Friday, June 27, 2008

Bella raih 2.6 penonton

Two weeks ago, i was invited to a majlis keshukuran for Bella by TV3. I was wearing jeans and not baju kurung because ugh,long story.

Basically, on this Majlis Keshukuran, i have to commend this particular event because TV3 held onto their word.

Anyway on Bella, well firstly it was a huge risk for the people in charge of the Akasia slot to run away from the adaptation from Brazillian soaps format. Hence, giving me the opportunity and flexibility to write. But they did it and it paid off.. Whoa. Honestly, the first ten eps was a bit slow and i was like really frikking nervous and so was the Akasia people. But it picked up as i believed it would.

Anyway, I remembered during the initial discussion with GBSB and TV3. The GB & TV3 people i.e En Johary, Jai and the two Kak Siti's was saying that should Bella achieve 2.5 ratings, a kenduri doa selamat will be held. And it achieved 2.6 and they did a kenduri selamat PLUS they invited me! In a country like Malaysia, where writers are considered bottom rung hence rarely invited to these occasions. (Not that i mind so much because im never a party goer cum socialiser), this is a major acknowledgement. Its sad to say, here, writers are unworthy.

Theyre just the individual behind the pc screen churning out the ideas and provide the blue print of the story whilst their back ache and their vision blur..

It happened to me several times and in fact, it happened to me recently with this other production and worst, i even hold higher rank in that one tapi what can i say.. melayu memang mudah syok sendiri dan lupa. Tak per lah. Sometimes, you just gotta remind yourself how and why you get certain opportunities, be a bit grateful and be a bit selfless. God has a way of turning the wheels of fate. Karma bites. Emo sikit pagi hari ni.. hehe..

So, for Bella - thanks TV3 and GB. Im so terharu. So so so terharu...

Here's an article in Berita Harian dated 27 June 2008 about Bella...

BELLA PIKAT 2.6 JUTA PENONTON

Oleh Serimah Mohd Sallehuddin

DRAMA bersiri Bella yang mengisi slot Akasia berjaya mencatat jumlah penonton tertinggi 2.6 juta. Angka itu adalah yang tertinggi pernah dicatatkan slot berkenaan yang sebelum ini pernah menayangkan Manjalara dan Spa Q.

Lebih membanggakan lagi, Bella tidak mengambil format daripada Amerika Latin yang digunakan dalam drama yang mengisi slot Akasia. Sebaliknya idea berkenaan adalah milik anak tempatan seratus peratus.

Pengurus Kumpulan Pengurusan Jenama TV3, Johary Salleh Abul Rahim, berkata kejayaan itu jelas membuktikan anak tempatan juga mempunyai kemampuan setanding produksi luar. Bagaimanapun, dalam masa terdekat TV3 masih lagi berpandu kepada format telenovela kerana kejayaan yang sudah dibuktikan di negara asal drama berkenaan.

“Bella adalah drama pertama daripada slot Akasia yang tidak berpandu kepada format untuk slot ini. Drama ini adalah idea asal penulis tempatan. Pengarah Bella, Adam Hamid juga berjaya memenuhi kehendak yang diingini TV3.
“Bagaimanapun, TV3 akan tetap berpandu kepada format itu kemungkinan sehingga 2009. Walaupun Bella sudah berjaya, format juga penting kerana kebanyakan syarikat produksi memperuntukkan sehingga lima dan enam bulan untuk menyiapkan drama sebanyak 60 episod.
“Melalui format yang kita perkenalkan, tempoh penggambaran boleh dipendekkan. Selain itu, pengarah juga boleh mengikut sistem produksi luar terutama dari segi pengurusan pelakon,” kata Johary yang ditemui di majlis doa selamat meraikan kejayaan drama bersiri itu.

Jelas Johary lagi, isu mengambil format tidak seharusnya timbul berikutan format daripada Amerika Latin itu sudah digunakan sejak setahun yang lalu bermula dengan Manjalara, diikuti Spa Q. Sementara drama bersiri terbaru, Ezora turut menggunakan format yang sama.

Sementara itu, Adam Hamid pula berkata, kejayaan mencatat jumlah penonton tertinggi antara drama lain bukan dicapai dengan mudah. Katanya, dia menghadapi terlalu banyak dugaan terutamanya apabila terpaksa menyiapkan drama sebanyak 60 episod dalam tempoh empat bulan.

Oleh kerana ingin menyiapkan penggambaran dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan pihak TV3, kerja penggambaran dilakukan dengan agak tergesa-gesa dan berakhir hingga lewat malam setiap hari.

Adam berkata, dia juga harus peka berikutan penggambaran tidak dibuat mengikut turutan. Selain itu, dia juga harus memastikan mood setiap babak konti supaya penonton tidak keliru.

"Saya tidak sangka Bella mencatat kutipan penonton yang membanggakan kerana penerimaan penonton pada episod terawal agak perlahan. Episod 1 hingga 10 kurang mendapat sambutan tetapi saya faham kerana itu adalah perkara biasa untuk sebuah drama baru,” katanya.
Majlis kesyukuran yang diadakan di Restoran Puteri itu dihadiri bintang utama Bella iaitu Elly Mazlein, Ako Mustapha, Azhar Sulaiman, Iqram Dinzly, Irma Hasmie, Yatt dan ramai lagi.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Achtung - Hooperz is in Progress

Yup.. yup.. yup..

Hooperz has started production from 9 June 2008 and shall end 18 days later.

So far, things are on track. I wish i could set myself in front of the monitor and watch the magic of movie making but unfortunately, i can't be there all the time because ive got so many things to do at the office.

And today, i'm burning up like a furnace and my nose has ran away. I meant, i have a runny nose..omg! has my illness affected my humour?(shocking gasp)

Anyway,I've downed 1.5 liters of water in the past 1 hour because i feel im evaporating and my eyes are dry and sore. If only the cellulite in the body would evaporate..IF ONLY. But, i aint worry cause i can 'secret' my cellulite away.

Sidetrack: Mariana Hashim has remarried and Sue Anna Joe has married. And both occassions, we could not attend as it clashed with Hooperz schedule. Congradulations to both. I wanna marry too..

ill upload pics of Hooperz later. Leceh lah..