“If you take it figuratively, Daisy is a representation of social constructs, such as women being expected to be in a domestic setting. The more we try to live up to society’s expectaions, the less we become our true self. We become “robots” in a sense. We made this film that is open to the anyone’s interpretation.” – Jomarie Corro, the star of Daisy

As one of the entries in the coming Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), New Wave-Short Film category, a group of graduating AB Communication students from Colegio de San Lorenzo (Quezon City), decided to produce a short film based on a not-so-ordinary-story about relationship. They entitled it Daisy. For young filmmakers, they make look life as a parody, an imitation of life, that humans as we are, we tend to be slaved by technology.

The story for Daisy was inspired by the Eraserheads song “Superproxy,” about a ‘friend’ you can depend on whenever you need a break from life. The director interpreted this as some kind of robot that can take someone’s place in life. This is the concept that became “Daisy.” To balance the dark theme of the film, the story was set in a 1950s-esque world where the technology to build robots already exists yet people still use vinyl records, and computers seem to be non-existent. In turn, the setting was inspired by films produced in the 1950s and 1960s like Singin’ in the Rain and other musicals, where the mood is generally lighthearted. These combined elements gave the film a somewhat macabre suspense-comedy story.

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“Daisy” was shot at an old home from October 24 to 25, 2015, using only a Nikon D5100. The next day, it was edited, using Adobe Premiere. Cinematography-wise, the film took cues from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” This film also gave “Daisy” her title as at the climax of the space opera, the character HAL 9000 suddenly begins singing the 1892 song Daisy Bell in a jarring manner.

Barbara, a wife and a mother, agrees to order for her family their very own Proxy Daisy, a robot made to perform household duties. The family soon gets used to Daisy, but Barbara still can’t shake the feeling that something is not right.Is Barbara being paranoid or is Daisy hiding something?

According to JomarieCorro (Daisy), portraying the role of a robot was confusing. “As a robot, I need to practice being mechanical. Other than that, I had to keep a somewhat creepy smile on my face. Since the film was a bit based on the 1950s, I watched clips from movies and advertisements from that era,” she explained. “But for me, there is more to Daisy than just a rolbot. Our director (Brian Reyes), is fascinated with the idea of robots being more human than humans. In fact, he had written and used a similar concept for two other movies so he might have inserted some subtexts with Daisy,” she added.

“For me, Daisy wants to be human, yet she cannot be one. As she was made for servility,” she went on. “All her opinions and emotions (if she could have any), would not matter to owner. I think at the beginning of the film, when Daisy meets Barbara and her family, Daisy already decided that she wants to be in Barbara’s place.”

Aside from Jomarie, other members of the cast include Pauline del Rosario (Barbara), John   Felix Alfonso (James), Francis Factora (The Salesman), and Brendan Mykel Desiderio (Brendan). It is produced by Roderick Cuevas, their Multimedia adviser, and Brian Spencer Reyes, the director.

 

 

 

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