SUMO-lah will rock you SOON!
Two nights ago at 3.31 am on a sunday morning, the principal photography of SUMO-lah was wrapped at the kampung Baru location. It was an emotional end to a journey which for some took 64 days and to others over 120 days (including LOS dan FAUN). For me the journey is only halfway trodden as we go into post-production soon but i will sorely miss all the friendships forged, the camaraderie of the team and the passion of wanting to be a part of something greater than ourselves. Imagine living in a pressure cooker for that amount of time, one cannot help but get attached with the people around you. The cast was awesome. I would like to give a special mention to AWIE who i have come to know and love on this shoot. I think he is a person of amazing character, great passion and not to mention captivating charisma. To be honest, i use to doubt his acting skills( when he used to do Yusof Haslam movies), although i have always acknowledged him as being extremely charismatic onscreen, but after experiencing this man on the SUMO shoot, now i see him in a completely different light. I am proud to say that my judgement of him was sorely mistaken before. I was wrong and i am proud to say it. But more than just his acting, His passion for filmmaking really shone through to me as we spent time on set in FUKUOKA and PUCHONG. His commitment to the film was second to none and he really gave his all eventhough going through a hard time in his life. He Rocks and i love him as a friend.
My crew was also outstanding as they kept pace with me and gave me their best and more all the time. It was sad to see one by one the actors being wrapped from the shoot and finally when the last shot was taken, my character was wrapped. I look forward to editing it as i know we have something outstanding in the cans. You know when you just have a great feeling about something and just know that you are on the brink of something life-changing, i feel SUMO-lah is it. I could be wrong but I can dream.
Yesterday i had some downtime with my wife after not really spending time with her for so long and i felt like i was on a first date again. I told her that after working so long, it actually feels like a gift from god to be able to spend time and connect with her. We took the kids out to see PGLM, dropped them home, went to dinner and then went to see ADAM SANDLER's 'CLICK'.. ..that was no coincidence.... it was like a wake-up call.
For those of you who have not seen click i urge you all to go see it as it seems to me that someone has just made a movie about my life. But that is for another entry.
Power to the People