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Thursday, December 24, 2020

KathNiel stars in Ben&Ben's Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay music video

12/22/2020 03:50:43 AM

Ben&Ben just released its newest music video, and it features one of the most-popular loveteams in the country.

Living both in their real and reel selves, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla take center stage in the music video of the song Sa Susunod Na Habang-Buhay. As always, Jorel Lising handled the directorial duties; but the frequent collaborator is joined by Gaya Sa Pelikula creator Juan Miguel Severo.

In a press report, the song's visual narrative explores the complicated relationship dynamics of two lovers who have lost and found each other in a fated cycle of events.

Complicated love in a time loop

Severo reveals that “Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay,” a song that deals with the “possibility of another life to succeed in love,” complements the KathNiel starrer that he has in mind. Having written Hintayan ng Langit, an evocative piece that examines eternal romance in the afterlife, Severo decided to do away with another reincarnation story for his interpretation of the material. 

“Then it hit me, what about a couple stuck in a time loop?” said Severo, a prolific writer/spoken word artist/actor. “What if every time one dies, they go back to their first date with one of them carrying memories from their previous run? It took the band, Direk, and I a couple of zoom calls, brainstorming ideas to compound on that concept and get everything laid out before I presented it to KathNiel.”

Severo’s writing lends to a beautifully understated film that allows KathNiel to tackle their role with nuanced sensitivity and depth. To make it more impactful on screen, music video director Jorel Lising makes use of non-liner, fragmented storytelling as a way to capture the couple’s memories in its undiluted form. 

“It all comes from the content of the song - it’s a strong piece that speaks about love lost and an intense sense of longing, so the process of developing the treatment and Severo’s script came from that. The challenge for us was to maximize the emotion based on that kind of narrative,” Lising added.

Working with KathNiel

But apart from working with Severo, how's the experience for Ben&Ben on working with the young-yet-very-popular tandem? Miguel Benjamin shared the journey behind this dream project that took place within a serendipitous sequence of events. 

"About two months ago, an interesting exchange came up while our keyboardist Patricia Lasaten was working on the music of Juan Miguel Severo’s Gaya Sa Pelikula,” said Miguel. “As a way of showing appreciation when we offered our song ‘Ride Home’ to the series, Juan Miguel graciously offered us in return to write a script for the ‘Sa Susunod Na Habang Buhay’ MV, and pitch it to KathNiel, as they are good friends. We pushed through, and to our surprise, they loved both the idea of working with all of us and the script. This was a big thing for us because we never expected that these great artists would be open to doing a music video with us, given their stature and busy schedules.”

Known for helming previous music videos of this folk-pop-alternative collective, Lising didn't mind time constraints and instead had nothing but praises to KathNiel for their astounding professionalism and craft; having only a few adjustments made in the process. 

“We didn’t have a whole lot of time with them, but they definitely possess star power quality on camera. Every frame we took of them has a strong presence that comes with lots of experience, especially since they’ve been acting for so long now,” Lising said in conclusion.

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