“Gameboys,” the acclaimed Boys Love sequence starring Elijah Canlas and Kokoy De Santos, has been declared Greatest Net Sequence within the Indie Shorts Awards Seoul. The popularity is being known as the primary worldwide award for the sequence which has been reaping reward from a worldwide viewers because it launched final Could.
The announcement got here to the loyal fandom of the sequence through Twitter as we speak, Nov. 16, by means of the official web page of The IdeaFirst Firm, creators of the sequence. A certificates of accomplishment from the stated competition was shared, stating “Gameboys” because the “winner for having met the very best requirements of excellence.”
— The IdeaFirst Firm (@theideafirst_co) November 15, 2020
The victory comes simply days after Canlas was declared Best Actor on the not too long ago concluded Gawad Urian, for his portrayal of a youngster stricken with AIDS in “Kalel, 15.” “Gameboys” co-executive producer, Jun Lana, additionally gained the Urian for Greatest Screenplay for the stated movie.
Might there be extra excellent news forthcoming for “Gameboys” followers? It appears probably if Lana’s tweet earlier as we speak could be thought of, as he stated, “We haven’t even informed you the very best information but. However for now it will do! #GAMEBOYSBestWebSeries.”
The sequence’s artistic advisor, Elmer Gatchalian, seems to have reiterated the constructive risk, as he tweeted, “Extra excellent news to return #GAMEBOYSBestWebSeries.”
“Gameboys” chronicles the connection between the gamer Cairo (Canlas) and his fan Gavreel (De Santos), who each discover love in one another in opposition to all odds, amid the pandemic. As characters and actors, each present in time an enthusiastic following which lovingly refers back to the tandem as CaiReel and/or EliKoy.
Apparently, the journey of “Gameboys” in the direction of changing into the succesful and beloved BL sequence that it’s began off within the easiest of how, beneath essentially the most tough circumstances. Its makers wished to proceed to supply livelihood for its group of actors and creatives amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the large lockdowns which gave an enormous blow to the leisure business.
The sequence subsequently wanted to be shot by the actors themselves in their very own houses utilizing smartphones, receiving painstaking instructions and cues through Zoom, establishing props delivered to their houses, with their members of the family aiding as co-actors or cameramen, or each. Just a few outside and out-of-home shoots, with the solid and crew gathered, have solely been attainable after lockdown restrictions have been barely eased by the federal government.
One other attention-grabbing side of the sequence’ execution is its low key launch each week, with out hype nor preview trailers, which left followers to eagerly anticipate each episode’s launch and trade banter amongst themselves about their very own predictions. This follow of its makers could be very a lot in impact to today, because the sequence’ spinoff, Ladies Love sequence “Pearl Subsequent Door,” additionally employs the identical easy method in reaching its viewers.
In interviews after the present has earned widespread reward, Canlas and De Santos each expressed their shock and delight on the sequence’ success, giving a lot credit score to its sturdy script and route. “Gameboys” is directed by Ivan Andrew Payawal (who additionally directs “Pearl Subsequent Door”) and written by Ash Malanum. Equally, EliKoy have been extensively acknowledged for the power of their portrayals and the connection this made with audiences, inside BL followers and even past.
A second season for “Gameboys” has been introduced, in addition to a film. In the meantime, first season episodes proceed to steadily rake in views, with episode 5 having simply reached a million views, as of writing.
EliKoy have been busy with particular person tasks. Canlas, recent from his Urian triumph, will star subsequent within the Christmas teleserye “Paano Ang Pasko?” De Santos is seemingly on extraordinarily busy mode, as he’s featured in “Keep-In Love” whereas additionally starring within the currently-running BL “Oh Mando.” He additionally not too long ago launched a single “Lagi Lagi” and in addition seems in TV5’s weekend selection present “Sunday Noontime Reside!”
Celeb photographer BJ Pascual carried out a much-anticipated trend shoot with the 2 for Rank final October, seeing the tandem don fashionable ensembles with light, feminine-inspired touches.
EliKoy was final seen showing as CaiReel in episode three of “Pearl Subsequent Door,” which premiered final Saturday, Nov. 14. Their characters are speculated to have left and gone again to one another’s arms after giving their kween an enormous hug. IB