"I first adapted the story into a Japanese script, but since we had to shoot in Singapore, I changed the setting to Singapore. While location scouting and speaking with HDB management, I realized that it would be very unlikely to find a dead body left unnoticed in an abandoned building in Singapore for more than 6 months, let alone for 20 years. At the end, I decided to suspend this portion of reality, as I felt that the spine of the story was fairly universal. I also found that there were many similar cases of bodies found in abandoned buildings and houses around the world, including in the US, Chile, Italy and Romania. In one of the cases, the body was found after more than 30 years.
The three and a half day shoot kicked off in March 2010 at an HDB in Jurong that had been empty for six years. It was actually spooky because there were still traces of people’s lives left behind, from posters and scribbles on the wall, to some furniture, dishes and kids toys buried in dust. We thought that we might really find someone dead there, as there were hundreds of apartments and each block was like 20 stories high.
You mentioned that your first year project had to be an adaption of a news article, so did you already had the intention of looking for news article regarding undiscovered corpses or did you happened to stumble upon them? Why the choice of undiscovered corpses?
I'm in the middle of post production for my 2nd year film, so finishing it would be the immediate future plan. Then the next project would be my thesis, then you graduate, then your first feature... It never ends. Hopefully I grow as a filmmaker each time.