Digital Darkroom & 12 Lotus

Digital Darkroom
Took a digital darkroom module this semester. It’s a photography module and it’s really interesting. 2nd week in school, i have already learn how to handle a SLR camera, some tips and tricks to tackle my shaky hands syndrome, some technical aspect of camera settings. Saving in RAW file format is really cool, the kind of details collected is especially handy when you need to do digital imaging. But file size is really big~

Karen is my model for this week’s assignment. Tata~

12 Lotus
Caught 12 Lotus with my classmates after Friday’s class. I shall summarise in short about this movie.

Movie background: Getai
Story development: Is a romance plot, nothing to do with getai
Sequel: Definitely a no
Songs: Spamming of 12 Lotus song (this particular one only) throughout the movie because there are 12 sections to this song and it is to tie with the pitiful life of this female lead + remixes of old hokkien songs (and most of them are heard from 881)+ new never-heard-before hokkien songs
Languages: Hokkien and Mandarin
Cinematography: Very antique and nice old Singapore scenes, framing of the scenes and colors are good
Transition between scenes: Damn good, smooth and less cut scenes
Amount of time i spend dazing and talk with my classmate: 30%, over some weird long pauses and unnecessary scenes
Humorous level: Definitely not as much as 881
Actor Qi Yiwu: He has that 70s look, perfect candidate for his role. He lip sync very well with the songs, can dance also. But i dun see his internal struggles and emotions that ought to bring out leh. That explains why i spend time dazing, trying to read the emotions.
Actoress Mindee Ong: Buay pai lah… I don’t know what to expect. But she is a singer leh, why they don’t let her use her own voice to sing?
Actoress Liu Lingling: Less funny juices from her, showing more her serious side. Just weird for me because she is always very funny on getai.
Ending of the movie: I was talking to myself, “Don’t tell me the movie is going to end like that”. A very rush conclusion to sum up everything.
My take: It is a wrong move to shoot this in the first place. Royston Tan might have lost his head with the fundings pumped into his project, the movie objective is like hanging and floating somewhere.