Hey guys, Sorry for the long MIA!!! Uprooting to a new country is always hectic (to say the least). So I've been away from the Singapore + online scene for a while now and heaps of people have been asking if I've left the media / acting scene. BUT guess what? I'm still here... and these are updates on my lingering presence...Wee Li Lin's new feature is finally out!Despite my mini comical cameo in there, I really did enjoy the little time I worked on this piece. I mean how often do I (a) get to wear a FAT SUIT and (b) eat my way throughout a day of work?Can you even imagine that scene? Aren't you dying to catch the hilarity of it all?in Singapore cinemas 3rd March 2011!SINDIE 100 POSTERS EXHBITIONBrought to you by SINDdie, and co-organized by Substation & Objectifs, is held in conjunction with Singapore Short FIlm Awards 2011. Admission is free and it showcases poster art, made possible by contributions from more that 60 directors!I spotted my face (via online publicity) in posters such as andPoster (on top right of Poster by Boo Jun Feng). ***This poster version of was previously NOT released in Singapore, but displayed during it's premiere in Cannes Film Festival., AKA number 80.Also sighted other films I've been involved in, such as, , , and who knows what else!If you would like to support Singaporean films, or curious about this mini industry we have, alongside part of its short history, do drop by Substation before the 6th March 2011!SHORT FILMS!After screenings in Hongkong and Bangkok's , is finally making its way to Singapore! As part of the , will be screening on the 4th of March 2011 as a nominee of "Best Experiment Film" and "Best Art Direction" award. More details can be found on the Substation website. Last month, was screened in Beloit International Film Festival , Wisconsin, USA 2011 and will make its appearance in August 2011 in Sacramento Film & Music Festival, California, USA 2011. has also won awards in Milan & USA for both its music & film since last yearLast but not least, feature film, , made it into the Taiwan market in January 2011! Go Singapore films!!!WHAT ELSE?I don't know, I haven't been around. Maybe you can update me a little? Perhaps TV reruns of my shows? Random publicity I've missed out?I may be busy, but I'm still here and I miss all of you peeps out there, heaps. *hUgz~love,Jeszlene
Earlier this year, Singapore released a well-received English Legal drama entitled The Pupil. In fact, it's so popular, there's an encore telecast on air right now. But that's not the point of this blog post. The point is, legal dramas are so in, there a Chinese version on Ch8 right now! AND... I'm in it! =) I pretty psyched that I've a role in both the English + Chinese versions, and for the exact number of episodes nonetheless! 如萍阿姨also acted in both series, and it was a joy seeing her again, as she was a huge part of my stint as a child actor! This is also my first 好人 role on Ch8!!!!! Finally I'm done playing the antagonist, and my on screen tears are actually justifiable! (Another similarity between both my legal drama roles. Although I wonder why I'm always crying when I'm not playing a bad guy) Here some of my 可怜兮兮 face during our rehearsals / script reading. (Ch8 dramas usually conduct rehearsals right before a take, instead of on separate days.) That's 燕金 导演 (left) walking us through the reading. As you can tell from the background, rehearsals are conducted during crew setup time. Ain't they technically efficient? Before the camera starts rolling, let's check out how the actors look on screen. Ops! Some loose fringe that needs tidying. That's probably the director's fingers pointing out flaws to her Assistant Producer (AP). Ready or not?! hmm... wonder why I look bewildered here. (Do notice the background's no longer camera crew running around, but extras sitting in as office staff! ~Little details of the TV world~)Now my “big” scene During most project, there's often a scene I look forward to, or get obsessed with. For 走进走出, this goes to my fainting scene. This looks like a pretend fall (for camera blocking), or the end of a take. hmmmmm.... I must have been waiting for the next scene, and being pensive while touching my hair! Finally! I know this doesn't look like much but after falling down on various spots, balancing both emotional aspects of my character and making sure I fall into the camera frame, it did hurt my knees a little *pOut~ I was also really scared of crushing 蕙雯cause she's so petite! Thankfully we already have a rapport going on from our previous collaborations in小娘惹&当我们同在一起so it helped me feel more comfortable leaning on her. After all, once you've kicked & slapped someone on screen, leaning your body weight on them isn't that awful anymore. So why did Ivy faint in 赵宁's office? Why does she look so sad? What's this new character about? Stay tune to 走进走出 to find out more! Love Jeszlene
還魂 (Blood Ties) had it's Singapore premiere in September 2009.This year, we're crossing the border, and bringing this film to our friends in Malaysia!還魂 (Blood Ties) A supernatural thriller... Many people believe that when a person dies, the spirit will return home on the 7th night... After Shun was brutally murdered, his spirit returned to possess his 13 year old sister to exact his revenge. On the 7th night, blood will flow and just deserts will be served. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb6knAxAViMIf you're in Malaysia, 還魂 (Blood Ties)'s coming to you, this Thursday, 30th September 2010, at all major cinemas! Love Jeszlene
Hey peeps! Been going slow on blog entries recently cause I'm busy packing up for Australia! Going for a nice little road trip down under, and exploring the Arts scene for a couple of months Am really excited right now , although it's equally tiring to tie up loose ends & run my errands in Singapore . So please be patient if I'm taking a while longer to reply any messages or write up new blog posts. My acting career...Going down under doesn't mean that I won't be seen on TV or the big screen no more. Keep a look out for my appearances over the next few of months on Singapore TV, in Singapore Cinemas, Malaysian Cinemas, Festivals in Bangkok, Berlin and who knows where else?! More details on AliveNotDead soon!!Interested in my travels?Hit up my travel blogs to catch up on my previous Vietnam trip and my upcoming Australia trip on my Arts & Travel Blog, JustJeszFriends in Australia...I'll be traveling around VIC/ACT/NSW (and who knows where else?) so give me a shoutout or any travel tips you have either on my AliveNotDeadblog, JustJeszblog, Jeszlene's Twitter or FaceBook account.Life is getting really exciting year after year, and I'm going to be celebrating my birthday soon too! Can't wait for all the surprises life has to offer...love,Jeszlene
Hey guys, Do you remember one of my short films I remember a couple of comments about screening updates or online viewing... so here it is...When Night Fa11s is participating in I've Seen Films - International Film Festival!!Entries are currently available online via the festival website. See, I fulfilled my promise Jeszlene is a good girl today... When you drop by the site, p lease remember to drop us a vote too, ok?(Voting ends 26th September 2010)To complete the viewing experience, here's a Music Video from our OST from Derrick Lui on Vimeo.###Hope you guys like it! love,Jeszlene
After my return from Vietnam, and having decided not to return for a third year, there was a sudden urge to contribute to another community. (Volunteering can sometimes be addictive.)
So, many of my personal friends, or readers of my previous blogs would know, there are a couple causes I strongly support. Namely (but not an exhaustive list), education of Children in developing countries, reduction of plastic bag usage and campaigning for the Arts. As an ad hoc supporter of UNICEF over the last couple of years, I finally decided to commit to a subscrīption with UNICEF International and a membership with UNIFEM Singapore this week. (UNICEF does not have a dedicated station set up in Singapore, but UNIFEM Singapore also campaigns for causes related to children.)
Here’s a welcome email I received.
Instead of just emailing 2 people, and sharing my beliefs over dinner, I’m gonna do one up, and share this with all of you (I’ve checked my stats, there’s definitely more than 2 people reading this page. LOLz~)
(1) Why I joined this cause?
I grew up with a generous mother, who made volunteering a way of life really. As for UNICEF in particular, it’s because I think children are the most innocent victims as well as the brightest future we have. They are a group of human beings that did not choose to be in a particular scenario due to greed, irresponsibility or any other vices. They were simply born disadvantaged, and one cannot be fault merely via their birth. Also, I’ve met many people in my life from disadvantaged backgrounds, but have achieved great feats when given the right opportunities (one of them is a recipient of the prestigious President Scholarship). So why not make a difference to those who can make the most out of it?
(2) Mention something from the UNICEF website.
(Paraphrased and heavily edited)
In a first world country, many of us often take schooling for granted. In fact, we often dread making the daily trip to school. BUT, DO YOU KNOW, in the aftermath of war, often nothing can make a child feel more secure than having a school to go to?
After the Rwandan genocide, many children had witnessed horrible violence or were forced to commit atrocities. For these children, going back to school meant a return to normalcy.
DO YOU KNOW THAT…
Your MacDonald’s meal @ US$5 can provide ten children with a pencil and exercise book.
Your weekend clubbing @ US$60 can provide a School-in-a-bag with individual school supplies for 40 students and 1 teacher.
Your new pair of jeans @ US$100 can provide 100 children with a sketch pad and crayons.
I do not advocate that you join UNICEF, unless there’s an emotional commitment attached to it. However, it would be awesome if you can dig into your pocket, and make a ONE TIME donation, even if it’s only a hamburger worth of US$5. Even dollar makes a difference.
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