So anyway I want to do a post about my filming experience for Ah Boys To Men. Reason being, lots of people have been asking me questions about how I personally felt during the filming process. So here it goes!
I remember during the auditions, I was actually still in NS, serving as a Sergeant to my platoon (also known as a Platoon Sergeant, but in my unit, I was known as an Operations Specialist). I remember going in to the auditions and just anyhow whacking it, like I think I was actually in a singlet and berms and slippers. Haha! I was so ill-prepared I totally fluffed the audition and did horrendously.
But through some miracle, I was called back a second time, and this time, Jack was there, he auditioned me personally, AND ALLOWED ME TO DO MY LINES IN ENGLISH! Haha total game-changer.. So anyway I remember being in total shock when I got the call saying that I got the role, which then changed to disbelief and then total ecstasy (not the drug, the feeling).
So next was the Boot camp, which went on for a few days to allow the selected actors to bond and learn some basic military stuff (which I missed out on, because I was still in the army, and serving some extras, I was a little rebellious then). Following that, we had rehearsals, and because I had missed out on the Boot camp, I didn't know the other guys, so I was rather quiet, observing rather than talking (there were MANY people with HUGE personalities and MOUTHS!) HAHAHA I won't say who..
And then came my ORD, and a few days after that we started filming! It was such a whirlwind, I could hardly believe what was happening to me. I remember my first day on set, meeting Irene Ang, and being so intimidated that I didn't dare talk much, instead kept reading my book (yes, I like to read books in my spare time, I'm actually quite a nerd).
Filming with the rest of the boys was a very different experience, because everyone was so loud and happy all the time. I was still a little detached at the start, and tried to behave myself everytime I was on set because I wanted to make a good impression.. BUT SLOWLY BECAUSE THE BOYS KEPT DOING STUPID STUFF AND CRACKING STUPID JOKES I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE AND STARTED JOINING IN! Haha but really, boys being boys, once you start playing, it's hard to stop. And I quickly became one of them. Imagine spending 50 plus days (30plus stuck on tekong) with people who are slightly crazy, you just slowly become great friends.. We played pranks, created our own games, made our own songs, formed our own boybands (I was part of the backstreet Boys hahaaa). Sigh so many good memories (haha like Chinaman giving me Chinese tutition on the ferry to tekong)..
I remember when the time came near to the wrap of this movie, we were all so close! We could finish each other's sentances, be silly, laugh till we rolled around.. We were all so sad that the shoot was coming to an end..
This is true Bro-hood. And I thank god for meeting y'all. The wrap of the shoot was just the start of our friendship. We've had endless fun on roadtrips, Bai Nian-ing, roadshows, Promos, so many other stuff. I'm super blessed to have met y'all, bros.