This is our final movie trailer.
Done by: Chia Te, Cai Jing & Debbie
This is our final movie trailer.
Done by: Chia Te, Cai Jing & Debbie
For this project, I worked with Cai Jing and Debbie Ong on the horror genre. For this horror trailer, we are much focused on how chinese superstitions that are often warned of and reminded by the adults. Here are the links we studied and have incorporated common superstitions into the film:
Clipping toe-nails or finger-nails at night would bring ghost to that place.
Throwing rice grains on every corner of the house would chase spirits away.
After watching several film trailers, we understood that the introduction is usually smooth, in between filled with conflicts and at the ending, more climatic scenes would appear with the resolution that makes us wonder what will happen to the protagonist when at the end.
Moving on to our story… We have decided to name our film, 不信。不辛。 If you don’t believe in the presence of ghost/superstitions, misfortunes would happen on you.
Nicole and Valerie just moved in as first-year students into the school hall. They are roommates. Nicole is extremely superstitious due to her fear for the supernatural while Valerie on the other hand, is not. Curiosity had led Nicole to find out from her seniors that there was once a girl who was often outcasted and bullied in school, committed suicide around their block. Nicole shared the story with Valerie at night but being a scientific geek herself, everything that has no scientific explanations does not make any sense at all thus the disbelief.
After that night, trippy things began to happen. Nicole, alone in the room was studying until she received a phone call from Valerie that she would be late and to sleep early without her. A strong gust of wind entered the room, the windows spread wide as if something is coming in. Nicole became paranoid and started unleashing all her amulets out from her wallet. Before she sleeps, she started throwing grains of rice into every corner of the room in order to chase off spirits. Valerie who came back and happen to witness the moment got really upset and they quarrelled. Knowing that the spirit used to be a lonely and neglected girl, she is upset at Valerie for not wanting to acknowledge her presence. She begins to hunt Valerie while is sleeping or alone.
I would say this project is extremely challenging as it would require me to study many different trailers in order to know what makes a great one. When planning the story, filming or editing, my group mates and i have a lot of art direction or opinions ourselves which I would not say is a bad thing as the worst is not having any ideas to improve and contribute. Through this filming, I have understood more about the importance of a trailer, which is to make the audience care within this short 2 mins, convincing them that the movie is going to be worth the watch. Besides that, team wise I would say that in between we did tire ourselves out with ambitious time management and other assignments on hand but thanks to Debbie’s constant encouragement and motivational attitude, we managed to make it for today’s submission.
Regarding the consultation this afternoon, we have noted down the changes that needs to be made and will work further if time allows. But most likely we will : ) Overall, I am really satisfied by this trailer and its a joy working with both Caijing and Debbie!! 🙂
On Friday afternoon (28/10), our class went to NUS to visit the “Double Vision” Museum. It was actually my first time going to a video installation museum and i was looking forward to know more about it. Double Vision is a selection of video works and experimental films that are inspired by the affinities between the Philippines and Vietnam in the history of the American wars in the Pacific.
The first short film i watched as we entered was the “Shotgun Tuding” by Shireen Seno. It is based on adaptations of films set in the American Wild West known as ‘Pancit Westerns’, a vernacular play on the Spaghetti Western subgenre of Wild West films. It is honestly quite interesting but a bit expected in a way we know what is going to happen next. I feel that it is quite draggy in some parts but yet humorous at the same time.
I also watched the film “Where’s Francis” which was inspired by Apocalypse Now, a film on the Vietnam War which was filmed and produced in the Philippines. The two main characters are buried on the ground with only their heads shown. Both having a conversation while waiting for the director to shout “cut”.
This film aims to investigate the historical consciousness surrounding the relationship between the Philippines and representations of the Vietnam-American War. It was quite interesting as it is a short film that is unusual and it makes me want to continue hearing these two characters conversation.
The last film i watched was “Nailed” which was too long and draggy for me. Everyone was almost falling asleep as we watched it. I realised they reused some scenes a couple of times. As i read the brochure, it was said that Nailed is a Filipina’s exploration of the Catholic Church and 400 years of Spanish and American colonialism woven in a montage of images, sounds, stories and performances.
We moved on to the second level where it is mostly all sculptures which was interesting. The one where the artist uses body parts to create a face is something that i remembered clearly at the third floor. It actually look quite nice in a weird way and i just find them pretty unique! 🙂
Overall, I feel that this museum requires more time to allow us to ponder as we explore different films since most videos are pretty long. I do enjoy this museum visit though, it was indeed an eye-opener and it was a great day with the class as well!!
This is a still image video is a story that shows how a boy who trains very hard to possess the skills of fighting. It can be seen from his concentration and dedication it takes as he jumps rope, practicing kicks and stretches to the extent that he trains his kicks using a wall.
This boy finally achieved the championship in the taekwondo competition after putting so much effort in training.
As this boy and his sister were walking home in a dark street, a stranger with a cap appears and approached them. Instinctively, the boy who possess great fighting skills moves his younger sister behind him. When confronted with danger, you might expect this fighter to use his skills for self-defence, however, what he did could surprise you.
The stranger pushed the boy to ask for money. The boy wanted to fight back as he clenched his fist hard. When this boy could have resisted or fought back to keep his money, he instead chose to give. He saw that the guy in the cap was acting in desperation. He had compassion. He then relaxed his fist and reached out to his pocket and gave the stranger money.
His sister was shocked as to how he reacted and questioned him, “why didn’t you beat him up?” given his possessions of skills.
The boy replied, “He looks hungry and needs some money.”
So here is my video:
This short video ends with a phrase “IT’S NOT WHAT YOU POSSESS, IT’S HOW YOU POSSESS” I ended with this phrase as I feel that although you may have some skills that may give you the upper hand to do something, it does not always mean that you have to do it. It is your choice on how you want to use these skills to do the right thing.
Often as humans, I feel that we sometimes make the wrong decisions out of desperation, frustration or because we feel hurt. If we can seek to look at those who lash out at us for no apparent reason, trying to see what is going on underneath the surface, we may be a more compassionate person instead of acting rashly and using violence in the case of this story.
Being too quick to judge often leads us to make poor decisions involving others. Thus, even though the main character possesses the skills to fight and protect himself, he didn’t use it for violence for unnecessary situation and instead chose to take the push from the stranger and even gave him his money.
I attempted to make use of Wally Wood’s “22 panels that always work” when trying to capture different angle of the scene, such as the close ups on the object and the big head to show the expression of the character. Thus, from this assignment I managed to explore different angles to allow viewers to focus on the important subject and what I want to portray.
Also, I made use of the street lights to capture the scene by playing with the intensity of light in almost every picture. Thus, there is always one or two light at the background in the night scene which is inspired from one of the videos showed in class to show how framing is important thus the source of light allow one to focus on the subject in the dark in my video.
Lastly, to show the routine of the boy practicing hard with intensity, I showed a repetition of the scene where training at the void deck to depict the determination he had to train hard to eventually get the championship in the taekwondo competition.
Feedbacks and things to improve on:
The character makes the audience like him, able to portray the positive note in the video.
Repetition does show that the main character trains very hard.
Improvement mostly on the audio- better to make use of variations such that it does not seem to be intense all the way, by possibly playing with the volume and add more sound effects instead of using only one audio.
All in all, i feel that it was a fun process and i am glad that i am able to make use of what i learnt in class in this video! 🙂
TASK 1: Object & representation of self
I chose to use this golden watch as this is one of the objects that is very significant to me. It was given to me by my mom who bought it about 24 years ago. Its actually a vintage watch and i really treasure it a lot.
I feel that watches in general is very significant to my life as to me I interpret a watch as a timeless and rigid object but yet in contrast to us humans, a day goes by extremely quickly as time is ticking every moment. As the saying goes, “Time waits for no man”, it explains how we have to really treasure every moment of our lives as we cannot rewind time. It can also be explain by the fact a watch is a constant such that the design of this watch is made a point of time, years ago as shown in the picture below, where the details of the watch doesn’t change even after so long. As compared to us, we are constantly changing overtime and we are flexible in the things we do in our daily life which makes us who we are today.
Thus this explains why I took this picture in a way that the size of the watch face is comparable to my face to show an actual comparison. Also, I took it in a way such that the watch is focused whereas my face is blurred so as to convey that what i am going through now is still a blur and it takes time for myself to actually be clear of the things that I am doing in life. Or another interpretation is that we can never be very clear of what is going to happen ahead of time but yet we have to try our best to do what is right.
Lastly, the third picture i chose is a close up shot of me interacting with the watch where the watch is beside the life line of my palm which shows a contrast on how time actually defines one thus it is compared to the life line of my palm which represents fate as all of us change in some way or another overtime.
Here are some other pictures of the full body/ mid range shots of myself and the watch:
TASK 2: My World
The place I chose that is significant to me is the Pasir Ris Park playground and in particular the “Spider Web” which is shown in the first picture. It is about 3 stories high when you actually climb to the peak. It has been there for many years as it was my childhood playground since I was about 4. It is actually a really memorable and nostalgic place for me and even till now whenever I cycle with my siblings in the park I would definitely stop by this playground to rest or play the swing and occasionally climb this spider web.
This second picture that is focused on the rope and the route to the top is blurred as I am trying to convey the young me climbing this for the first time and I although wasn’t sure of what I am doing and what is ahead of me but I still do it anyway. Thus, climbing this spider web was a blur to me at that point of time. Another thing this photo has shown is that the rope has duct tape pasted over some parts to show that it is actually very old and yet it is still sturdy as ever.
Next, from the last picture i presented in class, I was trying to convey the view I saw when I was young where I didn’t think that I could actually reach the peak. It portrays the image I see when I have reached the peak for the first time, the sense of satisfaction just by looking down from the peak.
This explains the feeling of domination and being on top of the world as other facilities in the playground seem so small from the peak of the spider web.
This are the pictures presented in class. 🙂
Title: Just Me
Genre: Documentary| Comedy
Story: Growing up, I didn’t face much of a problem as I feel that i had a wonderful and memorable childhood. Extremely thankful for my parents who were very understanding such that they are willing to give my two siblings and i freedom to do anything we want to without any expectations as long as we are happy with what we are doing. Of course in life there are phases where we feel extremely demoralised and sad on circumstances we face but yet there are also happy moments that we keep in our memories. However, the emotions we express to others might not be the same as what our minds are thinking.