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Saturday, February 15, 2014

School scenes from the RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS film shoot

After 9 intense days, the second phase of RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS film shoot is finally over.

In my earlier post, I lashed out at my former high school Catholic High School for reneging on a deal to let me shoot within their premises... just a day before the shoot.

In the end, thankfully, we found a new school to shoot the film. But I remain disappointed with Catholic High's unprofessionalism.

Anyway, I will never forget this.

Other than that, these are the photos taken during the two days that I was shooting the school scenes.

I even had pals visiting me on the set. Thanks for the visit.

I also imagined scenes of students being encouraged to be artistic. I almost laughed throughout these scenes because, in most Malaysian schools, mine especially, the last thing they care about is something as scandalous and mundane as art.

Other than that, it was rather fun shooting in an abandoned school.

The school scenes of RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS were some of the most challenging I ever encountered in my career because of the large amount of cast members and extras involved. My short films in the past usually dealt with 2-3 characters. So it's a taste of big-scale filmmaking. Nonetheless I was blessed with a group of actors and crew members who ensured that the shoot was a smooth one.