Monday, November 27, 2006

Photo Shoot of Great Eastern - Pacesetters 30km Course

Please click here to view 40 selected photos taken by Jason Lee on the 2007 GE-Pacesetters 30km course.
Please click here to view 58 photos taken by KC with closer look at the models.

At around 8.00 a.m., all except two runners were at the Bukit Aman car park. Jessbird, Maryann, Jason and Lai went for their usual morning run just in time for the photo shoot. I was impressed when I say Maryann was running at fast speed to the Bukit Aman car park as she was slightly late.
The models: Jason Chin, Jessbird Yip, Miss Lai, Eric Teo, Maryann, and Yee Hua.

Weng and Jason Lee were there. When we were ready to go, we have a group photo shoot at the Bukit Aman car park. I invited one senior EXCO to join the model runners and he humbly said: "I was not dressed for the occasion."

Weng was driving a Toyota Unser, big enough to ferry nine people. The first stop was at Jalan Parliament, a fairly busy road next to Padang Merbuk. Immediately, I recognized the toughness of the job. I have to discuss with Jason Lee, the photographer, very quickly for the best angle and also taking into consideration where the direction of the sun was so that the subjects are not in backlight condition.

After the location has been decided, I have to run back to the runners (as the runners and Jason Lee were far apart) to inform them of the formation of running; whether to run fast or slow; whether to smile or to wave their hands. The first scene was NG (no good) a few times. Going through the first scene, I was sweating already. When it was done, Weng ferried all of us to the next location.

There were many roads where there were hardly any vehicles; the runners were able to run abreast occupying the whole road. Overall, most scenes were NG a few times, and the runners were required to repeat running.

While we were at the pit stop at Petronas petrol station in Sri Hartamas, Vivian, OngSiokBee and Leslie drove their cars to witness the photo shoot; instead, we invited them to be in the photos with the model runners for a photo.

After many scenes later, I began to feel the tiredness and I actually cut short a few of the scenes which I planned earlier.

It was really fun and I believe all the nine members were having good times together for a common objective.

The entire photo shoot session took us three hours. We were really happy when finish shooting a scene and we shout in Cantonese: “sow kung” (job is done), similar to those feeling of production crew of Hong Kong movies.

This is only the beginning: we hope to capture different occasions showing different distance of running route, eg. Pacesetters 20km Run, 15km Run and 10km Run.

I will be making three photo albums: (1) emphasizing the course with runners in smaller size, (2) emphasizing the runners, (3) the making of type.


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