Hi! We're Ron Dulatre & Elaiza Rivera, Co-Directors & Writers of "TAYO". Ask Us Anything :)
Elaiza and I are filmmakers who studied at De La Salle College of St. Benilde, we started collaborating during our second year and have quickly developed our own unique and intricate process of making films and everyday we learn new things to improve our craft and the epitome of our collaboration is 'Tayo'; our magnum opus
TAYO is a story about Reg, a socially awkward stand up comedian who gets help from his subconscious in the person of Alyssa. However, when Reg is supposed to give the performance of a lifetime, Alyssa suddenly disappears.
The story of TAYO originates from a true story of when I hit a slump of depression in the past, I developed the depressed Stand Up comedian from there and Elaiza had the idea to combine it with an old story of hers called 'Dream 8' about a girl who meets her soulmate in her dreams.
This film really means a lot to me, not only because in it lies the reason why I do comedy but because it's a collaboration with all the most talented and kind filmmakers me and Elaiza know. It's also our love and hate letter to the mainstream comedy films in the Philippines, they are where most of the tropes in Tayo originated but we believe Tayo is also what a comedy film in the Philippines COULD be.
Please watch our film, We hope you laugh and enjoy it and feel free to ask us ANY question about the film, our process and us :)