Nov 21, 2012

Background acting:《都是小黑惹的祸》Koffee Did It!


One day I saw my friend posting on Facebook wall about cast recruitment for a kid's drama in Singapore. She is also from Penang but studied in a polytechnic in Singapore after Form 5 in Malaysia. There was only one character that suits me - a 20+-year-old elder brother of a kid. I really did dare myself to go for the audition and so I went for the audition at the film company (Oak3 Films) at MacPherson.

Well, my friend is the assistant director for the drama and at there I was given a script which I need to sort of memorize and act, then they recorded that as reference. My friend and the main director was there for the audition and he said I sort of shivered when I was talking, but I have a very accurate and clear Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. He even asked whether I'm a stage drama actor. ^^

A few days later I actually heard from my friend that there're about 17 other people went for audition for the same role I went for. Oh my goodness, then I thought never mind, just take the audition as an experience. However, I was told a few days later, that I was selected to play the role!! That was surely one huge good news for the narcissistic me. Haha...

The drama is called 都是小黑惹的禍!(Koffee Did It!). I guess 小黑 is a panda plush doll owned by a little girl, which comes to life from time to time, like Barney the dinosaur.

My casting took place at Block 562, Hougang Street 51 on a Wednesday during the reading week. I'm only background acting so it took only one day to film my 4 scenes with other main scenes. I'm not sure but, I would regard myself as 茄哩啡, a very popular phrase in Cantonese, which means 'extra' or '臨時演員'. However I did have a script and I need to memorize and speak while acting.

I reached there earlier than the crew and spent one full hour there studying PC1432 Physics IIE (I tend to be more productive out of my room with no laptop distraction). I was quite shy when the crew reached the venue as I didn't know all of them. The two kids I'm acting with, a boy and a girl, they're really cute, and the girl is really cute and pretty. Hehe...

These are my scenes (I'm playing Jimmy by the way):
Episode & Scene no. Script (Dialog in italics)
Episode 4

Scene 18
室外。Joe的家門口。 日

Joe回到一組屋外,拿出鑰匙就要開門。時鐵門打開。一個二十多歲的男生,Jimmy已經打扮好,準備出門。Joe看到哥哥,開心的樣子。

Joe:哥!你在家?晚餐……
Jimmy:我要出門了。晚餐你自己去買。記得看門啊。



Joe失望的樣子,看著哥哥離開。

Joe:(不悅地喃喃)看門?我又不是小貓小狗……

Joe沮喪地打開門,在關上。
不遠處,瑞玲和小黑正在觀看著這一切。門一關上,瑞玲和小黑對望一眼。
Episode 4

Scene 23
外景。Joe的組屋外。 日

瑞玲來到Joe的家門前。她站在門口,正在思考要怎麼開口,這時Joe家的門打開,Jimmy出現在門口,和瑞玲對望。

瑞玲:(打招呼)Hi!請問,Joe在嗎?
Jimmy:他出去了,你找他有事嗎?



瑞玲遲疑表情。
Episode 4

Scene 27
外景。組屋樓下遊樂園。 日

瑞玲和小黑在滑梯上,看著不遠處的兩兄弟。
小黑在玩滑梯,玩得開心。瑞玲正東張西望地,好奇地想知道兄弟倆在聊什麼。
時Jimmy和Joe已經談好。祥瑞玲走過來。

Jimmy:瑞玲,謝謝你。
瑞玲:(不解)我?
Jimmy:Joe已經把全部的事情都告訴我了。他明天會主動去跟老師道歉。



一旁的Joe卻沒有反應。

Jimmy:因為我太忙,沒有時間去關心他,也沒有注意到他缺乏些什麼。他不好意思跟我開口拿多一點零用錢,才會把別人的文具拿來賣。以後我會多關心他,不會再有類似的事情發生了。Joe,對嗎?

Jimmy看Joe。Joe有點無奈地點點頭。

瑞玲:(會意)原來是這樣啊。(對Joe)我家樓下的雜貨店在請兼職呢,你要不要去面試?我跟老闆很熟的,我可以幫你問!

Joe沒有出聲。Jimmy對瑞玲微笑。

Jimmy:謝謝你,瑞玲。天要黑了,你也回家吧,不然你家人會擔心。

瑞玲點點頭。看著Joe和Jimmy離開。

瑞玲:(喃喃)就這樣?!

Unfortunately it rained that afternoon. Some outdoor scenes had to be postponed until the rain stopped. When I was taking rest, the little girl holding her pink teddy bear approached me and talked to me. She asked whether I've acted in other show before, and said my Chinese is good. LOL~ I was glad that she wasn't even afraid of approaching a stranger guy like me. And ya, my Chinese is damn good, can't help (just kidding, erm... maybe I was just good in switching between accents).

It's a wonderful experience working with the professional filming crew. They really have the equipment a that the professionals should have. Every cast has a mic tacked on the inside of the clothes. Yet they still have boom mic, external monitor for director, lighting, reflector. Every thunderstorm and lightning will make them stop the roll.

I was paid only $60 but I'm contented. I don't even mind paying them to let me act if I have to. LOL~~ I know I'm a narcissist!!
The drama will be broadcasted weekly on Channel 8 10:30am starting from 30 Dec 2012 (Sun). My scenes are in episode 4 so if everything goes fine, episode 4 should be on 20 Jan 2013. Well, I actually wonder which friends of mine watch kid's drama? On Sunday morning some more. Haha...

UPDATE: Here's the video

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