Tag Archive | Storytelling

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Movie Review

The Marked Ones

Oh yes, the fifth installment of this pretty predictable sequel is back. The very first film, Paranormal Activity was made for US$15,000 and grossed a whopping US$193 million worldwide. The subsequent installments were given a budget of US$5 million each time and needless to say, it made at least 25 times more which gives the investors a very worthwhile return.

The idea of having just a story and shooting it and making millions have become a dream come true for everyone. If your story is good and original, you will be able to go far and rich too. 😀

Okay, back to the movie. If you are not going to watch the movie, please continue reading. Otherwise, I probably may spoil the movie for you.

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – The camera works, framing and composition is not the ideal of the kind you will expect in blockbusters as it is always stimulating a second person’s view from the camcorder who happens to either be the supporting or lead actor. The fun part of this movie which I found it enjoyable is the guns being used to ‘fire’ off the evil ones right at the end of the movie. As much as being a spin-off or a sequel that this movie is supposed to be, there were brief mentions of the characters Katie who happened to be the protagonist of the very first movie.

Other than the ghostly effects and all, the storyline is quite dull in my opinion due to the fact that there wasn’t a clear explanation of why the lead character, Jesse was the marked one except that he has became of age for the possession when he turns 18 (6 + 6 + 6).  There also wasn’t a strong enough good entity in this movie as compared to the other ones where the good forces tried their best to stop but of course failing.’

Overall, not a worthwhile movie to catch in my opinion, but if you must, I’m sure the trailer is all that you will need to know the story which will end the same way like the rest of the earlier series.

Writing a song is just like editing a video.

Above video is an episode of an original song competition where aspiring song writers stand on a platform to perform their original pieces to 4 great producers to place in their CD. When the song ends, the producers that released the front panel will have to convince the song writer to join him/her to perfect their song.

So how does it goes back to editing a video?

It makes people cry.

One of the song writers, Zhou San did it, http://youtu.be/AMfP51PrZdM?t=34m5s . This song is quoted to be a simple song but if you were to listen it, it is full of emotions and you can fill it from the singer. The story of the song, the loneliness, the helplessness that was felt is enough to imagine in Tanya’s (one out of the four producers) mind.

It goes the same with editing a video or filming one. Have a story. Feel the emotions. And if yours is a sad one, please make us tear be it being a simple story. Even if a wedding is a simple one, if you can bring out the essence by editing it to a suitable song, I’m sure people who knows the couple will be touched in their hearts for the matrimony of 2 hearts. (:

Agents of Shield – Cleaning Thor’s Mess

So if you have caught Thor: The Dark World, you may wanna catch this coming episode’s of Agents of Shield. Here’s a sneak preview of the episode: 

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I love the way how the story gets together between the movie and the tv screen and it gives the time perspective of the drama and makes the whole drama feels related to the original franchise even as audience we may know it as an arc. 

That’s one thing about filmmaking or even doing drama serials. You gotta engage with your audience and let them feel into the story. Give personalities into characters not just words.

Dîner en Blanc Singapore – the videos reviewed

Diner en Blanc Singapore 2013 happened on the 18 October 2013 at a secret location which was only known to the participants when they arrive to have a great picnic night in white. Going on for the second year round in Singapore, they held it at the Marina Barrage where the first year was held at the Art Science Museum. The 2013 official video filmed by the people from Firewerkz Films (1/6 of the Wedding Cinematography Guild) and TriPeaks Imagery and the 2012 video was filmed by the people at Substance Films.

Facts and figures (taken from Firewerkz Films) to produce the 2013 video:

143Gb of data
18 lens
12 cameras
2 Jibs
2 sliders
2 stabilizers
1 Portacrane
0 lights

Diner en Blanc 2012:

Diner en Blanc 2013:

Key differences between both videos:

2012:

1) Lots of dip to black transitions used in post production.
2) Minimum audio used.
3) Plenty of timelapses.
4) Use of aerial camera.
5) Whites seem to be blown, high contrast.
6) Surprise wedding proposal scene.
7) Lights on cameras.

2013:

1) Lots of background audio used, added interviews from participants.
2) Few timelapses.
3) Tells a story of people not knowing where the venue is.
4) Colors are flatter, more film like.
5) No use of lights on cameras.

By noting the key differences in each video and having a personal preference to your favourite video out of the two, you would know how or what to go for if you are assign to shoot the event in 2014. More importantly, the budget and the brief set by the client also determines the outcome of the video also. The budget will definitely determine the number of videographer(s) deployed for the event. It will also determine the start time of the filming also.  The brief will tell the videographer(s) what to capture and what to focus on during the event such as interviews or more timelapses. Hence, a good filmmaker will try his best to convince his idea and storyboard of how the video will turn out to be to the client before the start of the event.

Disclaimer: this post does not intend to boast which videography company is better. Instead it aims to educate the readers what they should look out for if they are the client or the person filming the event. That said, I am sure the 2014 video will be better if the budget for the video production remains the same as for 2013.

Here’s leaving behind the fireworks spectacle done by Intermay Magix at the Diner en Blanc Singapore 2013. It was mentioned that this was the first Diner en Blanc event in the world to have the fireworks at the event.