Celebs share favourite memories from filming at Caldecott Hill

The final scene was shot at Caldecott Hill’s largest studio, Studio 6, where many of your favourite Ch 8 dramas were filmed. We get celebs to relate their best memories of Studio 6 before a new studio opens at Stars Avenue

Tay Ping Hui
08 Sep 2016

Tay Ping Hui

“My most memorable moment would be the time I brought durians there for everyone to eat. And also enough tidbits to cover an entire table top. It was also so cold in the studio that I had to wear a winter jacket to keep warm. Well, I’ll actually miss the cold temperature there, ’cos it’s better than filming under the hot sun.”

Chen Shucheng
08 Sep 2016

Chen Shucheng

“I’ve been filming in Studio 6 for more than two decades. It’s the only studio in Caldecott that has a resting area so we’d gather in the studio and chat while we wait for our scenes. It became a place for the crew and cast members to bond. It’s like my second home. Last October, when we were filming Life — Fear Not there, the team threw a surprise birthday party for me at the studio (right). I was very touched and I teared. I guess I’ve become more sentimental after growing older!” 

Cynthia Koh
08 Sep 2016

Cynthia Koh

“I filmed my second drama, [1992’s] Terms of Endearment, there. I was doing a scene and there was a period drama filming next to us. The producer got very upset with the actors, whom I shall not name, and made them run three laps around the studio as punishment. I was so shocked, ’cos I was a newbie then and they were my idols! I was quite scared of the producer after that, even though he was much better when we finally worked together. (Laughs) I also remember the potluck dinners during weekend filming. When the canteen was closed, we’d buy curry from Golden Pillow 933 or tapow from Longhouse at Upper Thomson Road. And there was ‘face toning’. It’s [an old-school filming practice] where the cameraman would adjust the cameras’ colour setting for the day. If you want to look the best on camera that day, you had to come in half an hour early so you get to sit in front of the cameras and the crew’d adjust the colours to suit your skin tone. Because all the actresses are so hiao [Hokkien for vain], we’d take turns to face tone. (Laughs) You don’t need to do that anymore, so it’s something the younger actors don’t get to experience.”  

Hong Huifang
08 Sep 2016

Hong Huifang

“It was very fun when they used to film two dramas there ’cos it could be like a period drama and a modern show in the same venue. There were times when the director shouted ‘Cue!’ and an actor would run on set only to realise that it was for the other drama. It was hilarious.” 

Chen Tianwen
08 Sep 2016

Chen Tianwen

“My best memory of Studio 6 is hanging out at the resting area. It’s where we’d always chill between takes. There would always be biscuits and refreshments, and we can sit around and watch TV. Sometimes, even when I wasn’t filming in Studio 6, I’d go there to rest.” 

Zoe Tay
08 Sep 2016

Zoe Tay

“When I was a newbie, I thought that Studio 6 was very retro, but now I appreciate its old-school appeal. In the past, it was common for two dramas to concurrently film in the studio, separated only by a curtain. And we would always peep over to see what the other side was filming. I miss that kind of camaraderie. It’s also where I learnt to knit. We had no handphones back then, so to get through our long filming hours, the girls would knit sweaters while the guys read books. During breaks, I would nap on a bed in the storeroom, which reeked strongly of cat urine, but I was so tired I slept on it anyway. I didn’t go back to the studio for a last look. It’d be too emotional! I’ve been filming there for 29 years and every corner of the room contains memories.”

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