By manipulating the camera angles and imitating fingerprint marks on the face with cosmetics, the execution of a visceral slap was then considered as a success.
It was just that ensuring propriety was a tricky business.
At first, when Yan Bingqing pretended to slap her, although unknown whether intentional or unintentional, Yun Shishi was still very cooperative, yet this slapping scene seemed to be very sudden.
Either Yan Bingqing's hand was faster by a beat or Yun Shishi's movement was slower by a beat, but their tempo was just off and it resulted into that 'accidental' slap.
The film director was so furious that he stomped his feet and harshly scolded Yan Bingqing.
She protested indignantly, "You can't blame me here! Not only do I have to spout such long lines, I also need to control my emotions and pay attention to my positioning. On top of that, I must ensure that I don't really hit her for real. It's just too tall a task; how do you expect me to cope with all that?!"
He frowned and clenched his teeth in anger.
"Why don't you try letting me slap her for real? Maybe, that will give a more realistic effect! Director Lin, with how dedicated you're with your work, you can surely understand my difficulties, right? I truly want for this filming to go smoothly and prove my acting skills! Besides, I've played such scenes before; getting slapped once or twice is nothing. Yun Shishi, as an earnest newbie, should agree with me!"
The actress suggested all that and then looked at Yun Shishi who was standing near her. "Do you agree?"
She pursed her lips and looked at the director silently.
If this were suggested by other actors, she would readily agree, but this was Yan Bingqing speaking, so how could she not have qualms?
Indubitably, this was the actress venting her anger on her by making use of the plot.
The director frowned.
In fact, many actors who grew anxious after accumulating a few bad takes would suggest doing it for real.
Even top-tier and veteran actors would do it for real for the sake of passing the scene smoothly in one take or making it appear more realistic. While they inevitably suffered from a little pain, their effort would often than not pay off.
Would Yun Shishi agree, though?
He did not know of the existing bad blood between the two women and only knew that Yan Bingqing's performance had improved a lot in the course of this movie's filming.
If he could get a good result from this, then he was all for it, but the final say in this was still on Yun Shishi.
Since the director himself asked, she could of course only nod.
Hence, there was that earlier scene.
The actress's slap was too hard; her face quickly turned red, highlighting the stinging handprint on her aflame cheek.
Her assistant ran over with heartache, her fingertips touching her stinging cheek.
The actress had figuratively pierced a hole through her heart.
"Shishi, does it hurt?" the assistant carefully asked, her voice stuck in her throat.
She hissed and coldly replied, "It doesn't hurt."
How could it not hurt?
The other actress had used her full force on that slap in hopes of drawing blood.
More than pain, she felt overwhelming humiliation deep down.
The actress did it on purpose.
There was no doubt about it.
It was past her expectation for the other to take revenge on her through such a despicable method.
"This is too much; how could she do this?" Her assistant nearly cried from the heartache. "Go talk to Director Lin to shoot this scene using a forced perspective. If we continue like this, we don't know how many more times she's going to do it."
"Is there a use?" she expressionlessly asked. "It's useless."