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More photos from phase 2 of the RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS shoot

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Due to the episodic nature of the film, THE RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS film shoot is divided into three phases, with a rotating cast and crew. Phase 1 happened in early January. Phase 2 happened from February 5 to 14. My team members had some pretty cool collection of photos from Phase 2.

School scenes from the RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS film shoot

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After 9 intense days, the second phase of RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS film shoot is finally over. In my earlier post, I lashed out at my former high school Catholic High School for reneging on a deal to let me shoot within their premises ... just a day before the shoot. In the end, thankfully, we found a new school to shoot the film. But I remain disappointed with Catholic High's unprofessionalism. Anyway, I will never forget this. Other than that, these are the photos taken during the two days that I was shooting the school scenes.

WATCH: James Lee's new short THE GIRL FROM TOMORROW, starring Joseph Germani and Koe Yeet

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Open letters to Catholic High School PJ

Last night. I wrote an open letter to Catholic High School. This happened because, a few weeks after agreeing to let me shoot RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS within their premises, they suddenly reneged on their promise. A day before the shoot. When everything's already finalized. When a Taiwanese actress had already flown here, to good old Malaysia, to do my film, within a limited schedule. When a large group of actors have been scheduled to act in my school scenes. When a large amount of money and time had been committed to the shoot. Good old Catholic High School of Petaling Jaya, which I attended from 1997 to 2001, NONCHALANTLY went back on a deal that almost jeopardized the entire production and flushed all my money into the drain. The reason given? A carnival day that they conveniently did NOT tell us about until a day before the shoot. Very convenient.

RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS Film Shoot: Day 5

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After taking a one-month break, I finally returned to phase two of my RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS shoot. (to the uninitiated, this is my debut feature) Because of the break, we decided to start it with a simpler shooting day to ease me, the cast and crew, back to the film.

Floating Sun @ Rotterdam International Film Festival 2014

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The Rotterdam International Film Festival has just ended today with the announcement of its 3 Tiger Award winners , they are:

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!