Alright, this is a totally random picture, but I just like posting it here! Haha!
Golden Globes 09’s results are out, and Johnny Depp was one of the presenter! He brought such presence when he stepped onto stage. Ok, maybe I felt this way because I really admire his work. Hah! Well, I guess the next BIG thing would be the Academy Awards. May the best filmmakers win. Oh, then the ASC Awards, 15 Feb. Can’t wait! May the best DP win! Haha!
Anyway, so much happened in Drama Production Class today. Not ‘drama’ cause it’ll be too strong a word, but perhaps, incidents? Yeah, lot’s of them, to me at least.
First of, the better news! Andrew, our lecturer, asked me to load the Arri SR 2 camera (see above!). It’s a film camera, really cool! I love film, the quality they present, the history and beauty of it, and how images actually ‘appear’ on the film as light passes through it. But I have to admit that in Singapore, practically speaking, its digital. Well, I hope that film doesn’t ‘die’ off, cause it’s a piece of ‘history’ that does not want make itself history. It’s like a 100 plus years ‘historical’ object, yet it is constantly being developed to something so technically advanced and perfect. Like Kodak’s new Vision 3. Cool. Its simply grand.
Sorry, I was off topic. Haha. Anyway, when I had to load the film today, it was kind of a mix between excitement and nervousness. It’s somewhat an honor and a privilege to do so, yet, I was so scared I’ll screw up or break the camera, waste an entire roll of film or something. Haha, but well, there’s always a first time, and we should never be afraid to try. Thats how we learn, isn’t is? No fear. I had to put the magazine into a black bag to block off all lights so as to not expose the film, put the roll of film into it too, and feel my way through and load it. It was an experience. We learnt how to load in class, but that was with exposed films, so we could do it in the bright room. But this time was just touch and understanding. Thank Mr. Andrew, who was there giving me step by step information on how to load it, if not I’ll be totally lost. Haha! Cant say it was easy, but it wasn’t the hardest thing ever either. Maybe because someone experience was there to guide, which made things easier, but well, I think if we are willing to practice more, the skill can be learnt. That’s why they say practice makes perfect yeah. We’ve all got to start from somewhere. Somewhere small. That’s humble learning.
Anyways, it was a great sense of achievement to load the camera. The FILM camera. Haha!
Next incident, was when Mr. Andrew asked me this question today. It goes something like that:
A: Hey Pam, do you really want to do cameras?
A: Can I give you a piece of advice?
Me: Yeah sure…
A: You’ve got to learn to be more technical. I mean that’s what being a DP is about, you got to be technically good. Not like a director who can learn along the way (something like that), a DP’s got to know it be heart. (again, something like that).
Me: (I cant remember what I said, but it was something to.. Meaning? Haha)
A: I’m not being offensive (I didn’t feel that way though), but sometimes you ask me things you should have known already. You can read up these stuff in books if you’re interested…
Me: Hmm.. any suggestions?
A: There’s one in the library, called Practical Cinematography.
Me: Ohhh Ok, cool. Thanks so much.
That was a great piece of advice. I’m not being sarcastic. I mean, thanks for lecturers like this who give these advice to students. I’ll really head to such advice, and hopefully, I can be a step closer to my dreams. Because honestly, this is all I think I’ll want to do in my life. And such advice can change my life, I’m not exaggerating. Haha! But it was great, I mean, it was an honest, sincere and useful piece of advice. I’ll work on that. Guess it’s time to work hard during the holidays! Fun kind of working hard. Haha! But from deep down in my heart, I was really grateful.
And to the last incident. Not a good one. Ah Crap. The class break into 2 for an exercise using the SR2 and we had to shoot under the sun. There were quite a fair amount of shade from the trees, but it was hot nonetheless. After shooting for 1.5 hours or so, and running to and fro the class and location to get stuff, I almost black out. Damn. I’ve never felt this way for as long as I remember. Oh, once when I went jogging without warm up. Haha. I kind of felt giddy halfway through, and went to a shade to rest. Thanks to understanding group members who let me rest. Jen even help fan me… Sweet. Haha. They sort of made me not get back to work and rest. Mic even went to buy green tea for the group. How sweet of him! Haha thanks guys sooo much.
Anyways, I felt like I couldn’t take it anymore, and to do justice to my body, I decided to go back to the sound stage to rest. I walked like a few meters, and there was this black sheet over my eyes. I couldn’t see much, it was so dark. So, I sat down IN FRONT of a parked car to rest, then decided to run to the sound stage. If you’d ask me now, it was a stupid idea.
But, I ran, and halfway through, my smart body decided that the decision was dumb, and made me have the need to lie down right away. So I did. Good thing Adrian was there if not I’ll look like some idiot. But I guess I didn’t think so much about that there and then. Adrian tried to help open the door to the sound stage, but his fingerprint did not work on the door. So I tried my very best to make my way to the door, which, at that point of time, seemed like eternity away. I couldn’t open the door too, cause my hands were wet with the vaporisation of the drink.
Good thing Mr Andrew appeared on time.
With a magic touch, he swang the door open, and let me in. Man, it felt like paradise in there. I rushed for the sofa and just lie down like some sick pig. Mr Andrew and Adrian made me sip some green tea. When they left the room, I heard this buzzing sound in my ears. I know it usually happens at such situation, but I heard 2! TWO. One was louder than the other, and for a point of time, I thought it came from the room itself. It was frightening. Not only couldn’t I see too well, I thought I might just go deaf too. Thank god I’m fine now. But Mr Andrew was so sweet, he bought me plain water! And as he puts it, the money came out from his kid’s lunch. Hah! But I was really appreciative and very thankful. It could have very well saved my life. Seriously. Haha.
I felt better after 10 mins of rest, and when I wanted to go out to help the guys (and girl) shoot again, they were packing up already and going back to the sound stage. But thanks so much for friends who care and understand. I was really, really appreciative for the care, drinks and help. Thanks guys, if you ever see this.
It was an experience! Haha! One that I’ll probably never want to go through again, and one that I’ll definitely never forget. Ok, it wasn’t the biggest thing that ever happened to me, but it was… unusual, and frightening. I’m just glad and thankful it’s over. Haha! People, take care of your health ok! You’ll learn to treasure it only when it’s playing tricks on you…
What an exciting day. Wooh.
Oh, tapestry because so many things happened today, on different subject, but to the same person -me. I hope I used this term correctly though. Haha!
Anyway, I think of you when I hear the song, and I hear the song when I think of you.