Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes – A Consolidation of Feelings about the Future of Malaysian BigScreen Film?

 

Today I watched the midnight run of Ah Beng The Movie with the No.33-Gang. For some reason I felt a tingling in my heart as the show progress. I looked within, though it was a sad scene when I felt the tingling, it was more. I looked around, the whole cinema, full house, was fully engrossed in the movie. Then as the main actor did a slapstick witty line, everyone laughed.

For a moment there, I felt a tinge of hope. Isn’t that what a movie director & the script writer would hope for? That the masterpiece being played on the big screen is able to captivate the audience’s emotions at every nook and turn; That as the plot progress, the audience chuckled, laughed, kept-quiet (sobbing?) as and when they are supposed to be; That sadness, joyfulness, suspense, anger, happiness on the screen will resonate down to the audience; That the audience is able to empathize with the characters on screen. Isn’t that it’s all about? For a moment there, it is as if I have felt what the people-involved-in-the-film would have felt if they were in TGV movie theatre 3 at around 1:30am on the 25th of January 2012.

As I glanced around the theatre, it’s full house. I believe the same might have happened in the earlier show timings. I see parents who brought their toddlers along. I thought I heard some baby-cries, I might be wrong. But it might just be a common happening during Chinese New Year. I can’t even remember when was the last time I actually watched a movie during Chinese New Year, 半夜场更不用说。But I really cannot recall any other time where a local film production garner a full house during the midnight run. Or at least I have not heard of it being mentioned even if it has happened before.

It is as if people are really returning to the cinema theatre. That “let’s watch a local movie production” deserves a spot on our “to-do list”. Perhaps the “Support Original” campaign is finally working. Perhaps people are getting more affluent. Perhaps it’s just me being the usual out-of-touch self. That the situation wasn’t that bad before this.

Just as the credits rolled, once again I am bedazzled by some unique behaviour. Most of us are still seated and people actually pay attention to the rolling names, pointing out names in which they recognize, commenting on the actors’ performance earlier. That — is truly a rare scene indeed. Why is it so? Let me go into some details :-

If you have watched a movie in Malaysian Cinemas before, you are bound to be appalled by the unfailing kind act of the cinema staff to open the EXIT door at the ending scene of a movie. Well, you might say they are just doing their job, part of their service to give the audience some preparatory time to leave the theatre. But it is so annoying. The ending scene of a movie are usually a resolution scene. We are supposed to immerse ourselves in the scene and sometimes to give some serious thought about the show we have just watched. But the cinema staff have to, have to spoil it all by opening the EXIT door.

Of course, the most important reason to stay on just a little while after the rolling credits is so that we can honour the people who worked so hard behind-the-scenes. Staying back a little while more and carefully look at the names is the very least we could do, as appreciation to them.

Try to recall the last time you actually sat through the entire credit roll. Wait, how about half the credit roll? One-third?  Was it because someone told you that there was a hidden trailer at the end of the credits.

 

But today, today is a spectacular day indeed. There are quite a number of people stayed back for the credit roll. I had a feeling that they are genuinely touched by the movie and decided to stay on just a little while longer. How do I know? I don’t know, I felt it.

Lastly, sponsors & product placements. This might not be the smoothest product placement film but you can feel that the script-writer tried. Nonetheless, the last time I counted, there were more than 6 sponsors that appeared in the film itself. Why are they doing this? Would you want to have your product appear in a show that doesn’t sell? Of course not. Hence the existence of so many product placement in the film might suggest that companies are starting to notice local movie production. As much as I dislike the notion of a movie industry dependent on a sponsor’s wimp, money seem to be the most efficient fuel to push the industry forward.

From the execution of the movie technicalities, the spectacular audience numbers, the audience’s behaviour during credit roll to the willingness of companies to sponsor a local movie production. All things considered, I think this shows a promising future of the local movie production scene.

But then all these might just have been a simple surge of emotion from a guy who had not touched-the-ground for far too long. At times, he seemed almost out of touch with the happenings in his home country, his home town. So take my words with a pinch of salt. Go and try it out for yourselves. Open your eyes and your ears, you might just catch a glimpse of what it is about to come. We shall see.

 

Now as for me, it hurts to think that I have to spend more of my time in the next 3 years glancing over the causeway to keep myself up to date with the exciting growing movie industry. Now I’m sure I will be able to still do something….

Eu’ma’soff Best Float!

Eusoff & Temasek’s float “…was named the best this year”!

Nope, I didn’t say that – Straitstimes did.Well, the article is not exactly a positive review of RAG. But my take on this is unless you can come out with a better idea, it’s just useless rhetoric. A worthy replacement event will have to provide the same awesome bonding experience to students each year AND inspire students to FLAG for a total amount of $480+. Beat that!

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Thank you http://www.facebook.com/nusragtoriches peeps for scanning the article!

Of course, how can RAG go without an awesome video from EusoffWorks (HD!)

Media Search Tools of the future

Saw this article @ COM1 @ the SoC in the News section. I’ve found an online excerpt, click here to view.
Media Search seems to go hand-in-hand with proper archiving methods in solving the multimedia information overload problem.
In that if things are kept in an orderly manner in the first place, it’s definitely easier to find what you set out to find (search). Of course, the follow-up question will be: “What happens after you’ve found what you’ve set out to find? You would want to look at it right?” This is where Data Visualisation comes in. So ya, it’s like one big continuum of issues sitting there waiting for us to solve, exciting times!!

I like the introduction paragraph, it summarizes the problem that I’ve been trying to articulate to people whenever people ask about my passion on Digital Archiving. Now on to assimilating what Asha had wrote into my brain… nom nom nom nom…

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Multimedia information has become more pervasive and now permeates many aspects of our personal and professional lives.

For example, new mobile devices allow us to easily record pictures and videos, and share them with friends across social networking sites on the Intenrnet.

Companies routinely integrate multimedia information tin the development of products and delivery of services to their customers.

Such developments have created an unprecedented amunt of multimedia content comprising text, audio, images, videos and more.

With so much information available, the challenge is how to efficiently sift through it and find a specific piece of information.

This has led to the need for more effective data mining and search tools, which can process, analyse and fuse information.

He witnessed a dream come true!

Eusoff Wins Rag! 4/4  (finally)

Eusoff Rag 1011 - Estrados - (Mexico)
Eusoff Rag 1011 – Estrados – (Mexico)

Eusoff Hall clinched the Chancellor’s  Shield in Rag & Flag 05/06. That was also the year where an NUS float participates in Chingay, Singapore’s Grandest Float Parade during the Chinese New Year Celebration! But it was not Eusoff who went…

As history dictates, the following year Eusoff Hall went back empty handed in the Rag Competition.

AY06/07, a noob-looking short hair guy checked-in to Eusoff Hall. There he was, fresh out of STPM, accepted the offer to study Engineering Science in National University of Singapore, a university he hadn’t heard of until his brief visit a month ago. He chose Eusoff Hall as his choice of residency after watching an uplifting Rag Performance Video made for Rag 03/04, nicknamed “Scorpion Year”. But as he watch the video, he was puzzled, confused and deeply curious!?

He wondered why were there tears?

How is it possible for a person to be tearing and yet be delirious at the same time?

How did they do it?

Such magnificent mechanisms!

Such lively performance!

Such great energy!

He was curious!

He wants to find out why?!

He wants to be a part of “this”, whatever “this” is!

As soon as he foretasted a tinge of the adrenaline rush and the sky high emotions all around him as a Freshie RAG helper for RAG 06/07, he pretty much had his mind fixed on joining RAG the following year. He figured that the only to truly understand this “RAG thing” is to experience the whole process first hand. He thought to himself…

Wouldn’t it be great to be a part of this grandeur dream of making SOMETHING out of literally NOTHING!

Wouldn’t it be great to spend the whole three months of holiday doing nothing else but wholly focusing on ONE task?

Wouldn’t it be great to have someone make a GREAT video documenting every single bit of the precious memories throughout the process? Surely there will be a team of MEMORY CAPTORS equipped with the latest Memory-Capturing devices deployed in order to immortalize this splendor event, right?

With that in mind, he joined the RAG 07/08 team and began his journey of self-discovery!

Through RAG, he and a group of awesome friends dreamt the impossible, pushed themselves past their mental and physical limits, forged unwavering friendship bonds and most importantly he discovered that with earnest prayers and hard work, a HALF FLOAT was also able to win the BEST FLOAT Award!

Fast forward into the year 2010, he is no longer a boy, people called him Oldman 2.0.

He is astounded as to how far he has walked thus far.

He is satisfied as he had witnessed a dream come true!

He is happy that professional MEMORY CAPTORS do exist!

He is bliss that all the great memories of all the great minds are safely immortalized for posterity!

He is truly grateful to know that many generations to come will be able to experience what he’d experience in HALL, even if the HALL are to cease to exist.

He will never forget the blessings that he’d received by being a part of the Eusoff family:

A safe incubator for crazy ideas and freedom of expression.

A chance to learn from shit cleaning when it hits the fan!

A place where history are made, legends defined!

A safe house amidst the harsh world!

An opportunity to serve.

A home and a haven.

A chance to bless.

A chance to give.

Although I’m not the Rag Head, but as a MEMORY CAPTOR myself, I’m pretty sure that we wouldn’t be able to clinch all FOUR out of FOUR RAG awards if one more person decided to be selfish!

Thus, this little video is a small tribute to everyone who has helped made Eusoff Rag 10/11 a spectacular success.

Relive the moment! se-Eusoff! se-Hati se-Jiwa!

Eusoff Rag 1011 - Estrados (Static Display)
Eusoff Rag 1011 – Estrados (Static Display)
One Big Family!
One Big Family!
EusoffWorks - the Memory Captors!
EusoffWorks – the Memory Captors!


Recognition?

Mitsubishi Xtreme Photo Contest 3rd Prize
Mitsubishi Xtreme Photo Contest 3rd Prize

I got third prize for Mitsubishi Xtreme Speed Photo Contest. Third prize…. speechless. I still remember that day I dragged myself to the VSLR EOS Experience 1D Mk IV event, for some reason or another I didn’t slept well the night before and my alternate universe self might not be so fortunate if the decision was to stay in bed and sleep. I really have to thank NUS Photographic Society. For it was them who gave me the participant pass. And ya, the VSLR is awesome… I’m so gonna get one when I finally decided to buy a personal camera.

Of course, none of this is possible if it’s not because of  EusoffWorks. Ha, it was a Canon 40D and 17-50mm Tamron lens that empowered me that day. Not to forget the many events in Eusoff Hall that acts as opportunities for me to sharpen my photography skills. Finally nghuanjin for teaching me all about DSLR back in my first year after he himself learned DSLR just a month ago. Ha.