Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wear Sunscreen - Baz Luhrman

One of songs by one of my favourite directors which i take to heart..

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) - Baz Luhrman

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…

I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.

But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked….

You’re not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubblegum.

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you

Sing

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes
you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
yourself.


Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you
succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe
you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky
chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t
congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your
choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever
own..

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for
good.


Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the
people most likely to stick with you in the future.


Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you
should hold on.


Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you
knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live
in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel. Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will
philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize
that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you.

Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will
look 85.


Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who
supply it.

Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen..

Monday, October 27, 2008

If i promise to miss you, will you go away?

That got your attention hah?

That, for your information is, a quote from a book i bought, entitled 'WIT & WISDOM', in BORDERS two days ago at RM5!! 5 rm! 5 ringgit!!

I know! What a bargain, right?! It has all these funny quotes... It's such a cool book cause its got pics of animals ( i love furry animals) and the corresponding quotation for each picture. Its so funny, i keep laughing as i flip through it. Like there's this one quote that says ' I got all the money ill ever need.. unless i buy something!' Hah hah hah..

But it was not easy to find. In fact, i was late for a open house because of this. Hehe...

But there were so many books.. and put WOMAN + BARGAIN together.. that ultimately means .. TIME.. a VERY LONG TIME.. and CREDIT CARD.

But, to get the bestest(warning: there's no such english word) of bargains, you gotta be a patient bargain shopper like me. Heck, deep down inside me is that little fat girl in Cardiff ( who apparently likes to cook lasagna) and most importantly an avid bargain shopper who could find that loads of treasures which includes a 20 pence horoscope book under a pile of stinky clothes and books at a Car Boot sale. The 20 pence horoscope book, which i'd like to remind friends who remember, was a source of my ridicule for quite some time, BUT i was not fooled because, i caught them ...all of them who ridiculed me for that purchase, reading that little horoscope book. You know who you are, people..

Anyway, the reason why im updating my blog right now is for the below reasons:

One .... Mala, a friend of mind, said im such a lazy blogger..
Two .... I'm taking a break from the Indon language. Im helping a friend out reviewing a script in Indon... Its such an inconsistent language where they add 'in' behind every base word..

I shall put forth an example. For this i shall use the malay word KENAL. Kenal, in English is defined as 'to get to know'. Now, in indonesia, they'll say 'Kenalin' .. In Malay, we say 'Kenalkan'! So.. its basically IN vs KAN.

Let's give another amusing sentence. The Indons like to mix and match. Here's one sentence ' Udah deh, jangan bikin gue ilfil.."

Translation :

"Oh stoppppp guys.. dont make me get ill feelings..."

Yup. Ilfil is ILL- FEELING.

Lucky for me i got a business partner yang boleh cakap indon. hehe.. So, sonang idup.. (now that is bahasa negeri sembilan. Lets not go there!)

Three.... I'm bored.

Four .... I'm sick. The real kind.. Im sweating like a pig right now and my head's actually spinning. I hate being sick.

Thats it for today. Blogging is so hard work.

And now, i have to rest because im sick.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Slicing Down the Minutes

Today, i will speaketh of editing a film. (my shakespearean language is so off)

For those of you who do not know, i hereby present you the shot definition of editing which is... "The process where the film is assembled by the film editor and made into sense by assembling the pictures as per the screenplay ( visual script)"

Anyway, we were tasked to slice down 55 minutes of Hooperz the movie, a co- production between GBSB, KL Motion Pictures and MHz. 55 minutes may seem peanuts to some, but experiencewise, slicing off 5 minutes is to me, gruelling and a task which most of the time, takes 5 hours.

So, i made calculations in my head. 55mins/5 minutes would equal to 11 sessions of 5 hours edit which equates to 44 to 55 hours which if divided by 5 hours work per day would equate to .. la da dee la dee dum..er.. roughly 11 days of work. Are you following me? Its okay, you need not too cause basically just understand this - we need to do this in 11 days but we need to work double time that and get it done by Friday.

Of course, we had our other work to the clients so, i cant really give 10 hours a day to do that.. I had lotsa of meetings, 5 proposals to review and send, 1 agreement to read, 2 scripts to write, 1 treatment to write, wash my curtains, move the book racks in my new study, and exercise some more! Plus i wont be able to visit my mother this weekend which would also equate to long SMS's in capital letters from my mother ( she has yet to learn how to un-capitalize) telling , or practically shouting, to me that money is evil. evil.. evil... Long Sigh..

However, we decided to masuk malam and work till morning. And from Monday, we manage to finish and slice off the 55 mins yesterday, the 6th day. What a feat!

So, we're pretty happy. The story's way tighter. To do this, we had to work with Akash Singh - a towering man of punjab descent with broad shoulders and lotsa hair on his arms but yet humble and has an eye for detail. And now, i know why Akash won best editor for Cinta in Filem Festival Malaysia in 2006 and also, won best directing for short film in the same festival. Ya, dia menang banyak duit.

Now, its a matter of putting in the songs. Yey..