After finalizing the contract with the new movie crew, the time for joining the crew was planned.
When the old lady Lu heard that Lu Jinlang was going to film with Wen Jianing. She said she was looking forward to it and that she would definitely want to go to the shooting site with him, but Lu Jinlang refused.
Lu Jinlang was afraid that she would not know how to behave by then, and that she would be too affectionate to Wen Jianing in front of others, and instead would cause unnecessary trouble.
Regardless of the number of people in the circle who knew about the matter between him and Wen Jianing, when they were on the set, the two would avoid being too close in front of others.
Xie Ruoming had his own habit of filming. He was always accustomed to shooting the first scene of the movie script at the forefront as long as conditions permit.
The first shot was inside a small, old and dilapidated classroom. A girl about ten years old was sitting in front of a small book table putting blocks. Not far from her, there was a big boy between youth and a teenager wearing a hoodie. His face looked pale and thin, and he was holding his hair in a daze.
This was Ye Xing played by Wen Jianing.
Ye Xing was only eighteen years old. Compared with Wen Jianing, no, it should be said that compared to Ke Xinhang’s true age, Ye Xing was only several years younger. He was chosen because he looked like a college student as long as he dressed a little more casually. It was also because Xie Ruoming had seen many young actors before, but he didn’t find what he wanted. The image of Wen Jianing in ‘Bitter Summer’ was very consistent with Ye Xing’s appearance, and the rest would depend on the director’s guidance and Wen Jianing’s own acting skills to fill the role.
Before the official shooting began, Wen Jianing and Xie Ruoming had a conversation. Xie Ruoming’s intention was not to make the audience suspicious of Ye Xing’s character until the truth was revealed at the end of the film. It was necessary to fully show the appearance of an autistic patient.
At this moment, Ye Xing, played by Wen Jianing, was looking up at the exhaust fan rotating in front of the classroom, as if his attention was drawn by the rotating fan sheet.
Before joining the crew, in order to study the behaviour patterns of children with autism, he and Xie Ruoming had visited autism rehabilitation institutions. Although they didn’t spend too much time together, Wen Jianing learned a lot from the teachers of the institutions.
At this time, Ye Xing was going to pretend to be an autistic patient who was attracted by the exhaust fan. Even if there was a girl next to him who didn’t care about his actions at all, he did not relax at all. So what could Ye Xing be thinking at this time? While staring at the fan, Wen Jianing thought, that if he was Ye Xing, he should be watching the camera next to the exhaust fan with the afterlight of his eyes, and at what time and in what way would he have to make them stop working?
After not too long, Chen Zejun, played by Lu Jinlang, entered the classroom.
There were only two children in this classroom. Because this rehabilitation institution was located in a very dilapidated building in the old city, it was not a very formal rehabilitation institution. Chen Zejun was a poor policeman which meant he couldn’t afford to give his daughter better conditions.
His entry did not attract anyone’s attention until he walked up to his daughter and said to her, “It’s time to go.”
The girl looked at the time. It was indeed the time when her father came to pick her up. She obediently put down the building blocks and followed Chen Zejun away.
Chen Zejun took his daughter’s hand, and when he passed Ye Xing, he raised his hand and touched his head, as if touching a child. He often saw him here, although he knows it was impossible, he thought this young man should be regarded as his daughter’s classmate.
Ye Xing still didn’t pay attention to him, and then Chen Zejun left with his daughter.
This was the first act of the whole movie.
The filming of this scene went well. The daughter of Chen Zejun was a child star. She didn’t have many roles and basically had no lines. This kind of shooting seemed relatively simple for her, and Xie Ruoming also deliberately avoided giving her too many close-up shots.
When the filming ended, Wen Jianing and Lu Jinlang sat side by side to rest.
Lu Jinlang picked up the water glass and handed it to him, and asked, “How do you feel?”
Wen Jianing did not answer, but instead asked, “What do you think?”
Lu Jinlang said, “It looks good, what were you thinking when you were in a daze?”
Wen Jianing smiled and replied, “I was thinking about how to kill your daughter.”
This sort of thing felt very weirdly wonderful. He remembered that the last time he was shooting Xie Ruoming’s movie, he and Lu Jinlang’s seats were always separated by a certain distance. It was not that they had any opinion on each other, but that they were not close enough to sit together and they found it awkward to talk. But now when the two of them were together, even if they didn’t say a word, they wouldn’t feel awkward.
Xie Ruoming called Wen Jianing over to talk about the play.
According to the plan, there would be no more roles for Lu Jinlang today, but he was still waiting on the set without leaving immediately.
Wen Jianing went to change clothes, the next scene was also a highlight. This part would appear in the last part, it was a scene where Ye Xing killed Chen Zejun’s daughter.
This scene would be blurred. After all, the little girl in the movie was only ten years old and had a tragic death. It was impossible to fully perform it on the screen. What Xie Ruoming wanted to render was more of a chilling and scary atmosphere. atmosphere.
In the script, Ye Xing destroyed the cameras beforehand. He knew that no one would pay attention even if the cameras were malfunctioning at this time. With only the two of them inside the classroom, Ye Xing stood up and walked unhurriedly in the direction of the little girl.
The little girl was still focused on the world of building blocks. Ye Xing walked in front of her and she did not respond until Ye Xing reached out and covered her mouth and dragged her to the side.
Wen Jianing was always expressionless during this filming. He seemed to be living in another world, and his behaviour and expression didn’t go well together. Even when he dragged the little girl away, he tried his best to avoid the obvious expression on his face from the force he was exerting.
Xie Ruoming was a little surprised by Wen Jianing’s performance in this bits, but soon the problem came, because the little girl failed to hold on, she was frightened and was a little stunned.
The shooting stopped temporarily.
Wen Jianing touched the top of the little girl’s head with a smile, and said, “It’s just filming, don’t be afraid.”
But the little girl didn’t get it over immediately, and even tears filled her eyes because of the shock. Her mother who had accompanied her to the shooting scene and hurriedly came to comfort her.
Xie Ruoming said to take a break for a while.
Wen Jianing returned to Lu Jinlang’s side, and Lu Jinlang said to him, “That’s good.” Lu Jinlang never thought of Wen Jianing’s performance
He took a deep breath and rubbed his neck tiredly. Wen Jianing said, “To be honest, this character has more room for expression than I expected.”
”Of course,” Lu Jinlang said, “It seems that although Chen Zejun is the first lead, Ye Xing’s role is not less than that of him, otherwise, how could he be called as the second lead?”
Wen Jianing said to Lu Jinlang, “Why didn’t you go back first?”
Lu Jinlang smiled, “Don’t want me to stay and watch you filming?”
Wen Jianing shook his head, “I wonder if you will be affected? Chen Zejun shouldn’t have seen this scene.”
”No, nothing can affect me,” Lu Jinlang said, but reached out his hand to pick up the jacket that was thrown on the chair, and greeted Lu Yunan to go back, “What do you want to eat tonight? I’ll make it for you.”
Wen Jianing said, “I want to eat free range chicken rice noodles.”
Lu Jinlang shrugged his shoulders, “Okay, I will go to the market to buy free range chicken and rice noodles.”
Later, after repeated communication and persuasion with the little girl, the filming went on smoothly.
The little girl was smothered to death by Ye Xing. After that, Ye Xing stripped her clothes naked. He deliberately made some false impressions that made other people more likely to be suspected. Then he hid himself in a small cabinet at the back of the classroom.
At the end of the filming that day, Wen Jianing was a bit exhausted.
Wen Tinghuan drove him home and said, “You pervert.”
Wen Jianing turned his head to look at her, “Why am I a pervert?”
Wen Tinghuan shook her head, shivering.
Back home, Wen Jianing really smelled a nice fragrance from the kitchen. He walked over, stood at the door and asked, “How do you know I’m back?”
Lu Jinlang took the chopsticks and fished the cooked rice noodles from the pot into the bowl, and said at the same time, “As soon as you went upstairs, Tinghuan called me.”
”When did she become your undercover agent?”
Lu Jinlang smiled, “It’s been a long time.”
At night, Wen Jianing was lying on the bed, and Lu Jinlang helped him rub his shoulders.
”Tired?” Lu Jinlang asked him.
Wen Jianing nodded, buried his face in the pillow and said muffledly, “It’s a personal thing.”
Lu Jinlang smiled, “You scared the little girl to tears today, you are very hardworking.”
Wen Jianing raised his head slightly and said, “To be honest, I have some expectations for Xie Ruoming’s movie.”
Lu Jinlang looked down at him, “To win the award?”
Wen Jianing said, “I know it’s not right to judge an actor and their acting skills superficially by whether they wins an award or not, but since I’m in this line of work, I always want to be recognized by others.”
Lu Jinlang’s hands slowly pushed down his spine from his shoulders, “Or do you think the most important thing is to beat me?”
Wen Jianing laughed when he heard the words, he said, “It is not to beat you, but to stand at the same height as you, not to be left behind by you.”
”Nonsense,” Lu Jinlang said, “Your life just has a little unexpected incident. If you played the October fireworks in the end, where do you think you will stand today?”
Wen Jianing was slightly confused when he heard this question, “Actually I don’t know.”
Lu Jinlang buried his head and kissed his back, and said, “Since you don’t know, go ahead and try, you’ll have plenty of opportunities in the future, so go ahead and grasp them.”
Wen Jianing turned over and raised his hand to hug him.
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