A prequel to the unproduced teleplays on Wattpad, GAYA SA PELIKULA
is an 8-episode x 20 minutes romantic comedy series. It tells us about Karl, a 19-year-old recluse architecture student in the middle of an identity crisis. He is forced by his parents to move into his uncle’s condo unit to learn to live alone, a family tradition, prior to the start of the second semester of college.
Pressured to have enough money to earn his keep, Karl takes on odd jobs online. But when one of his major clients suddenly goes MIA, he is left short on funds and without a means to pay for his utilities. An opportunity presents itself when his neighbor, the mysterious Vlad, whom he despises for being inconsiderate, gets himself in a sticky situation — hiding from his own family, and proposes that they become housemates for the rest of the semestral break in exchange for rent.
JP Habac is a filmmaker from the Philippines. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Film from University of the Philippines and has participated in Asian Film Academy (2013), Generation Campus – Moscow (2013), Southeast Asian Film Lab (2014), International Documentary Masterclass (2014), NAFF Fantastic Film School (2015), Luang Prabang Film Festival Talent Lab (2019), and Tribeca Film Institute (2020).
Habac has directed films that have received many accolades in various international film festivals like Cairo International Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, and Festival de Cortos de Bogotá.
After his critically acclaimed first feature film, I’M Drunk, I Love You,
he is currently developing a music-filled comedy-drama film, Golden, which won Scripted Second Prize at the recently concluded Tribeca Film Institute Network.
Karl has his semestral break all planned out: move into his uncle’s apartment; save enough money for rent; and learn to live independently. But everything changes when a mysterious neighbor trespasses inside his unit.
Uncomfortable with Vlad staying over, Karl throws him out. But when his guilt gets to him, he struggles to make a decision. Will he allow Vlad to stay with him in secret?
Living with someone becomes a challenge of patience for Karl, especially that Vlad is not fulfilling their agreement on the chores. Can they survive cohabitating with one another?
Christmas is just around the corner and, for the first time ever, Vlad is in the mood to celebrate it with Karl. But jealousy arises when Karl forges a bond with their friendly neighbor, Anna. Can Vlad hide his true feelings for Karl?
A district-wide blackout brings Karl and Vlad closer than ever. But as they say, secrets lie in the dark. What are the secrets they hold in the dark, and which of these are about to come out?
Karl starts to question what he’s feeling for Vlad. But when they get a surprise visit from Judit, can Karl stand up for what he is feeling or will he continue to deflect it
Now that Karl and Vlad have finally allowed themselves to let their feelings fly, they have to face their next challenge: facing their loved ones. Will their newfound bond survive?