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The kidnappers have been waiting the whole morning for the ransom.
What difference would it make to wait another ten minutes?
Director Rich Ho’s Statement
Spoiler Alert- Please do not read on if you have not watched the film
Twelve Noon is a dark comedy about how the best laid plans can become the best laid mess due to a single decision.
Using a handheld camera, and “human” tripods, I hoped to give the film an observer’s point of view, bringing the audience into the perspectives of the various characters.
- The film was conceived, shot, and completed in a week.
- Rich set personal “restrictions” to create a story:
1) The story had to take place in 1 single location;
2) No prominent visual effects must be used;
3) Unknown actors to heighten the realism and sense of danger from not knowing if any character will be safe;
4) To be shot within 8 hours including rehearsals ( it actually finished in 7 hours);
5) The story started with the characters, and Rich and Kat went on a “what if” brainstorm of the screenplay.
- Back in 2011, Rich wanted to experiment with the then-new DSLR cinematography with the Canon 5DMKII.
- Twelve Noon was Rich’s first film in 4 years, and when he got back to shooting, he realized all his studio equipment have been put in a “Museum” in rental houses.
- All actors were activated to film in 2 days, and only given the script on the morning of their shoot. Toy figurines of “Batman”, “Superman”, and all “Power Rangers” were used to illustrate the non-linear storyline to the actors. Separate rehearsals were given to the different sets of actors who will only be given information about their scenes.
- Only 1 Production Assistant was employed for the shoot, making the entire crew 2. All actors doubled as boom operators, and mikes were concealed in the surroundings to minimize crew work.
- SPOILER ALERT: Most test audiences burst out laughing during the credits, when they realized what happened.
Full Cast and Crew Production Credits
Film Production Company: Richmanclub Studios Pte Ltd
Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Special and Visual Effects, Editing, Original Music and Performance: Rich Ho Kok Tai
Producer: Katharine Chong, Rich Ho Kok Tai
Screenplay: Katharine Chong, Rich Ho Kok Tai
Props and Costumes: Katharine Chong
Production Assistant: Kwa Su Ai
Produced and Copyright 2011 Richmanclub Studios Pte Ltd All Rights Reserved.
|Tan Hsien Jin||Kidnapper|
|TC||Ransom delivery man|