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Two French Filmmakers Want You to Protect Taal Lake from Pollution
What began as a film about Philippine insects turned into something more after an eruption changed Taal Lake forever.
There are many reasons two European bachelors would want to spend time in the Philippines. Filming insects in make-believe stories is usually not one of them.
Michael and Alexander Whitener, French filmmaking brothers who come from a small village in southern France, had this wacky idea of casting insects in a movie, but they needed to travel to the tropics for its high insect diversity.
That’s how they ended up in Batangas for a year, raising eyebrows among locals as they rummaged through the vegetation surrounding Taal Lake so they could point macro lenses at tiny creatures. That was where I met them.
Some of the Whitener’s footage for their insect film ‘Mikro’
They went back to France in 2017 with hours of nature footage, but their unique project was still without a script or even a storyline. And how would these creatures communicate? Would they be dubbed by human voices to accompany moving mouths and body language, I asked them by e-mail.