Suddenly, about my dream in video making


Friday, June 21, 2013 || 5:21 AM || 0 comments ||

Oh when will I get joo~

First of all, I am a big fan of trailer videos and if possible, I'd like to make lots of trailer type videos. Not just that, I am also super interested in directing and shooting scenes, especially those scenes which can fit nicely into trailer videos. But yea, for my dreams to come true, I will be needing the right gadgets and tools, which is kinda impossible for now.

Ideas, lots of ideas running in my head whenever I watch trailer videos, be it movie trailers or random university project trailers. Whenever I watch em, with the right song, I will start imagining a plot that fits the song, and starts to direct the scenes in my mind. Having the right atmosphere, effective camera angles and scenes transition, I just created one awesome trailer video! But yea, only limited to one viewer.....because it's all...in my mind.....and I am the only one....okay okay of course you get it lol.

Again, to make whatever that is happening in my head into reality, I will be needing them gadgets. Just give me a DSLR capable of recording high quality videos, and Adobe Premiere Pro (yeap, with just Premiere), I will be able to make awesome videos! But of course not immediately lol, will need to train my directing and shooting skills so it'll match as close as possible to whatever that's in my head.

Sure I have been having this dream for quite a long time, but I wasn't this enthusiastic before. All this thanks to this one club I've recently joined; MILE club. MILE stands for The Multimedia Initiative for the Language of English. To summarize what they do, from what I know, they organizes some English classes or meetings or events (no idea what's the right term) for the members to enhance their English and communication skills. They also organizes dramas, using the university's main hall as their venue which can be enjoyed  by not just the students, but outsiders as well; the biggest highlight of MILE's activity.

Okay enough about the club, back to the main point; what exactly did they do that made me this enthusiastic. Yes, they organizes dramas, while doing that, they will also make trailers to promote the upcoming drama they are working on. Yes, those trailer they made, grabbed my attention immediately.

Of course the trailers they made are not comparable to those awesome movie trailers out there, but they really did a good job, I mean it, really. While watching their trailers, my hands got itchy, my head starts to imagine all the awesome scenes and transitions that can be added into the trailer to make it even more awesome! If only they give me a chance by, well, lending me a camera and gimme the plot for the trailer, I shall help them direct and shoot the scenes as awesome as possible! 

For your information, no I am not telling you that I can do better than what they did, just sharing my feelings on being able to make my own interpretation of the trailers they made; same plot but with my directions and making sure each scenes are made as movie-like as possible.

Below are some of the trailers they made to promote their dramas. For those of you with high standards, please lower your expectations. Not in a bad way though, truthfully they are not professionals, but the efforts they put in making these trailers deserves a salute.

1. Bonnie and Clyde:


2. Merchant of Venice:





Okay, time to promote myself too lol. I do have some videos I made myself (only 2 for now), but with limited resources and video editing skills. All the scenes used are not recorded by me, I got it from others. With my limited editing skills, I made sure each scenes used fits the mood of the song. Both videos I made are for my sis' wedding. Er...enjoy?

1. Sis' Engagement - Totally made this just for fun.




2. Sis' Wedding - Kinda a rushed product. Tried making it as movie trailer as possible lol.



That's all about my dream for now. Just sharing my dreams and thoughts, since this is the only way I can express myself. Hoping things will go as I wanted in the future.



suddenly, a movie review: MAN OF STEEL


Saturday, June 15, 2013 || 8:09 AM || 0 comments ||

I sure haven't post anything here for quite a while. Well, here I am, again, writing random stuffs and farts.

As the title says, yes recently I went to the cinema for the movie Man of Steel; one of the movies I highly anticipate. Been watching all the trailers and TV spots before the movie was out, it looked so damn good; the new and modern look of Superman, General Zod, and all the visual aspects of the film. So yea, suddenly feels like wanna write a review for the movie, even though no one cares anyway.

From this point onwards, the following review is fully written by a person who is not a certified movie reviewer and doesn't know THAT much about Superman and whatever happens in his universe. Just a random dude with...er...keyboard? Well, here it goes.

 **Might contain spoilers**


First part of the film, really starts from the beginning; the planet Krypton and all the crazy things that happens inside. It was a very good introduction in my opinion, not to mention well executed too. No problem for this part...except what comes after.

The scenes in this movie (after the awesome introduction), truthfully, are not what I was expecting from a movie I highly anticipate (well, things like this happens).

The scenes feels kinda unsatisfying for most parts. Fine they tried not to do a typical superhero movie plot; starts from a boy, then his school life, gradually learns this and that, then finally, becomes superhero. Instead, the movie jumps straight into the action; Clark Kent is all grown up, helping people and all, searching for the truth about himself. All about his past are shown as flashbacks instead, which is, an okay idea if well executed. Well, here goes my opinion regarding this part.



First of all, this movie is a reboot, everything must start from the beginning. Everyone wants to know how the journey starts for Clark. Fine, do not make it TOO long, but just make sure it is long and interesting enough for the audience to be able to grasp the life of Clark from the learning period until he becomes Superman. From this, the audience will get to connect with the character Clark in a more effective way and will dramatically (and positively) reacts to whatever happens next. I find this really helpful, ESPECIALLY for Man of Steel since it is the first proper reboot for Superman and for modern audience (no, Superman Returns doesn't count). INSTEAD, they start Clark's journey straight to when he is already an adult, knows his abilities, and starts doing what he does best. And not to mention, they were like "okay, let us put some short flashbacks here and there, so people will quickly and roughly understands what he has gone through during the past". Because of this, everything feels so fast. People got bored and doesn't connect well with the character Clark due to lack of deepness in the story of his past. From this, the audience will look forward to the action scenes instead, rather than getting to really know the new Superman.



Awesome action and fighting scenes, what a Superman movie needs. How was it? I must say, it was good, really good, for most parts. From the part when General Zod made his first contact with earth, it starts to go uphill from there, I meant action-wise. The explosions and destruction scenes are amazing, same goes for the fight scenes. I must say, from watching all the action and fighting scenes, I became a big fan of the character Faora; one of General Zod's minions. The actor Antje Traue really did a good job playing Faora; how she fights, how she behaves, her expressions, really makes her a badass character. Plus, she is hot....huehuehuehue. Don't get me wrong though, General Zod is awesome as well, but Faora has more awesome action scenes than Zod which kinda overshadows Zod's awesomeness in the movie.It took quite a while until Zod finally steps down for epic fighting scene. It starts well, but after a while, it gets kinda messy and draggy. They both just flew around kinda too much at some point. But at least the fight ends well.

Oh yea, the visuals. Well, as expected from Zack Snyder, the visuals are top notch. Some movements are kinda cartoony though, but yes I do understand, the process wasn't easy, at least those scenes still looks good and satisfying. The actors also did a very good job, no awkward acting whatsoever. As for the soundtracks, all of the songs fits the scenes really well, can't wait to get my hands on the original soundtrack lol.



Well, too summarize everything, Man of Steel is a good superhero movie, but not one of the best though. Almost, but no. Why? Because on how they handle the scenes as I mentioned earlier. They should at least include more back story for Clark at the right moments so that everything doesn't feel rushed and audience will get to know Clark even deeper, hence connecting themselves with the character. Other than that, everything looks and sounds great. The action and fighting scenes are what you would expect from a modern superhero movie, especially Man of Steel; awesome and satisfying. If you are a Superman fan and your main reason is to watch the new Superman in action but doesn't care about how deep the back story is (as long as there are enough to keep you going), then this movie is for you. Not just for fans of course, even the non-fans will be able to enjoy this movie, at least for most parts.

Due to my awesome level of anticipation towards this movie, I shall give it a 8/10. But, if I wasn't looking forward to it and watching it just for fun, I might give it 7.5/10.

The End.

p/s: Please ignore any grammar mistakes lol.



suddenly, about marriage


Tuesday, March 26, 2013 || 12:09 AM || 0 comments ||


This may come as a weird topic, coming from me. No no I am not getting married, I am just posting this to show my concerns on the said topic....MARRIAGE!

Some of my friends got married....my sister got married...my cousin got married. I've been observing all these people that got married, from my point of view, some of them still have no idea what to do after they got married. Like, "Yay, I am married now wohoo!! I own her now yeah!!....so what's next?". Yes, my concern are the guys, not the ladies, since guys will be the head of the family, so yea, they sure have a lot of work to do after marriage.

This post might butthurt some married couples, but, sooner or later, someone should tell them about this anyway. So yea, continue at your own risk.

Firstly, to get married, there are 2 starting points that can affect the flow of your marriage, in a good way of course (if the plan goes well) :


  1. Secure everything before you get married; house, furniture, car, and everything necessary for you and your future wife to live.


  2. Secure everything on the go, but, with a plan. The plan of course, requires money...and a functioning brain.

For the first point, it is considered the most convenient way to start your new life with your wife. This is to ensure that, after you got married, there will be no need to scratch your head on how to get all the stuffs. To put it in easier way, just "Take her, and go".

As for the second point, yes of course, money is the main point for the plan to work. But the benefits in this is that, you and your wife can share ideas on how to start the new life; what kind of house, where to live, etc. Again, money is the main factor, make sure you are awesome, financially, before going for this method, so that whatever you want, you can just grab it.

Still, many of these people I've seen that got married, they always go for the 2nd starting point; Secure everything on the go, but the thing is, they are weak, financially. So, when this happens, it will lead to the most common survival instinct used by these people; stay at in-law's or own parents' house.

Of course they will welcome you for staying at their house, but how long will it last?


By staying in their home, yes you are still their child, but the privileges are not the same anymore because now, you are staying as a guest, yes I repeat, a guest. Which means, to stay there, you have to behave like a guest, in other words, maintain good behavior, since they are the one's who is helping you right now, you have no choice. Well, these are what I meant by "good behavior" :

  • If you want to eat/ cook something, try and use your own supplies as much as possible.
  • Since you are staying there, why don't you contribute some money for the bills? Seriously, without you staying there, their bills should reduced, not the other way around.
  • Respect your parents even more now, by this I meant, do not argue whenever things didn't go as you want (in the house). For example like, when there are no food supplies, when they ask you to do some cleaning but you don't feel like doing it, etc.
  • Try to find a house as soon as possible. Once you get one, get out of their house. The sooner you leave the house, the better. This is to make sure their views towards you will not turn negative.
All these points comes from my own experience. No I am not married yet lol, what I meant is from observing some of the married couples I managed to get my eyes on. No, not stalking strangers, I meant, the ones that are close to me...ok let us continue.

Okay, not just guys, there are some advice for the girls as well. We have to admit, there are some girls that are really spoiled, like really really spoiled, and has no idea that she's already married and still acting like a brat. I've seen this kind of person, like, LIVE. These are some of the shits happened that I still happen to remember:

  • The mother cooked some dish (the daughter and the son in law are off to work and will be home late.). Of course, the whole family ate, the amount of rice left is really low. Once the daughter got back, she cooked ANOTHER dish especially for her husband, which then she happens to find out the rice is not enough. She went nuts, blaming her mom for everything, saying things like "Why didn't you tell me this??! Now how is HE going to eat with no rice?!?!", like as if it's her mom's responsibility now to take care of her husband as well. Not to mention the dish she cooked, is from her mom's supplies...which she never contribute back after using. Also, who cooks a dish without checking the rice first....genius.
  • The mother and father packed her daughter's stuff nicely inside a box, so she can take it back to her new house. The daughter then found out her stuffs got packed, and starts to go nuts again. Saying stuff like, "Why are you doing this to me?! You really want me to get out izzit?! You just don't want me here anymore huh?!", and then later, the daughter was like refuse to talk to her parents and all, acting like a spoiled child. First of all, YOU ARE MARRIED, OF COURSE YOU SHOULD GET OUT. It is good enough for her parents to provide a temporary place to stay, and even more, they helped packing stuffs for her, which she should be the one to do it. If I am not mistaken, her parents never once said anything similar to "get out".

These 2 stories are the only ones that I can remember clearly. But yea, this is the kind of person that needs a smack in the face once a while ya know. Someone should really knock the sense out of them sooner or later....or they can just read this blog post. Please please and please respect your parents, especially when they are being nice to you and all. Please do not abuse their hospitality, with you staying at their place, they have suffered enough already, please do not add more salt to their wounds by being such a bitch and all.

Back to the guys. Lastly, these are some final tips to make your life easier once you got married. Some of it actually comes from common sense:

  • Be matured. Duh.

  • Maintain good relationship with in-laws. Refer back to the list I made on "good behavior living in parents' house".

  • If you went for option 2; Secure everything on the go, make sure you maintain your finance wisely. Never buy anything useless which can affect you from buying the necessary stuffs like house, furniture, etc. Once you have the necessary stuffs, then you can spend on the useless stuffs, which you must spend wisely as well, so you won't end up eating instant noodles everyday.

  • .....that's all I guess?
Sorry for the long post. Well, I do admit that this blog post seems like a newbie's view on marriage, but trust me, most of them still need someone to tell them all this. If you think life after marriage is difficult, guess what, that means you are still not ready for it, in other words, DON'T GET MARRIED. All you need is love? Bullshit. You need love and money! If love can feed you and give you shelter, then why not, just stick to love then.Remember, this ain't wonderland.


.....and I still have no Idea why I post this shit which has nothing to do with me......oh well.



Being Myself


Tuesday, July 3, 2012 || 3:50 AM || 0 comments ||

Should I just show it? Or hide it.....

Changes, I can see that everywhere. Almost all the people I know have changed. Some changed to a better person...and some don't. Should I change too? Should I not be myself and become somebody else instead?

Truthfully, being myself is not so bad. I am unlike those Otaku kind of guy, I am perfectly normal...well...normal enough. I am not that "Cool" guy but I can engage in normal conversation and socialize with others when needed. What I am lacking now is a better socializing skills (better, to some people)....such as being super funny and act crazy enough to grab people's attention. I can't do that, that's just not my style. I did try, failed badly.

University life changes people, including me in some ways. Some of my friends changed too, most of them became a better person, as for the others....maybe they took a wrong turn?

During my early days as a university student, I do want to show everyone I have changed, which I did. Whenever I am with others, especially my high school friends, I will start to show my "changed" version. After a while, I get tired of it, not being myself is just a waste of time. Luckily I realized that early enough before being labelled as a douche or anything related...

Now, I am being myself all the way, proudly. Still, someone I know didn't survive the "University Changes". During high school, he was like a normal kid and not so douchy (or douchey?). Once started university.....there he goes. Starts showing he has contacts with chicks, showing pictures of himself with other chicks, starts to act like he is cool and awesome whenever we hang out, using sarcasm level DOUCHE BAG, and so on.....you get the idea.

From his actions, desperate might be the right word for him. He wants us to know he has changed, he can talk to girls now, he can socialize now, dafuq TAKE A FUCKIN CHILL PILL DUDE! He even went as far as calling me "Forever alone", just because I wasn't being like him, ya know, showing picture of myself with chicks and all. LOL what a noob...

As for this other dude I know, he is a dick by default, but he hides his dicky-ness with a fake personality; being a crazy, funny, happy fun fun dude. His fake personality worked, he has lots of friends, he can easily talk and make friends with others, a fun dude to hang out with, good for him. I was fooled by his fake-ness, but after hanging out with him for quite some time, his true self was shown to me, and I must say, I am disappoint.

I did say to myself, "maybe I should learn from him, be like him, so I can be moar awesome", but naahhh, later I found out being myself is waaay awesome than that crap.

Even though both of them are kinda fucked up, they are still considered as friends to me. We still hang out and all, I will just act cool and let they be whoever or whatever they want to, nobody's perfect anyway.

Well, we can change, it's good. But make sure those changes still refers to your original characteristics...in other words, just an upgraded version of you, but not a totally different version of you.



Video Games Live 2012


Friday, June 1, 2012 || 5:23 AM || 0 comments ||

Thanks again Syazwan for the complimentary tickets XD

My budget for VGL 2012 was kinda affected at first because of the Nintendo 64 I just bought. Took me quite a while to make up my mind whether I should go for VGL or not. In the end, I chose "fuq this shit". Luckily Syazwan called and told me he has 2 complimentary tickets and he can spare one for me! RM138 saved wohoo!

As time flies, finally the day for VGL 2012 arrived. But unfortunately, Syazwan called and told me he couldn't join for VGL 2012. The tickets are still ON, but I had to find someone else to join me for the show instead. 

First person I thought of was my room mate, so I asked him to join me. He said he was super free that day and will be able to join me for VGL.......but few minutes later, called me and told me he couldn't join.

Then, I asked my cousin to join me, in the phone he was like "hmm...u huh....yea...sure...I'll join...yeah...". But again, few minutes later, "......oh shit, sorry dude, can't join, hafta go sumewhere.".

I almost gave up and thinking of going there alone. Last try, I asked my other cousin to join me, luckily she was free the whole day and able to join me.

Awesome performance is AWESOME


So now I will be commenting about VGL 2012. Nobody cares, I know, still gonna do it.

First of all, from where I was seated (J-9), maybe just me, but the lighting was crazy, not in a good way for me. It can get really bright at times, although I am okay with bright lights, most of the time it felt like the lights were pointed straight into my eyes. It was kinda annoying, especially when it starts to do the blinking effects. Fortunately, the annoyance didn't occur that often, but still, it was annoying.

Personally I prefer a bigger venue when it comes to orchestra, like last time when they performed in one of the halls in KLCC. But still, despite the hall in Istana Budaya being smaller, the performance was still enjoyable.

Overall, it was a nice experience. Tommy really did a good job in keeping the audience entertained throughout the performance, and same goes to Laura for her strong and awesome performance; my favourite part is when she sang Snake Eater.

Here are the rest of the pictures taken during VGL 2012:


Faceless lol


 
 Tommy and Laura performing songs from Chrono Trigger


 Intermission


Flute Link


Me and Laura  Intravia...

... Norihiko Hibino....

 ...the conductor, Emmanuel Fratianni...

 ...and finally, Tommy Tallarico

 I hope there will be another VGL next year in Malaysia! I will surely go!



My first Nintendo 64....and the year is 2012


Friday, May 18, 2012 || 1:23 AM || 0 comments ||

My childhood dream...finally....*sob*

I remember when I was a kid, I tried my neighbor's Nintendo 64 and I was like super interested in it. During that time, all I had was Sega Mega drive 2 (or Genesis) and I was still enjoying it that time. But in the end, I jumped straight to Playstation..leaving poor Nintendo 64 behind.

Now, 2012, finally I get to buy it for myself.
 
I was checking out this one store with my mom....if first I was like "when are we going to leave this place". That place do sell electronic stuffs too, so I went to that section to check all the stuffs out; that's how I found the Nintendo 64. Alone, waiting for someone to buy it.

Took me quite a while to decide whether I should buy it or not...since I am saving my money for Video Games Live 2012. Luckily my mom came to the rescue, she said she could lend me da moneh first and I quickly went back to where za Nintendo 64 is waiting.

Most of the stuffs in the store, what you see is what you'll get. In my case, only the console was shown in the display, no controllers and other shits. The price says RM1XX, I kinda hesitated because I don't have any Nintendo 64 games to play with even if I bought the console. Also, what if it comes with no controllers?? That will be even shittier!

Asked the guy there, luckily it comes with 2 controllers. Even better, it comes with 12 games as well!

The games:

 

From top, left to right:
  • Beetle Adventure Racing
  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • GoldenEye 007
  • Pokemon Stadium
  • Fighters' Destiny
  • Doom 64
  • Castlevania
  • Super Mario 64
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day
  • Donkey Kong 64
  • The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time
  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy
Well, now I can finally play Zelda Ocarina of Time in za maffakin Nintendo 64 instead of using emulators! Aww yeah!





p/s : That place I mentioned, they sell second hand stuffs.....super thanks to that someone who sold his/her Nintendo to that place so I can buy it...you are so awesome. 



What I love about Ixora Apartment, Melaka


Tuesday, April 24, 2012 || 9:16 AM || 1 comments ||

View of Ixora from MMU

I've been staying here in Ixora Apartment, in the same room, same unit, since the first time I set foot in MMU, which is on 2009. The building is built on higher ground, which makes it the tallest building here in Bukit Beruang, it can even become a landmark because you can see it from anywhere lol. But still, just because it looks awesome doesn't mean it is THAT awesome right?

Recently I just found out that my unit has a owner. I thought we, the tenants, ARE the owner lol, but nope. I was informed that the owner wants us to move out from his/her unit since he/she wants it back for unknown reason. Also, I was informed too that we will be moving out to a new unit just beside our current one, awesome I guess? Maybe I should move out instead?

What's been bugging me about Ixora since the very beginning is that.....THE INTERNET SUX!! The free internet, which I doubt it's free to begin with, will provide you only 20-30Kbps of speed and you will rarely get to the top speed (most of the time it is SUPER SLOW). Not just that, you can't play online games with it and also it can't multitasking, by that I mean you can't do multiple downloads or load 2 pages at the same time. Because of this, students will resort to fixing themselves da STREAMYX!....which is not really an effective solution...

You can only install 1Mbps Streamyx here in Ixora, yeap no kidding, 1 FUQIN Mbps ONLY! All other apartments doesn't have this problem, but why must Ixora?? THE AWESOME, TALLEST, IXORA?? It's okay if the 1Mbps is just for yourself....but imagine sharing it with other housemates. Yeap, sometimes the speed became super slow even a dial-up can be considered faster.

The rent is high, but with the shitty Internet, I find it kinda not worth it...

But still, despite the shitty Internet, honestly Ixora is a nice place to stay. Here are the reasons why :


1. It is just beside MMU (around 1 minute walking distance)

For a procrastinator like me, this is super useful. Instead of being a good student and head to class 30 minutes earlier, I can choose to head out 5-10 minutes earlier instead and still able to attend the class before it starts.


2. Shops are nearby, lots of em

This is really convenient for me since all the useful shops are reachable whenever I want to....although sometimes I'll just go by car lol.


3. Amazing balcony view and awesome breeze

Since I am living in 11th floor, the view at the balcony is amazing especially in the morning. Also, when it's raining, once the wind enters the house....*orgasm*. Honestly, this is the main reason why I feel reluctant to move out from Ixora. Since my student life can be stressful sometimes, this is the only thing that can calm me down. I don't think other apartments have this shit.....since they are not tall enough lol.

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Well, I guess that's all about Ixora. I am considering moving out to another apartment which is just beside Ixora. Although the view from the balcony is not as nice as Ixora, the facilities are kinda nice though. Still considering....but deep inside, I kinda don't wanna move out lol. Well, I guess we'll see how it goes.