Lumix G2 Test - Review - Janji Melayu Short Film


A friend of mine introduced me to a friend of his yesterday for no reasons whatsoever. Chit chatted for a while and showed him my work. Apparently this man was also into filmmaking and bought himself a  'Panasonic Lumix DMC G2' DSLR camera. I knew about this camera when browsing through some filmmakers site before I bought my Canon 7D. It looks rad, its the first Panasonic DSLR exchangeable lens camera and it shoots in 720p 30fps, almost like the Canon 500D BUT, looking at the LCD on camera, the colors are exquisite indeed. It reminds me of the Sony EX1.


So I thought to myself, randomly asking both my friends whether they'd like to go out for a quick experimental test on the new device which he bought a week before Hari Raya. Agreed. Took them to the Muara-Beach (As i heard it has been renovated and looks quite pretty now) and spontaneously made up a simple story of what was going to be shot. It was called 'Janji Melayu'. The problem with me is that, I'd rather experiment it out on a short film rather shooting something environmental.

So far, the articulating LCD is really useful for HDSLR filmmakers. I seriously love it. Now that I've seen the advantages, I can see how the Canon 60D is also similar in its performance. The guy bought it package, came with 2 sets of lenses but only played with the kit-lens, the 14-42mm. It's smaller than a Canon rebel-sized one and its too complicated, well...too complicated for me as this is my first time touching something else besides Canon. It has auto-focus on video mode which was quite cool. If the object is moving, it'll automatically detect to get in focus WITHOUT even to touch any of the buttons. So far, I've not seen any of the Canon's nor Nikon's do this. The other thing that's disappointing after dumping SD files on to my computer was not being able to play the videos on any of my players such as Quicktime, VLC, RealPlayer, Windows Media except for Movist which I use to watch downloaded Bluray films.


Why? The format reads only in .mts instead of H.264 and .mov. Which was weird cos I've never heard or seen this type before and so I asked a couple of friends of mine who all said the same thing, it will not read in any of the players. Neither will it be able to import to editing suite, my Final Cut Pro. They mentioned a few software converters I could use but I keep running into those licensed ones. I wanted something quicker, free, just to use it for this one time. So I found a free software, easy to use called 'Leawo Mac Video Converter Pro'. 

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Siti + Rizal Highlights


Here's a quick highlight video I've just edited a few hours ago. I was referred to the clients by Masamichi Studios. I'm in good terms with Jason Ong, the owner. I was asked to shoot the bride's side whilst his in-house videographer was shooting the groom's. He goes by the name, Nonong. A talented Filipino videographer whom I think is really good. Now, there is no competition whatsoever and neither does any of this small talk have to do anything with it.


It starts getting interesting until I discovered that Nonong, posted up his highlight version (the groom) months ago before mine and I haven't seen the video until just recently right after I posted mine up on Facebook an 1 hour ago.
I was shocked to see that the song that I used on this video was exactly the same one as his. Now...that's a real coincidence don't you think? It really is. Over a billion songs in the world, I picked the exact same one FOR the same client. Now, I didn't know. But I think, I should just leave it alone. The clients may not mine but to me, its funny to have 2 different versions from 2 different videographers. Check out Nonong's version. :) Sweet. Its like having the same mind.

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So Much So Little Time

Its like a few more days now til Hari Raya and I've been in editing mode for about 2weeks straight. Haven't even shower for 48hours and sleeping for over 24hours. Tired. Back hurts. I'm still forcing myself to try get as much done. Also been shooting mini-drama in between and that's also a pain. Keep thinking, will I get any of these videos done before Hari Raya. Too much, I'm piling up. I guess this also means, Visual Dimensions Production wedding services are doing quite well! That's a good thing though. Few more bookings towards the end of the year. Lots of inquiries for 2011, some confirmed.


Leaving for KL by the end of this month to participate in a 'Directing WorkShop'. Also doing a Pre-Wedding video for a client whilst I'm there. The Bride's fiance is Malaysian. Should be interesting because I've always wanted to shoot something, work-related someplace else. I'm sure there are tons of ideas and beautiful environment to capture. Also be meeting up some celebrities, I suppose.


What else... I don't know. I'm just reporting my latest updates. Okay, nothing. That's it.

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Fini + Adel (Pre Wedding Film)


Here's one of the latest short film we've done sometime in July. It was a 2 days continuous shoot. Interviewed by myself and co-directed by Shopian Said. This is the first pre-wedding video we shot using the 12ft crane. We only did it at the very beginning. Enjoy.

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