LIVE blog: The Dream Makers 2 head to Melbourne

Toggle goes down under and behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew of the Channel 8 drama series

A group shot at the airport after checking in
A group shot at the airport after checking in
25 Sep 2015

A group shot at the airport after checking in

Greetings fellow TV fans, welcome to Toggle’s LIVE blog where we will share insights and snippets of our time spent on the set of The Dream Makers 2 in Melbourne, Australia, for the next 10 days or so. Our writer and video producer will be on the road, alongside the camera and production crew and cast, Zoe Tay, Li Nanxing, Jeanette Aw, Romeo Tan, Rui En and Qi Yuwu, during this period of time – so don’t forget to check back every now and then for new updates or follow us on our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for a first-hand glimpse of the overseas shoot.

Stay tuned for more and see you at the land of OZ!

Romeo and his Juliets
Romeo and his Juliets
25 Sep 2015

Romeo and his Juliets

All decked out in their official fanclub t-shirt, The Juliet Club gathered at the airport to send Romeo off.

Romeo and Zoe
Romeo and Zoe
25 Sep 2015

Romeo and Zoe

Minutes after this picture was taken, Ah Jie and Romeo whipped out their phones and started a video live-stream with fans. You'd have caught snippets of it if you follow them on their official Facebook page. 

Day 1 - Jeanette filming at Hosier Lane
Day 1 - Jeanette filming at Hosier Lane
26 Sep 2015

Day 1 - Jeanette filming at Hosier Lane

There was no time to waste after the actors landed in Melbourne with a whole day's schedule all lined up. Can you tell Jeanette's been on the road since five this morning? 

Day 1 - Zoe and Romeo at Hosier Lane
Day 1 - Zoe and Romeo at Hosier Lane
26 Sep 2015

Day 1 - Zoe and Romeo at Hosier Lane

Why is Ah Jie cuddling up to Romeo? 

Day 1 - An old friend visits Li Nanxing on set
Day 1 - An old friend visits Li Nanxing on set
26 Sep 2015

Day 1 - An old friend visits Li Nanxing on set

Guess who was part of the entourage at Hosier Lane today? We were told Chun Yu Shan Shan was in town and found time to catch up with longtime friend Nanxing in between takes. 

Day 1 - Jeanette getting prepped for a shoot
Day 1 - Jeanette getting prepped for a shoot
26 Sep 2015

Day 1 - Jeanette getting prepped for a shoot

While the others film at the Princess bridge, here's the hair stylist putting the finishing touches on Jeanette's hair before her shoot with i-Weekly magazine. 

Day 2 - Zoe and Nanxing go on a hot air balloon ride over Yarra Valley
Day 2 - Zoe and Nanxing go on a hot air balloon ride over Yarra Valley
27 Sep 2015

Day 2 - Zoe and Nanxing go on a hot air balloon ride over Yarra Valley

We are told this will be one of the key scenes for Zoe's character in the drama. With barely four hours of sleep the night before, both cast and crew got up before the crack of dawn to get ready for the hot air balloon scene.

Day 2 - Zoe and Nanxing go on a hot air balloon ride over Yarra Valley
Day 2 - Zoe and Nanxing go on a hot air balloon ride over Yarra Valley
27 Sep 2015

Day 2 - Zoe and Nanxing go on a hot air balloon ride over Yarra Valley

Why are Ah Jie's arms stretched out a la the iconic scene in Titanic? Guess we'll just have to watch the drama when it premieres on Dec 4 to find out.

Day 2 - All bundled up and ready to get on the bus
Day 2 - All bundled up and ready to get on the bus
27 Sep 2015

Day 2 - All bundled up and ready to get on the bus

It may not look as cold in pictures but temperatures dipped when it started to drizzle lightly during filming. Zoe told us her teeth was numb from the cold when she was filming the scene in the hot air balloon.

Day 2 - Yuwu and Rui En join the cast in Melbourne
Day 2 - Yuwu and Rui En join the cast in Melbourne
27 Sep 2015

Day 2 - Yuwu and Rui En join the cast in Melbourne

And the entire cast is complete with the addition of Rui En and Yuwu's presence in Melbourne. The drama's lovebirds had a field time posing for cute couple shots at the entrance of Luna Park today.

Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer
Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer
27 Sep 2015

Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer

Guess who's gonna give us, the media, a run for their jobs? On set and in between takes, Romeo doubles up as the drama's unofficial BTS photographer and is often snapping pictures of his co-stars. We got the actor to share with us a couple of photos from today's shoot too. Click on for more pictures from Romeo!

Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer
Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer
27 Sep 2015

Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer

Romeo shares with us a few BTS pictures snapped during his time on set today.

Photo: Romeo Tan

Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer
Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer
27 Sep 2015

Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer

Romeo shares with us a few BTS pictures snapped during his time on set today.

Photo: Romeo Tan

Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer
Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer
27 Sep 2015

Day 2 - Romeo is the drama's unofficial BTS photographer

Romeo shares with us a few BTS pictures snapped during his time on set today.

PS: Don't forget to thank Romeo for the pictures! 

Photo: Romeo Tan

Day 3 - Breakfast on-the-go
Day 3 - Breakfast on-the-go
28 Sep 2015

Day 3 - Breakfast on-the-go

The morning chill sent the actors scrambling and seeking comfort from the nearest heat source available -- a portable heater at Brighton Beach.

Day 3 - Jeanette at Brighton beach
Day 3 - Jeanette at Brighton beach
28 Sep 2015

Day 3 - Jeanette at Brighton beach

She's afraid of the cold but Jeanette braced the morning chill wearing just a purple knit sweater. How does she do it?! By wearing two layers!

Day 3 - Rui En snaps a selfie for fans at the bathing boxes
Day 3 - Rui En snaps a selfie for fans at the bathing boxes
28 Sep 2015

Day 3 - Rui En snaps a selfie for fans at the bathing boxes

If you're interested to see the result, look for it on our Instagram page!

Day 3 - Zoe competes with the crew
Day 3 - Zoe competes with the crew
28 Sep 2015

Day 3 - Zoe competes with the crew

After wrapping her scenes at the beach, Zoe and the APs were engaged in a friendly duel to see who is capable of pulling off the best jump shot.

Day 3 - Romeo gets doused in ice and water!
Day 3 - Romeo gets doused in ice and water!
28 Sep 2015

Day 3 - Romeo gets doused in ice and water!

And yet he still manages to laugh and be a good sport about it.

Day 3 - Rui En and Yuwu visit iconic landmarks for their characters' photoshoot
Day 3 - Rui En and Yuwu visit iconic landmarks for their characters' photoshoot
28 Sep 2015

Day 3 - Rui En and Yuwu visit iconic landmarks for their characters' photoshoot

You'd have seen a photo of them posing like cool cats at Hosier Lane on our Instagram account, here's one of Rui En showing her character's goofball side at the foot of Yarra bridge earlier today.

Day 4 - A special delivery from a fan
Day 4 - A special delivery from a fan
30 Sep 2015

Day 4 - A special delivery from a fan

A fan came all the way from Sydney to deliver this minion figurine to Rui En, as well as snacks for the cast and crew. Now isn't that absolutely sweet?

Day 4 - Romeo and Jeanette get into the
Day 4 - Romeo and Jeanette get into the "mood" but...
30 Sep 2015

Day 4 - Romeo and Jeanette get into the "mood" but...

... what is "Ah Ge" Li Nan Xing up to at the back?

Day 4 - Yuwu and Rui En try to keep warm
Day 4 - Yuwu and Rui En try to keep warm
30 Sep 2015

Day 4 - Yuwu and Rui En try to keep warm

The wind chill is no joke! It makes the 15° weather much colder than it is.

Day 4 - Another work day begins
Day 4 - Another work day begins
30 Sep 2015

Day 4 - Another work day begins

Rui En and Romeo get some last-minute hair and makeup touches before filming starts.

Day 4 - A quick run-through
Day 4 - A quick run-through
30 Sep 2015

Day 4 - A quick run-through

Romeo, Rui En and Jeanette rehearse a scene with the director before the actual shooting begins.

Day 5 - A visit to the supermarket
Day 5 - A visit to the supermarket
01 Oct 2015

Day 5 - A visit to the supermarket

Jeanette and Romeo's characters spend the morning shopping for fresh produce at the South Melbourne Market. They may be looking a tad serious for the cameras in this picture, but guess what happened next...

Day 5 - Oyster feast!
Day 5 - Oyster feast!
01 Oct 2015

Day 5 - Oyster feast!

Okay, not really a feast. Jeanette and Romeo had all but one bite before they were hauled away to continue filming.

Day 6 - Real life prince charming, Romeo Tan
Day 6 - Real life prince charming, Romeo Tan
02 Oct 2015

Day 6 - Real life prince charming, Romeo Tan

It was freezing cold at the pond but fear not because we have Romeo a.k.a. Zhong Yiming a.k.a. Fei'er's (Jeanette) prince charming and knight in shining armour to the rescue! Ain't she a lucky gal? Don't you wish to be in her shoes too?

Day 6 - Qi Yuwu and Rui En looking all warm and cosy
Day 6 - Qi Yuwu and Rui En looking all warm and cosy
02 Oct 2015

Day 6 - Qi Yuwu and Rui En looking all warm and cosy

These two were the first to wrap their shoot for the day. When we caught up with Ah Wu during dinner and asked him what he did during his free time, he told us: "Sleep and I went for a run too."

Day 6 - A backdrop perfect for photo shoots
Day 6 - A backdrop perfect for photo shoots
02 Oct 2015

Day 6 - A backdrop perfect for photo shoots

Both Romeo and Jeanette were all smiles before their misadventure at the pond in the Alfred Nicholas Garden.


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