yes or no direk?
"directing a movie is a very overrated job. we all know it. you just have to say yes or no. what else do you do? nothing. 'maestro, should this be in red?' yes. green?'no. more extras? yes. 'more lipstick?' no. yes, no. yes, no. that's directing." - dame judy dench from rob marshall's new movie, nine
This made me think. What would happen if I were directing my first feature. "Direk, tita Hilda is asking if she should deliver her lines softly or should she inject a little more force into it? She's also asking if it's ok that we don't say the lines at all and just let her eyes do all the talking?"
"What's the scene again?"
"She's cooking rice while barking some instructions to her kid to buy toyo at patis."
"What would it be, direk?"
"Direk, the crew is waiting."
"Hm... maybe no."
"Well, maybe… Maybe?"
"It's up to you."
"Up. To. Me. Hmmm. What would it be?"
"I don't know. You're the director."
"Can I think about it?"
"You can't. It's already 4 in the morning. We just need a yes or a no."
"Can I call a friend?"
"No. There’s no signal."
"No signal… Hmmm...”
"Yes or no?"
"Yes or no? Wait, Yes? Yes! It's a definite yes!"
"Ok thank you direk."
"Ay wait. No na lang pala. Is that ok with her?"
"I'll tell her."
"No, no, yes. I've made up my mind. It's a yes..."
"Are you sure?"
"No. Well, maybe. Yes?"
The exasperated assistant turns her back on me and shouts: PAAAAAAAKAP! PAAAAAAKAP!"