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Enter the Hyper Motion Cinema

What is the Hyper Motion Cinema (HMC)?

It is an animation format that is customised to showcase short film content. Currently HMC uses a mix of still photos, visual effects and animation to create the shorts.

For more information on HMC, do check them out at http://www.dsf.la/ . Their studio is at Hollywood.

I found the animated comic of 47 Ronin: The Samurai Spirit, refreshing as it isn’t the marvel style of comic book flipping but with nice switch of moving and still images. Here’s presenting their work with Universal Pictures, 47 Ronin: The Samurai Spirit

and of course, the original film trailer.

Different visual formats to tell a story. I prefer the one done with the Hyper Motion Cinema even though it may give a false impression of the actual finished final film as it does not use the same effects or cuts like the final film but looking at the standpoint of how marvel does their comic flips, I think it is still fine in this aspect. Fresh and interesting. Take your pick and let me know which is your favorite out of the two in terms of presentation.

Wedding Trilogy

Flew over to Kuala Lumpur over the weekend to film a wedding with Alvin. Had a great time with Anthony from Let there be light photography and the wedding planners, Kim and Gloria from Wedding Concierge.

Why a wedding trilogy? Cause it is broken down to 3 parts. The first was the solemnisation at Capella Singapore in Jan 2013.  The next was the dinner banquet at Grand Dorsett Subang, Kuala Lumpur and finally, the last part will be the gatecrash and dinner banquet at St Regis at the end of the month. It is truly my privilege  to be part of their 3 days wedding. I love how the guests react to our videos played during the banquet with joy and happiness for the couple which the team from Alvinadeline made for them.

I also love the couple and their family’s hospitality and attentiveness to our needs during our stay at their hometown in Malaysia. That’s what makes our job as a wedding filmmaker much more enjoyable and fulfilling.

Even after the banquet, there were some guests who came to us to tell us that they like the video very much and the editing was excellent. I’m confident that the company will continue to excel in this field and do our best for all our couples. (:

Here’s ending off with a video from my company, not related to the wedding Trilogy though, Derek & Pearl.

Busy November

Tomorrow marks the last wedding assignment of the month before I enlist for my reservist in the Singapore Armed Forces as a Military Policeman for 1 week from next Tuesday. On what I do when I go back for my reservist, well, it is classified.

Anyway, I look forward to the interesting Indian Wedding tomorrow as the groom made his own arrangement on the song that he would like for us to use for the wedding highlights video. The song is a mash up of 5-6 different songs that spans for a total of up to 6 mins long. After giving our feedback on the song, the song was fine tuned and we hope that we can work magic out of the video that we will be producing after the wedding.

Here’s a video of a wedding that I shot in early October 2013

The interesting thing about shooting this wedding of Michael & Ashley under the brand name, True Love Stories was, having to shoot a church wedding alone after being trained for 1 year under the guidance of the good people at Alvinadeline. If you have shot weddings especially in churches, you would know that it isn’t easy especially going for different angles and capturing vows at the same time. Planning the only march in also took alot of time before the wedding day as I was accustomed to shooting a church wedding in a team of 2 videographers. It was fun and I am glad I managed to deliver what I deemed as a good video after all the months of training. The film was shot with a total of 3 cameras by 1 videographer, myself.

Guests, please put your cameras down or at the very least, stay within your seats to take pictures.

Guests, please put your cameras down or at the very least, stay within your seats to take pictures. Yes. I do have my fair share of uncle Bobs and auntie Janes coming around during weddings to get into the action to take photos or videos during weddings.

During my meet ups with couple, I encourage them to have their guests for their wedding to stay within their seats while taking pictures or videos if they must as with new technology, almost everyone has a camera within their reach.

I am fine even if at the end of the day, the photos or video did not turn out as good as it could be due to the fact that the couple allowed Bob and Jane to help cover the wedding. In a recent wedding, I have informed the emcee during the rehearsal and on the actual day about informing the guests to stay within their seats during the church ceremony if they wish to take photos/video. Instead, on the actual day, the emcee informed me that they will not announce it as the couple who was aware, were sure that Bob and Jane will not be moving up to take photos/videos because it did not happened in the past ceremonies. and the guests were known to be very orderly. In the end, I’m sure everyone knows what happened. (:

If you are getting married and have spent thousands of dollars on videography and photography for your wedding day, please help yourself by inviting your guests to enjoy themselves and not working part time as a photographer or videographer.

Please do not regret if all the cuts and photos you see in your video has uncle bob or auntie Jane.

Here’s leaving a video to explain it all.

A Love Story Unfolds – Derek & Joanna

Filmed this short film about a month back and it was played at the lunch banquet of the couple to tell their love story.

Although Filming takes just one day, discussion, pre conceptualisation, story boarding and  post production took about 8 days at my end. This story is what they would want to show, about how they met  at Temasek Polytechnic and got together despite knowing each other presence in school during their polytechnic days, they did not develop a liking for each other until when they met again through a friend when Joanna is in University and Derek had completed his army.

As time was a limiting factor, dialogues were not included in this clip as reciting them would translate into more takes and from the clip, you would be able to know the story without them too.

As true as this story is, the scenes that I included on my own are the traffic light scenes. The first scene was them going their own ways and the last was to signify them getting together.

I hope you enjoy watching the film as I enjoy making it work.

Revisiting Jianhong & Jennifer’s Wedding Day

Filmed a wedding in July 2013 while my starting promo package was less than S$1,000 for a full day wedding videography . The photographers who shot the wedding of Jianhong and Jennifer were a team of 2, formally from 1950 Photography, and now they are known as TOP Photography. I’m glad the couple, of which, the groom used to be my ex-colleague before I left to do videography full time managed to find them to do the photos as they were experienced in this field. In addition, I was thankful to have them trusting me with their wedding day videography despite the limited portfolio work I have then. Appreciate the kind words I received from them too.

thank you message

Looking through the almost 300 photos uploaded at the photographers’ facebook page, here are the 10 photos that I find a keeper and my personal favourite.

prayers to ancestors

bride’s entourage

groom’s entourage

bringing her home

grandma

sealed with a kiss

cake cutting

cheers!

goodbyes

rings

All images above credit to TOP Photography.

And of course, the videos shot by yours truly:

the morning highlights.

and the dinner banquet highlights.

If you are interested in engaging me for your actual day wedding, please do check out True Love Stories at http://www.truelovestories.com.sg

Here’s leaving one last photo taken by the team of TOP Photography of me at work. 🙂

me at work

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World

credit: Marvel
(image credit: Marvel)

If you are intending to catch Loki Thor: The Dark World, do remember to stay till the credits to catch 2 post credits scenes and please leave your seats only when you have seen the words: LOKI Thor will return.

Here’s leaving behind a visual effects video of the first Thor movie by BUF, French visual effects and animation company.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/60239414]

Thor | Visual Effects Making Of from BUF on Vimeo.