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MiniCam Stabiliser Mark5

Minicam mk5

The Minicam mark5. A very compact and lightweight stabiliser with an arm brace to balance your camera for smooth video shots. I have tried it first hand when it was first release and although I do not personally own one of these or the earlier versions of the minicam series, I must say that it is especially good for wedding videography where you may need to carry lots of equipment if you plan to do fast cuts edits.

1. It is compact, the legs are able to fold up quickly and can be kept nicely within a lens pouch.
2. The arm brace helps the user to manage the minicam longer.
3. The total weight of the minicam is less than what you may carry in comparison to the traditional glidecam HD 2000.
4. The ends of the weights are round so that it will not poke and hurt people when gliding.

Two reasons why I am still using the glidecam pro 2000 stabiliser instead of upgrading to this minicam, the minicam is more sensitive on the fly than the glidecam as I am not used to it and it is in the price range of around S$900 which I can still survive on my existing glidecam pro. That said, if you do not own any glidecam or flycam kind of stabiliser equipment, do check out the MiniCam Mark5.

On a separate note, if you own a stabiliser of a different brand and you have the following issues,
1) Problems balancing your handheld stabilizer?
2) Problems getting smooth shots consistently?
3) Not sure if there is a systematic way to correctly balance your stabilizer setup under 5 mins, once and for all?
4) Unable to handle a handheld stabilizer to minimize fatigue?
5) Do not know why your stabilizer rocks like a pendulum when you change it’s direction?

https://www.facebook.com/MinicamSingapore is opening their studio for up to 5 participants on the 22 January 2014 for a free basic 2-hr workshops for users of handheld stabilizers. In any case the class is fully subscribed, do look out for future classes in 2014 at the facebook page.

Here’s leaving behind a video of the MiniCam Mk5.


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.

I’m not dating anyone even though I’m single

I'm not dating anyone even though I'm single


I have an announcement to make. I’m not dating anyone even though I’m single.

Okay. It is not really an announcement nor am I closing doors to a relationship.

This post is targeted to all single folks like myself even though I’m in the wedding industry doing videography and a huge bulk of my blog post is dedicated to lovebirds getting married.

Just because you are single, it doesn’t mean you are left out and don’t feel love at all. 

You have God, family and friends that care about you. Spend time and quality time with people that loves you. Compliment them. Build relationships. Pray for them. Make time for them and when you do, you will enjoy life as much as those that are dating or married. With the less than married life commitments, you are free to do work on your career, travel to places that you long to go, and live life to the fullest.

Don’t fret over where to go for your next dinner date or who is going to foot the bill. When you are single, you go dutch. You do not have to worry about whether your friends are having enough food as they will help themselves to the menu. You are able to be free to express your views and thoughts unlike dating when sometimes you have to put a ‘shield’ to protect yourself and give the other party a false impression about you. To understand more about what I mean, do check out this trailer of the upcoming Valentine’s Day movie, A Case of You:

I encourage you strongly to be yourself. Live your life to the fullest. Chase your dreams! unless of course your dreams like mine, is to find a loving partner.  =P

*This post is dedicated to all single people out there and especially to those who have read this: http://jarridwilson.com/im-dating-someone-even-though-im-married/ (:

Getting things right

Michael Cimino, well known American filmmaker aged 74 known for his Academy award winning film, The deer hunter. Not forgetting his biggest box office bomb after The deer hunter, Heaven’s Gate. I have yet to see the film, Heaven’s Gate but read reviews that it is not a bad piece like critics would have pinned it to be. Michael Cimino was written to be a dictator of a director and that there were killings of animals to make the 1980s film. The original cut was 219 minutes long and the revised cut which was aired much later at a cable TV was at 148 minutes which gave a better rating than the original.

What I found about the quote, “If you don’t get it right, what’s the point?” very true for us filmmakers be it in the wedding industry or any kind of work that we do. If you were to spend hours and hours to do something. Like in the case of Michael Cimino, he overran his budget several times to do a masterpiece which became a flop in box office. He stood by his beliefs at the cost of the ticket sales. Hence, to do anything right in the budgeted time span and cost, one has to first be good in his craft. If you are not good at what you do, why begin in the first place.

Pre-planning and  accounting for the work to be done before execution is also important. If the budget given is only so much to make a film and there’s only XX hours to film it, make full use of it and try your best to make it as right as anyone could have make it to be.

Here’s ending off with a trailer of the movie, Heaven’s Gate.

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. (:

So much to learn from good music videos

“The official video for a-ha “Take On Me”. At the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, the video for “Take on Me” won six awards—Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice—and was nominated for two others, Best Group Video and Video of the Year. It was also nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Video at the 13th American Music Awards in 1986.”

Winning 6 awards in 1986 got to mean a lot of things. The story within the video is good. Depicts a lady having a meal at a restaurant and caught the attention of the guy within the comic strip. She was then transported into a different world and the guy within the comic helped her escape. After her return to reality, she brought the comic back home to finish the story and hopes to reunite with the guy which she did.

Reasons I think it deserves the award and mention.

1. Implement of fast cuts for the fast paced song.

2. Good use of music pacing structures to break reality vs comic strip. see timestamp at 0.36, 1.16, 1.56, etc

3. Cuts to the beats of the song.

4. 3 mini storylines within the song.

5. Good use of color and effects to differentiate the reality vs comic strip.

6. Fresh Concept.

7. Different camera angles and camera movements to tell the story.

8. And of course, a good song.

Take On Me – Lyrics

We’re talking away
I don’t know what I’m to say, I’ll say it anyway
Today’s another day to find you shying away
I’ll be coming for your love, okay?

Take on me
(Take on me)
Take me on
(Take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day or two

So needless to say, I’m odds and ends
But I’ll be stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is okay
Say after me, it’s no better to be safe than sorry

Take on me
(Take on me)
Take me on
(Take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day or two

Oh, the things that you say
Is it life or just to play my worries away?
You’re all the things I’ve got to remember
You’re shying away, I’ll be coming for you anyway

Take on me
(Take on me)
Take me on
(Take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day
(Take on me, take on me)
(Take me on, take on me)

I’ll be gone
(Take on me)
In a day
(Take me on)
Take on me
(Take on me)
Take on me
(Take me on)
Take on me

In that same award ceremony, the Video award of the year was given to

I wonder why… maybe it is the music, or the use of minecraft like figures in the video… probably not my cup of tea. (:

The best film of the year 2013

It’s the last day of the year for 2013. And for my favorite film of 2013. I bring to you, Cloud Atlas. A pretty much underrated film with amazing cuts and edits.

Cloud Atlas poster

A movie that intertwines 6 stories of different timeline together. How each story affects the one in the future. I would say it is a great piece of work that makes one think deeper at how they are all connected somehow. If you have yet to catch this movie, I highly recommend getting the dvd or borrow from a friend who has it. I also like how each actor takes on multiple roles in the different timelines which makes it unnoticeable done up by the amazing make up artists.

As a filmmaker myself, I have learnt alot from the movie in terms of the cuts, compositions and camera angles. And indeed, this is one good movie to learn from.

The trailer of the movie:

And a shout out to all readers: Happy New Year everyone!