There will be blood

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

Aki 秋

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.

Third Prize in Portugal, shortlisted in Greece

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.

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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.

Two girls and a sunrise

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!

Never Stop Dreaming wins TGSC Finalist Prize

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/.

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Never stop dreaming

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.