More camera angles for Duterte's 2nd SONA

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Film director Brillante Mendoza inspects the House of Representatives ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address on July 24.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 19) — Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza said he will use a greater variety of shots when he directs President Rodrigo Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24.

Mendoza told CNN Philippines that Malacañang approved more cameras inside the session hall of Batasang Pambansa.

He said as many as 18 cameras will be placed to capture not only the President as he is speaking, but also the audience's reactions.

With this setup, Mendoza said Filipinos will see less of the low-angle shots which he was criticized for last year.

"Ang sabi lang nila kung pwedeng maiwasan na yung masyadong low-angle," he said. "Sabi ko, tingnan natin kung 'di na kailangan. Sabi ko di naman siya totally mawawala."

[Translation: They asked if there could be less low-angle shots. I said let's see if it's not needed anymore. But I also said those shots won't completely disappear.]

Despite having more cameras and using dramatic lighting, Mendoza said his direction of the SONA will be simple.

In between live shots of the speech, the acclaimed director will be showing photos of Duterte's activities for the past year.

And while he will get a chance to read the President's SONA around an hour before it is delivered, Mendoza said he is ready in case Duterte veers from his speech or even curses.

"Basically, everything is like on-the-spot decision, so sanay naman ako sa ganoon," he said. "Kung anuman yung gagawin niya, I'll capture it. I don't have to hide anything kasi siya 'yun eh."

[Translation: Basically, everything is like an on-the-spot decision, so I'm used to that. Whatever he does, I'll capture it. I don't have to hide anything because that's him.]

Mendoza was named Best Director at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival for his film "Kinatay." His 2009 film "Lola" won Best Film at the 6th Dubai International Film Festival.

Just like last year, Mendoza will be directing the SONA free of charge.