Josephine at Forum: A Sneak Preview

Here’s a sneak preview of forum @ silentSHOUT Short Film Festival 2011.
Josephine at Forum: A Sneak Preview


Josephine (actress):
(voiced by Lucy Lim)
 “The other challenge that I felt was how to translate English sentences into Sign Language. Again like I said, we didn’t want it to be in verbatim and we have a deaf linguist, Koon Wei and she was there to help me to translate many of the sentences so that it makes sense in sign language, and then we taught Walter, a FOD (friend of deaf) guy  – the main actor, and then we had a couple of full rehearsals, we had discussion, and we tried different emotions we want to be using in the film; sad, anger……There were several attempts, but we always be positive, we enjoyed working with Margaret. And asking me to cry was very difficult; how do I become angry, how do I really throw out my emotion, I just cannot. The tears just run out, so I wondered what should I do and then that time I was lucky because,  at that time when we were filming, somebody was smoking away the Aedes environment, then I have these tears in my eyes, I was so natural and I am so happy. And I knew the crew were laughing when it happened. That was a very good experience for us and after that it went well.” 
Margaret (director):
 “Something to add here, actually it was a surprise shot. When we rolled the camera, before I rolled the camera, that’s my first shoot, I told Josephine “don’t blink your eyes”, so she opened her eyes wide and big! And that time the government department came at the area, had this Aedes spray, so there was smoke get in the house. Well it was supposed to ‘cut’! But I realized there’s tears coming out (from Josephine), so I said “roll  the camera, don’t stop, roll! roll! roll! for few seconds, and we got the shot and used it for the film. And actually it was a surprise during the production. Thank you Josephine.”

*eyefinger is a story about a deaf woman who experiences post emotional after son’s death. To view the film, click: eyefinger

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