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Monday, January 27, 2014

Location scouting at the beautiful Cameron Highlands

I was continuing the location scouting last week for my film RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS, which I'm continuing to shoot in early February after taking nearly a month break. (exciting!)

So, I headed off to Cameron Highlands, which, unbelievably, I've never visited before all my life!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Photos from a very brief Taipei trip (Jan 6-11, 2014)

I was in Taipei from the 6th to the 11th of January. It's been a week since then, but only now I'm digging through my 7D's CF card to see what photos have I taken. Actually it wasn't a lot, just a few from the famous SPOT - Taipei Film House that I went to with dad and sister on my first day there. (it's also where I discovered the local band LIGHT ENGINE, which I recommended in a previous post)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

And even more RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS production stills...

It's been three days since I got back from Taipei.

I've returned to work immediately. Firstly by finishing the editing of Ming Jin's SECOND LIFE OF THIEVES (which underwent some reshoots during my time in Taiwan), I needed to do that so I can focus on RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS. (not much of a multi-tasker, me)

As you know, my film had gone through an intense 4-day shoot from the 2nd to the 5th of January, the second phase of the shoot is on February. (the film has an episodic structure) So I'm going through preparations for the upcoming shoot, finalizing the cast and location, fine-tuning the script etc.

Meanwhile, my friend Joe, an aspiring filmmaker who came to the shoot to help out and served as an invaluable production assistant, had posted even more production stills of RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS.

This time, I'm sharing only photos that have myself in it because I'm narcissistic.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Light Engine 光引擎

I was at the SPOT - Taipei Film House (a must-visit in Taipei for all film lovers) two days ago, when a song playing in the shop caught my attention.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

More photos from the first 4 days of RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS shoot

I'm now in Taipei, trying to recuperate after spending four intense days of filming RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS (my feature debut).

Kong the cinematographer, Boon the production designer and Ming Jin the producer have started posting more photos from the RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS shoot.

Monday, January 06, 2014


After four intense days, I have finally completed the first leg of the RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS film shoot last night.

Unlike my earlier shoots, the constant development of smartphones and social media has made it possible for everyone in my team to take photos of the production, chronicling things that I myself wasn't able to see.

So once again I'm compiling Facebook posts from my producer, cast members and crew members from the last 3 days.

Friday, January 03, 2014


January 2nd, 2014.

I started shooting my debut feature film RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS. It's a surreal feeling, what seemed improbable just a few weeks ago became probable.

So excited that I immediately took a selfie of myself before the shoot started.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

How I started 2014... a production meeting for my debut feature, RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS

January 1, 2014. Woke up, and headed straight to the mamak stall near my house for a production meeting.