Note: Prior to this, I wrote a bit about how comments have been going around regarding the similarities between WongFu’s video “Strangers Again”. You can read it here. Hopefully that clears some things up with the issue.
This year for Valentine’s Day, Bryan and I were thinking about making a video for the occassion.. which ended up as a video not really for the occasion, but more or less in association with the #foreveralone-ing that was going on. And here it is:
I have a few things to mention in this post, INCLUDING something that quite a number of people have been requesting for. So that’ll be a surprise at the end. But bear with me, this will be pretty long. But there IS something for you guys at the end (if you would like it)
If there is anything that I can say in response to all the commenting and discussions in the comments on youtube.. and the comparison to “Strangers, Again”, I would say this.
If anything at all, this short could be considered as a tribute to WongFu and how they have inspired me. And all in all, if comparisons have to be drawn, I am absolutely privileged for this video to be recognized as something along the lines of their work.. be it a parody, “copy” or what not. I assure you, the script is entirely original and not based off anything they did.
Before I get to anything else, I would like to talk about something that i realized many people were forum-ing about on the video’s comments. And it so happens to be important as well.
“Stage 6: The Escape”
In the essence of story-telling, the video only portrays a certain way that this might happen. It doesn’t need to be with a different girl or guy, it could be with the same. It is not a sure thing, but it is a do-able thing. It doesn’t mean you give up, it could mean you can keep trying until you succeed. You don’t have to believe it, but you can as well.
The Escape represents hope.
The whole deal of Stage 6 is the mere fact that, “hey, there IS hope”. As long as you don’t give up to what you know is true and right, as long as you stand your ground staying true to yourself, there WILL be a person who is doing the exact same thing and waiting for you to come along into his/her life as well. That was the purpose behind this stage. Well, my purpose at least. I’m sure everyone has a different story to tell, both good and bad. But this is how I would like to tell mine.
We were so fortunate to have people lend us their spaces to shoot and play around. We owe these guys so much.
Mr. MD Khan. The shop owner of Korean Collections in Tropicana City Mall was just the most pleasant man ever. He even asked us “Do you want to use some nice clothes hangers to shoot?”… which resulted in me leaving behind the ones i brought. A week later when I went back to ask for his name for reference and the hangers, he offered to give me a new one in place of mine. Thank you so much sir! Remember to check his shop out when you go there!
We managed to pop by MyBytes as well when YauHui told us that Jonathan YKT would be working. We went there, the boss allowed us to shoot and wallah! Jon’s standing in on behalf of his camera shy boss. Thanks so much man!
This is Mr. Chandler. What really topped the cake of the shoot was the people at Baci at Citta Mall. Marianne worked there prior to this and they were so open and willing to give us a place to shoot the restaurant/cafe scenes. I tried to be cheeky and asked whether we could have the place after hours and all he said was “Yeah go ahead, why not?”. I am so grateful to you Mr. Chandler.
Thank you SO SO much.
Cast and Crew.
First off, there’s the videographer for the short: Bryan. He’s the lone pilot behind the camera. (Of course, not forgetting YauHui who tagged along. Thank you so much for staying the whole day!) I’ve worked on a couple of simpler videos before with Bryan so I’m no new fan or friend to him and his work. He picks up the smallest details and just brings a fresh perspective into the shots. Many of the scenes were entirely due to him and him alone trying different angles, different takes. For this short, I expressed to him with utmost importance that certain scenes need to be strong in their perspectives and dynamics/statics. And just like that, he translated it perfectly. We worked on such a limited, tight and rushed schedule and yet he brought the video through. Thank you so much Bryan. Everyone reading this – stop by his page, facebook, twitter and just shake him warmly by the virtual hand. He takes awesome photos as well!
If you guys remember Sam from the last video, well, he’s back again. Initially there was another scene that he would be playing another role in, unfortunately we couldn’t get it done due to unforeseen circumstances. Right now, he’s getting involved with loads of things around town (not like he wasn’t already, its just been multiplied). Keep an eye out for all of that! He plays the waiter in this video and I am truly grateful for him being there in the middle of the night for just an hour. Thanks so much Sam!
And without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce to you Marianne – who (if you didn’t actually know already) played the part of both girls in the video (more about that later). Long story short, we had major issues deciding who was going to play the role of the girl in this video and Marianne literally dropped out of the sky. Everything fell into place so amazingly fast, it was freakishly perfect. This was probably the first short we actually practiced our parts and ran through the scenes before shooting the next day, and hey it paid off. It has been a total joy working with you Anne! By the way, she’s a brilliant artist too. Go check out some of her work, it’ll knock your socks off.
I’ve saved this last part for a good reason. It’s because its something that I am exceptionally proud of in this short.
Soundtracking & Music
Meet Edwin T.
Edwin and I sat down for 8 straight hours and worked our brains, hearts and souls off putting together the soundtrack for this short. Okay, he sat down. I paced up and down the room and occasionally pressed keys on the keyboard. Other than the first few seconds of the short that featured Christina Perri’s “1000 Years” and a short rendition of it at the back, everything in the middle was original and composed especially for this short. Edwin is a music machine monster. He’s the mastermind behind the music and really, it wouldn’t be in existence if it wasn’t for him. The second he touched the keys on that keyboard, I knew this was going to be great. And hey, we have a present for all you guys.
We had many requests for the music used, and people were asking where we got it from. Well, now we’ve put it up and made it available for download. We are really glad that so many of you like it and we thought that we’d give it to you guys.
Tying loose ends up.
There are quite a few things that I wrote into this script that I’d want people to find out for themselves. Some are obvious memes, puns and what not. Although, I will mention one of it here. If you have or haven’t noticed, Marianne and I both played double roles. Marianne – as both the lead girl character and geeky girl at the end. And me – as the douche as well as Jim. There is some significance in that.. and I’ll leave you with that to ponder upon. /troll.
But all in all, I’m glad to see that everyone has their own take on it, both good and bad, because maybe it strikes a chord somewhere in people. And I am grateful for the people who have left such positive, encouraging comments. Some who even shared their own story.
Ultimately, cut me some slack people. This is the first short I’ve ever written.
I’ve got tonnes to learn and tonnes of mistakes to make.
Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement thus far. From the bottom of my heart. I am utterly grateful for everyone one of you.