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 Genero.com 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) 

https://we.tl/joz8ILNu5O

4.4

I've always been quite a sensitive kid growing up. I noticed among my peers that I've always been less suitable to the macho manly mentality, trust me I tried but it didn't work out, somehow I just ended up recluse back into my little hut nestled among the pines and the low hanging mist. I felt comfortable there, in front of the fire with a cup of tea. I'd put on a record and travel into my own head, whether high or not, it's a nice place. 

I get emotional and deeply attach to my work as if it's a part of me that I have to shed of my body and breath life into it. It does sound cheesy I know but that's how I feel with each and everything I create. The end result usually falls short and leave me in the deep blue post-work mild depression, I used to be really bad dealing with it but I've recently gradually becoming much better at coping with it. I'd carry over whatever I feel onto the next project whatever it might be. I would feel like if I stop, I'd break and fall apart, the prolonging of the inevitability is rather taxing. 

I'd get into why I made 4.4 but after hearing some people chatting about the meaning of it, I'd rather leave it to them to tell me what it's about. It's quite intriguing indeed. It's comforting to hear that those who ventured into my pine forest and visit me in my little hut did enjoy sharing a cup of tea with me in front of the fire. 

I wouldn't be able to have done this with out my friends. I love you all. Thank you for trusting in me. 

Corporate Portrait fun

With the mid term exam coming to an end, I had a chance to do a corporate portrait yesterday for a french company and it was super fun. 

My friend Nong came along with me to help me out and thanks to him as I would never be able to work through it that quick without him. 

his photography fb is : NongZeraroid

The appointment was at 10am but we decided to turn up at 8am to look around and block the shots. We were shown around by the friendly staffs whom ready to participate in the photo shoot funness.  

At 10am we got our client to come down from his office and we went through all the shots with breeze. Everyone seem to enjoy themselves as I directed them to do some silly things (in corporate world, these actions are deem as crazy but to us it's not that crazy, like smiling. Nah I'm just joking :p) 

For the whole shoot, I used my trustee Leica M with 35mm summicron ASPH and a bouncer. I did try to use Nong's Canon DSLR at one point but my fragile recovering from a surgery shoulder wasn't helping out and the DSLR has to be given back to Nong. The Leica was a blessing as it wasn't heavy enough to make my shoulder uncomfortable and the quality of the image was just superb. Delicious I'd say. 

We were done by 12pm, here are some behind the scene photos where Nong was being my model while I was trying to block off the shots. 

trying to find an angle for this room 

trying to find an angle for this room 

science lab and what not

science lab and what not

cookies are done, freshly baked from the oven he said. 

cookies are done, freshly baked from the oven he said. 

the pen was a stand in for a beaker 

the pen was a stand in for a beaker 

corporate board room cliche

corporate board room cliche

A blast from the past in Bang Saen

A friend of mine invited me to visit him in Bang Saen, Chon Buri which is about an hour drive down the east coast of Bangkok.

There was an event in the theme of Blast from the past going on that night which included the old Thai cinema with live voice over from the most famous voice over crew in Thailand, snake dude with three lethal cobras and a lot more. Here are a few photos from the night

Shot with Leica M with 35mm summicron 

Ballroom dancers

Ballroom dancers

ladyboys in Thai Traditional costume, quite a juxtaposition 

ladyboys in Thai Traditional costume, quite a juxtaposition 

Nong, my local guide and Ms.Phuncita photo bombing.

Nong, my local guide and Ms.Phuncita photo bombing.

midnight art class

midnight art class

lovely couple from the area taking a night stroll through the market

lovely couple from the area taking a night stroll through the market

waiting area

waiting area

child labour? 

child labour? 

bullet proof but not zipper proof

bullet proof but not zipper proof