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One of the finalists of a Prada competition. It was screened at selected shops around Asia. Lesly Leon Lee was the cinematographer on this shoot. Shot on a Canon 550D, Tamron 17-50 F2.8 and a Canon 50mm F1.8. Locations, Klang and I-City Shah Alam, Malaysia. He thinks it's one of his best work so far. Almost zero lighting. All lighting on location. He did a lot of experimental framing and moves here. 

Link to Edmund Yeo's blog about this short here.

Below the DOP's special cut. 
Good stuff!

Appearances can be deceiving. It doesn't matter if you're black, brown, yellow, white or blue. Follow Andy Lau on his journey to see beyond and to ...

Check out Post #1 and Post #2 for other videos related to this. 
Another post about the Berjaya Youth Short Film Competition. Have you submitted yours yet? Lets make more awesome Malaysian content. Heed the call - make your film. 

This competition is open for youth between the ages of 18 to 25 years old. This competition is open to all Malaysians and permanent residents of Malaysia. All video entries must be no longer than 5 minutes.

 The video entries must be based on one or more of the THREE (3) specified themes for this competition: 

- share an inspiring story about parents, teachers, friends, mentors, or even your pets! Key values: inspiring, life changing, meaningful, heartwarming, uplifting.

- empower yourself and others with your stories of how one person has made a big difference to your community (e.g. school, NGOs, local organizations etc)

- appreciating our natural environment and taking care of it are matters close to all our hearts! Share your personal stories or messages!

Participants will stand a chance to win fantastic prizes worth more than RM 85,000. There will be 5 winners and the top winner will receive RM 40,000 in prize money and a Canon EOS 5D Mach II camera (body). For more information, please visit our website www.berjayayouth.com (officially up and running on the 27th July 2011)

The competition will be carried out in FIVE (5) phases:- (READ MORE below)

A sharing session between Malaysian and Singaporean film directors in conjunction with CausewayExchange 2011 (A Singapore-Malaysia arts collaboration)

This session will be moderated by Amir Muhammad. On the panel we have several upcoming independent filmmakers. They will be showcasing a 5-min show reel of their works after which a discussion will ensue. 

“CausewayExchange holds the vision of a future that forms a closer relationship between the next generation of Singaporeans and Malaysians through a holistic and reciprocal arts and culture based programme. We were encouraged by the response from CausewayExchange 2010 and we envision this initiative to be one where the relationship between the two countries is strengthened through collaboration and dialogue that takes place through the arts,” says Lyndon Yeo, Director of ACES.
This is actually a marketing campaign to get the buzz going around Virginia Kennedy's and Juliane Block's feature mockumentary 'KINKS' which was shot in 2010 in Malaysia, completed post in 2011 and is currently starting on the international festival circuit - don't know what we are talking about? Check out the trailer:

And here's the (fake) press release to create the buzz:

LA based VOLGER TV announces Kinks Reality TV show (www.kinksreality.tv) needs CONTESTANTS!

Los Angeles, June 22, 2011 – VOLGER TV announced today a world wide search for reality show contestants. LA based Producer Jay Volger said she is looking for “original and exciting” contestants for her Mixed Race Reality Dating show KINKS via www.kinksreality.tv.

Volger has completed filming the first series of her show, a mixed race dating show where contestants compete to show skills in cultural understanding to win their match. She shot in Malaysia, with participants from Australia and America but is now looking for more contestants for Series 2. Volger launched the contest in front of television executives and media today. The competition will be run on You Tube www.youtube.com/kinksrealitytv until September 30th 2011.

Interested competitors need to answer three questions or send in a video. Competition eligibility and entry requirements can be found at www.kinksreality.tv. One reporter asked if she was judging, Volger replied, “no, the public will judge, if you get Kinks Reality TV the most followers you can win”. The competition requires contestants to answer why they would want to marry a foreigner on video or questionaire. Anders Wong, director of KINKS said that “videos will help to show off their personality”.

Volger is in negotiations with several international networks and the first series of KINKS should go to air later this year. The Malaysian Minister of Cultural and Moral Standards, Datuk Kok, commented that - “KINKS was very exciting for Malaysian Tourism. Jay Volger's show will be showing a side of Malaysia a lot of Malaysian's have not seen yet.” When asked if Kinks Series 2 would be shot in Malaysia, Volger announced “I am looking at either Europe or Africa”

The contest has no race or age requirements. Volger TV recommends candidates enter the competition at their website www.kinksreality.tv!

So ... - what you are waiting for! Support Malaysian film AND have a chance to win USD 500 :)
Here's a little Behind-the-Scenes video from Khairil M.Bahar's latest flick : "Relationship Status"

Visit their website to find out more. 
The following exerpt lifted from www.thescriptlab.com is quite a useful guide to writing a screenplay. I also believe that some of it's philosophies can be put into general script writing for theatre. So have a look-see: 

"There are many parts to building a screenplay. It's a mistake to think you just sit down and write one. A screenplay, like an automobile, has many components, and they must be arranged and fastened in the right places. There are thousands of parts to a car, as is the case with the construction of a screenplay. However, all of those thousands come from these ten major building blocks. Take care of these ten screenplay essentials, and you will - without a doubt - end up with a better script."

If you came to the Khairil M.Bahar showcase we had last month, you would know a little bit about RELATIONSHIP STATUS - his new flick, which is being filmed right now! 

Here are some exerpts from the official website: 
"Written and directed by Khairil M. Bahar (Ciplak, 15Malaysia),Relationship Status is a film that could have only been written in the 21st century.Based on the numerous options available on sites such as Facebook, Relationship Status tells the story of a number of KL-ites from all walks of life whose relationships are created, changed and sometimes even ruined by social networking and the way we communicate in this day and age."

Here are some helpful links to check out about the film! http://relationshipstatusmovie.tumblr.com/ and
Relationship Status on Facebook.Too lazy to go to another site? Click below to check out some pictures lifted from their facebook page. 

Khai: "Soalan apa nie Debbie?"
WAMM: Thank God for the break from American accents--a breath of fresh air. Where did you get your English twang from? Can you speak proper Manglish if you wanted to?

Khai: Haha! I don't really know if I have an English twang, it jumps from one to the other depending on who I talk to. When I first grew up in England between 1 and 6 I've been told I had a really strong English accent, but then I came back to Malaysia and it turned to more of a TV-American accent. Then when I went back to England when I was 12 I used to get bullied for having an American accent. By the time I came back to Malaysia when I was 21, it just keeps jumping between one or the other. There was once I got to talking with a Scottish guy and he thought I was from Glasgow, which was weird. Sometimes the Manglish comes out but like I said, it depends on who I'm talking to. I remember once I was sat in a booth in a bar and the guy on my right spoke with a strong cockney accent and the guy on my left was from the States whilst the guy in front of me was local and whenever I turned from one person to the other my accent would switch.

Then my brain decided this was too much to compute and I switched to another booth.

Debbie promises to ask juicier questions the next time she gets a chance. But you can ask him yourself at the showcase on Thursday, 5th May 2011, The Actors Studio. If you're shy, you should tweet it with the hashtag #askkhai. 
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