It is so excited to share with you that one of our client – Jimmie Wing won the Best short film award at the Independent Film Festival of Taiwan called "Urban Nomad"!
Urban Nomad is the biggest indie film events in Taiwan, showcasing international documentary, an annual competition for local short films, music performances and arts events that push creative boundaries.
If you need more information about the Film Festival, here is the website: http://urbannomadfilmfest.blogspot.tw/
And below is the Q/A Jimmie shared with us, let's find out his shooting experience around Asia
>Q1: How and what are the opportunities for you to step into the video?
photography field from a long time photographer.
I have always been interested in filmmaking but it was not until DSLRs became video capable (starting with the Nikon D90) that I thought about doing it myself.
>Q2: What kind equipments that you have operated before and what are the gears you had use in your film?
I had been using Nikon film cameras for many years. My first DSLR was a Fuji S2 Pro (to support all my Nikkor lenses) but changed to Canon when the original 5D was released.
For EXpatZ we used Canon 7D, 550D and 60D. Because of the 60D's articulated screen we used it a lot more than the 7D or 550D. We also used mainly Nikkor lenses with adaptors, such as the 20mm ƒ2.8, 50mm ƒ1.4, 85 ƒ1.4 and 180 ƒ2.8. I don't necessarily prefer Nikkor over Canon lenses. We used them because I already had them from my time as a Nikon user.
Our favourite rig was the SKIER. Something like this one: http://www.luck-in.com/archives/235
Preferred combination was the 60D (again because of its articulated screen) and Nikkor 20mm ƒ2.8 because it is light and compact.
>Are there any difficulties that you didn't be aware or expect doing filming? What are the most difficult situations that you must deal with?
Keeping everyone happy and reaching creative expectations was the biggest challenge. As director and producer, there is a huge responsibility to taking care of crew and actors so that we can all work together to create something everyone is proud of.
From my previous experience as a stills photographer, I had a tendency to overlook the importance of audio. Fortunately our sound designer was Martin Chappell (卓保怡): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Chappell
Martin had to do a lot of work to clean up the audio. Next time I'll pay much more attention to make sure we get it right when filming.
> Q3: After this film, what are the elements in film that you wishes your next one to have?
I want to keep working with the kind and talented people who guided me through my first time experience as a director. Especially our editor, Golden Horse winner David Richardson: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724495/
Also Martin Chappell and colourist Shane Bartley: http://www.filmcolourist.net/
Professional colour grading is an essential part of filmmaking and often overlooked by people new to filmmaking. However, as opposed to my lack of attention to audio, I knew from the beginning that I had to find the best colour grader possible. Shane Bartley was the man!
>Q4: You have been around Asia, can you also share your experience, let our Taiwanese viewers see some perspective of yours about the market, working related?
We have rapidly entered a "Brave New World" in filmmaking. For example, the BlackMagic pocket camera greatly empowers filmmakers operating on low budgets. But just as photojournalism is a profession that is dying because so many people are giving away their work for free and it has become so easy to download Hollywood movies for free over the internet, it is vital that we create new business models to support ourselves.
Do not work for free. That sets a bad precedent. If you do it once, people will expect you to do it again and again and again. Last year I was director of photography on a music video shot in Taiwan. The band had very little budget so instead of charging them, the director and I became the producers and we gave the band usage rights for 2 years on Youtube. This meant that we now own all the footage we shot. It belongs to us, not the band. Everyone was happy.
Every Asian country has a vastly different culture so different business models apply. I don't think crowd-funding like Kickstarter can work in poorer nations. On the other hand there has been success in more affluent countries. We need to ask ourselves who is our target market? Is it local? Is it national? Is it international? Then select the best business model to use.