PETALING JAYA: Adman Salleh, the sacked director of Paloh, was contemplating disowning the movie when he found out that he had got his job back.
I was about to do an Alan Smithee (Hollywood parlance for situations when the director choosing to remain anonymous has his name appear as Alan Smithee in the film credits), he said.
Adman received an official letter from Finas followed by a short messaging system last week, giving him the green light to resume work immediately.
The Paloh saga started when Adman received a letter on March 13, relieving him of his directorial duties from the movies supervising producer, Jurey Latiff Rosli of World Evolution Brain (WEB).
The termination prevented Adman from seeing through the final stages and the post-production of the movie.
Adman said yesterday: I was at wit's end and didnt know what to do. All I wanted was to finish what I was supposed to do as a director. I am grateful to Finas director-general, Datuk Shariff Ahmad for stepping in at the right time to resolve the professional misunderstanding between me and WEB.
Adman, well-known for being a thorough director, found that Paloh was restructured during his short absence.
The flow of the story was tampered with.
Fortunately, we managed to rectify the 'mess' and corrected the confusing parts caused by 'unseen hands'. I was given back five days to re-edit the story flow and put it back to where I left off. I have done what I was paid to do. Paloh is sentimental to me. Its my third movie and would probably be my last, he said.
The RM3.5mil Paloh, the second national movie to be produced by Finas and Filem Negara, is scheduled for screening in June.