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Movie Preview by OMY SG: Ghost on Air

At the start of this week, I had the opportunity to participate in the preview screening of Ghost on Air, courtesy of Omy and Merelion Pictures!

Ghost on Air, directed by Cheng Ding An, is about a Radio Dj who resorts to telling ghost stories on air during midnight, after losing his successful morning show slot. Using the ghost stories that was written by his deceased girlfriend, he regains a small step to his superstardom. However, he begins to realize that the stories were not works of fiction, and maybe it wasn’t him telling the stories all along…

My thoughts on the movie, after having watched more than a handful of horror movie like Ghost on Air, I got to admit that the storyline was a little generic. You know when something is more or less going to spook you and how the story will turn out. However, I like the humor  added into certain scenes to evoke some laughter and how the story ties in neatly by the end of the film and I got the gist of it.

And I got to applaud the casts used! Job well done~ 

My favourite cast is the old lady, acted by Choo Xiu Feng, she has creepy vibes written all over~  

And Ding An, Kudos for ruining my love for old shophouses... Hahahaha!  Great venue chosen for so many of the scenes!

All that being said, there is room for improvement. I felt that the ending was slightly rushed and I would really like to know what happened to the main cast for a more complete finish. And maybe, not too obvious spooky parts with the sounds as a hint? Just my 2 cents. 

If you would like to support a local film and are looking for a little hair raising experience, give Ghost on Air a chance~
 Q&A Session with Movie Director, Cheng Ding An

On the night of the Movie Preview, Ding An, made a surprise appearance to meet everyone and we had the chance to ask him a few questions about the movie. 

My question to him was : What were some of the challenges you face for this film?

His response was that for his first movie "Kallang Roar", the inspiration and story line came from the passion people (he interviewed) had about football. It was easy to write and there was the backing of actual history stories and recount. However, for Ghost on Air, the story line had to be created. That was a challenge. 

Besides that, unsure if it was stress itself or the spooky nature of the film, Ding An felt like he was constantly moody during production. Trying to keep his emotions in check and keeping up the efficiency of the production itself, was a challenge too.

When asked if any rituals were done, he said definitely!~ Despite being a free thinker, he carries a "Fu" (a mini Buddha) around in his wallet and does the required rituals for such a movie. In fact, he felt like there was  always a need for rituals that everywhere they go, they are always praying and burning incense. 

When asked if any thing spooky happened, he hesitated for a moment and said that he has heard stories from people, before quoting from Confucius, "Respect the spirits, but keep them at a distance", as his take on this issue and said that he thinks they exist and respect should be given due. 

If you like to hear more about the spooks, there is a mini hype about all things supernatural on their Facebook page, click here

I hope to see more of local films soon and all the best, Ding An!