Friday, October 19, 2012

Our 48 Hour Film Adventure

I can't believe I didn't write a damn thing about the KL 48 Hour Film Project. It was a pretty big deal for us because in a way, we "trained" for it by shooting Conscience and Puasa (unreleased as of yet) in under a day each. No, that's not meant to impress you. We were just learning how to get things done and finding out what sort of obstacles to expect before the cameras even start rolling.

Needless to say, the experience helped tremendously when the competition came along.

The outside of our base camp...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Making of "Bunohan"

This shipyard scene? Not CGI. Just brilliant film-making...
As disappointed as I was when I learned that a rarity like Bunohan under-performed at the box-office (approximately RM720,000), I'm ecstatic to hear about the movie being considered for the Oscars, and it has resulted in a renewed interest in the movie locally (this is Malaysia, after all). Sure, it's too soon to say, and some might even try to downplay this achievement by saying that it's just being shortlisted, and it might not even make the cut.

Well, to those people... If you can't appreciate just how big a deal this is for the local film industry, you may go back to watching Adnan Sempit, Hantu Bonceng and Apa Celop Toqq while giving Ahmad Idham and David Teo a proverbialjob.

For the rest of y'all, here's something really cool; the full-length "Making of" featurette of Bunohan! If you have the time, this is worth every second.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Finding Love at the Bottom of the... Dustbin

This Wednesday. Don't miss it! I'll tell you why...
Director(s): Megat Sharizal & Ismail Jamaludin
Starring: Siti Saleha, Beto Kusyairy, Razif Hashim, Fauziah Nawi, Norzizi Zulkifli

It's pretty hard to find a love story that a rock n' roll dude like me (chewah!) could appreciate. No, really. If I ever make a comprehensive list of romantic movies I'm into, you'll see a pattern where none of them are larger-than-life or over-the-top. In other words, they're not something Ted Mosby would daydream about. So if you're one to roll your eyes at the mere thought of an airport chase scene, keep reading.

What is Aku, Dia & Tong Sampah?
For starters, it's not about the ghost of a dustbin that's out for vengeance. No, Aku, Dia & Tong Sampah is a telemovie that begins with main character Sharnaz standing next to a dustbin, contemplating on getting rid of what's left of her failed relationship; a bundle of love letters. She decides against it, but before she could leave the scene, she accidentally bumps into a stranger who turns out to have more in common with her than she could have ever expected.

Monday, October 1, 2012

5 Stupidest Assumptions Local Moviegoers Tend to Make

"Pffftt... The producers must be Jews. Or the Illuminati."
Now, where did I leave things off? It has been a while, and I can't help but feel a little bit rusty. So yeah... *ahem* Let's keep the introduction short, yah? Now, I understand that you might get the feeling that this entry is tinged with arrogance. But that's not where I'm coming from, for I too am a moviegoer, and I'm not above making stupid assumptions. However, you'll never catch me having assumptions as stupid as these, as plenty of local moviegoers tend to make;

(Note that I used words like "plenty" and "tend" in the same goddamn sentence. So if your rebuttal is something along the lines of "But not all local movie fans are like that!!" Well... Tak reti bahasa ke apa weh?)

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