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Arri Cameras: What the Real Pros Use

Arri Cameras: What the Real Pros Use

Arri cameras, especially the Alexa, are often the camera of choice for movies and TV dramas. The Avengers, Oscar Best Picture winner 12 Years of Slave, Gravity, Game of Thrones and James Bond: Skyfall are some well-known examples. Back in the days of film reels, Arri practically cornered the global filmmaking market. More than 10 years ago when film is […]

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7 Letters (2015)

7 Letters (2015)

Although I have attended one of the premiere sessions at Capitol Theatre back in July, I have been too busy with work and only managed to write this now. The session I attended was “free” although we were given an envelop each to donate any amount we wish to charities. This special session was by invitation only and extended to […]

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Who Needs Sleep?

Who Needs Sleep?

Here’s a very interesting and intimate look at the long hours on the film and TV sets, which literally is a matter of life and death. The documentary reminds me of the long and unpredictable hours during my production days. There was also this international survey in 2013 that reveals that Singaporeans work an average of 2287 hours a year, […]

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Vemödalen: The Fear That Everything Has Already Been Done

Vemödalen: The Fear That Everything Has Already Been Done

A meaningful meditation on what life is about.

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Ipoh Old Town

Ipoh Old Town

School trip to Ipoh, Malaysia, shot with Fujifilm XT1 and XF 35mm lens.

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The Martin Scorsese Film School

The Martin Scorsese Film School

Recently, Martin Scorsese did an interview with Fast Company and the master filmmaker referenced 85 films: Some of the movies he discussed (note: the descriptions for these are below in quotes, denoting his own words). Others he just mentioned (noted below with short plot descriptions and no quotes). But the cumulative total reflects a life lived entirely within the confines […]

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Spring in Kyushu Island

Spring in Kyushu Island

Kyushu Island (Fukuoka – Kumamoto – Kurokawa – Yufuin – Fukuoka), Japan in April 2015 with Fujifilm XT1 and XF35mm lens. It kept raining and it was colder than expected but we managed to catch the cherry blossom season in time.

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那時.此刻 The Moment – Fifty Years of Golden Horse (2015)

那時.此刻 The Moment – Fifty Years of Golden Horse (2015)

I caught this at the 3rd Singapore Chinese Film Festival where the director Yang Li-chou was present for a Q&A session after the screening. Commissioned by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Golden Horse Awards, it is an excellent documentary which chronicles the history of the awards and Taiwanese filmmaking very well. It was only after […]

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No CGI… Old School Stunts for Fast & Furious 7

No CGI… Old School Stunts for Fast & Furious 7

Take a look at the behind the scenes of Fast & Furious 7 shoot, especially from the 12th minutes onwards. What really impressed me are the lack of visual effects and how they literally threw the cars out of the plane. I did remember reading somewhere that the filmmakers had shared that the real car stunts were the reasons why […]

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Winning Drone Film: Koh Yao Noi

Winning Drone Film: Koh Yao Noi

Philip Bloom recently won the best travel/landscape category with his beautiful film at the 1st NYC Drone Film Festival. For camera work, it has always been about the artist. Give a great artist any imaging tool and he or she will make a great picture out of it.

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