Thank you exqalph03 pointing out the mistakes.
Chapter 40: The first audition.
Chen Huan walked around to a corner and pushed through a door that leads into the room 801.
He saw a group of people busying themselves and they were all acquaintance he saw during that day where they all drank together in the small noodle shop.
Shi Liyou lifted his head and saw Chen Huan before he said while shrugging his shoulder, “Hey, our master supervisor is here!”
“Hello Brother Li, Hello Brother Ding, Hello Everybody!” Chen Huan greeted them with a smile.
“Don’t listen to his grumbling.” Ding Lun said as he came over and patted his shoulder, “Take a look, what do you think of this arrangement?”
Room 801 was a small conference hall that was around 100 square meters and now the hall was mostly empty.
It would be inappropriate to say that it was completely empty.
Because they had already prepared two scenes.
The first was a simulated snow area of around ten square meters covered in white foam that looked like snow at first glance.
There was a camera hung vertically above the fake snow that captured the snowfield on a large screen nearby.
The second scene was a library like place where a bookcase was put next to a window with a thick white curtain that was deliberately half draw.
The windows were open and the wind blowing, so the white curtain was blow up and let the morning sun onto the bookcase.
But the bookcase darkened again when the curtain descended.
Between the wind blowing up and descending, darkness and light, it gave out a particular charm to it.
Chen Huan recalled those classic scenes from his memory and smiled as he exclaimed, “It’s well done.”
“That’s good, I was worried we wouldn’t able to bring out the script’s emotion.” Ding Lun breath out a sigh of relief, “Sister Mei said that you have the highest understanding of the script if we exclude Teacher Chu and it was even above hers. I feel that these two arrangements are well thought by you and can test the actors’ fit.”
At this time, Ding Lun and Shi Liyou had already read ‘Love Letter’ and they were relatively familiar with plots and scenes in it.
Zhu Mei definitely didn’t tell them that Chen Huan was Teacher Chu Liuxiang but she changed it a little bit by saying that Chu Liuxiang even praised this child’s understanding of the script so asked him to help for audition was a good help.
The scene arrangements were told by Chen Huan and Zhu Mei yesterday afternoon. They made the preparation yesterday night and started to arrange them this morning.
He looked at the scenes and was satisfied. It was in line with Chen Huan’s thought.
It also showed that Zhu Mei’s team had good execution ability and that there wouldn’t be a situation where things would be left undone.
It should be the case as he thought about it.
If they couldn’t bear to work by their lonesome or pursued fame and riches, they would have already left this literary director. How could they have stayed until now?
Zhu Mei was looking at document in her hands on the other side. She waved at him to come over when she saw him.
That side was a typical audition arrangement as the 30 square meters were filled with chairs for the interviewers to sit on.
“If we are ready, let’s start?” Zhu Mei said to Chen Huan.
After Chen Huan agreed, Zhu Mei shouted a few words to her team members who were busy preparing and took Chen Huan to sit down.
She sat in the middle with Chen Huan next to her and two of them were flanked by Ding Lun and Shi Liyou for a total of four interviewers.
The first to come in was Cao Nihui.
She was a first tier actress to begin with and her presence was quite big.
She saw Zhu Mei after entering the room and her expression changed slightly when she saw Chen Huan sitting next to Zhu Mei but she covered it pretty well.
“Good morning, Director Zhu. Good morning everybody.” Cao Nihui greeted softly, “I’m Cao Nihui, here to audition for the role of Qiu Lingxin in Lover Letter.”
“Nihui, our audition is very simple. Do you see the fake snow over there?” Zhu Mei said with a smile, “Your act is to lie on the snow and hold your breath for half a minute before standing up and move your body around.”
Cao Nihui digested her word for a moment before walking toward the fake snow.
Everyone who came here knew the general plot of the movie but they only read a part of their own role and didn’t receive the full script yet. This step was the opening scene of ‘Love Letter’ and also the cover of the movie but Cao Nihui didn’t know about it.
In fact when Miho Nakayama performed this scene, she just wanted to feel the feeling of losing her breath and also the feeling of losing one’s fiancé at that moment.
Confusion and calmness appeared at the same time in her eyes, showing contradicting feelings.
But Zhu Mei didn’t tell Cao Nihui about those inner feelings and let her perform with her own understanding.
The acting like that tended to be more real.
Cao Nihui didn’t drag it out as she lay into the crushed foam pile and held her breath when Zhu Mei shouted “321 Starting!”.
After a moment, she opened her reddened eyes and then struggled to get up off the snow as she bit her lips and her face showing sadness.
The script she got certainly motioned the death of the heroine’s fiancé, so Cao Nihui, who had been an actress for so many years, certainly had an idea what to look like during this.
Chen Huan kept staring at the screen without turning his eyes away until Cao Nihui’s performance ended.
“How is it?” Zhu Mei softly asked.
“She looks very pretty and her age fit alright but unfortunately, she still have that girlish atmosphere around her.” Chen Huan bluntly stated.
“Let’s look at the next one.” Zhu Mei nodded her head.
Then she smiled and waved her hand at Cao Nihui before saying, “Thank you Nihui for coming here. I’ll contact you later.”
Cao Nihui smiled slightly and showed her beauty as she said, “Okay, thank you for your hard work too!”
After saying that, she took another deep look at Chen Huan before turning around and left.
Chen Huan looked at her perfect swaying back and thought was very charming and beautiful even though he had admired countless beauties before.
“You saw it.” He didn’t know when but Shi Liyou stood next to Chen Huan and whispered, “This is top beauty! Don’t look down at her for not being a movie Empress. She is even more beautiful than some of them!”
“I also think so.” Chen Huan replied with a smile.
Amongst the four movie empresses, Ye Xiaoyu and Han Zhu could only be said to be pretty and even Ning Yiqiu’s appearance was a little worse than Cao Nihui. Only Dong Shu had the unparalleled acting skills and beauty. She deserved well her no.1 spot of the movie empress.
However, the small five beauties of the movie industry appearances weren’t worse than Cao Nihui. They all had their own good looks and were all very pretty.
For example, let’s take Bu Yiyi who was just outside. Her face was absolutely pretty!
Ordinary people who stared at her wouldn’t blink their eyes.