During the thanksgiving dinner of ‘I Heart You, Pare,’ Iza Calzado, who plays the female lead, made comment on her observation that taping hours on television should be regulated to protect the health and sanity of cast and crew.
The day before, they finished taping at 11 a.m., following a schedule that started the previous day.
The long taping hours are more the rule rather than the exception in the teleserye scene, where actors normally shoot an average of 60 sequences a day.
Actor’s contract is in a 24-hour basis. They begin working at 7 a.m. until 7 a.m. of the next day.
People hope that Iza’s comment should be taken in the context of constructive criticism and not as a cheap attackt that will bring intrigue in the production.
The TV industry should professionalize its operations. It would start by regulating working hours and follow accepted labor standards.
In some other parts of the world, TV and movie production crews work within a fixed schedule that is common to all and followed by everybody.
Perhaps, it could also be done here in the Philippine, where TV industry has children, teens, and other minors, who are among the most celebrated workers.
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