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

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. 

Thousands of women like Nang are stuck in low-paid, dangerous or unstable work. Many have given up on ever finding a way out. Help us change the lives of women and girls in Thailand today www.pratthanadee.org

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. 

Drone is rather fun

I wanted a drone a few years back, a mate of mine was building a custom one and I saw how much trouble he had to go through to make one flying while another mate of mine was flying a phantom 2 with quite a fair bit of work, trying to defish-eye GoPro footage. 

Back then I felt like it wasn't the right time to put my money into it. They complained but they loved it. They told me how awesome it was to own one and fly around, capture things that weren't possible a few years back unless you own a helicopter. 

So now, 2016, I recently quit my job and decided to pursue my own thing. I have a project coming which I thought that aerial videography would rather be complimentary to it. So after a few weeks of thinking, I went to a shop and bought a drone, no it's not the new DJI Phantom 4 but instead a Phantom 3 pro which at this discounted price is a steal. 

I took her out to Khao yai national park and flew her around. I still have a lot to learn and my hands do still shake every time she goes up in the sky. 

Here's a littler video of my first drone outing. 

 

 

 

show reel 2015

Even though it has been a rather quiet year as far as making my own films goes but I feel really bless that I've been learning so much from working on other people's film as an AD in such an exciting and supportive environment. 

At the start of this year I have never been on a set which has more than 50 people and my first job had around 200+ extras alone, that was quite a daunting task indeed. But by the end of the year, with 30+ commercials and two feature films under my belt, I am ready to learn more and become a better filmmaker. 

Thank you to those at NYFA , Mofilm, Chevrolet, Benetone films and all the DPs + Gaffers I've been constantly bugging on set, I am looking forward to work with you again! 

With a schedule of 2016 already sorted until the end of February, a korean action tv series + my mate's wedding in NZ. I cannot wait to see what's next on the horizon. 


A little update: Moxy video

New semester at school and my last hence a slight absence from this blog. 

I've been working on a little advertisement for an online store called "Moxy" and that should be out shortly, yours truly shall keep you inform of the release date. 

for anyone wishes to check out this cute online store, here's the link www.moxyst.com

Until then here's a little behind the scene photo. 

Pui, our "stand-in, just found out 5 minutes ago that she has to act in this video" actress did a superb job at being quirky and fun. 

Pui, our "stand-in, just found out 5 minutes ago that she has to act in this video" actress did a superb job at being quirky and fun.