"That's truly great. In that case, we will take a short break after arriving and start the preparatory work for the shooting afterward." The person on the other end seemed very happy about this news.
"I will have to trouble you guys, then," Song Shuhang said with a smile.
After discussing a few other things, Song Shuhang finally hung up the call.
After hanging up, Song Shuhang was a bit bewildered.
The efficiency of this movie crew seemed incredibly high. From the looks of it, they would begin the preparatory work for the shooting soon after arriving. If everything proceeded smoothly, didn't it mean that they could start shooting today?
Song Shuhang muttered to himself, "Yesterday, I remember Senior White thoughtlessly saying something like 'How I wish that the script could get completed earlier. Just imagine how wonderful it would be if we could start shooting tomorrow...'"
Was it possible that everything was happening because of Senior White?
Although he knew that Venerable White's luck was rather scary in certain aspects, it was now reaching the point where even wishes were coming true!
Perhaps it was just a coincidence?
But right at this time, the nearby Gao Moumou asked out of curiosity, "Shuhang, whom were you talking to just now?"
Even if he couldn't hear what the person on the other end was saying, he heard Song Shuhang bringing up the script of a movie.
Was it possible that he was talking to a movie crew?
"It was the movie crew. They asked me whether the script of the movie was already ready. Anyway, they are on the road and will arrive in the Jiangnan area in one and a half hours, starting with the preparatory work for the shooting immediately after arriving," Song Shuhang said.
"Are you saying that they will start shooting a movie based on this script soon after arriving?" Gao Moumou asked, somewhat excited. After all, every webnovel author wished for their novel to be adapted into a movie!
Although Song Shuhang and his weird friends just wanted to shoot an amateurish movie, and it was also unknown which movie crew they had contacted, Gao Moumou would be very happy as long as they could shoot this movie.
"Yes, as soon as the crew arrives here and director Jacob finishes reading the script, they will prepare the necessary staff and start with the preparatory work for the shooting and then the shooting itself. Of course, they probably didn't decide yet where they are going to shoot the movie. They will likely choose different places for the various scenes," Song Shuhang replied.
Even if Song Shuhang wasn't an expert in the field, he knew that shooting a movie wasn't something easy.
They had to take care of actors, clothing, shooting sites, stage props, sound recording... but it wasn't all, because afterward was the post-production editing, the subtitles, the special effects, the voice recording, as well the soundtrack of the movie.
Then there were the opening song and the closing song, and so on.
They would need specialized personnel to take care of all these matters. It was unknown if Senior Spirit Butterfly had placed someone in the crew that could deal with all this.
However, they had nothing to fear even if problems arose. After all, there were several seniors in the group that had filmmaking companies under their names.
"Director Jacob? Why do I find this name so familiar?" Gao Moumou muttered to himself.
Song Shuhang smiled and said, "In that case, I will take a look at the script first. Right, I also need to call Senior Bai 1 and the others here so that they can take a look at the cast and decide which role they want to play."
"Will our own people play the various roles?" Gao Moumou asked in puzzlement.
"Yes. The majority of the roles will be played by people I know. Of course, we will need a lot of strangers as well to play the other roles. Therefore, we can take it easy and not rush things. Perhaps some famous stars might be invited as well."
While they were discussing the roles, Song Shuhang remembered something. Thereupon, he said, "Gao Moumou, I need to tell you something."
"Tell me what?" Gao Moumou asked.
"I won't be the one playing the role of the main character. Hehehe," Song Shuhang said.
"What?" Gao Moumou opened his eyes wide. What kind of joke was this? He wrote this story where the main character was getting constantly tortured and beaten to death because he'd thought that Song Shuhang would be the protagonist!
Only now that he finally finished writing the script did Song Shuhang tell him that he wouldn't play the role of the main character!
If Song Shuhang wasn't playing the role of the main character, what was the purpose of creating Senior Brother Gao Sheng's character? He wouldn't enjoy himself at all if he couldn't torture and beat Song Shuhang to death during the movie!
"In that case, who is going to play the role of the main character?" Gao Moumou asked.
Just as they were discussing, Venerable White came over while wearing pajamas and headphones, humming a song while he was at it.
Song Shuhang pointed at Venerable White and said with a smile, "Right there, the main character has arrived."
Gao Moumou turned his head around and looked at Venerable White.
Venerable White reacted to Gao Moumou's gaze and curiously looked at him. Then, he smiled and waved at all the present. "Good morning, everyone."
Song Shuhang said, "Good morning, Senior Bai."
Great Master Swallow Cloud also said, "Good morning, Senior Bai."
Gao Moumou quickly turned his head back and grabbed Song Shuhang, saying, "Shuhang, I have decided."
Song Shuhang replied, "What have you decided?"
"I will give Senior Brother Gao Sheng's role to you!" Gao Moumou said sincerely. He simply couldn't imagine himself beating up this person named 'Bai'. It wasn't a scene he wanted to see!
If Song Shuhang were to take Bai's place, his kicks would be stronger than ever. But if the one he had to hit was Bai, he felt that he couldn't do it.
"..." Song Shuhang.
"Good, it's settled then! As for my role, we can slowly think about it. Didn't you say that you needed to make use of several vehicle certificates during the shooting? In that case, you can leave this task to me. I have created the character of a young master that owns several luxury cars in the story.
"During the course of the story, he will get drunk and crash into the main character. The main character won't get hurt, but the young master will end up dying. Then, he would get lucky and become the sentient weapon of the main character.
"I feel that this role is really suited to me. Therefore, you can leave this task to me," Gao Moumou said as he patted his chest.
"..." Song Shuhang.
Venerable White took the headphones off his head and came over, asking out of curiosity, "Are you guys talking about the movie? How is the writing of the script going?"
Great Master Swallow Cloud replied, "We lived up to Senior Bai's expectations. Yesterday, little friend Gao Moumou and I stayed up all night. We finished writing down the story and even adapted it into a script."
After hearing this much, Venerable White's eyes immediately lit up. "You finished the script? Where is it? Can I take a look at it?"
Song Shuhang lifted the laptop in his hands and said, "The script and the original story of the movie are all stored in here. Since we are all here, we can take a look at the story together and choose the actors for the various roles."
Song Shuhang opened the original story of the movie, and the group started reading the plot while discussing the matter about the actors.
The following characters were the ones making their appearance in the first act of the story.
The first one to appear was the main character, Ling Ye, a disciple of the Immaterial Cloud Sect. It was already decided that Venerable White would play this role.
Then was the first male supporting role, Senior Brother Gao Sheng. Song Shuhang was the temporary main candidate to play this role.
Next was the first female lead, Big Senior Sister Murong Hua.
Afterward was the elder of the Immaterial Cloud Sect in charge of supervising the martial arts competition in which the various disciples were participating, the Eight-Armed Sword Sage. He would appear quite a few times in the later stages of the story as well.
Then, there was a certain number of ordinary disciples that would act as spectators, as well as three of Senior Brother Gao Sheng's lackeys.
Venerable White asked, "Who do you think should play the role of the big senior sister?"
"Me, me!" A voice suddenly echoed. Song Shuhang turned his head around and discovered that True Monarch White Crane was currently standing behind them. Su Clan's Sixteen, Daoist Priest Horizon, and Yu Jiaojiao also came over alongside it.
True Monarch White Crane had an expectant look on its face. It had read the script as well and knew that this senior sister was going to be the first love of the main character, Venerable White in this case. It felt that only itself could play this role!
"White Crane, you are not suited for this role," Venerable White said. If White Crane wanted to perform the role of the senior sister, it had to change its gender to that of a female first—only then it would have an opportunity.
True Monarch White Crane's spirit was immediately crushed.
Song Shuhang held his chin and pondered for a moment. He felt that Immortal Fairy Bie Xue would have been very suitable for this role. Unfortunately, she had already left the Jiangnan area to get her 'Immortal Feast' ready. She wanted to borrow this grand feast of the world of cultivators to have a showdown with Venerable White.
Thereupon, the people present looked at the sole normal female cultivator, Su Clan's Sixteen.
Su Clan's Sixteen faintly sighed and said, "I feel that I'm not too suited for this role, either. I think that someone with a more mature appearance should play the role of the senior sister."
Although she was reluctant to admit it, her appearance couldn't be really regarded 'mature'. But it didn't matter; she would grow up one day!
"In that case, let's note down this role and send it in the group to see who is willing to play it," Venerable White said.
Song Shuhang said, "Now, the last role of the first act... who is going to be the Eight-Armed Sword Sage?"
Venerable White replied, "Eight-armed? In that case, he alone is worthy."
Song Shuhang asked in puzzlement, "Who?"
Su Clan's Sixteen replied, "Senior True Monarch Ancient Lake Temple. He practices a magical technique that allows him to grow eight arms, and he is a powerful swordsman as well."
"In that case, let's ask Senior Ancient Lake Temple and see if he's interested in playing this role," Song Shuhang said while taking notes on the notebook.
Just as he finished speaking, he noticed that his friend Gao Moumou was looking at him strangely.
Gao Moumou had started to wonder if his friend Shuhang had caught some disease.
Earlier, when Song Shuhang called Venerable White 'Senior Bai', he could somewhat accept it. Although it was a bit strange to call someone 'senior' in this era, Senior White's charm was simply too great, and Gao Moumou subconsciously neglected this appellation.
But later, he discovered that the guy that wanted to play the role of the senior sister was called 'White Crane'.
The petite girl was apparently called 'Su Clan's Sixteen'.
While they were drinking yesterday, he felt that there was something wrong with the way Song Shuhang was addressing his friends. But since he was drunk, he didn't think too much about this matter.
But now that he recalled their names, he felt that they were all rather weird!
Then, there was this 'True Monarch Ancient Lake Temple' that Song Shuhang himself mentioned.
This name was cringey enough to make him blush with shame.
Song Shuhang needed but a glance to guess what his friend was thinking. He was so absorbed in the discussion earlier that he forgot that Gao Moumou was still here.
"Gao Moumou, don't misunderstand. These are the nicknames we use in the group," Song Shuhang said. "Earlier, they all called me 'Stressed by a Mountain of Books'."
Gao Moumou immediately understood what was going on. "Are you guys... Internet friends?"
"Yes, sort of," Song Shuhang said.
"So that's how it was." Gao Moumou was convinced. No wonder they used such shameful forms of address. They were Internet friends!
If they were Internet friends, it all made sense.
Song Shuhang continued, "Let's continue. Who will play the role of Feng Chuanzi, the man that will end up marrying the senior sister?"
"If he will marry Senior Sister Murong Hua, isn't it better to find a husband and wife to perform these two roles?" Su Clan's Sixteen said.