13.06.2013 - 18.06.2013
I am a 6 foot tall blonde, my boyfriend is a 6'3" red head. We both have tattoo's and my jean shorts are too short and have holes. I anticipated being noticed on the streets of Hainan, where the foreign population is minimal. It is not uncommon when I travel for people to photograph my tattoo, or for young children to touch my blonde hair, I am sure many travelers can relate.
When we started work at our Kindergarten the children were naturally excited to have a new face in class. It was somewhat of a distraction initially, but the kiddos are getting used to us and starting to respond to our lessons. One added distraction this last week was the camera crew that followed Cody and I around the halls, into our classes and on the playground. We were filming a commercial, but of course!
We were told the day before that we would be filming for the school, and we needed to display our teaching skills on camera as well as in interviews. "Uh, its my second day"... that is what I wanted to say, "No problem!" is what I managed... AND ACTION!
The crew was nice enough, a boisterous director instructing his camera men on lighting, props and sound. Cut, cut he would yell when I was apparently teaching my class incorrectly. I was not allowed to stand (the microphone might fall), I could only call on the 'good' students and had to repeat myself over and over so the director could get the shot from other angles. Mind you, this is my second day teaching! I do not feel like an expert, I am sure I do not look like an expert, and no amount of sound equipment could make me sound like an expert.
Three days of filming this and that, interview after lunch and lesson before snack. Then I was asked to transcribe all the footage, who better for the job? Again I reply, "no problem!" Do you know how long it takes to transcribe 5 minutes of footage? Let alone an entire commercial?!?
All and all it turned out to be a rather comical experience. I hope they captured the images they need to display what a lovely school it is, but if not at least Cody and I got some great stills.... (don't mind the sweat glistening from our foreheads, why use the AC in 90 degree heat with 95% humidity). Two weeks in China and we made the silver screen, not bad.
Embrace the Chaos