You'll Be Amazed by All the Painstaking Work Behind the Visual Effects for Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral

As well as the film's color-grading and sound effects.

( Ever since Jerrold Tarog's Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral hit theaters, the film has been praised not just for its portrayal of a hero working through his flaws, but also for its masterful execution. After all, there's much more to filmmaking than just shooting a scene. There's also the intense post-production process that comes after—which includes meticulous color-grading, painstakingly produced sound effects, and incredibly detailed visual effects. And if you were impressed with how Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral turned out, here's your chance to learn more: the people behind the movie have released a video showing how it was made.

In the video, Joe AlandyGoyo: Ang Batang Heneral's producer and post-production supervisor, explains how different people and studios actually worked on the film. "We're working with some of the best here—not just in the Philippines, but also you can consider Southeast Asia and Asia," he shares. 

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For color-grading they teamed up with "the best colorist in the Philippines," Marilen Magsaysay from Media East Productions. According to her IMDB page, she's also worked on Sunday Beauty Queen and Die Beautiful. "As the colorist, you have to use your imagination [to] come up with ways to enhance a situation wherein you want to take them to a different world," she shares.

As for sound effects, they collaborated with Wildsound Studios and its owner Mike Idioma, whose recent works include Citizen Jake, Miss Granny, and Liway, to name a few. Alandy reveals that the team did mixing for Dolby Atmos, "which is something very rarely done in the Philippines." Idioma says that this is what will give impact to the film's beautiful images. "What's the point na gumagawa ng sinehan na Atmos pero wala namang ipalalabas na local titles, 'di ba?" He also brings up just how detail-oriented Tarog is with the sounds, like how an American gun's sound differs from that of a Filipino gun.


They also worked with Blackburst Inc. for the visual effects of the film. According to visual effects director Jauhn Dablo, it took around 60 to 65 animators to work on the movie. They had to seamlessly add and remove elements in the scenes and background because the locations already had modern features. You'll be amazed to see that the places where Goyo (played by Paulo Avelino) led his soldiers were actually just a green screen.


In the end, all of the people who worked on the film talk about how all the tedious, hard work is worth it when they see the audience enjoying what they created. 

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is out in theaters.

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