I know I’m busy, but making this takes the utmost priority.
Recently, I directed and edited a new music video for local indie artist Jean Tan. The song, Crowns, is also the first single in her upcoming EP, Bloom. Collaborating with DP Jack Tan, the visual piece is poetic metaphor of one's state of mind that is inspired by true story of Jean's life struggle, the unsound fight and victory.
Read on the press release on Umami Records.
I had a chance to produce my first-ever music video for Singapore singer-songwriter, Nelson. Titled Borderline, the narrative portrays an absurd, melodramatic sharing session that turns into a series of unexpected events. This is also the first track of Nelson's upcoming solo album BELIEVE.
For more of his music, visit www.clubzhiming.com.
See behind the scenes in pictures below:
Credits: Surya Adhiwirawan
I’ve received another good news this year, with Roads of Himalayas being shortlisted at this year's Adventure Travel Film Festival. The travel video will be screened in London, UK from August 12th-14th, 2016, in Inverewe, Poolewe from September 16th-18th, 2016, and in Bright, Victoria from February 10th-12th, 2017.
Head over to ATFF website to read more about the festival and tickets.
I solo-travelled to Hokkaido during autumn with one goal: to reach the northernmost point of Japan.
I met wonderful people along the way and experienced many firsts – climbed Mount Asahi (spontaneously), shared a king crab feast with a stranger, walked over 8 km distance in the middle of nowhere at night with just a phone as flashlight, stopped by a small family restaurant on the hill while cycling around vast fields of Biei to have a home-cooked curry rice.
Many pictures taken, but these are some favorites.
In collaboration with Squeaky Wheel, my 1-min short film, Us, will air on national TV in Buffalo, NY (Channel 20) and Philadelphia (PhillyCam) as part of Artgrease, a public access show dedicated to media art curated by Squeaky Wheel.
Catch the episode on TV on Saturday, Nov 21 on Channel 20 or on Monday, Nov 23 on PhillyCam. Alternatively, watch it below.
My travel video, Roads of Himalayas picked up Third Prize at the fourth edition of Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival in Sesimbra, Portugal. This also marked its European premiere, along with my Japan travel video, Natsu 夏, which was also shortlisted in the festival.
In addition to the screening in Portugal, Roads of Himalayas is also shortlisted and will be screened at The International Short Tourism Film Festival during YPERIA International Convention on Culture and Tourism 2015 in Greece.
13 days of summer in Japan. Second time being here and I decided to travel out of Tokyo to Nagano, Matsumoto, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and more. Some highlights from this trip: robots, monkeys, deers, geishas, fireworks – sounds like a strange run, but hey, it’s summer after all.
So, I participated in this year’s Cathay Motion Picture Awards for a fresh challenge. We basically need to produce a 1-min short film over the course of seventy nine hours based on a theme, which was ‘sister’.
Using metaphors to convey the story, I came up with Us. A story about two girls and a sunrise.
The film has been shortlisted as one of the finalists and screened at The Cathay theatre. It was the first time I got to see my work on Singapore big screen. Exciting time!
In April, I went for a road trip from China to Nepal – passing by nearly 15 cities, villages and landmarks; including Lhasa, Shigatse, Everest Base Camp, Zhangmu and Kathmandu.
18 days on the road. Endless breathtaking scenes. Many stories to tell. More pictures here.
Never Stop Dreaming was seeing a success by winning the Finalist Prize during the award night of The Good Story Competition, organized by Our Better World. Nevertheless, beyond the win, I was truly humbled to be part of the inspiring night along with the other winning films made by filmmakers from all around the world.
The documentary celebrates everyday people in Indonesia doing good to improve the lives of others through education. For more information about the competition and Our Better World, head over to http://goodstoryasia.ourbetterworld.org/.
I recently worked on a short documentary about Scholar4ID, a network of professionals who discover, motivate, and nurture young talents from low-income families; opening up their opportunities to leap as high as their dreams.
It was such a privilege to be able to work on this project – meeting the scholars and their mentors across Central Java and West Kalimantan, and getting inspired by their stories. The piece, titled Never Stop Dreaming, was made in participation for The Good Story Competition, organized by Our Better World.
Here is a first look to my first short film, Horizon (Horison). The tantalizing picture of two lovers and a sunset offers glimpse of Putri Emelli, who plays a troubled, secretive woman and her lover, Andre, played by Bryant Sidarta.
The film will premiere and compete in the upcoming XXI Short Film Festival in March.
This is a visual journal from my backpack trip across the mountains, islands, beach and sea of West and East Nusa Tenggara with my best buds. Our route in a nutshell: Gili islands, Mount Rinjani, Labuan Bajo, Komodo, Rinca, Kalong and Kelor islands, Mount Kelimutu, Ende, Kupang and Rote island.