I was full of anticipation knowing that I would be playing twins in “Beach Ball Babes”. I was curious how filming would take place, and how I would have to take on two different personalities at the same time. In this case, it is a little challenging because our personalities do not lie on opposing ends, like say, the good vs the evil twin. In other words, I had to find a subtle difference in their personalities so that they won’t come out looking the same.
In this scene, my “sister” and I are playing on the same court. The older sister (Liu Xuan) is a spiker, while the younger sister (Rainie) is a setter. Here’s my attempt at explaining how filming is done to show two of me in the same shot.
Michelle is my volleyball body double.
The director is trying to achieve a blocking shot by the twins. Michelle is on my right and she is there to give the cameraman an idea where the other me would be standing. During the actual take, I jumped alone, and then after changing my jersey and hairstyle, proceed to stand on the other side to repeat the same move.
The camera’s position is locked and all lighting conditions must remain constant in order for both shots to be able to merge seamlessly. There is an invisible line between us, which is indicated on the director’s monitor, and whatever stunt I do, my hands cannot cross the line.
A jump rehearsal…
这么看Michelle的背影还蛮象我吧！ 哈哈！所以在拍wide shot 时，我们两个就可以一起打球，要拍close-up的时候，我就得换造型。
From the back, Michelle does look like me eh? That is how we are able to play together on the same court for wide shots.
This is the make-up artiste Stella. She had to help me change my hairstyle whenever I need to do close-ups.
I changed so often, the pretty braids became a mess…
Julie is my body double for dialogue scenes. This shot was done after Yanfang put on the “lucky underwear” and we won V-Rockets for the first time.
The director demonstrates how we celebrate our victory by jumping together in circles.
I guess this is what a one-man show feels like. It is fun to be the setter, and the spiker, but it is quite physically demanding, which makes good exercise! Other times, I feel like a schizophrenic, having to remember double lines and then switching from one personality to another. Not that it left me with a split personality after filming, I have to say it is a very valuable experience and I’m grateful I was given this opportunity!