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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

You Tube Rules!!!!

Basket! Afterworld episodes are available on You Tube! Apparently they have been there since the beginning of time! How could I have been so stupid? And I had to go through all that registration!

God I feel so cheated! My innocence have been tainted, so violated, so molested!

AfterWorld Launching Sucks!!!

I just found out that AfterWorld can only be seen in the US. For those outside of US (aliens), we have to go register ourselves at http://www.afterworld.spti.com/ so that the great almighty AfterWorld can inform us when the launch in Asia starts. Why lidat?!
After registering, this appears:

Hey brader, where got beginning? It's not even started yet. Hurry hurry Chicken curry!

Monday, August 27, 2007

FREE Chermin T-Shirt from Zarina Abdullah!

I went for Zarina Abdullah's screening earlier tonite at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus. It was organised by the Sarawak Film Society.

Zarina was this little lady who looked more like a college student.

This is how she looks like. I stole this picture from her blog http://zarinaabdullah.blogspot.com/ without her permission because I lazy to bring camera. She reminds me of Sheila Majid.

This is eerie! The hairs on my legs are standing up and I have a lot!

Anyway, I was glad that she screened a few of her very first student work. That made sense cos most of us would have already seen 'Chermin'. It's showing now on Astro KIRANA and I think the DVD is out (the original one lah).

This is the poster for the film. I also stole this, from the official website. Look carefully at the girl in the mirror for a while. Focus your eyes on her face. She will move! Scary isn't it? It made me pee in my pants.

Anyway, the whole point of the story is that I got a free official Chermin T-shirt signed by Zarina herself. Wow! I will keep it in the plastic bag and show it to my grandchildren one day.

Myyyy preciousssssss!!!!

I think they gave it to me cos I was asking too many questions in the Q&A session. I think they wanted me to keep the noise down a little. And looked what happened! Wooho! I got a free AUTOGRAPHED T-shirt! Thank you Zarina!

Actually, that is not the point of this entry lah. I asked Zarina's sister Umi a lot of questions on film funding & from there I gathered a couple of points in summary (which concurs with the other filmmakers' experiences) :

1. Even though they got the loan from KEKWA/FINAS, it was still a process filled with uncertainty, a lot of chasing & follow ups, unnecessary anxieties, time wasted on waiting, etc. The bottomline here is - if you're applying for a loan, you need to setup camp outside FINAS/KEKWA.

2. Up to this day, the Censorship Board still does not have proper guidelines. Their decisions are still based on what's the mood of the day. But the good thing is that you can also negotiate with them like pasar malam.

I think we need more education, more viewer discretion, not more controls. We also need basic professional service, strealimed administrative procedures, and transparency in the disbursement of funds.

Hidup Cinema Malaysia! Merdeka!

AfterWorld Launched!

Yesterday (Monday) 99.9% of the world's population disappeared. What happened? That was the tagline of the new animated series released online yesterday. The first 10 episodes are now viewable on myspacetv.com

According to LA Times:
Created by Santa Monica-based Electric Farm Entertainment, "Afterworld" spans 130 episodes, each lasting two to three minutes. The show's roughly $3-million budget makes it the most expensive series of its kind to run on News Corp.'s social networking site, which draws more than 115 million active users worldwide each month.
The animation has a lot of the anime-inspired motionless shots where the characters are in deep thoughts - like when they are sitting on their toilet bowls, hard at work, like this:


You get the idea.

You must watch the trailer. It's really cool.
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