#MMFF2016: The Animated World of Marty in Avid Liongoren’s “Saving Sally”

A bittersweet love story dipped in a glaze of sci-fi and fantasy. Starring Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos and TJ Trinidad and directed by Avid Liongoren, Saving Sally is an independent film that took 10 years to make due to budget and production issues. It’s part animation, part live-action, a rare feat in Philippine cinema that truly deserves a spot at the Metro Manila Film Festival.

Avid Liongoren is an illustrator, commercial and music video director and for the first time, directing his first full-length feature film and crazy enough, it got in at the Metro Manila Film Festival. Written in 2004, first shot in 2005, edited and animated 2006 – 2009, reshot from scratch in 2010, re-edited and re-animated from 2011 – 2015 and finally completed this year, it’s been a long process doing the film.

A familiar coming-of-age story told with super-stylized visuals. The project blends live action, 2d animation and an abundance of warm, fuzzy feelings to create a totally unique and loveable little film.

Marty is an aspiring comic-book artist who is secretly in love with his best friend, Sally, the gadget inventor. Like every love story, there are complications: Sally has monsters for parents and a literal dick for a boyfriend, while Marty has the innate ability to do nothing about everything despite his vivid fantasies of defending the love of his life from the big bad world.

“Saving Sally” is directed by Avid Liongoren from Rocket Sheep Studio, to be distributed by Solar Pictures. The film is an official entry to the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival which opens December 25, 2016.

Check out the trailer here:

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