A DI­REC­TOR’S JOUR­NEY

Herworld (Malaysia) - - HER STORY -

SIU THENG: WHAT DO YOU USU­ALLY DO WHEN YOU HAVE A FIVE-MINUTE BREAK DUR­ING SHOOT­ING?

Umi Omar: “I usu­ally make use of my short breaks to re­set my mind in a quiet space. I also use this time to check my phone for ur­gent mes­sages or run through my notes for the next ses­sion.”

ST: WITH­OUT GIV­ING ANY­THING AWAY, WHAT’S YOUR FA­VORITE LINE FROM THE MOVIE?

UO: “It’s when Kak Ji­jie says, ‘It’s not about who you are or what hap­pened to you. But it’s how you get back up and fight’.”

ST: DID YOU EN­JOY BE­ING A PART OF THIS MOVIE?

UO: “Def­i­nitely! It’s a great story I want to tell our au­di­ence. I got to work with so many tal­ented women – both the ac­tors and the amaz­ing film­mak­ers be­hind the scenes. I’m lucky to be able to work amongst my own friends, whom I con­sider as fam­ily. I learnt so much.”

ST: WHAT MAKES A GOOD SCENE?

UO: “For me, it’s a good scene when it’s mem­o­rable and trig­gers a re­ac­tion, be it laugh­ter or tears. It means we were able to com­mu­ni­cate with the viewer and that’s the rea­son we make movies.”

ST: HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR DI­RECT­ING STYLE?

UO: “This is my first film and I’m still craft­ing my style. It’s form­ing from past per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, the men­tors I’ve had, and the genre of what I’m di­rect­ing. Ask me this again af­ter I’ve made a few more films.”

ST: WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHAR­AC­TER IN GOL &GIN­CUVOL.2?

UO: “All of them! Each char­ac­ter has cer­tain qual­i­ties that I love and can re­late to. Plus, I’m the di­rec­tor – I shouldn’t be hav­ing favourites [laughs]!”

ST: HOW DO YOU LIKE TO EN­COUR­AGE IDEAS IN OTH­ERS?

UO: “Film-mak­ing is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of many skilled cre­atives. The team’s in­put is valu­able to me, and I try to cre­ate a work­ing en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery­one is ex­pected to bring some­thing to the ta­ble. Then, we dis­cuss and de­cide on what’s best.”

ST: HOW DO YOU SHOW YOUR CAST THE IM­POR­TANCE OF COM­MU­NI­CA­TION?

UO: “Usu­ally, dur­ing re­hearsals, I en­cour­age them to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and views. The more we talk, the closer the gap be­comes.”

ST: WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST PART OF BE­ING A DI­REC­TOR?

UO: “The best part is the free cof­fee (thank you to my as­sis­tants, Diyana and Haziq), and the worst is when we wrap and I have to say good­bye to both cast and crew.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.