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sunday shoot~

Helped out a pal who needed a boy talent for a video shoot. I'm allowed to blog about it but can't reveal the company and the purpose of the video. Anyway, this is for below-the-line stuff so you guy probably won't get to see it at all.

Initially, she'd asked our entire family to do the shoot. Hubby, who's mega publicity shy rejected the idea. At first, I said okay but on finding out how lengthy the shoot was, I changed my mind as I knew that I was better off as Aidan's cheerleader 'coz he would need someone to distract him and make him look at the camera. They managed to get replacement parents and I have to say that the 'mom' looked more mumsy than me. I wouldn't have been suitable :P mengchooMong's Macy was roped in too but I think the weather got to her (plus we had to wait quite a bit in between shoots) so she was just part of the morning shoot.

It was quite a tiring day as it started from 10am and lasted till abt 7.15pm with breaks for lunch & dinner. A lot of time was spent waiting for his turn so the PSP came in really useful. Aidan was fine during the 'action' sequences especially when he was in a place that he'd never been to before. However, the 'still' scenes were really tough to complete 'coz it was just so difficult to get him to stand still and smile at the camera. It didn't help that it was a scorching hot afternoon and the heat was rather unbearable. There was one sequence when he simply refused to co-operate and was lamenting that he was tired. After many, many NGs, I thought oh-oh, the boy is super grouchy and probably won't wanna film anymore. And so the crew tried to pacify him by offering him treats. "You want sweets?" "Cold drinks?" "Ice cream?". Each time, the boy shook his head. He looked at us all miserably and finally said "I want potato chips!". The older girl who was acting as his on-screen elder sister happened to be holding a pack of chips (he was probably eyeing it for the longest time) promptly handed it to him and immediately, his chaobin face transformed and he had this mega bright smile and was back to his energetic and cheerful self. Man, if we'd known earlier that all it took was that pack of chips, I would have gotten a few!

There was this other instance, where the crew and I were trying hard to get Aidan to concentrate on the shoot. All he had to do was to sit down on a wooden stool and stare hard at a wax figure.

"Ten seconds!" I told him. "Just keep still for ten seconds!".
"No! One second!", he bargained.
"Three seconds then.." I countered.
"Hmm..then I think I want four seconds!"
"DEAL!" the entire crew chorused!

(as you can see, the boy hasn't exactly mastered the art of negotiation)

And Aidan actually sat there and did his sequence while we all counted along.. "OoooooNnnnnnnnneeeeee... TwwwwOOOoooooooo..ThhhhreeeeeEeeeeeee.. .Fouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuur!"
Cut! And everyone applauded with much gusto. Not surprising since that was his final scene!

Honestly, the boy did great! I was afraid that he wouldn't be able to last through the day. He actually managed to stay alert and hyper and only complained really miserably during that one shoot. And I really can't blame him. I was feeling kinda crappy too 'coz I was all sticky and stinko because of the humid weather and by then, i was almost sucked dry by the relentless mozzies. And the production crew was fab too..trying to make him feel as comfy as possible. I think they had enough experience filming kids to know that it wouldn't always be smooth-going.

On the way back, Aidan was leaning on me and sitting rather quietly. "You tired?", I asked. He said no and added that he enjoyed himself today. "Would you want to 'Camera/Action' again if you have the chance?". He smiled and nodded his head :)


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Mar. 4th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
haha love the pics with the PSP, he looks like he is concentrating like mad..

hmm looks like some kinda STB advert or sth.
Mar. 4th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
yeah..that's how he looks when he has he psp..full concentration. one reason is 'coz we don't let him play with it much (the psp is hubby's toy :P). i brought it along because i knew it would help keep him occupied.
(no subject) - blissfultyrant - Mar. 4th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 4th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
aww aidan's so handsome and adorable! i dont think i've seen him in person yet!! :(
Mar. 4th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
he was at the new face auditions actually..some of the girls saw him that day coz he was busy stealing the fishballs :P
Mar. 4th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
hmmmm "we want to understand Singapore's history"? "i want to hear the merlion story"??? veryyyyy interesting.

btw, try not to use earphones if possible... better to just use the speakers
Mar. 4th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
hokay noted! will try to refrain from using the psp earphones!
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Mar. 4th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
so cute! i like the one where macy's leaning over to see what aidan's playing.

and yes, use speakers better. earphones are rather harmful to the ears.
Mar. 4th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
heh..those two are always so cute together! but she wasn't that into the psp.
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Mar. 5th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
heh, i don't think he's *that* handsome but he's quite cute & charming i must say (if he wants to be).

It's probably more to do with his personality. aidan has always been an easy-going boy and very sociable too so he isn't afraid of 'performing'. that's why most pple say he takes after me more character wise :D
Mar. 5th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
ur little boy is really becoming quite a star eh, mummy! :)

have a good week ahead!
Mar. 5th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
not exactly a star lah..as long as he's happy doing it, i'll let him :) u have a good week too!
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Mar. 5th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
did aidan wriggle around when they tried to put make up for him? :p
Mar. 5th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
yeah, he resisted quite a bit..didn't like power on his face :P
Mar. 5th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
hahaha...so cute the way he negotiate :) if gabe was shown the video game (PSP) he would willingly stare for more than 10 seconds!! :)
Mar. 5th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
heh..that was the final and actually one of the easiest sequence to do (at that time, it was abt 7pm already). If i'd bribed him with the PSP, he would wanna play with it for quite a while which i couldn't let him..:P
Mar. 5th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
Looks like quite an interesting shoot! :D
Mar. 5th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
yes it was! coincidentally, the production crew were the same guys who shot aidan's li' movie thingy he did last year. so it was fun for me too becuz u know lah, i really enjoy such stuff!
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
I think you take fantastic photos! Mind if I add you?
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
heh thanks..but i gotta be honest. i photoshop my pics.
yeah add ahead :)
(no subject) - tyeetyuen - Mar. 7th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Whoa, Aidan's gonna be a huge star!

Mar. 6th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
no lah. anyway, his biggest fan will always be his mommy :D..(well, as long as he stay gwai and adorable :P)
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
hi! chanced upon yr blog and tot i juz drop a note to let u know that i love ur blog! and of coz the photos were great! ur son is so handsome and u are one hot mum. just wondering how did u upload the photos and have it appear large? coz when i tried to upload, the pics turn out much smaller... hope you can enlighten me here. thanks heaps! anyways, keep the pictures coming, sure makes my day! :D thanks!
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi
where are you hosting your pics? I'm using flickr (paid a/c coz i have tons of pics there). It automatically resizes the pics to the size u see here on my blog.

Happy Blogging!
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
aidan is sure concentrating hard on his game lol...

btw just wanna ask.. how do u do the LJ break that makes the Lj link appear in the center, just below the picture? Mine always falls to the left..
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
centralise it. this is what i usually do.

[ centre ][ lj-cut ] [/ centre ]

(replace [ with < )
Mar. 7th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Aidan is sooo adorable! Haa...and we've got a Happy Mum here too! Love reading yr blog! Cheers!
Mar. 7th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
thanks =)
you lock up all your post?
(no subject) - ilovewh - Mar. 9th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 8th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Your photos are so sharp, clear and really fantastic. Was it taken on the new Nikon camera?
Mar. 8th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
yes, they were..imagine me luging that big camera ard all over sentosa :P
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