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August 08, 2020

Local director shooting scenes at Ministry-owned studios

Local director shoots A-pay A-yu (give-and-take) film at the studios of the Film Development Centre of the Ministry of Information in Bahan, Yangon, yesterday. Photo : Ye Htut

A local director shot some scenes of a movie at the studios of the Film Development Centre of the Ministry of Information in Bahan, Yangon, and yesterday morning.
While filming some parts of his movie A-pay A-yu (give-and-take), Director Steel (Dway Myitta) of Life+ producers met reporters and said, “Nowadays, films in Myanmar are produced at studios. Likewise our neighbours as well as countries producing popular movies are also using studios. Sadly, we have no private studios. Thanks to the officials of the Ministry of Information, the local movie industry can do its work more conveniently and effectively. We will shoot this film till 15 May. We can easily erect settings of a jail, a court or a police station or a mock catwalk at a studio. Normally, we can get more space at a studio which is totally free from outdoor disturbances such as noise and spectators.”
He continued to say, “I hired all the three units of the studio, so that I can make specific settings at each unit. The main requirement in filming is a place under your full management, and a studio can fill that requirement. About two third of the movie will be shot here at the studio. I will film some of the scenes in Nay Pyi Taw, PyinOoLwin and Vietnam. Everything goes smooth and well because of the assistance of the Information Ministry. More studios means better environment for the movie industry.”
Nan Htaik Hta, a child actor of the movie said, “In this movie I play the role of the little sister of the main female protagonist. I find no problem in acting as the director has provided me with constant training and help. Acting is interesting for me.”
Zin Waing, an academy award winner and the chair of Myanmar Motion Pictures Organization, told the reporters that he was a lawyer in the movie. “I am familiar with this place, as we filmed, edited, washed and developed films or screened movies in this place where the Information Ministry has set up the studio 1, 2 and 3,: he added.
“If we want to shoot worthy and standard movies, we must have studios. The advantage of a studio is that it offers an isolated place for movie producers and also reduces the filming cost. moreover, actors can concentrate more in their work. But we still need bigger studios for producing better movies in the future, he added.
The Ministry of Information opened the Film Development Centre on 21 July 2018, and studio I, 2 and 3 on 9 March this year. The performing arts directors are producing their movies, video plays, TV series, MTVs and interviews at the studios.—Yi Yi Myint and Ohmma Thant


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