A DIRECTOR’S JOURNEY
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.”