DENNIS ROLDAN PROJECT: Strawberry Fields Forever, 24 December 2002





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Michael Charleston "Xiao" B. Chua: Christmas eve, we were asked to drop by the FunTV studios at San Roque, Tarlac City to be interviewed as to what the film Talos is about. There I met the director Gatdula, the host Arnie "Leah" Gamueta, and the rest of the nice gang. It was quite flattering; they interviewed us with Paeng Ocampo, who appeared on the film, without seeing yet what the film was like. It's like they trust that the film would be good for broadcast. Anyway, we watched them do an episode and we were with a local band Fluid. But between a take, Mayo and I were asked to do an acoustic jam. And so we did, we sang Strawberry Fields and Light My Fire. We didn't know that eventually, the former would be used for end credits with one of our episodes. The interview was shown with the first part of the film from 28 December 2002 to 2 January 2003. The second part of the film and the Strawberry Fields bit was shown from 3 to 10 January 2003.

Talos was shot and edited in less than 24 hours: 4-5 May 2002. It was a psychological study of tragedy with me playing Tonton who didn't come to terms with the murder of his wife Julia, which was played by my girlfriend Florence Pangilinan, and became a psychopath who eventually killed himself. It was written and directed by Mayo Baluyut. Paeng and Mayo appeared with me in a dream sequence of us singing Day Tripper shot earlier in our rooftop and in the fields of Fairlane on 29 April. It was intended to be a music video but some parts of it were damaged, but we found a way to incorporate it on the film.

Some people watched out for the two episodes of Talos and of course, the film being experimental, some appreciated it but some didn't. The feedback was reflected in the local chatroom shown at CT-8. We were, for a short time, recognized figures on cable. Once while we were walking at Metrotown Mall we were recognized by a saleslady and it was strange. If only we could sustain this, but of course, who are we?

...After a few weeks, FunTV was off the air. We owe FunTV much. They presented us very very well.

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