Sunday, December 26, 2010

BTS: Kau & Aku Season 2.

A couple of months ago, I received a very interesting email inviting me to a TV set to watch the filming of a Malaysian drama. Naturally, being a paranoid Asian having grown up to the repeated warnings of my mother to avoid strangers, I was a little apprehensive.

What if it was a scam?

Was it a joke?

And so, I asked a few questions and did a little Googling here and there about Kau & Aku. Thank goodness I did for pretty soon, I was on the way to the studio for my first brush with television shows.

This was months ago so forgive me if my failing memory omits anything important.

 
The studio was decorated modestly, resembling a restaurant more than anything else. Except, of course, for the autographed posters and records on the walls.

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With Elena Kersey, the publicist. She was the one who contacted me and gave me this great opportunity. =)

Elena took me around the set, showing me places I’ve always wondered about but have never seen. At that time, I was in the midst of practice for Shine and was in a huge performing craze. It felt so exhausting having to practice for a scene over and over again & I thought that being on TV would be so much easier. However, after witnessing the actors at work, I’m not so sure anymore.

With that, here are 5 things I’ve learnt on the set of Kau & Aku.

1) Entering places you aren’t supposed to gives such a thrill.

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I was practically bouncing with excitement when walking through that door for the first time. Inside, there were corridors with movie and series posters hanging everywhere!

2) Actors are normal people too.

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When I entered the wardrobe, I was immediately greeted by the sounds of raucous singing and wild laughter. A quick glance around the plain room didn’t reveal the source of the noise till I turned around and spotted a black curtain.

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Behind it?

There were a group of actors on the ground, crammed up together, singing along to songs on their phone. I’ve always wondered what it would be like being a TV actress and when I saw those group of friends sitting together, laughing like nobody’s business, I realized that they were just normal people.

Just like us in Shine, they goofed off when they could, and were serious when they had to be.

3) I am an awkward interviewer.

I was allowed to interview the actors that weren’t filming at the time & forgive me for my presumptions, but I assumed that they wouldn’t bother accommodating me and my measly blog when they’ve probably been interviewed for newspapers and magazines. I was definitely wrong.

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This is Alif Kadam who plays Emran in the series. When I interviewed him in MALAY, with my awkward laughing-y fail interviewer voice, I found out that it was his first day on set and that he was a new character to the series. Alif was really nice and down to earth and was smiling throughout our conversation.

When asked about his audition, Alif said that it was a long process and that when he went in to audition, they got him to make all sorts of faces. (happy, sad, etc.)

“Your cat died, Alif! LOOK SAD!”

Gosh, I’m such a horrid person. =)

This gorgeous girl (the one on the right wink) is Putri Fateen Nasuha who plays Cici in the series. Cici is basically the bimbo of the show (just like my character, Britney!) From the way she spoke, it was so apparent that she loves what she does. But then again, who wouldn’t?

I wanted to get her to sing for me and she was about to, but when I pulled out my phone to record it, she immediately shut her mouth and refused to sing at all. =((

This is Anith Aqilah Sulaiman who plays Elena, one of the series’ main cast. New to this industry, Anith is still schooling and has to juggle both her newfound career and studies. She was definitely one of the warmest people I’ve ever met, even gracing me with a hug once our interview was over. Anith thought I was either Chinlay, Chindian, or Filipino. A cat person, she is neither a fan of Twilight or Harry Potter. O.O

While interviewing her about the audition process, I was so fascinated that I wanted to land my own acting job as well! If you haven’t watched Kau & Aku and Anith looks familiar to you, that’s because she was in One in A Million before. During her audition, this amateur actress managed to bag the role by singing, dancing, and acting.

Her character, says Anith, is the most challenging part of the whole process. Elena is an all-rounded performer & a high achiever, creating her some admirers and jealous enemies as well.

4) Sets are cool.

To be honest, when I first saw the studio, I wasn’t very impressed. It lacked the glamour of those Hollywood studios, with its almost-bare walls and simple furniture.

However, it was an entirely different story when I entered the set. An unassuming door led to a room which looked so different from the rest of the studio that I recall standing there, with my tongue in knots, too stunned to speak.

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This gorgeous set is the music room in the show and the producers clearly put a lot of thought into it. Everything from the lights to the books on the shelves were placed in relevance to the show.

One half of the set is completely bare, while the other is decorated completely to fill its role.

Looks can be deceiving and as long as the set looked like a music room on camera, it was irrelevant if the instruments worked or if the paintings were real or in this case, if the floor was actually wood.

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Yes, dear readers, you saw right! The floor was not wood, but in fact, a sheet of paper-plastic thing that resembled wood.

HAVE I BLOWN YOUR MIND!?

5) Filming is not easy. At all.

This is Akim, one of the main male leads of the drama. When I visited the set, he was already midway through filming the music video for one of the songs. He was lip syncing of course, having pre-recorded the song at a studio ages back, and had to do it over and over and over and over again.

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There were big cameras everywhere & reshoots over and over again to get the scene just right.

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Girls were running in between takes to touch up Akim’s makeup & hair. 

Within moments of being near such expensive equipment, I had a major freak-out session, proceeded to get myself tangled up in almost all the wires, trip, and fall flat on my face right in front of the camera.

It was so embarrassing I had to pay them to delete the footage.

Okay, no not really. I was joking.

But it could have happened.

If I’m not mistaken, this was the director. He basically sat in front of this screen throughout, speaking in completely strange jargon, asking the cameraman to move the camera here and there.

Akim was on set for hours, needing to get the song filmed over and over again with various instruments. The moment I saw that, I had a new found appreciation for TV actors.

Despite how long practices for Shine was, when we finished the whole act, the act was over. (Duh.) However, filming isn’t as forgiving for despite the lack of pressure of having to deliver a live performance, there’s the added stress of having to reshoot scenes over and over again till they come out perfect.

       

A huge thanks to Vision New Media, Kau & Aku, and Astro Ria for giving me this opportunity. Writing this post has gotten me all excited about acting again. I really hope that one day I’ll be able to do something like that – to be involved in a series or a movie. =)

Season 2 of Kau & Aku started airing on the 23rd of November, every Tuesday at 9pm on Astro Ria (Channel 104).

Be sure to check it out when you can! =D 2

4 comments:

  1. too bad I don't have Astro at home.

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  2. Tiffy, How do you get such gig's *stares in awe* x) good job though! :)

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  3. @ChristinaL

    Ahaha, thanks Christina. :) it helps that Rage still has me as one of the featured bloggers on their website.. :D

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