Composer

We had a pitching to the composers from Royal College of Music.
I was so awkward for me that I really hated this kind of socialising event. XD
(We were packed in a tiny room that everyone hunted for a right composer.. felt like a speed dating XD)

Anyway, I listened to all their showreels before the pitching.
I found someone who might be able to create the cheerful and fun atmosphere that I was looking for.
His name is Vincent and here is his showreel,

I was terrified with the speed dating situation. Luckily, he found my pitching interesting that he jotted my name and came to talk to me actively. (Thanks god XD)

We had a few discussions through email and he found my animatic a bit confusing. Therefore, I created an explanation list for him to clarify those Cantonese phrases.

 

Then we agreed to work together. He shared some of his works which are so energetic that I thought would be working well for my film.

And I have also shared a reference which I like very much,
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/314266880242432248/

Looking forward to see my film with cheerful music!

Cha Chaan Teng – Calligraphic menu

It has been always fun to look at the handwritten menus from our local restaurants. The senior staffs always have their own calligraphic style!
And nearly all of them are amazing!!

It is a signature that I would love to preserve.

 

Therefore I wanted to include this kind of calligraphy in my film!

Some of my friends are very good in calligraphy that I asked them for help XD I briefed them with the list below.

I am so greedy XDD
But fortunately they were happy to help !!
I asked one for Chinese and one for Phonetics, as they have different strength and I wanted them to share the workload. hahah

I am super satisfied with the outcome!! and I am so surprised about how much effort they have put!!!

They are amazing!!
Preserving the traditional style and also creating a trendy look!

Here is one of the drafted outcome,

 

More are coming!

Site visit – Mido cafe

I went back to Hong Kong in February for various reasons.
One of them was for a site visit at Mido cafe, where the story based at.

It is a signature and famous cafe in Hong Kong.
Even though it is called cafe, it serves all kind of food and dishes just like a restaurant.

The cafe has 2 levels and a very traditional interior design.
I love their color combination very much.

My friend helped me taking reference images XD

And I also got the sound recording of the crowd in the cafe!
The waiters acted exactly like my imagination XD some of them are demanding and straightforward, some of them are anxious and panicking haha typical Hong kongnese.
I had fun doing researches! 😀

Year 2 Assessment Feedback

I just got the feedback for the ENO group project.

I feel terribly sad and annoyed when I saw one of the comments saying that my performance at blogging was terrible. First of all, my “life” isn’t defined by writing blogs… I don’t have leisure time to visit exhibitions once a week. I work so hard try not to make myself regards quitting my job in HK and spending all my savings to come to UK. I would never judge people based on my own imagination.

Why would I write a blog on this terribly designed website when I didn’t even have time to talk to my family and lovely grandma.

I worked so hard for the project (as everyone did) and I believe that the outcomes have shown how much effort I put.

I used to blog on this kind of old-fashioned website 10 years ago during my high school life. (A website called Xanga which has been shut down due to the raise of social media.)

Anyway, I will still do my best to write blog here just to meet the course requirement. But I would like to recommend using a more up-to-dated platform that having a better user interface, for example tumblr, instagram, or even building our own Facebook page. I believe those would really help us reaching and promoting our works to the world. (Which I believe most of the class have been working to build their own branding.)


I have started doing the research for my final project.
I would really like to do something that relate to my hometown Hong Kong.

I will share more research on the next post. 🙂

Graduation Film Research

I have been wanting to create something that records my city’s situation and shows it’s distinctive identity.

After an amount of readings, I am particularly interested in the following topics,

Housing problems

Hong Kong has been the top 10 of the global competitiveness ranking for years but the living standard of our citizen has been declining. Everyone works so hard for a living but barely gets an equal return. The government never put local citizen on the first priority.

 

Heritage/ Cultural conservation

During the progress of researches, I realised how am I lack of knowledge and not knowing the city. I don’t what to create something that is based on imagination and not supported by facts.

I needed to keep reading and doing more researches if I really wanted to do the above topics. Then I paused the readings and took a deep breathe. I looked for something that I have been knowing since I was born. It is Cantonese. Someone defines it as a dialect but I see it as a language. It has completely different meanings and pronunciation to Mandarin. Even the grammar is different.

Doing more researches, I realised the importance of protecting a language as it affects and contains the culture of an ethnic. What the Chinese government has been doing is to replace Cantonese with Mandarin. Scholars have proven the historical significance of Cantonese which has been used in well-known poems and poetries, is much older then Mandarin. The Chinese government has been degrading as a non-civilised dialect.

I want to create a film that shows how humorous and flexible Cantonese is.

 

ENO | Animation in progress

I finally realised that how much animation and movement we have in the film…. but we’re doing our best to complete it!

Our group has been keeping everyone updated about the work daily. I really like how we’ve been communicating to get the best results.

here is the development that me and Ines are working on.

She has created 2 different versions for comparison! <3

Very thoughtful and profession!

Pitching

My pitch was selected to be one of the 10 films this year. I was very glad. However I have learned that they picked my work simply because of the visual style was appealing. They didn’t like my story that we had to rethink a new storyline during the weekend and execute the storyboard and animatic in a week time..

At the end, our new story got approved and we are all happy that we could start animating.

Inspiration 2

Reflections

graduation film from Bezalel – Academy of art and design, Jerusalem 2013

I found this story very interesting and resonating. I like the why how they convey the emotion.  The film is so nicely executed that couldn’t believe that it was done by students. I wish that we could have more time, labour and support for the ENO project in order to achieve a result like this.