After CP Kidz (see Behind the Scenes: CP Kidz Short Film), I did the Behind the Scenes (BTS) photography for another short film by Wee Li Lin titled Autograph Book. This short film is also part of the Singapore Memory Project.
The following is the plot outline for the film: “Autograph books, filled with poems and prose penned by friends or enemies alike, were key to deciphering the messy web of primary school friendships. Take a nostalgic meander down memory lane in Wee Li Lin’s Autograph Book, which looks at how a tender friendship between two 12-year-old girls is put to the test.“
For Autograph Book, I only managed to do the BTS photography for 2 out of the 3 days of filming as the final day clashed with 2 other shoots that I had already committed to before the filming dates were confirmed. This being my third BTS shoot, I kind of knew what to expect in terms of how things are on set but the whole process of movie making still continues to amaze me. Everyone is moving around and working at the same time; each person knows their own role whilst lighting and camera angles are decided on and setup accordingly. I find it a pretty amazing thing to observe. There might be small hiccups here and there but mostly everything moves along like a finely tuned machine.
Having been involved in only just 3 films so far, I still have a lot to learn. A constant challenge is to try and push myself to get better images. My BTS photography approach has evolved in terms of what I look for in capturing a moment on set as well as with the way I use my equipment. I will share more about these when I get to post photographs from my second BTS shoot of a telemovie I did early this year.
I have not had the chance to see the finished film yet and having not read the script, I still don’t really have a good idea how the whole film comes together. As part of the “Rewind/Remind – A Film Festival by the Singapore Memory Project“, there are a couple more screenings of Autograph Book till the end of July 2015 and you can check out the screening schedule HERE.