Eat List Star, my first pitching experience with Genero

Back in the middle of 2016, Mediacorp was looking for a filmmaker in Thailand to shoot a video for them. They wanted a profile video of a Thai chef that made it into the top ten finalists stage so they put up an open pitching on and without thinking much about it, I sent mine in. 

I've made a few treatments before and they were horrible, I'm not a graphic designer and Adobe Illustrator is one of my greatest foes. I'll attach a link to my treatment down below if you want a good laugh and something to flick through to cure your boredom.

It was not until a few weeks after the submission was closed that I received a message from Genero that my treatment was selected and they wanted me to get started right away. At that point I knew that I have enough budget that I can lure my fellow filmmaker friends out of their cave and make something awesome together as a team while getting paid so basically it's a paid hang out session with a camera and lighting equipment. 

Shot on Sony fs7 with Dogschidt optiks Trump lenses as an A cam while overkilling it with two extra a7s ii as B and C cam respectively. 

Here is a link to our little video. 

Behind the scene pictures by Bee

And here's a link to my treatment (lvl.noob)

Khun Nang

About this time last year I was introduced to Tamsin from The Pratthanadee Foundation. They were looking for a filmmaker to make them a promo video so I sat down and listen to Tamsin's brief introduction of the organisation. 

"We empower women to take positive steps towards becoming confident, independent and ambitious individuals. Through training in crucial personal skills, such as negotiation, self-presentation, English language and goal-setting, women are equipped to access better job opportunities and higher salaries."  -Pratthanadee Foundation

After a little more talk, we ended up in a conversation about how some of their students came from the northeast with next to nothing in their pocket and tried their hardest to fend for themselves. The similarity of this narrative to what my mum has told me about her youth made me think about how lucky my mum was so I decided right then and there to jump on board to make them a little short film in hope that they might be able to help more women out there. 

We then embarked on a series of interview conducted throughout the organisation to find the subject of our film. That was when I met Khun Nang, a person who I did not meet face to face until a year later. 

Khun Nang

Khun Nang

Khun Nang is a branch manager of Pratthanadee Foundation and we ended up having to conduct our interviews on the phone. Over the next few months, we got to know each other a bit better. She's sincere and kind. She was comfortable to share everything I asked even though I felt like I was rude from time to time. 

Fast forward a few months later, I decided to quit my job and pursued my filmmaking career on my own. I packed my bags and my equipment into my car for a road trip to Ubonrathchatani, on the very last minute Daniel, my camera operator friend, pulled out of the trip as his kid was coming down with a fever so off I went, a solo trip that would have taken me around 9 hours if my car didn't decide to break down after 3 hours into the trip. It wasn't until August that Daniel and I finally got to Ubonrathchatani and filming has finally begun. 

This is Khun Nang's story. 

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