The three leads of Michelle Chong’s sophomore movie goof up when the camera’s not rolling
Text & Photos: Joanna Goh, reporting from Melbourne
Videos: Fiona Lin, reporting from Melbourne
Filming for 3 Peas in a Pod wrapped on a high – quite literally – at Marina Bay Sands hotel’s sky deck in March. Local actress turned director Michelle Chong’s sophomore project will finally be unveiled in cinemas on November 14, after seven laborious months of post-production work, which saw the latter shuttling to and fro Bangkok where the editing studio was located. Tough work.
By this point in time, chances are, you would have read all about Calvin’s “hot tub experience” and Xander’s close shave with a kangaroo on the road from the papers, magazines and online media in the past week. While much has been said about the cast and crew’s filming experience in Australia, little insight has been shared about what really happened behindthescenes – especially when the cameras are not rolling. And that’s where we come in!
At the invitation of Tourism Victoria, xinmsn joined the crew and cast when they were filming in Melbourne and at The Grampians in March this year. We visited certain movie locales and had a taste of what it felt like to be on Michelle’s set – and by that we mean Michelle the director, not Michelle the comedienne (same same but different, okay?).
We trekked up and down The Balconies, took in the same views, hid under umbrellas and soaked up our fair share of Vitamin D with the cast. Maybe it’s because of their packed schedule (which gives them less than six hours of sleep a day) but adrenalin ran high amongst the three young actors, and jokes and laughter run amok. But when it was time to get down to serious business, they put on their best game faces and the mood grows somber – no uncalled for smiles or jokes until Michelle’s happy with her take.
In-between camera changes and setup of scenes, we suss out the bromance between Calvin and Xander, witness on-set shenanigans between the three peas and chat up the actors to find out more about their hectic schedules.
Read on for more! PS: Be sure to watch our behind-the-scenes videos for a glimpse into their goofiness on set!
Catch 3 Peas in the Pod in cinemas Nov 14.