Chapter 6: The Person Who Left The Crew
The next day was another bright sunny day.
The film crew was now in the regions south of the Yangtze River.
In early April, flowers and plants were already blooming everywhere.
Red peach blossoms, green willows, and rapeseed blossoms in full bloom signaled the happy and harmonious beginning of spring.
Everyone on the morning shift was sleepy.
The person who worked with Ye Zhen was a senior script supervisor, a very kind and experienced person known as Master Yao.
Since he was the one who brought her into this industry, she called him “Master” directly.
The moodiness of spring caused Master Yao to be so sleepy that his words became unintelligible.
As an apprentice, Ye Zhen couldn’t stand it, so she took his script notes and said, “Master, go to sleep.
I’ll write it.”
Master Yao was relieved to hear that.
He replied nonchalantly and went to find a place to lie down.
He slept until noon, when the lunch boxes were distributed.
When Ye Zhen handed him the food, the hard-working Master Yao was a little embarrassed.
He seemed more intimate than usual and praised her as the most talented person he had ever seen.
Of course, Ye Zhen would not admit it.
She smiled and said, “Master, you praise me so much for a newcomer.
The other seniors will laugh at you.
Oh, speaking of seniors, Master, what happened to the person in my job before? Did they quit or couldn’t come because of something else?”
“He said he couldn’t come here for something, but I think he was too afraid to come,” Master Yao said, seemingly disappointed.
But he also mocked himself, “Alas, if you want to stay in this business, who can stay unafraid!”
Just as she had heard yesterday, the departure of someone from the crew was related to Ye Yi’s affairs.
Of course, at this point, Ye Zhen wasn’t foolish to ask any more questions.
She wanted to find an excuse to go to work first, but Master Yao worriedly admonished her, “You have just joined the industry, so listen more and do more.
Talk less and make fewer mistakes, okay?”
“En.” Ye Zhen replied.
When she heard him mention mistakes, she added, “About yesterday’s daily report—”
Master Yao waved his hand and said, “I have already met the coordinator and talked to him.
It’s not a big deal, so don’t worry.
But there’s one thing.
It seems that the assistant originally wanted to switch to the script supervisor position.
I suppose her heart would still not be able to accept it, so you should stay away from her.”
Some people, however, have no way out, even if they want to escape.
At the end of the night, Ye Zhen had to go to the coordinator’s office as usual to submit the schedule, but for several days in a row, she ran into the assistant coordinator named Xiao Lin.
Every time, Xiao Lin would stare at Ye Zhen with watchful eyes, as if she was afraid that Ye Zhen would steal something.
Since there was no separate office for the daily reports, the past archives of the daily reports were also borrowed from here.
Ye Zhen wanted to look through the archives written by the previous person in charge, but she couldn’t find a way because of the assistant.
Xiao Lin’s vigilance towards her was also suspicious.
Ye Zhen felt that this was not the way to go.
She was thinking about how to make peace with Xiao Lin, but unexpectedly, the girl suddenly held back a big move.
Ye Zhen helped the prop crew by running an errand for them.
When she returned to the office, she found that the daily report she had recorded for that day had disappeared without a trace.
Today, the crew began filming the scene of excavation in the tomb of the “Treasure of the Great Tang Dynasty”, where a generation of burial goods of the Imperial Concubine Yang Yuhuan revealed her true appearance.
According to the “Old Book of Tang”, after the An-Shi Rebellion, Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty returned to the capital and secretly sent people to move Yang Guifei* to another tomb.
At that time, her “skin was damaged, but the sachet was still there”.
[TL/N: “Guifei” is a title, which means “highest-ranking concubine”, given by Emperor Xuanzong to Yang Yuhuan after he married her.]
The movie was a fictional story, but in order to make it realistic, the crew used their brains to make this important movie.
With the help of historical data, they rented a studio to create the scene.
They used plaster models to make the Tang Sancai* and even went to Jingdezhen to make the whole place look like a real ancient tomb.
The actors filmed it over and over again to make sure that a legendary beauty would come back after a thousand years.
[TL/N: Tri-coloured glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty]
It was easy to make it to the end of the shooting, and all that was left was to add some close-ups.
If the daily report with all kinds of details was not found, it would definitely delay the shooting process.
And it would also make everyone angry.
Looking at the busy figures in the crowd, Ye Zhen fell on Xiao Lin.
She was pretending to help the prop crew clean up the scene while deliberately moving Tang Sancai away from its original position.
Seeing that Ye Zhen was looking at her, Xiao Lin looked back calmly.
But when she turned around, the corners of her mouth couldn’t help but curl up.
She seemed to be very proud of herself.
Xiao Lin was bold and smart, but she had messed with the wrong person.
So, instead of pretending to look for the daily report, Ye Zhen just put everything back into place when she checked the scene.
Not only that, even the texture of the clothes and the long hair of the actors and actresses were exactly the same as the daily report when Ye Zhen reported everything verbally.
But this was a big scene, covering nearly a thousand square feet and shot by dozens of people!
In the end, not only did Xiao Lin look at her in horror, but the others also sensed that something was wrong.
Seeing her empty hands and her efficient work, Master Yao couldn’t help but ask, “Are… Are you okay?”
[TL/N: So, basically she should have the daily report to look over every detail and check if everything is alright, but she doesn’t, so she did the whole work really well with just her memory.]
It’s just that the daily report is missing.”
Master Yao understood in a second, “Have you been tricked by someone?”
“En.” Ye Zhen said, nodding her head.
Looking into Master Yao’s worried eyes, she said frankly, “But it doesn’t matter.
I have a very high retentive memory, so writing the reports is just for show.”
Were these the legendary rear waves of the Yangtze River, driving the front wave forward and crashing it into the sandy beach?* Master Yao covered his chest in agony.
[TL/N: It means that each new generation excels the previous.
The younger generation will replace the old one eventually.]
Even the main character, Xi Gu, saw the signs of new developments.
After work, he came up to her and asked, “I heard that you were a little low-key and overbearing today?”
“Even you know about it.” So, how was I keeping a low profile?
“I asked, and Ah Jue doesn’t know yet.
Unable to understand the big star’s smile, Ye Zhen lowered her head and continued to write the daily report in silence.
Afterwards, she made three copies as usual.
When she handed them to the planning office, Xioa Lin tried to avoid her, and now it was Ye Zhen’s turn to block her way.
With an expressionless face, Ye Zhen forced Xiao Lin to step back to the corner.
When she was about to verbally give her a “color see see”*, Xiao Lin couldn’t hold it anymore and cried out, “Wu wu wu, you’re so terrible… Wow, you are not human…”
[TL/N: It means “I will teach you a lesson so you can behave better”.]
She hadn’t done anything yet, so how could she not be human? Ye Zhen exhaled and said, “Where is the daily report?”
“There, inside!” Xiao Lin pointed to the high pile of daily reports in the corner of the wall and explained, “I casually put it there back then, but I don’t remember which pile it is.
I’m a normal person.
I don’t have a good memory like you…”
If Xiao Lin hadn’t accidentally helped her… Ye Zhen pulled out a chair and pushed Xiso Lin onto it.
She said with a strong voice, “I’m going to look for the daily report right now.
You’re responsible for explaining if anyone comes.”
“Okay, okay, Sister Ye,” Xiao Lin finally came to her senses and said tentatively, “If anyone asks, can I tell them that you are looking for the daily report to see the previous ones?”
“Sister Ye, you are so kind.”
After taking the good person card, Ye Zhen began to search for the reports of the former script supervisor.
She soon found the person’s name, Tan Jia.
After turning to the page where the name “Tan Jia” was signed, she found that the last report was dated February 13th, which was the day before Ye Yi’s accident.
The whole report seemed very normal.
It was a solo scene for Ye Yi, and he had also passed after one “NG”.
So the daily report was not long.
However, when Tan Jia’s handwriting described the arrangement of the props, it trembled a few times, as if she was not concentrating on writing.
And this was the most sought-after treasure from the great Tang Dynasty that was auctioned off in Macau.
The protagonist fought to recover this treasure, which was one of Yang Guifei’s burial objects — a gilded, hollowed-out national beauty, a spherical silver sachet.
but, this lin girl just switched up so fast lol.
man… there was so much stuff that I had to give context to.
but, it’s ok if it could make yall understand it a little better ig^^.
i have had constant health problems the past months and now i have difficulty breathing… my shitty life is becoming so much more shittier that it can’t get any more shittier.
i started this as a way to escape my so-called reality and also to entertain yall, so i hope you enjoy reading my translations.
see u next time bye<3
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