Behind the Scenes: Love The Way You Lie

bloody hand

I wanted this video to be as real as possible. I really punched the wall and that caused the various scabs from my Krabi trip to open up and stain the walls with blood. You’ll notice (if you have eyes like a hawk) that I was wearing a Band Aid during some of the scenes. smirk

It’s not that visible though since Cindy (who has just about anything in her condo) has one that is flesh colored. I only put it on coz it won’t stop bleeding and it’ll keep on dripping…like on her floor. Anyway, we had a lot of ideas for this actually:

Particleboard fake wall
This is something that you can actually punch through. Plywood would splinter while particleboard will have the same effect as the original video. Trust me, I’m from Sibu – Timber Town. :p

However, due to time and budget constraints we couldn’t do this.

Simulated bar fight
Actually the only reason we didn’t do this was due to logistical issues. We didn’t have a breakable bottle prop but it’s easy to use some blunt object to the same effect. However, it is highly unlikely that any bar would let us use their premises to do even simulated violence so we scrapped this. Sigh.

Self immolation
I REALLY WANTED TO DO THIS. I searched high and low for heptane – the only safe way to do this. Of course my definition of “safe” means there is a better than 10% likelihood of not getting third degree burns and a 50% chance of actually pulling it off. I read that heptane is used in anti-bacterial washes so I went to a lot of pharmacies until a kind pharmacist told me that it’s not used in Malaysia.

I called up several chemical suppliers but none of them will sell it to me. hmph

Heptane produces a warm flame just like gasoline (it’s also added to the petrol you pump at the gas station) instead of a sissy blue flame. The trick is NOT to douse yourself in it (that would send you to the hospital or the morgue) but to saturate a piece of mop (or something like that) with it and have someone run it over your body.

It will feel warm but it won’t burn you per se. It’s the vapors that burn in this scenario, not the liquid. However, you have to remove all your hair though so I shaved my pits and wanted to shave my head but alas, no heptane.

This video was actually shot over two weekends – the first weekend was spent doing the storyboard and we actually completed filming in 5 hours. We had another 2 ยฝ hour shoot the next weekend where we roped in strangers to help us and it turned out pretty good.

vitamin c

This is one of Cindy’s quirky notes around her house. I haven’t had my Vitamin C but I did get a good dose of Vitamin B from the Guinness that I drank. smirk

The Arthur’s Day Man of Action contest is still on. Just film a video and post the link to Guinness Malaysia’s Facebook. Each qualified entry will automatically win two passes to Arthur’s Day. w00t! I can’t wait! =D

Check out my original post.

Here’s the video again just in case you missed it.

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72 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes: Love The Way You Lie”

  1. plasterboard is cheap an you can cut groves at the back, so it breaks easily.
    same thing with the beer bottle, just use a diamond blade to cut groves on it, shatters easily.

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  2. rocket: Yeah but it’s hard to find plasterboard though, if I was back home, I would have easily gotten particleboards of any size.
    Yeah good idea on the better bottle, it shatters but it might still cut the person. I wouldn’t mind if it’s done to me but the script calls for me to do it to someone else. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. not if you add nail polish or melted plastic inside the bottle, when it shatters, it iwll hold together. See.
    Oh ya, can’t have a music video without a love making scene. wink wink

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  4. rocket: Hmm…interesting. However, the act of smashing a bottle over someone’s head WILL result in cuts unless you do it properly e.g. like your tip of cutting it up so the entire bottle shatters, without any jagged edges ABOVE the neck.
    Good idea, will give it a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. thinking outside the box, how about you get a bottle mould and coat it with a thin layer of melted sugar. Then it wont crack your skull.

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  6. I’d like to give 4/5 for this video. Your facial in some parts need more ‘feelings’ into it. I thought 1:41-1:44 is a bit expressionless. The kissing part is OK, but I trust you can do better than that. Otherwise, I’d vote 4.8/5 and support you to win the contest. The scene in the bar, that looks like Finnegan’s Hartamas?

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  7. I’d like to give 4/5 for this video. Your facial in some parts need more ‘feelings’ into it. I thought 1:41-1:44 is a bit expressionless. The kissing part is OK, but I trust you can do better than that. Otherwise, I’d vote 4.8/5 and support you to win the contest. The scene in the bar, that looks like Finnegan’s Hartamas?

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  8. Yuenny: Haiya! Dun be so smart can? T_T
    Yes, technically it burns at a hotter temperature but it’s not as cool as a gasoline flame. :p
    I don’t think it applies to all though, have ethanol burns before and it’s not that bad. ๐Ÿ™‚
    headsteadi: Yeah, my acting requires A LOT of polishing. I could have moved a bit in those timelines. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yup, that’s Finnegan’s Hartamas.
    Thanks for the feedback mate, appreciate the in depth critique. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Nice homemade video, but can be better. It will be awesome if you can do the whole video and music by your own. Hope Eminem or Rihanna won’t take any legal actions against you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. g0ldf1n93r: Heh! This is a parody so there’s no problem there. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yeah, doing the entire music video would be cool but we’ll need two additional people for that…not to mention the special effects. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. sounds like you need a gf to sharpen up your kissing skills… lol..met any new girls recently?share with us.. it has been a while since you last mentioned about your ‘special one’

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  12. sounds like you need a gf to sharpen up your kissing skills… lol..met any new girls recently?share with us.. it has been a while since you last mentioned about your ‘special one’

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  13. juju: I don’t think it would have worked as well with a gf since you won’t have that emotions. Plus, Cindy has a background in theatre so she can really act well. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I don’t have a gf right now. Alas. :S
    Tan Yee Hou: Nooooooooo. :p
    Blue flames may burn hotter but it’s not as cool as regular flames.
    Plus it’s hard to capture on video.
    Red hot flames are good coz it gels well with the video. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Dylan: Thanks Dylan! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Haha! Yeah, it does burn hotter but it’s NOT AS COOL. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Regular flames are cool coz it’s a warm flame and it’s hot which goes well with the intense arguments in the video. ๐Ÿ™‚

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