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A DAY IN A LIFE: Sothea Ines

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A story about Kim Arn Arunn, script writer for Khmer Mekong Film.

If you were an accountant you would need to have a calculator and pen at least; if you were a photographer the most important item is your camera.

A script writer, however, needs nothing to complete her story except an empty desk and a computer with Microsoft Word.

Ms. Kim Arn Arunn, 28 year-old a script writer for Khmer Mekong Film,  is writing a drama script for a story called, “Som Rors Chi Vet” which is a KMF project with CTN.

While typing the dialogue between actors and actresses, Arunn turns aside to tell her background. She said that she had not passed through any training for writing scripts, but rather started writing because of her own passion to tell stories.

In fact, she studied French at Royal University of Phnom Penh and later went to work on a BBC project called “Taste of life”.

After a while she turns to write the script more of the story, switching between pages using the Ctrl+ C and Ctrl+ V  functions to cut and paste the dialogue. The skill with which her tiny fingers types the Khmer Unicode is astonishing.

“I’ve been doing this for more than 6 years already,” she smiles.

Script writing is not easy, she said, because after finalizing each scene, more re-reading and re-writing is needed to make sure all the speech is meaningful.

“As long as the group is satisfied, we can make the final draft,” Arunn said.

After the passage of 20 minutes, Arunn announced she had finished a scene.  She said sitting and writing dramatic scripts was stressful indeed.

“When getting bored I usually go to shooting field”, said Kim Arn Arunn.

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