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Director Yam Laranas helms first all-Pinoy National Geographic Channel documentary

by Mark Angelo Ching
Thursday, August 20, 2009
08:18 PM

Another Filipino production is all set to make Pinoys proud.

Direk Yam Laranas, one of the few Filipino directors who have already directed a full-length feature in Hollywood, is the head of Asia's Titanic, the first all-Filipino produced full-length documentary for the National Geographic Channel (NGC).

The cable channel is known for producing high-quality shows about science, nature, culture, and history. To be able to produce a documentary for NGC, the filmmaker must be able to pass a rigorous screening process administered by its top executives.
Applicants to the screening process must pitch any topic that they feel will make a good documentary. If chosen, the filmmaker is given a grant that will cover the production cost of the proposed project, and a chance to premiere the finished film worldwide.

Direk Yam was one of the 15 Asian producers who were given the grant in 2004, out of more than 300 filmmakers from Asia  who competed for the slot. It was the first time for an all-Filipino team to acquire one.

The director's winning proposal was to make a documentary on the Doña Paz tragedy. MV Doña Paz was a passenger ship that claimed the lives of more than 4,000 passengers when it collided with an oil tanker, off the shore of Mindoro Island, just five days before Christmas in 1987.

The sea mishap is regarded as the world's worst peacetime maritime disaster due to its death toll, beating Titanic, where only around 1,500 passengers died when it capsized in 1912.

Asia's Titanic

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) talked to the director last Tuesday, August 18, in the documentary's media preview in Rockwell Cinema, Power Plant Mall in Makati. Direk Yam said he was very proud of the "all-Filipino" distinction.

"Yung full-blown production that was really produced by an all-Filipino team, ito yung unang-una. I think we should be very very proud of it... We can be at par with the standards of the world," Direk Yam said.

The director added that his team chose to film the said sea mishap because they feel its a story that the world needs to know.

"Ang claim natin is that it's the world's worst peacetime maritime disaster ever. In the world, nothing can beat this. Kung may world record sa pinakamaraming namatay, 'eto na. So we wanted the story," he explained.

Direk Yam said the documentary took more than three years to make because they were aiming for quality. Besides following a Bible-thick guideline book supplied by NGC, the team also worked for precision, cross-checking every fact they acquire. Stock footage was also hard to get.

"Once you try a story like this, you need to be very careful kasi a lot of lives have been lost. You need to tell their story, but at the same time, you need to be factual. We cannot claim anything unless we have it cross-checked by experts," the director said.

Asia's Titanic will premiere on the National Geographic Channel on Tuesday, August 25, at 9 p.m.


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I can't wait to watch this one.

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I have partly seen the video but i was not impressed with the graphics. It cannot be compared with other NGC documentary films. Pinoy ang dating. But i like the story.

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I have partly seen the video but i was not impressed with the graphics. It cannot be compared with other NGC documentary films. Pinoy ang dating. But i like the story.

In a manner of speaking... ;)

Apparently I don't watch anything from NGC because I didn't realize that Destiny didn't carry it, hehe. Buti na lang may sopcast.

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where can this be seen again?
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Additional screenings on National Geographic Channel Asia:

August 26, Wednesday, 4am/9am/1pm/9pm
August 30, Sunday, 9pm
August 31, Monday, 1am/5am
September 5, Saturday, 6pm
September 28, Monday, 8pm
September 29, Tuesday, 1pm
« Last Edit: Aug 27, 2009 at 11:16 AM by ABCmotorparts »