If you’ve chanced upon the trailers for the upcoming comedy film Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap, you were probably laughing your ass off right after (if you haven’t, watch them below and thank us later). These videos, which depict the scheming and misadventuring of a group of hopeless hold-uppers, played by Pepe Herrera, Paolo Contis, Jerald Napoles, and Jelson Bay, are funny in a way that’s both silly and smart—they makes you think that, if you actually knew the guy behind the film, you'd probably knock back a few beers with him.
Ang Unang Nakaw:
Meet Marius Talampas, who wrote and directed Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap, which is produced by MAVX Productions Inc. and hits theaters on November 28. Of the film, the 30-year-old director says this: “Ito ay tungkol sa tatlong tangang holdaper (Pepe Herrera, Jerald Napoles, and Jelson Bay) na ang tanging pangarap ay makuha ang respeto ng mga kapwa nila holdaper sa kanilang barangay. Para matupad ang pangarap na ito, kinailangan nilang magdagdag ng isa pang miyembro (Paolo Contis).”
If that quick summary alone makes you want to head to your nearest cinema and wave fistfuls of money at the counter, know that there’s more where that came from. Marius says that if there’s one defining characteristic in his work, it’s humor.
From Fight Club to film club
As a director for advertising, Marius has made ad agencies stand up and take notice with his work for healthcare hotline KonsultaMD, particularly the hilarious “Dok Internet”—again starring Pepe Herrera. “Dok Internet” recently bagged a bronze in Spikes Asia 2018, a creative festival held in Singapore that covers the Asia Pacific region, and a bronze in the Boomerang Awards of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines.
But before the awards, he was just like you, watching David Fincher's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club as a teenager and beingblown away by how cool the experience was.
“When I watched Fight Club when I was 13 years old, alam ko na na magiging filmmaker ako,” Marius reveals. “When I was 14, I started shooting videos na, and I taught myself how to edit using Adobe Premiere. Kapag may mga school presentation, ‘yung iba Powerpoint presentation, pero sa ‘kin laging video presentation. Laging short film.”
Marius later attended UP Diliman’s College of Fine Arts as a Visual Communication major, where he went balls to the wall with his interest in film, and where he first had the idea for Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap. “In college, sa Fine Arts, talagang video ang medium ko,” Marius shares. “I joined a film org, and pati thesis ko short film.”
After graduation, he worked as a freelance videographer and would help out as a camera operator at the shoots of his brother, who himself was a TVC director. He eventually landed more gigs as a camera operator for film and advertising, then went on to work as director of photography for TV shows.
Marius credits local ad agency GIGIL for giving him his big break in advertising. “They asked me to do the online ads for KonsultaMD and hinayaan nila akong laruin ‘yung material,” Marius shares. “Since maganda yung kinalabasan, they gave me more projects and onti-onti akong nakabuo ng reel. Tapos ‘yun, nagsimula na rin ako mapansin ng ibang ad agencies.”
Bromance with benefits
You might have noticed that Pepe Herrera’s head of wild hair pops up a lot in Marius’s works. That’s because they grew up together, having gone to the same grade school and high school. “We became really close friends noong second year high school noong naging magkaklase kami, and we’ve been close friends since then. Yung barkada kasi namin noong high school, ‘yun pa rin barkada namin hanggang ngayon.”
In fact, it was Pepe and this same barkada who were instrumental in bringing Marius his first taste of viral fame via a short film they shot purely in the name of alcohol-fueled fun: “One time, I went to the beach with my barkada, and habang lasing-lasing pa kami, we shot my short film Yung Dilaw o Yung Puti,” he recalls. “Two days after I uploaded it on Facebook, boom, it went viral.”
After Yung Dilaw o Yung Puti, Marius released more side-splitting shorts, still starring—you guessed it—Pepe Herrera. Enter Wala Yan sa Lolo Ko parts 1 and 2, which put him on the radar of ad agencies and production houses, including GIGIL, the agency that gave him his big break.
Wala Yan sa Lolo Ko 1:
Wala Yan sa Lolo Ko 2:
Mission: Magkwento at manggago
Success with ads and comedy shorts notwithstanding, Marius admits that feature filmmaking is a whole new ball game—a reality he had to swallow when he took on his first feature-length effort with Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap.
“Iba ‘yung pressure when doing your first film,” Marius confesses. “Gusto mo i-mount kung paano mo siya na-imagine. Pero syempre maraming limitations ‘yan, so every day kailangan mag-adjust. Madaming sequences in a day na kailangan tapusin, so madami kang maitatapon na shots or sequences. Every day, hindi ko alam kung matatapos ba namin lahat or hindi. Or kung maayos pa ba ‘yung kalalabasan. Pero thankfully, natapos naman namin lahat at masayang-masaya kami sa kinalabasan!”
Lucky for us, those challenges haven’t discouraged Marius; in fact, count on him to deliver more feature-length riots in the future. This is a man who wants to make you laugh. “Gusto ko lang matawa sila,” he stresses. “I’m not trying to change the world or prove something. Gusto ko lang talaga magkwento at manggago.”
Magkwento at manggago. Sounds like a man after our own heart.
'Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap' hits theaters nationwide on November 28. Check out Marius’s short films and advertising works at www.mariustalampas.com.