Rebirth and Redemption - Chapter 16
Early Saturday morning, Chu Feng was ready to set off. The car to pick him up is almost here and he just needed to go downstairs and wait. Rong Yun opened his eyes in a daze, with a husky voice filled with sleep asked Chu Feng: “Are you going out?”
“Yeah.” Chu Feng walked over, tucked the quilt for him, and whispering, “Its still early in the morning, you can keep sleeping until you wake up naturally.”
“Yeah…” Rong Yun replied softly, closing his eyes and preparing to continue sleeping. The weekend is a good time to sleep in so it shouldn’t be missed but knowing Chu Feng is not here today somehow he felt a little empty.
“I will put the meal card on your table, eat well, don’t save money. Wait until I come back in the evening so we can eat together at night.” Chu Feng told him softly.
“Yeah.” Rong Yun closed his eyes and answered. Hearing that Chu Feng would come back for dinner with him in the evening made his melancholy mood slightly improved.
“If anything happens then call me. You won’t be bothering me.” Chu Feng smiled, “You are welcome to check on your boyfriend at any time.”
“Who wants to check on you…” Rong Yun murmured and pulled the quilt up a little, blocking the corners of his mouth.
Chu Feng chuckled lightly and didn’t disturb him anymore. He took his things and went out.
The bedroom was quiet again. Gui Heng and Si Xian were not there this weekend. No one would make a noise for Rong Yun to be disturbed. After a while, the sleepy Rong Yun fell asleep again.
The location of the advertisement was set in Director You’s private studio, where there is a very good set up available. Although the place is not too big, it is well enough arranged for advertising.
When Chu Feng arrived the director was already waiting for him inside.
“Director You.” Chu Feng greeted him first.
Director You walked over and patted Chu Feng on the shoulder and said with a smile: “Don’t be so unfamiliar with me and call me Uncle You. Your mother said that you are willing to do this for me in the nick of time, which really saved me a lot of trouble.”
” I’d better call you “Director You” on the set. After all, I’m here to work for you. I will call you “Uncle You” when the work is over. It’s an honor for me to be your junior but it’s still better to be professional here in case I create problems for you.” Chu Feng smiled and replied.
Private and business matters should always be separated, Chu Feng learned and acted on this principle in the past life, otherwise others would think that his work attitude was not serious, or he wanted to build relationships based on this familiar way of addressing others. In this circle, you still have to be proper and respectful when you address others and keep your eyes carefully open to avoid being criticized.
Chu Feng’s words were not extreme but Director You was a little surprised. After all, he always talked to Chu Tang (Chu Feng’s father) about children, Chu Tang always looked very dissatisfied with Chu Feng. In of his few contacts with Chu Feng, he also found that Chu Feng was a very proud child and was somewhat rebellious. If these two points could be changed, Chu Feng’s appearance and family background would make him a good seedling to enter to turbid soil the entertainment industry. When he saw Chu Feng today, although Chu Feng had just said a few words, he could already feel that Chu Feng’s sense of rebellion seemed to be gone and the person seemed to be just steady and proud.
“Okay.” Director You smiled and took a document from the table and handed it to him, and said, “This is the contract. You take a look at it. If there is no problem, sign it. We are ready to start work.”
“Okay.” Chu Feng took the contract and signed it directly without looking at it, which made Director You very happy.
He smiled at Chu Feng and said, “Why didn’t you look at it a little longer?”
“No need.” Chu Feng said, “You are a well famed director and you won’t cheat me.”
He actually did this because, first, it would make Director You think that he completely believed him and leave a good impression. Second, his mother must have read this contract, and he really doesn’t need to do anything extra.
“Good boy.” Director You laughed. Chu Feng’s words obviously pleased him, “Let’s go, I’ll take you to the dressing room and tell you the content of the advertisement by the way.”
The contract and the advertisement content should actually be given to the actor a day in advance but since Chu Feng was now a senior in high school it was very rare for him to have time to shoot and they could only squeeze time on the weekend for the shooting.
The makeup artist Kitty working on Chu Feng was also one of the top makeup artists in the circle. Chu Feng had also worked with Kitty in his past life and knew she was a very cheerful woman.
Seeing Chu Feng, Kitty smiled, “Director You, where did you get this handsome boy? He looks more suitable for the role than the previous one.”
Director You smiled proudly while presenting Chu Feng to her, “This is Sister Xin’s son.”
“Well that would explain the handsomeness. He has it in his genes.” Kitty smiled and said, “Come on, let Auntie have a look at what I’m working with today.”
Chu Feng smiled and walked over and said, “Sister Kitty, you have to be a little older for me to call you auntie.”
Kitty was six years older than Chu Feng. After graduating from high school, because of financial difficulties at home, she did not go to college, so she came out to learn makeup with a well-known makeup artist. Kitty was very talented and went out to be a professional within two years. She began to travel between the various movie crews, moving up from the initial makeup of the extras to step by step moving to the present protagonist’s main make up artist, the sadness and struggles in the middle of the journey could only be known by her.
“Do you know me?” Kitty was surprised. She was just a behind-the-scenes worker after all.
“I heard my mother mention that once when my mother did a magazine cover, you did her makeup and she was very satisfied with the amazing result.” Chu Feng smiled in very polite manner. This happened about a year ago. In fact, he didn’t care about this kind of thing at first, but after entering the circle, he always had to improve his interpersonal relationship, so he made a special adjustment to his behavior to make himself more likable.
Kitty smiled and curled her eyes: “I was just a coincidence. It is my honor to have the opportunity to do Sister Xin’s Makeup.”
Song Xin has her own makeup artist, but that day the makeup artist had acute gastroenteritis and really couldn’t come. Director Min asked Kitty to come. Song Xin and the magazine were very satisfied with the result. It was a very pleasant cooperation.
Director You interrupted the conversation between the two people at the right time and said, “Time is running out, we will talk later so let’s put on makeup on Chu Feng first.”
Kitty took a look at the time and really wanted to hurry up so she smiled and pulled out the chair to let Chu Feng sit down. She then opened the makeup case and started putting on makeup on Chu Feng. Boys’ makeup is actually relatively simple, plus Chu Feng has a good foundation so it didn’t take much time.
During this period, Director You sat next to Chu Feng and told him the content of the advertisement, so that he could know as soon as possible.
This is a drink for students, rich in nutrition, and very suitable for students who are mentally overloaded. Moreover, it is suitable to drink at any time, which can not only supplement the nutrients needed every day, but also relieve fatigue and benefit health.
And this time the advertisement is about the scene of students drinking this beverage at different times of the day.
Chu Feng was originally a student and a senior in high school. This kind of advertisement couldn’t be more appropriate. Although some stars can pretend to be younger, they are not as convincing as real students in their acting.
After telling Chu Feng what he was going to shoot, Director You specially took three bottles of different flavors for him to taste, namely blueberry, strawberry, and the original basic flavor. Chu Feng picked the blueberry bottle, and after getting Kitty’s permission, he opened it and took a sip. The taste was not bad though sweet, because most of the ingredients were walnuts pulp and milk, so it had a little thicker consistency, but it didn’t taste like pure milk. Because the blueberry pulp was added, the color was a bit purple and looked a bit weird. It might have been to prove that the real materials were used as ingredients, so this color was a bit weak.
“How does it taste? I will give you a box if you like it and you can take it bac.” Director You asked him. The manufacturer provided a lot of samples, which would not be taken back so they would be distributed to everyone after the shooting.
“Not bad.” Chu Feng replied still sipping the drink. The feeling of drinking this is like drinking fruity soy milk. He guessed that Rong Yun would like it.
“That’s OK, you take a box with you when the filming is over.” Director You smiled generously.
Chu Feng was not polite and said, “Thank you.”
An hour later, all the staff were in place, the group performers had put on makeup and clothes and the shooting of the commercial started.
The first scene shot was aimed at a bottle of drink, and Chu Feng had to take the bottle of drink away as if he was on his way to school . This seemingly simple action had somethings the actor needed to pay attention to. During this scene the actor must keep the front of the bottle facing the camera while moving. If you picked it up normally, only the back of hand will be left facing the camera when you give your back to the camera while walking away, which is very unsightly and not the objective of the ad. If the box of the drink was taken away in parallel to the camera so that the drink keeps facing the camera it must be done in a way that does not look too deliberate so that it wouldn’t seem too artificial to the on lookers.
This kind of thing was naturally not difficult for Chu Feng due to his acting experience in his past life. When he took the bottle, the front of the bottle was still facing the lens, but when he was about to leave the lens, he turned his wrist to make the front of the bottle turn fifteen degrees so that the camera could see the bottle. His fingers seemed to be wrapped around the drink while still exposing the name of the drink to the camera. Such a natural rotation gives people a sense of rush to go to school with a drink.
This short shot of two or three seconds contained no problems.
Focusing on these little actions and body movements were all habits gained by Chu Feng from years of experience and the guidance of his seniors in acting and slowly evolved into his subconscious actions when shooting so that the effects of the shooting can be without any sense of contradiction.
“Pass!” Director You exclaimed happily. At first, he wondered if he needed to instruct Chu Feng, but with this shot, he knew that all the instructions were not needed. Chu Feng performed very well, and Director You didn’t know if someone had taught him or if he was just that talented.
The following shooting went smoothly. In the morning, they shot the scenes for breakfast and breaks after arriving at school, and in the afternoon, the shots of after exercise and before bed were taken.
Chu Feng’s lens sense was recognized by everyone in the filming crew, and his performance was also very natural. He was the very image of a handsome and serious student and the ad was just like the realistic version of “Chu Feng’s Day in school life”.
In fact, Chu Feng also considered a lot in terms of lens performance. If Chu Feng were replaced by someone else, he would probably consider looking handsome and highlighting the image of a handsome student. This is also the usual practice of many advertisements. But Chu Feng did not make any extra flashy moves this time, but instead just showed the vigor and liveliness that a student should have. After all this was a drink for students, and usually parents buy things like this for their children who are students. Parents liked active, scholarly, healthy but not overwhelmingly flashy or egoistic children so only if the advertisement left a good impression on parents would those parents consider buying the drinks for their children to try. If the protagonist of the advertisement looks like a flashy young man with no discipline and interest in studying and winks at the camera from time to time then the parents would probably reject the image showed by the drink and then the drink would not be sold at all. Despite being popular in the youth, the ad would not attract the intended audience which would result in failure of the ad.
This idea of Chu Feng coincides with Director You, so even if Chu Feng didn’t need to talk or make any excessive moves in the ad, Director You was very satisfied with the results from the shooting of the ad.
As for the impression given to the student section of the audience then based on Director You’s years of experience, as long as the presentation of the advertisement was good, the colors were bright, the background music attractive then the appearance of Chu Feng was enough to leave a good impression in the students even without him trying to be cool on camera.
And Chu Feng also deliberately curtailed his acting skills that might be too mature for his age and experience, showing a jerky side in some places so as not to make the experienced director suspect suspicious. After all, some things that require experience and couldn’t be explained by only natural talent of an actor.
After the commercial was shot, it was already four in the afternoon. Director You invited everyone to eat together after packing up and he treated them for dinner.
After Chu Feng took off his makeup, he told Director You that he needed go back to school to study and would not go to dinner with them.
Director You also knew that for Chu Feng learning was the current top priority, so he didn’t force him to attend dinner. After wrapping a red envelope for Chu Feng, he asked his assistant to carry a box of drinks to Chu Feng’s school while dropping him off and then personally sent him to the car.
After Chu Feng said goodbye to Director You he left quickly. He didn’t really want to go back to study but he said he would have dinner with Rong Yun, he would definitely not miss the appointment. The money for this advertisement would probably not be available until the next Tuesday but the red given by Director You was probably enough for him to get a good dinner for Rong Yun.
The author has something to say:
Chu Xiaofeng: I am the Main protagonist! I ask for extra scenes!
Rong XiaoYun: ( pointing to himself) What about me?
Chu Xiaofeng: You are the wife of the Main protagonist!
Chu Xiaofeng: (Nodding seriously) En.. more scenes must be added for my wife too!!