An umbrella for the pregnant lady, thanks

On the second day of my Tisch Asia shoot, we hailed a cab to take us to our shoot location.

The location was 300m away.

I think the cab uncle wasn’t too amused, especially since it took us five minutes to load the vehilcle with film equipment and props. He stood by the side all the while, giving us dark looks.

Maybe he didn’t like us bringing dead plants into his cab.

After dropping us off at our location, he didn’t drive away. He got out of the car and spent five minutes going around it with a cloth, wiping down the passenger seats and the boot.

I swear we didn’t puke or yell or do anything radical or, in fact, do anything at all other than be model taxi passengers.

Well, there was the fact that I was pregnant. About four or five months along, maybe.

But I’m sure pregnant ladies get into cabs all the time and don’t give anyone a hard time, unless you’re talking about women who jump into taxis because their water has broken and their husbands are in Timbuktu or something and they need to get to the hospital pronto but on the way they make a mess in the taxi or, worse, deliver their babies right there and then.

That could be traumatising and, I suppose, understandable if a taxi driver develops a phobia of pregnant women after something like that happens to him.

But I’m sure I didn’t look like I was gonna pop a load anytime soon.

It’s fake, anyway. My foetus is a Mickey Mouse pouch stuffed with cotton wool and secured to my belly with bandages.

The red umbrella is our only insurance against skin cancer during the three-day shoot under the loving caress of the sun’s flaming fingers. I’ve never known Singapore to be this hot.

But I had to put the umbrella down many times, during actual takes and when having light readings taken off me.

Louis (my many-times co-actor), had many scenes lying on the ground. He especially needed the umbrella to avoid having his face barbequed.

The crew also carried umbrellas whenever possible.

It was so hot that an umbrella was needed even in the shade.

And even the camera needed one.

Anyway, since Louis was on the set, I had a little more time to take photos (like when they’re setting him up and don’t need me).

But I took advantage of a brief lull to take a quick self-timered picture of us. I love the timer function.

Then, I moved on to catching people unawares.

It’s weird. Everyone’s wearing some shade of blue. It makes the set so… blue.

Of course, the mood was anything but.

I like the pace set by this team. Not too slow but not breakneck fast, and something’s always happening (unless we were waiting out the rain).

At about 4pm, a thunderstorm suddenly broke so we were forced to wrap for the day.

But we still had one more day to finish up, so I guess it wasn’t too bad.

It’s always nice to dance in the rain right after being barbequed alive.

Perfect way to fall sick, if you’re not already totally cooked.

It’s fun to shoot beautiful people

I am now working on two short films by a group of future hotshot filmmakers who are so good-looking they could be actors or models themselves.

The first time I stepped into the Tisch Asia campus (Tisch being that famous arts school from which hotshot directors like Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and Ang Lee graduated), I thought I had blundered into a casting call for fashion models.

But the charismatic and attractive people I saw there were just film students.

Of course, they aren’t just any normal film students. I was told the criteria for selection into the Tisch program is extremely stringent and only the most talented individuals are admitted.

Anyway, I had my first shoot today. It was awesome, but I am now tired out of my skull, having woken up at 5:30 am.

So, this is going to be a quick pictorial blog because I have to wake up at 5:30 am again in less than five hours.

It rained nonstop this morning, so we lost four hours of shooting time.

When the rain stopped, the wind machine was employed to dry an area of ground we had to shoot on:

Notice a big dry patch at the bottom half of the picture?

An umbrella was employed to protect the power plug of the wind machine from remnants of a drizzle:

I took a photo of myself while waiting for the ground to dry… and while my makeup was still fresh and as yet unmolested by the scorching sun that was to present itself later.

There was a mirror pasted on the wall of this dingy back alley we were filming at:

Haha.

We were all bored waiting for the rain to stop and the ground to dry up.

The sun finally decided to come out and we were ready to roll:

These are the six Tisch students I’m working with:

Today’s director (they all take turns directing their own films) testing out some blood effects:

Random picture:

In colour:

I took a lot of photos between scenes because I really liked the place we were filming at. The backgrounds are all so funky.

And it’s fun to photograph beautiful people.

We’ll be filming there for two more days. So… more funky photos coming up!

Now it’s time to sleep.