Here's one called 'Ninja'. This was a real challenge. Why? Because I had to learn how to play the 'Nunchuku' again and teaching it to a girl. When i was young, one of my favorite 'thing' is Nunchuku. I used to play around with my friends homemade one and practice. For no reasons, it became a piece of hobby. Perhaps, a talent. In the video, no fake editing cuts and angles, it was both characters ACTUALLY playing the Nunchuku.
I'm still a bit rusty and I had no idea its abit difficult when using gloves. So I found some Nunchuku somewhere in Bandar and decided to buy them and use them as props BEFORE the idea of ninja came up. A friend of mine introduced ninja to be another short film when she realizes that I had the stuff. Including the Anime sword which you see in the video. (Apparently from an Anime called Bleach). So we had to come up with a costume. I was actually going for those street-ninja styles by using boots. Not the actual ninja dressup. (There was a sarcastic comment about my ninja using boots).
I loved the idea, sat with Mienul and discussed about what to do with it. My action-comedy short films MUST include VFX and we thought about on what we could do in this one. Since I'm still new with VFX, i wanted to try lots of different things by referring to other videos and tutorials and use them in our short films.
After the short film 'Getaway', I was really fascinated with light saber effects (Star Wars) but had difficulty looking for the right one. (Long story). But then when Ninja idea came up, i wanted to try use those light saber effects. So I thought about using a NERF gun (Maverick) as a laser gun. It worked and was quite happy with it. Secondly, blowing up people is also a good practice cos now, knowing the basics, you could blow up a building which is yet to try one day.
Enjoy the video.
With all the action fever going on, I've proposed an idea to my clients to try out something different. Something which I've been dying to try. Luckily, after showing them my short action/comedy skits, they were willing to take the challenge and they were cool enough to also make it as unique.
In the pre wedding film, it took us one whole day to shoot. I've also used some of my actors. Storyline was quiet flat but i think it went quite well. I was trying to imitate the whole 'Mr & Mrs Smith' style by having lots of explosion inside the house. But instead, I couldnt think of anything to blow up and there was limited lights.
Visual Dimensions Production props, machine guns and attire.
Let's be honest, well, let me be honest... Freddie Wong is indeed cool. Love his videos, love his style. 'Stop' is abit similar to his 'Time Freeze Shootout'. I always find freezing time one of the most brilliant kind of effects. There are a couple of movies I've seen includes these visual effects and always wondered how they do it. Well, after learning some basic tutorials, it wasn't as hard as I thought it'd me. But anyways, here it is...'STOP'. Watch Mienul freeze the soldiers in this episode.
Getaway : In this episode, Adam was asked to film Mienul's performances as a sentry. The boss had placed 3 enemies inside a house. The title says it all actually. Enjoy.
Pedestrians - A random short shot with the iphone 4. Just another ordinary day, nothing to do, decided to kill some pedestrians.
In this one, the experiment was to play around with the dirt charges as well as the sky replacements. The original clips were purposely over exposed so that I could easier to replace the sky with the color key on Adobe After Effects. (well, the way I see it.. I'm still learning).
Here's another experiment on an effect we were testing towards the end. Check it out. Crap scripts written on spot. Enjoy.
Here it is... After experiencing so much short films from comedy to romance and horror; thought i might try out action. Action is probably one of the most challenging ones. Why? Usually props and also some visual effects to create explosions, smoke, bullets etc.
After doing research on some famous Youtuber, Freddie Wong, I came across to an idea where I would finally start learning a new software which I've been meaning to do for so long but never had the time. This software is called 'Adobe After Effects'. Picked up a few basic tips from a friend and the rest were watching tutorials all over the net.
The Production came to agreement to try out this next epic adventure in the action world as we all took our times gathering all the materials we could get. Especially the guns. The attire we all cheap fake ones found in many different places including Miri.
So here's a new action first written spontaneously. Enjoy.
My first attempt with Muzzle Flashes and Blow Back on a plastic gun WHICH I'm obsessed with at the moment. More to come, more GUNS, first action and a short film on its way.
A music video for one of the departments from 'TelBru' with Reeda Malik (Anak Brunei).
Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand
This TV Commercial was launched on the 3rd April 2011 for Anugerah Bintang Popular on TV3.
A huge thank you to The Malaya Production (Malaysia) for flying me over from Brunei to shoot/experience my first TV commercial for 'Jakel'.
The Malaya Production
Director & DoP: Zalhilman Ismail
Videographer & Editor: Adam Groves
Assist. Videographer: Hj Azzatul Amin
Assist. Director: Shafiee Idris
Prod. Coordinator: Zalhilmy Ismail
DoL: Abg Alan
Still Photographer: Shukri Hamid & Syazrin Said
MUA: Aim Azam
Stylist: Kecik Couture
Music Editor: Megat
Crew: Zalqisty Ismail
You've seen 'Surat Teknologi', here's another one called 'Playboi Moden'. Same actors, different story. Shot this somewhere in Jerudong at 2 in the morning. Shot with the Canon 7D + Rode Videomic. Color graded with 3-way color on Final Cut Pro.
I've experience even more with TV commercials from almost A-Z. From setting up to end product. Working with The Malaya was such an enjoyable experience as this thought me so much of the values in getting on board with something I've always wanted to try. TV Commercials. It's also such a pity, our local industry in TVC could not see my capabilities to do so and it pisses me off that it HAS TO BE A REAL PRODUCTION HOUSE in order to get jobs like this. My company does not have an office and that's one of the reasons why. Secondly, my in-house cameras are DSLRs where as such, shooting the TVC for 'Jakel', I operated the Canon 5D MkII!
But before i get on the wrong foot, I don't watch local channels and the only TVC I've seen before was ads for DST. Other than that, car commercials which isn't a product by locals. So, reading over what I just said, I don't think I'm interested anymore.
I'd love to share more infos on the shoot, behind the scenes footages and photos but I don't think i could just yet until the video is officially in the clients hands and launched on TV3 and perhaps Astro. I may also upload a rough-cut on the video. Need to ask permission.
Looking forward for more jobs in KL. A huge thank you to The Malaya for hiring me. They've been so great to me, wonderful hospitalities and so.
It wasn't what i've expected to be from typical TV station. What i mean by this was, the show was really easy, straight-forward and it didn't consist of speaking in a primary language, Malay. It was random and I was speaking in Eng-Lay or Malay-ish which made it pretty comfortable cos that's the way we Bruneian's talk. Why go all standard right? Its a local TV station who is interviewing a local bloke like me. Cool part was, I didn't have to go to the studio and instead they came over to shoot me in my own so-called office!
In the afternoon on the other hand, I attended the British High Commission 'UK In Brunei' video competition that includes 13 enteries where I was picked to be one of the judges with 3 others. Yes, Anak Brunei Reeda Malik was also one of the judges. It was really cool of them to invite me and i was honored that one of the heads actually watched 'Break'. My mini web-series drama on Youtube. We sat there for almost an hour watching the videos one after another and in between each videos, we discussed about the video about messages that was sent. I also had the privilege to have my crew to shoot multi-cam to have this as a Behind-The-Scenes with the judges which was also a sponsor, a thank you for inviting me kinda way. The 4 winners were picked and i will also be attending on the 15th March for prize presentation to the winners.
Here's the highlight video of their wedding shot on the 18th-20th February and was edited during my stay in Kuala Lumpur. Edited to be shown on the night of their wedding reception which was held somewhere at PutraJaya.
The Pre Wedding video is perhaps a post wedding video. We didn't have time to complete the video to be shown in Brunei as the groom was Malaysian and we had problems with sorting out the time to shoot. So, whilst i was in KL, we shot some of the parts, inserts, for the video that was also to be played during the night. Shot entirely on the 25th February and was editing this masterpiece less than 24hours! Reception took place on the 26th.
I must say, this was really challenging and luckily it was all done accordingly without any problems. Finished compiling the video, on to my pendrive at about 5pm and rushed to the venue ShangRila Resort (where they got dressed).
Here's an 8 seconds timelapse I did during my stay in KL (currently at this moment). Did this lastnight. Nothing fancy. Just continuous recording. Set up my Canon 550D 1080p on tripod, obviously and ran 32GB straight. Although, I needed to manually hit record button after duration stopped at 12mins.
It was raining heavily before and that's why you might have noticed some rain drops in the frame far-right. The problem I'm encountering is how to set a proper setting so that when night falls, it wont go too dark? I shall experiment using auto on the next one.
BREAK casts and crew were invited to RTB @ Pelangi FM for an interview with DJ Shahrizan a well known DJ in Brunei. Few of the casts Fikri, Along, Mienul & Shah went with director Adam Groves to RTB's HQ in BSB to talk about the hit show and share some of the insights, facts & trivias about themselves to their fans via radio broadcast 91.0 & 91.4 FM Pelangi Network. The interview also includes few never before seen clips, bloopers as well as what's happening behind the scenes during the shooting of the episodes Zero, 1.1 & 2.1.
By Anwar Hj Rosly (Break Actor)
Believe it or not, the title says it all. This experimental short film entitled 'Surat Teknologi' was shot with the iPhone 4. I was astounded when i saw some fellow filmmakers using this for weddings & corporate videos. It looked pretty cool and it looked so much better than the above. One thing that bothers me was the exposure levels. It kept on closing whenever it hits bright. Couldn't do much with it. As i said, its just an experiment. It was wicked.
We actually mounted a car iphone holder taping it onto a Manfrotto tripod.
The short film is actually a rip-off from Wong Fu Production. I personally liked it very much, 'Romance Ruins Technology : The Letters' (Youtube) and decided to do a remake in Brunei version. Its hilarious and it was enjoyable to shoot. We also have alot of good feedbacks from this experiment.
Written, Shot, Edited & Directed By Adam Groves
Co-Written By Aznniel Yunus
Director of Photography By Muiz RockyBee
Sound Man By Azzatul Amin
Starring Mienul Rashid & Fyqah Berapi
Music By Lily Chiam (Together)
Here's another pre-wedding music video I enjoyed shooting. The couple had been going back and forth looking for ideas for their video and eventually agreed to try out the Taylor Swift one called 'Mine'. We shot this video in one day and in only one place only, the Groom's house (Julian).
They've also did some decorations outside the house by hanging down photos on pieces of strings which looked absolutely beautiful when I arrived. On the night of their reception, I could see lots of their guests enjoyed watching it.
I've done a few SDEs but honestly, I think this is the best one so far. I worked faster on this one and managed to put smiles on their faces as they walked into the hall for the second time.