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Monday, February 11, 2008

Shooting filem Khabir Bahtia, 'STAMP' sekitar KUALA LUMPUR dan MELAKA.

Khabir briefing me.
I story u ok, actually the story like dis.
Panas macam babi... Indi sebagai pailang baru keluar jail
Bersama Jay... makeup artis filem STAMP.
Nani (wardrobe dresser), Jay (makeup), Razif (assistant Line Producer) dan Wawa (wardrobe)

Aku sekarang ni tengah melalui perjalanan penggambaran sebuah filem berjudul 'STAMP'. Filem ini diarah oleh sahabat lama aku dari zaman Bila Larut Malam aku, Khabir Bahtia. Khabir is an Indian director from india who moved to Malaysia during the Antah UTV days and fell in love with Malaysia (or maybe the possibility of work here was higher, heehee...), got married here and never went back. A very talented director, it was just a matter of time before he started directing films, i used to tell myself that, because of his vision, he will definitely make a fine filmmaker and sure enough, his first break came when he was offered to direct 'CINTA'. Love it or hate it, the movie won accolades and another star was born in the Malaysian Film industry. He is now directing his fourth feature after CINTA (LOVE) versi Indonesia and SEPI (in which i had the pleasure to work with him too). Not only has He got a great eye for story telling but his strength also lies in his ability towork with actors well. STAMP is a really fun story ala OCEAN 11, meets lock, stock and two smoking barrels macam tu la. It stars Me, Rashidi Ishak (my buddy from my first acting gig with Shuhaimi Baba, 'MIMPI MOON'), His wife; the wonderful Vanidah Imran, Que Haider, Indi Nadarajah (from 'Indi and Alan' fame and last seen as Mr Leong in Hans Isaac's CUCI). It was supposed to star MAYA KARIN as well but she pulled out due to scheduling Issues. Personally i think it is going to turn out to be a great film.

BUt a lot goes into making a movie and to get an amalgam of ideas to become one huge cohesive feature film requires a lot of effort and sacrifice. As an Actor , i question wether i still have what it takes to layan the trials and tribulations of making a movie. The truth is, although i can do the work, i am not happy being on this set. I am not sure wether age has made me a crankier person or having been doing this for a while, i really have expected a certain standard or level of treatment for actors, Who for the large part of the entertainment industry are treated like crap by producers. To make it worse, They get no respect from anyone; The public, corporations, the government. No laws protect or help regulate wages for actors. People want entertainment but do not respect the people who make it. As creative people, our Intelectual Property rights in this country is a big joke and currently resides in the longkang. So, after all that, is it wrong that we ask for a little politeness and thoughtfullness at our work space.

I am feeling kind of strained and stressed out being on set and working with some of his production team who doesn't seem to have any inkling on how to handle people on set. This is the first time i have actually felt like murdering somebody for being rude and inept. I however take a lesson from all this, which is, getting a good team to work with is a priceless thing

Maybe its time to hang up the acting boots and concentrate on directing. That i really love.

38 comments:

Nik said...

FILEM BARU KER?

E-Zoodeen said...

filem lama







(sarcastic)

insane_penguin said...

bro,lu nampak kewl abis la...

SESEORANG said...

rileklah bro..cam hampir give up jek bunyinyek luahan ni..rilekss..x semua org x hargai performer mcm bro.saye respek bro ape.selalu nampak kat ofis,tapi segan nak tegor..hehe..just keep in mind bro,u r doing the most nobel work.menghiburkan org tu satu pekerjaan yang sgt2 mulia bro.same2la kite usaha supaya maruah entertainment industry kita da angkat lebih tinggi.anyway bro,bile kuar citer STAMP ni?x sabar nak tgk.bro,ofis saye dkt2 dgn ofis bro kat nz tu..minum sekali boleh?

theconfused said...

bro, went back to my hometown, nak tgk cuci, skali dah takdak.. sedihlaaa.. tak sempat tgk.. btw, dlm minggu ini jugak terjumpa dgn these unmannered peops doing their works at my place.. nearly gaduh jugaklaaa.. hahaha... shame!!

capik said...

satu lagi cite yg gwa tguuu

pah nur said...

Ever watched the movie,"Grumpy old men"? It's to do with the aging process my dear selambakodok.

Here's a tip on how to stay upbeat. Excercise (including sexercise and i'm talking facts here), good diet and good rest...cannot go wrong. If that doesn't work, apply Harith's Iskandar's OTS system (one tight slap system) on whoever who irritates you...Same ol' same ol'...Sebab tu orang semua benci jumpa doktor and lari pi bomoh...

KeMatZ said...

Bravo.... Bro... Semoga lu success selalu.....

pye:rudz said...

you're good at both.
dengan ikhlasnya:
you are better as a director. as an actor, you might need to loose some identical style you have. or maybe you look at it as a trademark?
whatever it is, ini hanyalah komen gua yang memahami filem melalui observatory skill sahaja. lu memang hero.

peanutbutter said...

bro, whatever you do...don't give up and just ask them to go for a walk to hell or jamban of all you care. jgn bior depa tu pijak2 kome ni. dont let them belittle you (though you are big for them to be"little" you :P)

have fun in whatever you do k! chill bro!

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peanutbutter said...

bro, whatever you do...don't give up and just ask them to go for a walk to hell or jamban of all you care. jgn bior depa tu pijak2 kome ni. dont let them belittle you (though you are big for them to be"little" you :P)

have fun in whatever you do k! chill bro!

www.the-laughing-gas.blogspot.com

Naziehah said...

Keep doing what you love, because you are very good at it too!

You are the reason I am back watching Malay film in cinema. Thank you Afdlin :)

alidsorento said...

salam bro,

1. Kalau tak kerana CUCI, malas aku nak tengok filem Melayu.

2. Aku dah banyak pergi negara orang ( betul ke ayat ni? atau dah banyak negara lain aku lawat) dan aku tengok wayang di mana aku pergi, saja nak tau filem orang macam mana. Aku rasa banyak filem negara luar canggih macam filem CUCI dan dapat perhatian di kalangan kelompok negara mereka. dan aku pernah di tanya, Anda dari Malaysia? aku jawab - ya. Malaysia tak buat filem kah? ada kah sebab Malaysia negara Islam, kerajaan tak benarkan buat filem?
Terkedu gak aku dengar, aku jawab Malaysia buat filem, cumanya promosi kurang.
Promosi filem kan di adakan setahun sekali atau lebih di Europe ni, kenapa tak ada kelibat Filem Malaysia kata mereka lagi. Aku tak reti nak jawab.

Aku rasa kalau filem Afdlin dan Hans di promosikan ke seluruh dunia, boleh menjadi lagi kot.

Bak kata orang Myanmar, kalau nak ikan kecil, tangkap di kolam atau lopak, tapi kalau nak ikan besar, carilah di laut dalam, bukan di kolam. Faham maksud aku kan?

alidsorento said...

ok selamat berjaya...!

su said...

assalammualaikum..(xjwb dose!)hehe

sy n my family peminat afdlin...td dok baca blog kawan ternampak add blog ni...maknenye lepas ni sy antara salah sorang pembaca blog afdlin!

slmt berjaya dlm filem terbaru k!

tq!

LUCIFER said...

Bro.Afdlin.....

Relaxs bro....
Stay cool n stay strong k...

"Always do your best
Don't let this pressure make ya panic
And when ya get stranded, and things don't go tha way ya planed it" -2pac Me Against The World

SeXy TuRtLe said...

Hi Afdlin,

I've watched your movie, Cuci, and I love it!!!

Keep it up!

alindalia said...

hi...
cool down beb! SOMETIMES there are people who walks without brain.. but... WHAT to do, it's not yr fault, well... not entirely... u just happen to be there when he forgot his brain..
recently i experience ugly things with shooting people.. what to do? just live the day as usual. but just give them a piece of yr mind n left! but in a very good manner. let them be ashamed of themselves!!

alan zed said...

sabor jer la bro... :)

chopstick said...

bro..=)
filem2 bro yang mula2 buatkan sy sanggup beratur beli tiket wayang citer melayu dan filem2 bro jugak yang buatkan sy bukan sekadar ketawa terbatuk2 dengan lawak dan dialog yg "kering" tapi juga buatkan saya berfikir,menilai semula dan muhasabah tentang diri sendiri dan kehidupan..

so..kalau perasaan sakit hati kerana tidak cukup dihargai atau dilayan dgn sepatutnya oleh segelintir manusia buatkan bro terlintas untuk berhenti daripada berlakon,saya doakan bro ubah fikiran or kalau pun betul bro nk stop berlakon..PLEASE jangan stop buat filem..our industry need ur brain,ur work,ur commitment...

love u bro..=)

kawaii_desu said...

bro,

i love ur stories because of the synical msgs yg u deliver

i love ur actng because they are real and selamba, u know selamba kodok really defines u...

if u fee being treated like this then i wonder what does the seniors aka the veterans would feel...

kan kan kan

Egoist said...

memang.. kalau tak kerana afdlin.. and of course yasmin, hehe.. malas nak tengok filem melayu.. tapi anyway.. best lah afdlin.. tak sabar nak tunggu all the filems yang bakal dilakuni oleh u..! Yeahh!! Tak sabar!! Tak sabar!!

Wira Budiman said...

'Getting over the trials and tribulations' is also what you've been good at whaaat.. In fact, that's one talent ppl don't normally talk about but you've been at it..

The impolite dudes on this set would mean nothing to your contribution to the industry so far..

I'm sure u still have what it takes, so keep it up, Bruva..

SitiNur said...

Adeh. Susah ye jd actor ni. Sabar byk2 ye...

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MsAnisSyahirah said...

to u bro..

anything that u do, anything that u had perform..i love it as much i love to eat...I'm "eating" all ur shows, movies, and ur acting...

so dun give up man!!!...

Kakrimau said...

bang,
citer buli bukak mata saya ttg citer melayu yang stereotaip. u change my tanggapan ttg filem melayu ni. and for that... i salute u!! and ur films --> 2 thumbs up (jari kaki tak boleh angkat)
nangis ooo tgk citer tu. hillarious giler babeng gelak tak hingat tgk jalil hamidnyer bapak punya bapak.....

Ryan Zakry said...

Bro , nak tanya lu punya pendapat la....apa kena ngan pembikin drama kita...medium citernya sama jek...Orang Melayu Yang Kaya semuanya asyik nak kill each other...Dari zaman gua layan citer "Opah", sampai sekarang genre nya tak berubah...Lu bila nak bikin drama....? kalau gua kongsi idea amacam boleh ke?

Bandi said...

Afdlin. Keep your cool. I was in New York a few years ago, queuing up at JFK airport immigration. While there I was given a lesson in attitude by the immigration officer, asking me in a Brooklyn down-to-business accent, while eyeing me with borderline contempt. In other words, you get the feeling that this rude monkey is ... well... rude. Point is: a. this is his attitude, b. he's probably done this on a daily basis that it's now second nature. and c. It's great material.

Now fast forward to 2006, and I'm in your country, queuing up at KLIA getting through your immigration, when suddenly I got dejavu. I got the same treatment from your immigration officer just like at JFK. But now ... hey, its Malaysian.

To be honest, the philosophical part of me starts analysing the situation, comparing the attitude to Malaysia's achievement of a certain level of modernity. Mind you, this is not too bad. The sad part is that modernity is achieved at the expense of common decency.

And this attitude is prevalent all across the board and spectrum, not just exclusive to immigration officers!

But at the end of the day, we are travellers. So .... enjoy the ride, make the scenery your material, and move on.

Move on, Afdlin!

Move on, ride on, game on!

John Melawi. said...

salam bro,


syukur sbb universiti kerajaan tempatan kita juga sudah beberapa tahun mempunyai fakulti mengenai perfileman(T.E.K.A / F.A.C.T)

doakan sama2 semoga industri perfileman kita lebih maju akan datang.

~Nia_Ixora~ said...

~i lov3 ur movies...lov3 ur words in ur movies...gudluck 4 u...i'm waiting ur new movie yaa...=)~

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fssf said...

Bro
Saya harap bro dapatlah buat citer pasal mamat rock, emmm mamat rock tahun2 awal 80-an tu ... kalu bro dapat buat sure best ... btw saya suka citer buli & baik punya cilok!
Terus maju ...