- RatedNC16 /GenreHorror
He is a familiar voice on radio and television, and this weekend radio DJ Mike Kasem makes his film debut.
The MediaCorp Radio Class 95FM DJ stars in ‘Afterimages’, a new anthology of five short tales of horror by Singapore-based American filmmaker Tony Kern.
The 41-year-old Kasem plays Harrison, a dentist stuck in an elevator with five strangers, in the short film ‘Skin Deep’.
While waiting for help to arrive, an asthma attack sets off a chain of terrifying events that includes black magic, blood, gore and gold needles.
‘Skin Deep’ also stars Daniel Jenkins, Adeline Pang, Sheena Chan, Susan Tordoff and Sylvester Pillay.
A scene from 'Skin Deep'
“I didn’t tell anyone this before but I am claustrophobic. Shooting my scenes in the elevator was difficult for me,” Kasem revealed to inSing.com.
He had to act inside an elevator director Tony Kern had built, while crew filmed via a two-way mirror.
“I experienced anxiety attacks in the elevator. They came and went. I tried to get rid of the anxiety, though on hindsight, I should have channelled it into my acting,” Kasem quipped.
CONFINED SPACE MADE IT REAL
Mike Kasem (left), Adeline Pang (centre) and Daniel Jenkins (right)
Co-star Daniel Jenkins said that acting in a confined space made the experience more real.
“The two-way mirror method of filming worked very well because we were not surrounded by crew, cameras and sound people. We were confined in this little space, which made it easy to pretend we were really stuck in a lift,” said the actor who also teaches acting and drama for his own company, The Drama Playhouse as well as Singapore Reparatory Theatre’s The Young Company.
Kasem added: “When I’m just talking on radio, I am in my element. That’s easy for me. But delivering lines in front of a crew would have been tough for an inexperienced actor like me and totally taken me out of my comfort zone. So using the elevator and two-way mirror made this experience easier than I expected and very real.”
It seems that through this film, the acting bug has bitten the radio DJ who has now gotten another part, this time as a reporter in a historical action film which will start shooting this November.
‘To take on something new (like acting) is super exciting. It is not easy. There are some people who take to acting naturally, but I had to work on it,” Kasem admitted.
“It felt good to practice my scenes at home, and then just let go on set and try to be my character. When you do a good scene, it feels phenomenal”
‘Afterimages’ is now showing in cinemas