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A couple of mistakes I made on the second days of shooting: I chose to shoot Fay for the silhouette sunrise then I was rushing Gerard on his shots and we missed the light. The shots with him were complete unusable. The folding paper shots looked grotty and the last shot of the film had a dreadful background. I decided to go back to Coogee beach for another shoot. The crew were only Ben, Joy, Elham and Stilgherrian and it was only for Gerard so that I could concentrate on him. The call was half an hour earlier since we hit spring time.

The plan was to keep Gerard slow and keep him looking at the camera. I finally got the shot I wanted with sunrise on him.

7 September 2009

The Record Session

After the big weeks of my own shooting production, the first presentation, Joy’s production and the re-shoot, now I can feel at ease and have a time to reflect on the project and update it here. First of all, the record session.

One of the most beautiful scene we shot was the laundry room scene. However, we anticipated that the sound would be the problem because of the noise of the dryer. ADR (Additional Dialogue Replacement) seemed to be the only solution. Thanks to Tony, setting up room CG15 went smoothly and was on time with Fay arrived for her session. She confessed that she’d never done this before. Well, I once dubbed myself in a speaking extra role in a Thai movie years ago. She got used to it quickly and pull it off very well.

There was a change in final script in the bedroom scene. The telephone conversation between Daniel and Chrissie was added to the scene. Helen was called to record the audio with Gerard. These actors finally met each other. It was easy for Helen even though, to my surprise, it was her first recording session. Gerard overcame his speech difficulty with breathing technique. We could hear his deep breathe between the line as I directed him to pause into a rhythm. The outcome was satisfying even though I felt I did not force him to break out of his monotone.

30 August 2009

The Big Day

It was such a bad time getting a cold during the week of production. The fatigue got me just after the rehearsal then sore throat later in the week. It got worse on the first day of shooting and was not better on the last day. The stress certainly contributed to the body immune system.

However, everything was plan to be on schedule. The cast, crew and equipment were logged in.

  • Gerard O’Dwyer as Daniel
  • Fay Akrivou as Betty
  • Helen Perris as Chrissie


  • ’Pong — Director and everything else
  • Ben Park — director of Photography
  • Joy Acedillo — Script Supervisor
  • Adam Jones — Sound Recordist
  • Nikita Byrnes — Runner
  • Raj Muneshwar — Production Manager
  • Elham Merheb — Hair & Make up
  • Thandiwe Phillips — Driver
  • Stilgherrian — Still Photographer & Catering


Sony Z1P, wide lens converter, tele lens converter, Manfrotto tripod, Red Head, Dedo Light, dolly track, field monitor, reflector disc and Zoom H4 recorder.


15 August: party scene, kitchen scene, and lounge scene in a Surry Hills then hallway scene in Enmore.


It is not uncommon that the first day is a slow day. My strategy is to go easy and have cast and crew get comfortable working together. First problem we found on the site was the noise of the construction around the corner. But by the time we were ready was after lunch and they finished there work. The natural light in the kitchen was beautiful and we found that we could shoot from the outside through the window. The lounge was very tricky to lit. We used scrim moving in front of Dedo light to create  movement on mother’s face. Then we moved to Enmore for hallway scene. It was not easy to get the lighting right for the mood.

16 August: beach scene in Coogee (7 AM call), bedroom scene, laundry room scene and bathroom scene in Enmore.


It was a beautiful morning in Coogee Beach and we had Gerard there today. He was sush a star that needed a lot of attention and care. He improved on his paper folding a lot. I was glad that he, I and the crew got along very well. Ben taught him how to use a DSLR we brought in the shoot. That was an interesting result to see what how saw in through the lens.

In the bedroom we converted a men’s room into a lady’s and Ben had to perform a slow diagonal 180 degrees pan in a small space. Then we kept going on the tough scene. Fay was not inspired in the laundry room and could not deliver the disjointed dialogue which she had to perform as a monologue. She ended up hiding away in the dark. I had the crew break and 5 minutes later she came out and was ready. The set, camera movement and the performance came together quite well.

We had to wait for the night fall for the scene. Therefore Fay and I had sometime to talk about the scene and rehearsed as she admitted that the bathroom scene was a harder than she thought. Once in the set and the mood got into her, she gave one of the best performance I had seen in the film. I respected her to give that 100%.

Over all, I was satisfied with the production so far. We managed to shoot on schedule. Cast and crew seemed to be happy working on the day. Thank you everyone to put up with me. I’ll be meeting with the cast again for ADR and VO recording and there’ll be a big post-production ahead.

17 August 2009