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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (2022) trailer

Looks like an amazing 2D animated feature film with a lovely visual style!

Circle Line (2023) trailer

A Singaporean monster movie coming in 2023!

Flee (2021) trailer

Flee recalls a painful story and beautifully utilizes the fluidity of animation in some of the abstract scenes.

PERLIMPS (2022) trailer

A celebrative palette presenting the pastel colours from this Brazilian director who worked on the iconic “Boy and the World”! Love the textures and portrayal of the tropics!

Baelin’s Route (2021)

When a casual video channel gets enough following to fund a kickstarter, the result is an epic film that surpasses some of Hollywood’s own productions.

Henchmen (2021)

How often do you watch Singapore action comedy? Check out this one mentored under the NYFA Film Facilitation Programme!

The Yin Yang Master (2021) trailer

Even though a completely predictable plot, Chinese stories are still better made by Chinese than Hollywood! Those are very impressive CG and VFX, and the production design is top-quality.

明日戰記 Warriors of Future (2019) trailer

So the Chinese are interested in heavy VFX too… not complaining because there aren’t many Chinese films with lots of HK stars in a VFX film yet, but hope that doesn’t become a trend that fills up every other blockbuster and destroys other forms of storytelling!

FAUVE (2018)

Extremely powerful storytelling in this Academy nominated short film! There is only 1 significant setup-payoff ending, and the characters are well-established at the start and pushed to the extreme situation in the middle. Cinematography of landscapes is astounding and connects well with the mood. Beautiful piece of music as complement!


SGIF Brand Video (2018)

I find this a really appealing way of conceptual storytelling – seeing Singapore through chairs that may be unique and ‘local’. A very special way of presenting identity and memory. Pure optical and sound cinema!

Lak Boh Ki (2016)

Here is the online premiere of Lak Boh Ki, also known as Drop Nowhere! The world’s first Hainanese animated short film produced and directed by yours truly with the support of LASALLE College of the Arts.

Lak Boh Ki is a Hainanese term for “Drop Nowhere”. A one-and-a-half year old baby who dropped his plush Merlion toy onto the ledge outside of his HDB apartment window tries to get it back, and in the palm-sweating process reveals the contemporary Singaporean landscape made up of foreigners.

The film has traveled several festivals including Singapore Chinese Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, Sommets du cinéma d’animation, Nagoya Digital Arts Festival and Digicon6 ASIA, and some more.

Hope you will enjoy it!

5 Shades of Solitude (2015)

As 2016 comes to an end, let’s put a film of mine from 2015 up online for all to watch 🙂 This is my first attempt at directing a 2D animation and I had fun with experimentation on both visuals and music!

Shanghai Forever (2016)

A very intricate and stunning way of montage filmmaking!

杂货店 The Provision Shop (2016)

Highly recommend watching this film directed by Royston Tan a while ago. Very meaningful, touching stories that resides in our society today!

Your Name. (2016) trailer

A more complete version of Makoto Shinkai’s latest film trailer!

SGIFF Short Competition Programme 1

I will be attending The Southeast Asian Short Film Competition Programme 1 tonight as part of SGIFF.

As you Were (2014) Film Trailer

I will be catching As You Were tonight as part of the SGIFF Singapore Panorama Programme.

Confession (2014) film Trailer

I will be catching this on Sunday as part of SGIFF Asian Cinema Programme.

SGIFF Imagine: Shorts Programme 1

I am attending SGIFF Imagine: Shorts Programme 1 on 29Nov, Saturday, 4pm in particular to catch Nassos Vakalis’s Dinner for Few.

The Sand Storm (2014)

沙尘暴 (2014) by Jason Wishnow featuring Ai Weiwei. This short film seem to speak more of the perception of urban Beijing than a Scifi world to me.

Patema Inverted (2013) Trailer

From the director of Time of Eve, Yasuhiro Yoshiura brings us another anime feature film entitled “Patema Inverted”! I’m hoping to add this to my visual vocabulary!!


Check out Viddsee, a repository for SouthEast Asian short films! It’s important to know what’s coming out of this region 🙂

The Art of Watching Films

I would say this is an elementary book on films. There are some useful jargons to learn if you are new to filmmaking. Otherwise I don’t recommend this book for filmmakers because it analyzes films from the front. For example, I didn’t really agree when it puts so much emphasis on theme of a film, which is the last thing you should worry about when writing a script.

Dan O’Bannon’s guide to screenplay structure

Very concise and useful for screenwriters and filmmakers. What is good about this book is that it gives you a summary of five important screenplay systems used in the industry:

  1. Aristotle’s Poetics that focuses on plot (the arrangement of incidents) and change/action that necessitates choice.
  2. Lajos Egri’s The Art of Dramatic Writing where character is everything and that premise(idea) is the starting point. Crisis-climax-resolution structure.
  3. Howard & Mabley’s The Tools of Screenwriting: A writer’s guide to the craft and elements of a screenplay that talks about conflict between protagonist who wants something and antagonist who is the obstacle, Act I as introduction and set-up, Act II as going through the series of obstacles to reach the main tension at the culmination and Act III that resolves the tension.
  4. Syd Field’s Screenplay: The Foundation of Screenwriting uses the “paradigm” model which is basically the 3-act structure of setup, confrontation and resolution using plot points and character bios as guide.
  5. Robert Mckee’s Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the principles of Screenwriting which talks about the inciting incident, story beats, climax and resolution, character and conflict, conscious and unconscious desires, personal/extra-personal/internal conflicts, expectation/result gap and a whole lot other analysis totally worth reading.

His own system is called the “dynamic” structure which is simply put a 3-act system which sets up different conflicts (between characters, character vs the world, character versus himself) and a point of no return at the end of act II that forces the character down one single path, allowing act III to fully resolve all conflicts.

There’s much more inside, go take a look at this book!