloody Crayons’ (mb.com.ph)

The cast of ‘Bloody Crayons’

Film development began in April 2015 with Star Cinema picking up the rights of the book of the same title written by Josh Argonza.

What followed was a circuitous route that saw many changes in the script, the production team involved, and even the lead stars.

Following other production and filming delays, principal photography only officially began last March.

“Bloody Crayons” had a grand media launch recently and everyone involved it seems are happy that the boat has finally left the dock so to speak.

ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc’s Mico del Rosario believes they have created a winner.

“It took us a long time to realize ’yung best casting, ’yung best director for the film at tsaka ’yung best iteration ng script and we’re happy to report that our efforts paid off,” he said. “This is ABS-CBN’s first suspense thriller in a very long while and we’re more than satisfied with what we’ve come up with.”

“Actually all the bosses were happy too, as in nagpalakpakan sila after watching the first edit so nakakatuwa,” he added.

Film director Topel Lee is excited how audiences will react to the film.

“Hindi lang ang title ang bloody, pati ang paggawa ng pelikula literally madugo,” he said. “Marami sa cast namin ang nasaktan, nasugatan. Ang hirap niyang i-mount but now I could only be happy that it will be showing na. Sobrang tagal ng production pero it’s worth it. We gave our all sa film na ito.”

Josh is satisfied with the final cut despite the many changes in the story.

“Actually sa tingin ko mas naging dynamic siya, mas naging fluid,” he said. “I wrote the story nu’ng 17 pa lang ako so naturally marami siyang clichés and all. But with the help of the writers (from ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.) I feel naging much better ang story, inayos nila. In any case, ’yung feel ng novel same pa rin naman.”

Usually, being second and third choice to play lead in a film is blow to ego many stars find unnerving, but not Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador.

“I’m just really happy to be part of this movie,” said Elmo. “It’s my first with Star Cinema and with Janella and I’m very happy to be included in the cast, kahit third choice pa kami. I’m glad to have contributed to such a beautiful project.”

“I’m very glad na kami ang final choice,” Janella added. “We all worked hard to make it a good film so we’re excited to see how audiences will react to it.”

But what is “Bloody Crayons” exactly?

According to Josh, the title of the film was derived from a game he invented for the characters to play in the story.

“It’s similar to truth or dare but more fun actually,” he said, explaining how it ties things up.

“Ang pinaka-idea kasi is that normal things become extraordinary or weird when viewed in a different context. So, parang crayons normal lang siya pero ’pag tinignan mo siya in a different way like as something abnormal or evil pwede rin maging ganu’n siya.”

The story is about a group of students who visits an island to film scenes for a school project. After settling in an old house, the group decided to play Bloody Crayons. It was soon after that a killer begins to tick them off one by one.

Apart from Elmo and Janella, who play the role of Kiko and Eunice, respectively, the cast includes Jane Oineza as Olivia; Ronnie Alonte as John the newest barkada; Maris Racal as Richalaine the kikay; Sofia Andres as Marie the fashionista ; Diego Loyzaga as the brash Kenly; Yves Flores as the prankster Justin; and Empoy as the lovable and funny Gerard.

Asked how he was able to handle the huge cast of youngsters, Topel shared, “Actually wala pa akong anak pero parang natutunan kong maging tatay while working on this film. It was fun. Everyone was cooperative. I’m happy with how everyone performed in the film.”

“Bloody Crayons” opens in cinemas July 12. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)

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