The Three Sisters – Teaser Trailer

Three Sisters

Hello everyone, sorry for the lack of updates – but yes, the film has completed principal photography on the 27th of June and post-production is on its way! It’s been a little slow but I’m happy to announce something to whet everyone’s anticipation. Here it is, a 1-minute teaser trailer for the film! Do share, and let me know what you think!

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Crowd-funding “The Three Sisters”

Films, News, Three Sisters

The Three Sisters - Teaser Poster

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THANK YOU EVERYONE

I didn’t manage to get the Singapore Film Commission’s short film grant for this film – but I really want to make this short film. Hence, I’m trying something new called “crowd-funding.” I guess it’s a fancy new word for “asking for donations.” However, here’s the fun part for people who pledge money to fund my new short film: you get perks! Be it a signed DVD, poster, screening tickets or creative input – it’s time you get something back! The numbers will be updated daily.

Synopsis

Over an evening of Chinese Opera at the theatre, the peacemaker of three sisters (in their seniority), Poh Sim, must survive a night with them, coming to terms that she loves her sisters but they also drive her mad.

Perks? What perks?

BASIC – $10 Pledge (4 Backers)
Immense gratitude and appreciation
Credit on the website (here!)

DVD – $25 Pledge (17 Backers)
All of the above + Signed DVD of the film

POSTER – $50 Pledge (21 Backers)
All of the above + Thank you credit on film + Signed one-sheet poster (final poster may differ from above teaser)
The opportunity to appear in the film!

PREMIERE  – $100 Pledge (12 Backers)
We know the pledge amounts are getting larger. You will have the opportunity to read the script before pledging $100 and above. We want you to know what you’re in for. You will also get all of the above + 2 tickets to the premiere cast and crew screening.

CREATIVE INPUT – $250 Pledge (5 Backers)
All of the above + Be part of the test audience for the first cut of the film. Tell us what worked for you and what didn’t.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER – $500 Pledge (5 Backers)
All of the above + Invite to visit filming on set + A prop souvenir from the set

By the way, you need not have a PayPal account to pledge! Simply look for the “Don’t have a PayPal account?” link on the left.

Need more information?

Want to find out who are the people involved in the film? The green initiatives the production will practise? Go to the Three Sisters page for detailed information. Want to see who has pledged to make this film? Go to the List of Backers.

“Swing” premieres at Frameline34

Festivals, Films, Swing

Frameline34

I’m very happy to announce that “Swing” will be world-premiering at Frameline34, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Two years ago, “Four Dishes” premiered at the festival too. It was a wonderful experience and film festival. Two years later, I hope the festival is still as great. This time around, the film will be screened in the incredible Castro Theater. Previously, I was in the nice, but smaller Victoria Theater. Since I’m already in Los Angeles, I will be flying up to San Francisco this weekend to attend the screening. Here are the screening details:

Program: WORLDLY AFFAIRS
Friday, June 25, 4:00 PM
Castro Theatre

If you’re in the Bay area, let me know!

Castro Theater

چهار بشقاب (or Four Dishes in Persian)

Festivals, Films, Four Dishes

28th Fajr IFF CatalogueI have been really busy working on a short documentary for school, thus making this announcement a little late as the festival has just concluded. “Four Dishes” just played at the 28th Fajr International Film Festival. I was most surprised that they picked the film for it was certainly unexpected. The film was supposed to be in competition but because I did not manage to get MDA support to make a 35mm print, it is now placed in the “Festival of Festivals” programme. Oh well. Due to the documentary, travel advisories and how things turned out, I did not attend the festival either. It would have been interesting to know what the Iranian audience thinks of “Four Dishes”.

“Four Dishes” sold to Movieola

Four Dishes, News, Producer Talk

Ouat MediaSomething wonderful happened a week ago: I received a royalty cheque from Ouat Media, the sales agent/distributor for “Four Dishes“! Owned by Channel Zero Inc., Ouat Media sold the film to their sister cable company, Movieola. (That is, Ouat Media and Movieola are both owned by Canadian broadcaster Channel Zero). It’s not a fortune, but I’m very glad for it! It shall go into funding my next short film.

There is a good side and a bad side to such a situation. First the good; when a distributor has an exhibition arm (in this case of Movieola, it’s cable, VOD, mobile and web), the exhibition arm will be the first place the distributor will attempt to sell the film(s). Surely, the sale will go through. Chances are your film will get sold, seen, and you’ll get some money.

The bad? The distributor can easily cook the numbers, or sell the film(s) at less than desirable (to you, the filmmaker/producer) prices. They have no reason to earn a higher profit as they are under the same owner umbrella. Just a standard price will do. Think of it like MediaCorp Raintree selling the TV rights of one of their films to MediaCorp Channel 5.

MovieolaWhat can a filmmaker/producer do to make sure your sales agent/distributor is doing their job? Often, in a distribution agreement, there will be a clause called “Distributor’s right to package”. This is when the distributor wants to have the right to package a number of films together, thus offering a bulk discount to a exhibitor/broadcaster/cablecaster. In this case, a producer must insist that the distributor license the film for no less than a pre-specified minimum sum. Make sure this amount is in writing. This can also be elaborated according to countries and/or territories.

Swing & Blog – completed

News, Swing

Admittedly a much-delayed announcement, this post declares my latest short film “Swing” completed. After we finished shooting, I didn’t have good feelings about it. However, during editing, it miraculously came together quite nicely. Overall, I am quite happy with it. To my crew and cast, I really appreciate the time and effort you have contributed into this film.

In other news, this spanking new blog is also just completed. There isn’t much here yet but watch this space!