Actress Yam Concepcion admitted that she felt clueless about how she will properly portray her character in Director Yam Laranas’s newest horror film, Nightshift.
Nightshift is set in a hospital morgue where supernatural things take place. It will revolve around the character of Yam, a young MedTech student who works as an assistant to a pathologist played by Michael de Mesa.
She was working a straight nightshift during one stormy night when cadavers, who began showing signs of resurrection, start to haunt her.
During Nightshift’s premiere night yesterday, January 21, Yam shared with some of the press, including pikapika.ph, how she successfully played her character in her first-ever horror film with the help of Direk Yam.
She narrated, “Tinanong ko si Direk sabi ko, ‘Direk, first time ko gumawa ng horror film, paano kaya? I’ve never done one.’
“Sabi niya, ‘You know, you just have to treat it like any other project you’ve done in the past. Pero ito, treat it as new character, new story pero ganoon pa din’...so ganoon ko siya tinreat.”
Yam continued, “Not because it’s horror kailangan ’yong treatment mo iba, it’s the same thing as doing other projects.”
The actress revealed that shooting a horror film made her experience and feel some emotions that she never felt in portraying her past characters.
“Maganda din kasi dito sa film na na-test ko ’yong mga emotions ko na hindi ko pa nararamdaman sa mga ibang roles na nagawa ko. Maganda din ’yon, na-stretch for me.”
She then enumerated the kind of emotions she felt and later highlighted in the film.
“Fear, loneliness... but in a different character. Ibang kaluluwa ang pumasok sa aking katawan kaya naramdaman ko ’yong mga ganoong emotions na ang hirap pala...masyadong mabigat.”
Yam also mentioned that Nightshift challenged her since she experienced shooting most of its scenes without much presence of her co-actors.
“Ang challenging is ’yong ikaw lang mag-isa pag may eksena, paano mo dadalhin ’yon.” she said. “Paano mo ime-maintain na interesado ’yong mga manonood ng pelikula kahit na ikaw lang ’yong mag-isang umaarte doon, wala kang nakikita or nakakausap. So, paano mo siya gagawin?”
Joining Yam and Michel de Mesa in this contained cerebral horror are Soliman Cruz, Epy Quizon, and Mercedes Cabral.
Nightshift is now showing in 130 cinemas nationwide!
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