Video Making Sharing Session – It’s FREE

I am going to organize my first video making sharing session.

I have been to couple of these sharing sessions when I first embarked on my video making learning journey. Honestly, it is good to see how others interpret differently about the same thing. It is also refreshing to know how they use technique to their advantage. I personally gain during these sessions.

Sharing Session

For my video making sharing session, I am going to help to solve each participant most teething issues when comes to video making. I am going to equip them with a basic set of skills, knowledge and techniques by the time the sharing session ends. That’s my personal aim.

If you have or know friends who :-

  1. Just purchased a Canon DSLR for video making
  2. Loves video making but yet to embark on his/her video making journey
  3. Simply love video making

Let them know of my sharing session. Ask them to reserve their spot via this link :- http://eepurl.com/bdr1uX

I am limiting the number of participants to only 6. This way, I am able to help with their most teething issues.

It is 2 hours session and it is FREE. No payment involved.

Some people have asked me this, ” Why you want to do this ? “

1. I want to help because when I first started, it was time consuming and tiring to find the answers that I am looking for and for 1 year, I do not have a mentor.

2. I want to expose my weakness. I want to know what are my new weaknesses.

3. Sharing your knowledge is like donating blood. New blood will be generated. I am confident it will a good opportunity to meet new people, to learn from them, to bounce off ideas.

If you know someone who will benefits from my sharing session, ask them to reserve their spot over here :- http://eepurl.com/bdr1uX

OFFER TILL 31 MARCH 2015 - INSTAGRAM POST

If happen so you are still looking for a wedding video services, send me an email. Find out if we are perfect match. No obligations to engage my services at any point of time.

There is on-going promotion till 31 March 2015. 

$1600.00 Promotion ! – [ Wedding Video ]

On January 22, 2015, my facebook page, Orangefill has garnered 1000 likes. That’s huge milestone for me personally. It is a reflection of me and my buddies’ hardwork, sacrifices, constant learning and working relationships with our past clients, wedding and businesses alike.

1000 FB page like promotion

Thank you to Faisal Dopey, Eddie, Shahrul and my two other videomakers who wished not to be named, thank you for all your hardwork and time. Even your partners and wives who have given you the green light to shoot on weekends. Thank you.

Also, thank you to our pengantins who have given us so much support and feedback. Without it, we cannot improve that much. Thank you for giving us the opportunity. Thank you for allowing us to interpret your wedding in our own way. Thank you for being lenient and accepting our weaknesses.

So, if you are reading this post and searching for a malay wedding video services, check out our promotion pricing. To enjoy this pricing, confirm your booking by 31 March 2015.

Our pricing - end 31 March 2015

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We Can Learn From Them – [ WEDDING VIDEO ]

One of the many things that I really like about shooting or capturing a wedding, interviewing the parents. Mind you, it is no easy task.

Since 2012, I have hits and misses when comes to interviewing parents. Some are open while some are reserved. Some welcome you to the family instantly while some just sees you as a service provider.

Along the way, I have tweaked my way of asking and the question structuring. Those who have engaged me, might have seen me shed a tear while doing this.

1. Speak in Malay.
– If they replied in English, let them be. That is their time.

2. Speak with conviction and a lot of respect.
– If you need to speak like a news reporter, do it. That way, you are indicating that you are serious about your question.
– Be mindful of your tonation. You got to project humility and respect.

3. Use a standard Malay language.
– No need to use the “Baku” language.
– Don’t use “bahasa pasar” unless you are of the same age as the parents. You are an outsider.

4. Pay attention to body language.
– Pay attention to eyes, lips and body language like actions of swallowing.
– If the eyes are watery, parents are about to break.
– If the lips are trembling, again, they are about to break.
– If they keep swallowing their saliva, it means, they are trying themselves very hard not to break.
– Trust me, you can feel it.

5. Don’t push.
– If parents are not willing to share their experiences, don’t push it. Remember, you are an outsider. You are a “guest” to their family circle and reception.
– Make them comfortable about sharing. Let them know it is ok to share the emotions. It is ok if they converse in improper language structure. After all, it is about keeping it real isn’t it ?

6. Don’t interrupt.
– Let them finish. Even it means a very long pause.

7. Discipline yourself.  
– Do not make any noise. Do not talk to your fellow videographer. Do not meddle with your camera settings. Give your fullest attention. Immerse yourself with what being said. You could learn a thing or two from them.

In this wedding, it took a while before the mom open up to us.

Some of the questions that we asked,

1. Apakah ucapan Makcik untuk Hafizah ?
2. Sudikah makcik kongsi sedikit sebanyak rahsia perkhawinan makcik ? Ini supaya, bila Fizah dan Hadi tonton video perkhawinan mereka, kata-kata Makcik akan menjadi satu bimbingan, dorangan and pegangan untuk mereka.

The mom, reacted openly to the last question. Her success secrets were her repeated answers.

For me, personally, the perfect example of true love is not Romeo and Juliet or fictional story like Lagenda Budak Setan. It is our parents who made it so far. They are the perfect example of any simplest and true love that you find.

What they won’t tell you…

4 years ago, I was officially a husband. Mind you, it was not just a title. Simply put, from that day onward, my wife’s sins are my accountability. That kind of commitment or power is not to be taken lightly.

Today, I will tell you people won’t tell you.

PUNCHES WILL START TO COME IN ONE WEEK BEFORE YOUR WEDDING.

This is what my good friend told me. “Expect that, Naz. Suck it in. Absorb and don’t let it ruin your mood. Things will auto-correct themselves eventually. “

WIFEY’S DECOR VENDOR WENT MIA 

2 weeks before the big day, wifey’s caterer called to say the decor people went MIA. Tak panic my wife. My wife dah start stressed out and feeling emotional about it. Caterer refunded the decor payment. It was a consolation. No point in creating a fuss and get mad about it. It will not help us to solve this problem.

My wife was at her wits end. I said ” It’s ok. We go 80’s style. White plastics sheet. Bare void deck decor. Just like those days when our parents, uncles and aunties got married. Orang nak cakap, biar dorang. Mulut dorang. I don’t give damn what people going to say. You and me, we stick together. “

Of course, I did ask help from my circle of friends. Alhamdullilah. One of my friends’ contact is a wedding planner. She forwarded us a contact. As of now, me and wife are trying to recall the company. This Kakak, was our angel. She was fully booked that weekend. She was willing to help us out but on one condition. Wifey has no say about the decor style. We cannot be choosy. But what I like about this Kakak. All she asked was, “Baju warna apa?”

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Plus, “Adik, jangan lupa tau. Letak kipas kat pelamin bila hari sanding. Nanti, make up cair. “

This Kakak and her team came, did their work. She quoted us $750.00, I think. Reasons for being quite cheap because she was using our wedding to try out her new design. The best part, she never asked for our payment till 3 months after the wedding. I was like what ? We really want to pay but she kept saying later I update you later I update you. 3 months passed.

Practically, that’s the only major punch wifey got. The rest are minor-minor ones like no electricity because town council never unlock the unit, one neighbour complained about the noise. This neighbour always complained and make a big fuss whenever there is a function at the void deck as I found out.

My turn;

NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

The night before nikah, I could not sleep till 4am. Baca surah apa pun, tak lepas and tak complete. My memory was jammed. Couple of my guy friends called asking me whether ok ke tak. It helps after talking with them. Still, for that night, I do not know why. I cannot recite any surahs till finish. Something blocked !!

Alhamdullilah, the nikah went well. Wifey and her support team of family and friends, did a splendid job in getting everything organised.

#Hint : For groom, be prepared for your friends to come after your nikah and chill with you till 2-3am in the morning. 

KENDARAT (SERVERS) NOT ENOUGH

The way I see it, it was a case of high number of guests. Seriously, even if the caterer provided 10 kendarat people, confirm plus chop not enough. I have to be thankful to my aunties, uncles and cousins who had roped in as back ups.

Malu sey, before the wedding, I have declared to all my aunties, their job is to lepak and eat. Kendarat settled.

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TUKANG CUCI PINGGAN THROW TANTRUMS

Due to overwhelming of guests, the dishwashers threw tantrum. Why ? Because their working hours and routine was disturbed. The reception start at 11am. They claimed usually about 11.30-11.45am, they will start their work. But for my wedding, they started to wash the plates and utensils exactly at 11am non-stop till about 3plus, I think. They just disappeared after that. Taking a break I presumed.

My cousins and my brothers had to take over the job just to get clean eating utensils and plates out. Headache !! My majlis only ended at about 6.30pm even though it was planned to end at 5pm.

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NOT ENOUGH CHAIRS AND TABLES

1500 cards went out. What do you expect. This was totally an oversight by my parents. Also caught my parents off guard with the turn out, actually. People say it always double the number of cards. So, roughly 3000 people came.

Some of my friends came and don’t get to eat properly. They ate standing outside the void deck. My friend told me, there were 2 uncles quarreled over a space to eat. Gulp!!

One thing about sedara is, they will lepak and will not move.

So, if I may suggest, GTB and BTB, you guys need to prepare an area for your sedara to lepak. One consideration to note is not to block the flow of human traffic and your entrance.

When we returned from wifey’s place, inside the wedding car,  wifey said” B, biar betul ni B. Ramai nyer orang.” I was dumbfounded myself. I do not know what to expect when we got off the car.

There were other major setbacks during the wedding at my side. But I won’t share it because it is very personal.

The only thing I can say is that, make sure keep your parents and family members involved. Your parents must also keep you in the loop with what they want to do. Communicate closely.

Nevertheless, things will go wrong for your wedding. It can be a minor or major. I have provided wedding video coverage to numerous couples. Not one single wedding is super perfect.

Look at this way, sometimes a little imperfection is all you need to make your wedding perfect. There will be people who will make sure your wedding will go smoothly. I have witnessed it every time.

Like my caterer, my wedding is one of those rare wedding events that challenge his creativity and used up all his cooking ingredients within 3 hours. Menu that I never ordered pops up like Spaghetti, Butter Squid, Cereal Prawns and many more lah. Of course, me and wifey never got to taste it. On the fly, he ordered his staff to do ad-hoc marketing for cooking ingredients. The excess spending was nearly $6000.00.

In my opinion, the only thing that you should invest heavily is your food. We did. My wife instructed her caterer to cook additional on excess budget of $3000.00 if there is a need.

When your big day comes, enjoy every moment of it. What you have planned, let the event take care of itself. Let it go. Don’t get involved. When you get involved, you will tend smile lesser and lesser and lesser.

Don’t know why my wife mentel semacam when she read the earlier blog post. I bet she will mentel again after reading this post. I guess it brought back the memories. Too bad, we only have good photos to reminisce. Something heartbreaking happened to the wedding video. 

My Wedding

For 2015, I aim to share more insights or personal experiences when comes to planning a wedding. Not forgetting, sharing more guides on how to make videos.

Of course, by now, you would have known that I am providing wedding video services and video for business. If you are searching for one, you can start your search with me.


MY WEDDING

Back then, it was a quick decision to get married. We were plunged into planning for wedding within a year or less. Please plan your wedding at least 1.5 years before.

We were at that time looking for house. I did told my wife, “Secure the house, then we can talk about marriage”. Of course, in my heart, it was a doa. I doa that I can get married soon. The opportunity came to book a ballot number for BTO. I told my wife that if we get the qualified ballot number, we get married next year.

TA DA !! Ballot number 131 out of 185 units offered !! Jom, khawin. Made all the arrangements. Within one month, my family merisik dan terus minang at one go !

Actually, wanted to nikah on 13 Jan 2011 because that was the significance where I asked my wife to be my girl back in 2001. My dad advised me not to as 13 Jan 2011 was a thursday. Working day. “Nanti banyak sedara tak boleh datang.”

This is one of many crossroads I faced. Of course I want to have it my way. It is my wedding. There is this Abang at my workplace, old enough to be my dad, he shared his opinions and views with me. These were three things of many things he shared :-

  1. ” Besar majlis, kecil pun majlis. “
  2. ” Orang tua kalau dah besar hati nak raikan majlis, mudah-mudahan berkah perkhawinan tu. “
  3. ” Buat bincang. Ada pasang ada surut. Kalau boleh mengalah, mengalah. Kalau tak boleh, buat bincang. Kau nak, kalau bakal anak menantu kau nanti, mengakal time kau jadi bapak. “

There are so many ways to digest these. To me, the way I see it, making your parents happy since I am the first one. Of course, my nenek. Of course, my mom is boyanese. Boyanese is big racial group.

The thing here is I am getting. The function, event, celebration is not just about me. My parents have the rights too to celebrate. So does my close uncles and aunties. You will want people that close to you happy and be proud of you. Give and take, here and there.

WEDDING RING

Seriously, I don’t get it. Why must it be diamond ? Why can’t it be simple plain gold ring ke, or any other ring ? I talked to my girlfriends about it. They kept telling me, if you love her, just buy her one. Got to trust my lovely girlfriends since Poly days.

I did research. I even asked my working colleague. What I gather is 4 C. Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. Doing research on this pun boleh jadi pening kepala.

Anyway, I already found a ring with higher gradings on the 4 Cs. A diamond ring with that kind of gradings will at least cost me $2.5k and above.

All these while, I kept telling my wife, “If you can find a diamond ring at $1500.00, I will buy.” 

http://www.lumeradiamonds.com/buying-diamonds/diamond-buying-mistakes

http://www.jewelrywise.com/engagement-wedding/article/can-i-trust-the-diamond-grading-certificate

WEDDING INVITATION CARDS

Seriously, I got no say at all. My mom handled it. I just told my mom, this is my budget and that’s it. You want to print more, sorry mom, you got to fork out your own money. Guess what. Total of 1400 cards. With another 100 self printed A4 cards done by my dad.

CATERING – 4S CATERING

My parents were adamant about engaging my uncle. Whereas, I wanted my uncle to come down to my wedding and lepak. Oklah, I gave in. Seriously, never disappoints me. I bet all my cousins on my dad side going to engage his catering services for the future.

If you want to taste his cooking, every Friday before Friday prayers, he will cook a buffet spread at Masjid Jamek, Queenstown. I believe this is perfect. Perfect to honing his skills. Perfect to experiment. Perfect in getting feedbacks. Perfect in creating extra money for the masjid.

DECOR

I seriously, don’t get it. Why my mom really wanted Gold and Black ? She kept saying nampak seri. I was like what! Ok, this part I am not going to give in. Even my uncle said that cannot be totally Black and Gold. In the end, I told my mom, I don’t care what color you want for the decor as long as no total black and no total gold.

End up, I got Brown, Gold, White, Black and Red carpet for the dias. As long as my mom is happy and we meet halfway. Ok lah.

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BRIDAL SERVICES

This one, I leave it to my wife. I let her choose. Splendid surprise. Kak Rita is really superb in her craft. I believe she is known for making the bride’s eyes look stunning. That’s why my wife said. The real gem I found is Pak Andam service. Her husband is Abg Shukor. Every time I met couple for coffee session, I will encourage them to check out Best Man Service by Abg Shukor.

This is the real surprise deal. Abg Shukor is a good friend of my uncle nicknamed Popeye. Abg Shukor is a nephew to one of my caterer’s cook. Kak Rita assistant, Kak Shirdah, who is older than my wife is actually a niece to my wife. Amek kau, dah macam kampung sey. Which is good.

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DOOR GIFTS / BERKAT

This one, I already lazy to think. I just leave it to my father. “What you choose, I follow suit.” From hand towel to the normal boiled egg. From pulut kuning with red egg in a glass to rendondo chocolate sticks. Headache.

FITRI ANIMATION PRODUCTIONS (FAP)

This department was the only thing I have POWER ! When comes to looking for photography and video services, I always seek my friends’ recommendations. Out of all the recommendations, I shortlisted 3 of them.

Khai FotoAtelier – This guy’s work is freaking awesome. He can make a playground or even multistorey looks majestic. His pricing is a little bit of higher end. I remember he quoted me $3300.00 and the cheapest was $1800.00.

FAP – My friend’s cousin. I like his photos because they were more journalistic rather than staged. He has that eye for it. $1800.00, I am getting a good deal compared to Khai FotoAtelier’s cheapest package. But it is not fair to compare that way because Khai’s work is still up 2 notch. Price to Price comparisons.

D’shootz – Was my wife’s best friend recommendations. I think they had a good deal. So, I checked them out. I would rate, their style is almost similar to FAP. Cheaper by couple of hundreds.

I chose FAP because Bro Fitri were more like a friend than a salesman. Our engagement sessions were more relaxed and forgiving. I got my video services through him as well. Me and my wife felt really comfortable with him.

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KOMPANG – SUARA SETIA

This one without a doubt I chose Suara Setia. Because I used to be part of the group when I was a teenager. Their direction never changed which I like. They will sing doas accompanied by the kompang beats. Opening will be done at Groom’s place before moving out. Another doa at Bride’s place. Closing doa at Groom’s place.

I am glad, they were available for my day!

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DEE-JAY

I would seriously recommend YAZ Entertainment. The DJ is a MDA trained host and emcee. A scriptwriter and I believe you have seen his works at Suria. Atas Heights, Jeritan Sepi and many more lah.

One thing I like about Abang Yazid and his son, they paid attention to the volume level of the speakers. Many people commended on their volume level. Not too loud. Just nice. His son is a trained audio technician.

The way Abang Yazid “perform” totally depends on the crowd. You could see him work differently from a wedding to another. His jokes rarely falls flat. He knows his way around different types of crowd.

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WEDDING CAR

This is classic. Got a deal through FAP. $350.00 for the weekend. Superbz service. It was a limo service from Shangri La Hotel, if I remembered correctly. On Saturday, he called to inform his arrival for my nikah.

Driver : “Bro, I am your driver. I am already here. I shall wait for you ya. ”

Me : ” Ok Bang. I tengah siap ni. Give me 10-15 minutes. ”

Driver : ” No worries Bro. Take your time. ”

Judging from that phone conversation, this guy must be young chap around my age. He was using standard English. No lah. No malay slang. Standard English.

Came down. Looking for the driver. In my mind, he was a young chap.

Came this Apek wanting to shake my hand. I was like huh!? Until he introduced himself. “I am your driver today. Bro Jasman.” I think that was his name. I remembered vividly how he introduced himself, just forgot his name. He really made my day. I am impressed by his level of professionalism and his passion for his work.

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Looking back, it was really just perfect. Simply put, just nice. Of course, our wedding cannot function seamlessly without family members, aunties, uncles, cousins, friend and all those who made it happen in big and small way. Thank you.

To my wife, Happy 14th Anniversary !! Sorry got to work today !! Later I buy you nice dinner !!

2015, here I come! [ A long read .. ]

Looking back at this blog of mine, I have to give myself a pat on the back. I never thought I could go on this far ever since I embarked on my video learning journey.

In Oct 2011. I injured my knee and was into my 10th month of married life. I could not play paintball competitively. And I need an outlet to de-stress myself. That’s how I rekindled my lost interests of videography or video making. My learning curve was so steep when I started. I was hungry for information. I was keen to get my foundation right.

Within six months of purchasing my first DSLR, solely for video making, I never looked back. Within that six months, it was draining and tiring because I spent a lot of sleepless nights watching video tutorials, attended online web-classes, seeking video making opportunities and made huge investment on video making equipment. You can take a look at my gears list.

Armed with inspirations and willingness to work hard and get dirty, I emailed couple of local wedding video companies for working opportunities. But none of them replied. I followed couple of popular video makers and cinematographers online but they took ages to reply. I told myself that I could not let others slowed me down. I cannot wait for others to teach me. I need to get out there, make mistakes and get criticized. That’s what I did.

I started my own thread in Clubsnap forum documenting all my mistakes. All criticisms I received, I took it in my stride. Today, my thread has the highest viewership in a specific forum.

Top Forum Views Clubsnap

My proudest moment when my Dragon Naga video was selected to feature in the local Clubsnap forum. That was a nice feeling.

PAINTBALL INSPIRES ME – Paintball played a major part in my learning journey. It provides me the platform to go out there and get it all wrong. Make mistakes. Both local and overseas paintballers were very encouraging. Abang Shamsuddin and Shoot In Rage provided me the very first gig. Soon enough, Singapore Paintball Series provided me the same opportunity. Not only, I was given a paid job to create a video marketing for EK Paintball Group Pte Ltd in late 2014. That was awesome.

Somewhere in 2013, I realized that this passion of mine is quite heavy on my pocket. Expensive equipment and licensing, etc. That’s when I figured out that why not let my passion and interests fuel itself. Providing me an income to fuel my video making. That’s how Orangefill was seriously crafted with all business planning and strategy. Not yet official, I want to make the business plan solid. I failed at my previous business venture which is running an online paintball shop. It lasted me over 1 year and a half before I folded it up due to my supplier was bankrupt. To get another supplier, I need to invest in a physical store as one of the many requirements, which I am not willing to invest. I do not want Orangefill to face the same fate. As advised by my accountant buddy, Fazluddin, “It is better to waste ink and paper rather than time and money.” That advise I hold dearly till today! Do check out Fazluddin And Partners.

As Orangefill in the planning stage, I was so lucky to be given working opportunities to work with Pixelwave and CST SG. In my honest and humble opinions, these 2 companies are among the top malay wedding video companies in Singapore. 2 different companies with 2 different set up and styles. They are sublimely superbz in their craft and an industry authority in their own rights. I am greatly influenced by them.

Another working opportunity came by. This time was with BambooPictures. Man, I was exposed to the world of corporate video industry. Mr Rodney was one hell of a guy. He is honest, hard working and creative. He was impressed by my effort in self learning and sharing my mistakes online that he decided to give me a chance. Prolly, I was the cheaper option. For my first job, he already paying me $800 for 8 hours. I was like WHAT !! Syukur alhamdullilah. I even said to him that you can actually pay me $400 as I am newbie. But he claimed that I worth that rates. His views and opinions I truly value as it was honest and transparent where at times, I got hurt by his remarks. You want to grow, you got to see from the outside.

MARCH 2014 – I am going to officially launched my own business entity. And I did. Of course, it was not new to me when comes to doing business. I grew up managing my grandmother stall and failed online paintball shop, I am brave to face what may come. I promised myself to make it right this time. If Orangefill fails, I am going to revive it. No giving up. So, another learning journey started. I read a lot of business materials online and work guides. I stumbled upon Imran. Knowing Imran is an eye opener even though couple of people mentioned that I should not engaged him as he is not proven, untested and unfamiliar. I think they are just jealous. One thing I believe in Imran because he is frank and open. His words can really made me feel ashamed of my efforts. Engaged him and attended his business bootcamp. One important take away from my engagements with Imran was ” Only you can make or break your business. “

Fast forward to today. I cannot be where I am now without the help, support and criticisms from people that I came across. And of course, my lovely couples who have supported Orangefill.

Herdi’ – A close buddy who is fantastic in his business approaches and visions. Always help me see another angle of things. You can check out Hue&M.

Sani Husin – A fellow theater practitioner back during my acting days. I learned a lot about directing and DOP through him. Video compo, editing, etc. Without his sharing, I am not able to propel in my learning journey.

Bryan from Smart Local – For believing in me. Allowing me to share video making guides with him for his entity.

Shahrul – A quiet supporter. Was my partner in crime in most of my video making gigs. Check out his LNP for photography services.

This humble blog of mine grew from 0 readership to about 600 readership per month recently. Thank you 2012, 2013 and 2014. 2015, Here I come!

It is not easy, I know…

I have the utmost pleasure and honor in covering their wedding event.

They are the loveliest and happy go lucky couple that I have worked with. But not because of that. Because they reminded me of the things that matters and priorities. I know at some point of our life, we are lost in our own path chasing our dreams, making our lives better, etc. This couple, somehow brought me back to my true north.

Things were on Sapuan’s mind on that day is something that I can relate. I felt lost when I got married. Listening to other people stories on how happy they were and excited and blessed when got married, I felt lost. I thought I had it planned out but it didn’t seems like it. For a few days after I got married, I did not know what to do as a husband and a son. It just brought a whole new dimension.

Sapuan embarrased me with his immense love towards his mom. I love my mom. It is just that my love for my mom cannot be compared to Sapuan’s. All I can say is Mahirah is so lucky to have him as a husband.

Like a malay saying “Sejuk perut mak dia bila mengandung.”

Congratulations to both of you. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your milestone.

PS : Wifey, if you are reading this. I love you !

Last minute booking…

Usually, I will get bookings 3-6 months or even a year before a wedding dates.  For Asyraf and Azean, it was really last minute as in one month notice.

I took up this job because three reasons.

1. I had no bookings for that particular date.

2. I would like to find out on how I can help them in the wedding videography.

3. Why they keep it to the very last minute ? I would like to know.

They came to me as the sweetest couple. Easy going. Funny. We met for coffee and discuss things over. The more we talk, the more comfortable we get with each other. And that’s how I found out on why they kept it to the very last minute.

They are supposed to get married in Feb 2015. Due to unforeseen circumstance, the solemnization had to be pushed forward. The wedding reception will still be carried out in Feb 2015.

This is to realize Asyraf”s father dream. To see him married before Mr Abdul Hamid passed on. MAN ! That is so huge and heartwarming. Both families, especially Azean’s, they are doing their best to make it happen. I can understand that it is not easy to arrange everything at very short notice. To do things at a short notice, a lot of things need to be sacrificed. This is where I saw Asyraf and Azean big hearts. I am sold to help them out.

So I drafted out a package just to suit their needs on the spot. $1800.00 of wedding video investment to be made in one month is really going to burn a big hole in the pocket. I am not running a charity organisation and I value my skills and time. As long as I can cover my costs, I just hope they engaged me.

And they did. And the next thing is, they are media trained. Meaning they are involved in video making day in day out. Azean is a trainer for media/video editing in a school. Whereas Asyraf is a videomaker for a government agency. That’s their rice bowl. MAN !! Suddenly, all eyes are on me.

The big day came. I were covering Asyraf. I saw his dad. There was this one very moment that I saw and it made me cried. Bear this in mind, Asyraf’s dad had a stroke recently. Meaning, he doesn’t has full control of his body.

But what I saw, was a man who wants his son to be happy on his big day. A man who wants to tell his son that everything is going to be okay. A man who is proud to see his son got married. How did he do that without talking ? He did not allowed his wife to help him up from the bed. He wanted to get up all by himself. I cried while capturing this very moment. Mr Abdul Hamid reminded me of my two late grandfathers. The strength and courage that a man should have. In terms of video making, it may not be a beautiful shot. But this is real!

I remembered telling Asyraf that he got to be strong for his dad. Enjoy the day. Show your dad that you are happy. What can I say, praises to Allah, the big day for Asyraf and Azean went smoothly.

Mr Abdul Hamid passed away a week after their big day. Al-Fateha.

This is one wedding video engagement that I would never forget. I am glad that Asyraf and Azean were happy with my work and services that I rendered to them.

5 by 5 – How to edit a video

For the past couple of months, I have been asked “Bro, how do I edit a video ?” and “Can teach me how to edit ?”

I decided to share my thought process when editing a video. In a way, what kind of story that I want to tell my viewers.

5 by 5 - What is the concept ?

This is a technique that I learned from Vimeo Video School and couple of video makers online. This is a technique where you need to tell a story in 5 video clips where each is video clip is only 5 seconds long. Initially, you may find that it is too short to show what you want others to see. You may find some difficulties in completing your story in just 5 video clips. These are the issues I faced when I first started. Over time, you will realized, it is more effective in making your story or video interesting to watch or perhaps engaging.

Over time, I reduced 5 by 5 to 3 by 5. It means that I need to tell a story in 3 video clips and each is only 5 seconds long. Somehow or rather, I find that using odd numbers of video clips is simpler. Like you have an intro, body and ending. If 5 by 5, you have intro, body, body, body and ending. It is like back in the days where my English teacher taught on how to write a composition. That’s how I work around this technique.

So I made this a simple video where it revolves around my son. Don’t focus on the shakiness of the video clips. I made this video for keepsake purposes. With this video, I will share my thought processes on editing or storytelling.

What is the story ? – I want to show the fun he had, all the running he did and any unexpected stunts that he may pull. My equipment of the day was just my Canon 60D, Tokina 11-16mm and Canon 100mm.

The first 3 clips (3 video clips by 5 seconds) - The first video clip, I was trying to create curiosity where you can see a crowd is looking towards one direction. 2nd clip, I made a close up shot of a drummer. The last clips, I revealed that it was a performance.

The next 7 clips, I wanted to tell a story that my son was running till he heard a loud music. He ran towards the music. The last clip, it was the performance.

The next 3 clips, my son is running and trying to copy what the bigger boys did. I am trying to show that we are running to another destination.

The next 5 clips, it was a new place where all the kids playing water. The 2nd – 4th video clips, I was trying to show again that my son wanted to do what the bigger did but he is afraid. My son and bigger boy in red singlet running into my camera. The following clip, I showed that another big boy in yellow singlet running into my camera. Next, I revealed that again, my son is copying whatever the bigger boys did.

The last 3 clips, my son and previously bigger boy in red singlet, formed a brother relationship. As you can see, in a way, he is looking out for my son. Sharing his chips.

Mini Stories – What I did, I was creating mini stories. These mini stories made up my one big story that I want to tell.

Syncing with Song – This is what I interpreted from Stillmotion. Your story should not be dictated by the song. The song should enhance the story that you want to tell. In this case, I chose the song because it is able to complement or uplift the spirit of all the running and freedom these kids enjoy. BUT, I chose at only certain tempo to introduce a mini story.

Pretty much, this is the skeleton of how I edit my videos for both corporate and weddings. From this skeleton, I will explore and create the story that my clients want to share.

There are so many ways going about on how to edit. For a start, you can try this method. Create a mini stories to make up one big story. Keep your mini stories to 3 by 5 or 5 by 5. Your editing starts when you go out to shoot. Remember that.

I am sharing my mistakes. I am still learning. Feel free to comment or feedback. I greatly welcome them.

All of them love it but not her.

When Wenie first contacted me about re-editing her video, I wasn’t expecting much.

Probably, her wedding videographer did not made her a wedding highlights. Rather, gave her 6 DVD copies of her wedding event. You know, like disc one is from 9am – 11am, disc two is from 11am – 1pm and so forth.

Probably, her wedding videographer is a traditional one man show.

These were what I was expecting. Based on my experience, these kind of shooting style, the good thing is I will have all the unedited shots and her wedding moments. The setback is I would be missing out on the film-making technique. Still, there is so much I can do to make it like how I make my wedding videos.

BOY! I was wrong.

Her videographers were so technically inclined in film-making or cinematography. It has wide shots, mid shots, close-up and super close ups. With these compositions, I can actually move the story more “dramatically”. Not only that, there were sliding and gliding technique. Colors and exposure were all in controls. No shaky shots. Superb!

The setback is there is only one DVD copy. Meaning, her wedding videos is already edited. It also means that I could be missing some wedding moments which I might be interested. It has been color graded and transitions added.

Honestly, her wedding videos were beautifully made. I, myself, really like it. Wenie kept saying she did not like it at all. She said all her family members including her husband love it but not her. I just don’t understand. I probed further.

” There were so many things in the video, not like I imagine it. All I remember that night was my mom’s speech. I really felt it. I treasure all the things she said that night. ”

 


 

MANAGING OUR EXPECTATIONS.

First thing that I shared with her was the video quality. The DVD quality is already compressed data. If I managed to extract the data, it will further compressed. And if she wants me to deliver in DVD, it will be further compressed. A lot of data are lost.

Second, allow me to interpret your wedding. Meaning, Wenie do not have any creative control. I asked her to watch my wedding videos and share with me her favorites.

Third, I will not deliver in DVD as I do not want to further compress the video quality.

Forth, I am able to deliver in 3 months time because I have other wedding and business video deadlines.

After much discussions and sharing, we agreed.

I am so happy that she like it very much with my re-edit.

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CANNOT RIP HER DVD

The only challenge I faced with this assignment was, I could not extract the DVD via Windows Media Player. I search the internet and downloaded couple of programs but CDCheck works perfectly.

The only set back, the video I extracted came in parts instead of the full video. Some parts are missing from the video. So what I did was, I close other running programs and run CDCheck only. Woo Hoo! Now I got all the video.


 

I am just happy to be able to fulfill Wenie’s expectations. Tonight, I will sleep a happy man.