Steven Ma and Tavia Yeung at “Property Protector” Costume Fitting
Steven Ma‘s (馬浚偉) comeback drama, Property Protector <守業者>, began filming recently. The cast and crew attended the blessing ceremony today, marking the start of principal photography. At the event, reporters caught up with Steven and co-star Tavia Yeung (楊怡) to discuss TVB’s newly implemented filming guidelines. The two are looking forward to the promised eight-hour rest breaks, and shared their thoughts on potential filming projects.
After Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯) publicly complained about the stress and anxiety she suffered due to late and incomplete scripts, TVB announced new rules stating that all scripts must reach 80 percent completion before filming can begin. To alleviate actors’ stress and to provide a healthier working environment, the company also promised 8-hour breaks between filming sessions.
At Property Protector‘s blessing ceremony, Steven and Tavia were asked to comment on these new guidelines. Both expressed disappointment that they cannot take advantage of the new rules since they have not yet come into effect. They revealed that they have received completed scripts for about ten episodes so far, and believe that the scriptwriters are making good progress.
Tavia shared that she suffers from swollen eyes due to lack of sleep, and is looking forward to having an 8-hour break. “I hope they can really grant us 8-hour rest breaks. I don’t want to be worn out from work. It is a good thing to have adequate rest. [The new rule] also shows that our boss cares for the staff.” Steven added that while he cannot yet take advantage of the longer rest break, he is satisfied with the 5 to 6 hours of sleep allowed in his current work schedule.
Recently, reports surfaced that producer Chong Wai Kin (莊偉健) has plans to turn last year’s grand production Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles <名媛望族> into a trilogy. When asked to comment, Tavia hopes that the writers will tell a completely different story. She also wishes to collaborate with the same cast members, many of whom became close friends with Tavia during their time on-set.
Steven, who was dressed in full Republic-era costume, commented that he looks similar to characters in TVB’s popular 1980 drama Yesterday’s Glitter <京華春夢>, which starred veterans Damian Lau (劉松仁) and Liza Wang (汪明荃). Steven said he really liked Damian’s character in the series and had suggested for TVB to reboot the series so he can play the role. He also hopes to see Fala Chen (陳法拉) in Liza Wang’s role of Ho Yin Chau. When reporters brought up the fact that Fala has planned to leave TVB, Steven replied optimistically, “Even I was able to come back to film!”
Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.