What Bourne Legacy Brings to Local Talent
The established film making industry in the Philippines, which Bourne Legacy co-producer Frank Marshall has noted early on, is getting a lot of boost from the filming of the spy thriller in the country.
Bourne Legacy have enlisted local talents like Madeleine Nicolas, Ermie Concepcion, Lilia Cuntapay, Ruby Ruiz, Anne Garcia, Lou Veloso, and John Arcilla to play bit parts in the movie.
Aside from these actors, about 400 local production crew members were hired and about 15,000 extras will be used for the entire duration of the film.
Although some of the Filipino bit players have worked with foreign productions before, they said they welcome the new opportunity to work in a film production with international standards. They also remarked how they were treated as equals on the set, even if they are bit players.
The Filipino actors also affirmed that the foreign crew were contented with the film making talents here and with the Philippines as a whole.
In a television interview, actor John Arcilla said that the Filipino crew is so fast and efficient that the foreign filmmakers are almost always taken by surprise with how speedily the Filipino crew finish their tasks.
Philippine Government Support for Bourne Legacy Filming
If most Filipinos are elated that Bourne Legacy has chosen Manila, the Philippine government is doubly proud that the country bagged the filming of the blockbuster franchise and has thrown its full support behind the film.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), headed by Briccio Santos, is the lead agency handling foreign film productions in the Philippines, including promotion. In an interview with the Philippine Inquirer, Santos expressed his belief that film productions like “Bourne Legacy” is one of the best ways not only to promote the country as a film haven, but also to advertise the country as a tourist destination. He also hopes that aside from immediate benefits like job creation and improvement of skills of local filmmaking talents, the long-term effect of the foreign film productions will spill over to trade.
Santos said that the FDCP expects more productions to follow after Bourne Legacy. The good news is that the FDCP has already received inquiries from small European productions recently.
Although the Philippines is offering minimal financial incentives to foreign film producers at the moment, Santos said that the FDCP is currently studying a system that will rebate 10 to 15 per cent of the production cost of a foreign film company.
Another agency that is most actively involved in supporting the Bourne Legacy filming is the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Like the FDCP, the MMDA had been coordinating with the Bourne Legacy film production for almost a year now.
The MMDA has created Task Force Bourne, which is comprised of 166 MMDA personnel whose main task of course, is implied in its name. Task Force Bourne members are easily identifiable for they have a different set of uniform with “MMDA TF BOURNE” printed on it.
The MMDA also regularly issues traffic bulletins on SkyCable’s Teleradyo which usually reads like the following- “MMDA Advisory: alternate routes for Bourne Legacy filming”, followed by a listing or streets that motorists can take to avoid being trapped in the traffic that may have been caused by the filming.
A detailed map of the alternative routes for motorists can be found on this site:http://www.mmda.gov.ph/Bourne-Legacy-Filming.html
Bourne Legacy Shooting Locations and Schedule
A lot of film buffs and Bourne Legacy fans are scouring the news as to where the shooting locations will be. Aside from the MMDA advisory, which more or less gives an idea where the filming is taking place at a particular date, the following list can serve as a guide for the filming in Manila:
Jan. 25, Feb. 17 and 18
Riverside Road, Real
Sta. Lucia streets in Intramuros
Feb. 5, (17, 18 in some reports)
Feb. 8 to 15
Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard
Other specific areas in the country where the film will be shot include:
NAIA in Paranaque
Agham Road in Quezon City
Pasay-Taft Rotonda (Jan 30-31)
Navotas Fish Port Complex (Jan 24 and 25, Feb 3 and 4)
Marikina public market
El Nido in Palawan
The producers have said that 20 to 25 per cent of the film will be shot in Manila and that the last climactic scenes of the movie will be shot entirely in the Philippines.
GMA 7's Jessica Soho revealed in her show “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” that the production outfit is thinking of filming the ending or climax of Bourne Legacy in El Nido, Palawan.