By Boy Villasanta | Published: November 3, 2020
After directing “Tabon”, a feature film for the 15th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Xian Lim just wrapped up a novel project for the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)’s Sining Sigla gig, spearheaded by its President Arsenio J. “Nick” Lizaso.
Nick Lizaso is also a TV, film and stage actor, writer, director, and producer.
For the first time in Xian’s directing career, he is challenged by doing a puppet show online on the adaptation of the Filipino literary creation, “Ibong Adarna”.
“It’s really challenging to do a puppet show,” Xian admitted in an online interview Saturday noon.
A Different Medium
Its medium, though, is film but the mise-en-scene of it is quite different from the usual living actors performing their respective roles.
“This one, you have to deal with puppets. Just imagining it, how could you direct puppets? How do you make them cry? Those questions cropped up during the pre-production of the project,” said Xian.
Kim Chiu and Friends
Thanks to his friends from ventriloquism like Ony Carcamo and other puppeteers who helped him organize the filming of “Ibong Adarna” which premiered last Saturday.
This will be on for the rest of the month of November at the Office of the CCP President Facebook and the CCP Facebook pages.
Xian also expressed gratitude to his girlfriend, Kim Chiu, who supported him all throughout his entire production.
“Nand’yan naman po si Kim sa likuran ko sa lahat ng ginagawa ko (Kim is always at my back in whatever I do). I am lucky to have her,” he confirmed.
At the same time, they are sticking it out with ABS-CBN after all these times of crisis. “Nando’n pa rin naman po kami (We are still there)”
“Wait till we do shows again for ABS-CBN,” said Xian.