Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mamak Cupcake: So Far, So Good!

Yup, personally I'm loving what I've seen so far of "Mamak Cupcake". Been to a few days of production, and I must say that things are looking pretty good. We've got a really professional crew on set and the cast members have just been outstanding.

Really, it was hard for me (and most others) to keep a straight face every time a scene was shot. The comedic chemistry between the actors are really good, and they're really getting into the different characters.

Yes yes, I'm biased, but just remember these words when you catch the film next year : ) In the meantime, check out some of the shots I managed to snap this past week.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hair We Go!

I knew I had to make a decision. What do I do about my increasingly fashionable hair? (haha). After three months of just letting it go, various comments were basically swaying my next decision. On the practical side of things, wearing it long was proving to be a bit of a distraction when it came to all my outdoor activities. And it was a bit of a chore trying to get it right very early in the morning for MHI.

And so, on Sunday, I went from this...

To this...

The jury's still out though...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mamak Cupcake: Aaand, Action!

Shooting for "Mamak Cupcake" finally began on Monday, 15th Oct just as planned. Didn't get to go for the first day, but I did drop-by on the following day when some scenes were shot at the Solaris Mont Kiara area. So far, so good!

Aku Budak Intern: Another Funny Episode!

Here's the latest episode of "Aku Budak Intern" on GerobokTV! Already an instant classic...

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Central Film School London Experience

If you follow my perjalanan hidup solely thru this blog (yes, all 2 of you -- stalkers!), let me just tell you that I have in fact returned from my one-month study sojourn in London. It's been one week plus, but I'm still re-adjusting to life in KL (kononlah).

But seriously, it was a wonderful and enriching experience for me. Doing a one-month course on film-making sounds rather impossible, but I did learn a lot, in and out of the classroom. You can read about my first day at the Central Film School London HERE

Of course it was also quite an experience just being on my own for a full month. Something that I only came to realise after I got there. I have to do my own laundry?? The horror! But no worries, I figured things out in due time. In fact, I did more than just laundry. Ta dah...

Canlah, scrambled eggs. But honestly, after a while, it just wasn't worth the effort, as Starbucks and Pret A Manger were on my route going to the school.

And that was the other thing that I enjoyed; the daily walk from my apartment to the school in Aldgate. It helped that the weather was near-perfect almost for the entire length of my stay. In fact, people were just puzzled by the abundance of sunshine and the lack of rain. Check out the views I get to enjoy every day : )

Of course the sunshine didn't mean it was hot and humid Malaysian-style; temperatures were always rather cool, which also meant it was perfect for running. I should know, I kept clocking in good times on my every-other-day runs, culminating in the Teach First 10k Challenge where I did a personal best.

As for the course itself, yes, there was so much to take in and digest in such a short period of time, but it was structured well, with maybe a few tweaks needed here and there. The school staff members were all very helpful and efficient, and the majority of the tutors were awesome too.

Personally, I wished that the screenwriting part was longer than the half-day that was given, but we also got three solid days of directing tutorials from a very competent teacher, Chris Thomas. It was really an eye-opener, especially his sessions on working with actors.

My classmates too were a bunch of interesting people from all over the world. We had everything; the talkative types, the silent types, the now-you-see-now-you-don't types... Hehe. But we had loads of fun, especially when we got down to the nitty gritty and started to shoot our short films.

Speaking of which, it was indeed cool that my script "Tweet" got chosen to be produced. And the experience of putting everything together was simply priceless. We were given the freedom and independence to do most of the crucial stuff on our own, while the tutors guided us through some vital stuff including sound and editing.

And it was a rush for me when screening time came. Wish I could share with everyone the final product, but I'm still waiting for the CD to arrive.

But I do want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my classmates, and all of you lot at the school. You guys rock!

Apart from the school stuff, I actually did my time there real justice : ) I caught quite a number of movies, especially those I felt would never be screened here, and went to a couple of musical theatres, "Thriller" and "We Will Rock You".

Weekends though meant exploring stuff beyond London. But instead of making proper plans, I basically winged it. My first trip out was to Brighton, the popular seaside town. I googled it for a bit, but basically didn't really know what to look out for there. But hey, I had a pretty good time there, and you can read it HERE

What influenced my decisions too was how easy was it to get to certain places by train. Brighton was just one hour and GBP10 away from the London Bridge railway station. So it was a real no-brainer. Next up was Oxford, which I chose simply because it was Oxford, although the travelling time was double of that Brighton's. What these places had in common was the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus service which made day-trips like these enjoyable.

And a day before I hopped on the flight to get back to Malaysia, I decided to make a trip to Cardiff, Wales! The weather was beautiful as well on that day and I just spent the 6,7 hours walking around the city, getting on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus, visiting Cardiff Castle and did a bit of shopping as well. 

So yeah, overall a truly memorable month in the UK and a mission accomplished, I would say. Would have been perfect if I had the fam with me. And a couple more months there, really. Hehe.    

Monday, October 08, 2012

Mamak Cupcake

Can't quite recall if I've mentioned this on this blog before, but about a couple of years ago, I started work on a screenplay called "Mamak Cupcake". It's a story about an heir to a mamak empire who wants nothing but to bake cupcakes instead. Yes, it IS indeed a comedy :)

Originally inspired by Ahmad Izham Omar, I have worked on the screenplay for the past couple of years; adding and twisting the story and characters after the project had been given the greenlight by Grand Brilliance. And the happy news now is that, shooting begins in a week's time!!!

After all the delays and setbacks, the film is finally getting made! The toughest part really was getting the right director. I had written a few drafts but I just needed a confirmed director to get into the details and share our vision for the story. So when Ming Jin (who recently directed GB's "KL Zombie") said yes to the project, it paved the way for the film to be fast-tracked.

The other challenge was in getting the lead actor. One name had been confirmed and shoot was slated for last July but it had to be postponed when it was found out that he was attached to another project. BUT now, it's all clear and the same actor will be leading the cast. That actor is 2010's Most Popular Superstar, Shaheizy Sam!

Indeed, we have a stellar cast! Apart from Shaheizy, we have Siti Saleha, Maria Farida, Faizal HotFM, Lydiawati, Azzad Jasmin and the legendary Acappan. Yes, Acappan! I had written the role specifically for him and I was over the moon when he said yes.

So, do stay tuned for more updates starting next week!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Bos Hilang! Bos Hilang!

Here's the latest episode of the GerobokTV comedy web series, "Aku Budak Intern". You simply MUST watch the last one minute. Haha!


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