Having trouble spotting me? I’m the operator with a Malaysian flag patch on the left sleeve. I’m often tasked as the pointman (the one leading the charge) in most scenes.
Getting to the filming location was a walk in a monster-infested swamp. First, I gotta meet up with the rest of the group at Sri Petaling LRT and that took me 2 hours to reach. That’s one bus to reach Kelana Jaya LRT and from there heading to Masjid Jamek LRT to change lines and disembark yet again at Chow Soi Lin LRT (if I’m not mistaken) to change lines yet again! To make matters worst, it’s Saturday so the LRT was packed and I have no place to sit throughout the journey. At the Chow Soi Lin LRT I changed into the wrong line twice! Did I mention that I didn’t sleep at all that day?
The location is an abandoned school in Taman Desa. It was extremely deserted and full of dead animals. In fact, throughout the time the filming took place, no one had even encountered one single living animal in the compound! It goes without saying that the place stinks to high heaven with rotting animal corpses, but what better place to film an action-packed hostage rescue than abandoned buildings?
I myself became the subject of yet another unresolved paranormal phenomenon where upon being gunned down, my body mysteriously vanished! You can assume that I became Jesus Christ and died for the sins of everyone… but at least it makes sense why I’m ‘Ghost’!
Other hard-to-spot movie bloopers/trivias:
- Notice that early on, the team went past a windowless classroom? That classroom was also used as the room where the hostage was held and where the final boss was confronted. In other words, the team went full circle back to where they started to find the hostage and final boss!
- Nicholas’ (first operator to be shot) water canteen disappeared after he got shot.
- Brian (terrorist in orange t-shirt and jeans) is seen heading downstairs but never to be seen again. The terrorist I shot while taking cover at a pillar near the staircase was Brian again, but with a different set of gear.
- Lord (operator with cap) actually broke his sunglass during the filming so a scene was revised where his sunglass got shot off and replaced with my sunglass which I lend him.
- Lord’s Magpul stock fell off during the CQC takedown scene.
I was exhausted at the end of filming. Really, making a movie is harder than it looks. Four hours of filming felt like forever. I nearly quit when I thought the filming took a whole day when in fact it had only been less than an hour and a half! The heat combined with the weight of the gears as well as the stress and pressure from repeating a scene again and again was both demoralizing and tiring. Now I know how Christian Bale must’ve felt while acting in Terminator Salvation. Even so, participating in a film is one of the best experience in my life. I look forward to work alongside my group with Dan Khoo and Brian Lee again in the future.
PS: As I reached home and unpacked my stuff after filming was over, I realized my uniform left a shallow puddle inside the bag (and I mean shallow and splashy!). I sweat a bottle worth of water in my gear! D:
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