I’m still feeling the after effects of some pretty intense filming for the Singapore Tennis Festival over the last two days.
More specifically I can’t really feel my arms and legs, but that was probably because we had a shortage of manpower to move some pretty heavy equipment across film locations. LOL.
The weather over the two days of filming kind of reminded me of one of Backstreet Boys’ all time hits: “Quit playing games with my heart” – threatening to rain at times, and actually pouring towards the end of the first day of shoot. Then threatening again at the start of the second day, before the clouds moved on for us to smoothly complete our second session.
From a storytelling persepctive, I think the team has always believed that fun and shareable content would travel further in terms of reach than traditional means would, so we were pretty excited to be able to finally bring some of our initial ideas onto the screen.
To be honest though, this time around it did take us quite a bit longer to get the ball rolling, as most of our creative brain juice had been used up from Singapore Football Week, GetActive! Singapore and SEA Games/APG.
Nonetheless, thanks to our discussions with the Singapore Sports Hub team, we managed to secure some pretty cool venues for our shoot, and this did help us to frame the types of fun challenges we would have our national tennis athletes do as part of the overall build-up and promotion of the inaugural Singapore Tennis Festival.
My fellow Sport Singapore ambassador Shaheed Alam was the obvious choice for the male talent for this series, and having considered the availability and suitability of several candidates, Angela Lim was our choice to take on the challenge.
The shoot was also an opportunity for us to showcase some of our own local WTA Future Stars, and for that we are thankful to have Clare Cheng and Tammy Tan join us for two of the scenes (thank you Chee Jun and Maga for helping to coordinate this.)
Special thanks also to our Sports Hub partners Lynette, Shane, and Joreen for facilitating access to the venues for this shoot, Mark and Shaofang from Tennis Academy for providing us with the necessary equipment, and Ashley for the branding.
We are hopeful that the final footage will do justice to the efforts the team has put in, and also in helping to promote tennis as a sport that can be played anytime, anywhere, and even away from the tennis courts!
Our adventure takes us from the Sports Hub gym, to OCBC Square, Sports Hub Beach Volleyball Court, Singapore Indoor Stadium, and into the water even at Sports Hub’s Splash & Surf: Lazy River and Stingray.
So who do you think will win this series of fun tennis-themed challenges? Shaheed or Angela? Keep your eyes peeled on the myActiveSG Facebook page and Sport Singapore Instagram over the next few weeks to find out for yourselves!
And why not take part in our Singapore Tennis Festival related online contests to win some very attractive prizes – including money-can’t-buy-experiences to the WTA back-of-house, players practise areas and Racquet Club suites, as well as Backstreet Boys concert tickets!
Remember, you heard it here first.