Friday, September 26, 2008

A Breakthrough.

Finally. A breakthrough. Been writing project 'icantsay' and promised you-know-who-you-are the script yesterday but didnt get it delivered yesterday.

Yeah.. yeah.. yeah.. i can hear it now ...you-know-who-you-are's childish yet in mannish tones rhyming 'Liar.. liar.. sweatpants on fire!'

But after much ogling and many migraine attacks, i have finally made a breakthrough and to my glee, have found what shall the heart of the story shall be. That's progress.

Now i just have to piece it in .. FAST..

Note:

1) Always try to remember the number of painkillers you have eaten, before swallowing another one. It'll burn a whole in your stomach. Sakit siot. And puasa becomes gruelling.

2) Imagine the animals you have at home ( in my case, cats) as the horses your characters ride on.

3) Promise yourself one ep Gilmore GIrls after every 5 page for motivation. And for further motivation, slip in a Lipstick Jungle sekali-sekala ( Robert Buckley is so Blonde Orlando Bloom.. yummy yum yum)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

You just gotta watch Ceraiya..

Anybody who likes Dunia Baru... Tapi adult version. Well, watch Ceraiya! Its a major riot and kelakar. For a person who never laughs at her own products , this actually made me laugh.

If you wanna see Tony Eusoff & Melissa Maureen in a more comedic and mass role - here's the place..Directed by Chunk Azizi Adnan, written by me, edited by Akash Singh and executive produced by Kye aka Syed Khairul Fariz - its a riot.

Basically, i wrote the script and outline of the story but Chunk added more siotness and mengarut element to it, making it just fahnee!

Tengok.. tengok dan tengok.. go to www.gua.com.my. Rugi tak tengok..

Monday, September 1, 2008

LIMA

Lima is a serial drama series produced by KL Motion Pictures (of course) for Astro Ria. It's my first ever directing feat. Initially, i wasnt suppose to direct but the original director had other obligations and hence, had to take off.

In a hazelnutshell, Lima is a 12 episode sob story serial. It stars talented stars such as Nam Ron, Irma Hasmie, Watie Elite, Wan Azly, Intan Nor saina, Anita Baharom, Anding, Sari Yanti, Kak Normah Damanhuri, Riz Ainuddin, Fikrie Bakar, Beto Khusyairi, Zarin, Marisa Yasmin, Zazli, Along Effendy and a many more talented actors and actresses..Of course, a huge part of the story was carried by young child actors namely Aqeen, Farah Nadia, Syainie Aida, Syazwan and Dania.

Lima was executive produced by Kye, DoP by Pali Yasir and his ever so patient team. I was assistent by Reen Emran, sound was taken care by Rashid, conty was taken care by Mas, Wardrobe and Makeup by Fina and Along, the art dept was a young crew consisting of Faris, Dath and gang. The whole team was product manage by Azie, Mujeed, Shuk, Izal and few others. Have i missed a name. And and the post is supervised by Amirul and another person, i cant mention due to national security reasons.

It was a 26 day shoot.. i basically directed for 22 days full. Crazy scheduling.
Sound problems. Weather problems. Name all the problems anybody might encounter during a shoot, you got it.

Lotsa problems outside the shoot which related to the story. Freaky huh.. Yeah.. it was. Its so freaky that my older sister refuses to watch it because of the the consequences that could occur due to the law of attraction...

Anyway, yes, law of attraction has indeed invoked some, freaky circumstances on set..
Examples :

1) The character, Suha played by Irma dies.
There was an actual death during
2) The accident.
There was an actual accident during the shoot.
3) The severed finger.
One of team's nephew severed his finger
4) Management disputes.
Lots of this.
5) The prison.
Haha.. if you only knew..

Professionally, it was a huge learning curve. I basically had to slide upwards the learning curve a.s.a.p. Tak sempat pun nak baca the extremely detailed book on directing which my brother sent me. So my directing was based on, my personal observation of other directors at work, commentaries by Nora Ephrons and Nancy Meyers and knowledge from some filmmaking for dummy book i read once upon a time.

Personally, i was slightly robotic on auto cruise mode during the whole shoot. I became rather unfazed with the happenings around me and slightly slow to react to whatever happenings outside the shoot and any unnecessary incidents. I realized that i had to take vitamins because i was consistently sleepy on the set and had volumes of nescafe (courtesy of Mujeed) which altogether, messed up my diet. I downed 8-10 cups per day and whenever, i get the occasional 'Light Coke', i was as giddy as ever. In short, i was caffeine saturated. I don't smoke so that's the furthest i go. Hehe..

I soooooo missed the gym. And I missed my 2 remaining gym sessions.I so missed my cats. My house looks like a furry combat zone with cat hair and Light Coke tins placed merata. I didnt have the energy to take out the 5kg vacuum cleaner out to vacuum up all the cat hair. My plants are sickly looking due to lack of water, my eyebrows have grown berserk, my hair looks skanky and my teeth has a hole in it ( which i fixed today and found out i have another hole). The dentist says i have nice teeth tapi 'sayang'! Because of that statement, tomorrow im going again to scale and polish all my teeth and to fix the other hole. Best of all, i lost my voice. The hailer came sllightly to late.

Nevertheless, it was an interesting experience.

Most importantly, is regardless of all the complaints above - had i done a good job? I think - so so aje. I could have done better...Due to the timing and all other problems, i had to rush the shoot. I wish i had more time on my hands.