Category Archives: documentary

All these photos from the streets… apparently it’s called ‘Street Photography’?


MOMENTS // NEW YORK CITY from Tim Sessler on Vimeo.

I’ve always been interested in non-fiction and documentary films. Recently, I’ve even started shooting random stuff in the city (or cities) that I’m in. Apparently it’s something people have been doing for years and it’s called ‘Street Photography’ (erggh! haha!). Then I find that video above on Vimeo… it’s freaking inspiring! Giving me all sorts of ideas now. Jeng jeng jeng!

Anyway, feast your eyes on some of my shots below from Kuala Lumpur, New York and Perth. Fuhh!

Of course, you can follow my Instagram (@zanazlee) to see more awesome photos!

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The re-release of ‘Popiahs, murtabaks and a patriotic donkey’


 

Twelve years ago, I started making my own independent short films. In recent years, I think I’ve kind of lost the plot a little bit. So, in an attempt to reflect and prioritise what’s important, I’m re-releasing some of my old works (mid-life crisis!).

‘Popiahs, murtabaks and a patriotic donkey’ is probably the first short film I made… way back in 2003. It’s a video-essay about Malaysia’s obsession of always wanting to break records. I had watched Amir Muhammad‘s 6horts at The Actors Studio beneath Dataran Merdeka a year before and it made me feel like I could do it too. Not too bad for a first attempt I think. It even got invited to a few festivals:

– 26th New York Asian-American International Film Festival 2003
– The Emergency Filmmaking Project 2003 (Singapore)
– Cyberjaya Digital Video Competition 2003 Gold Award (Humour and Spoof)
– 2004 Eksperimento Film & Video Festival (Philippines)

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Oh… and if you want to own my short films, I have a compilation DVD called ‘R.A.H.M.A.N. and other short films’ on sale really cheap at The Fat Bidin E-Store! Heheh! Wink wink!

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THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!!


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Fat Bidin’s biggest fan wearing the official THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN t-shirt!

Alright… I need to feed my daughter and buy expensive handbags for my wife. So I’m launching this bargain package for all you Fat Bidin fans out there. Come on… help a brother pay the bills and do your part to support independent journalism!

THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!!

Price: A bargain RM120!!!!

What you get:

1. A random limited edition 21cm x 30cm FRAMED PRINT PHOTOGRAPH that Zan Azlee took while in Afghanistan (the photograph is part of a photo essay of Afghanistan published in Esquire Malaysia and The Malaysian Insider).
2. A limited edition signed copy of the awesome non-fiction true-story graphic novel titled THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN!
3. An awesome official merchandise T-shirt of that said awesome graphic novel (as in the picture above worn by that sexy grey-haired man)!

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM140.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

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The launch of my latest book is this Sunday,17th August 2104, 2:30pm, at MPH, Nu Sentral (KL Sentral).


The launch of my latest book is this Sunday, 2:30pm, at MPH, Nu Sentral (KL Sentral).

You better come!! It’s an awesome non-fiction graphic novel about my adventures shooting a documentary in war-torn Afghanistan! It’s also a sweeeeettt collaboration with my bosom buddy Arif Rafhan Othman!

We’ll be there with a show for you guys!!! And signings… and photo-taking… and flirting… and wild, wild, passionate mingling!! Buy our book and exclusive merchandise on that day!

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Title: Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan
Genre: Non-fiction graphic novel
Venue: MPH Nu Sentral (KL Sentral)
Time: 2:30pm, Sunday, 17th August 2014

Video journalism basics – storytelling with no words or just with a single shot


The police and fire department are all over the site.

Video journalism is all about visual storytelling. It is annoying to see video reports that is obviously just a voice-over with a bunch of visuals dumped over it that makes no sense. The best way really is to not have an voice-over, because if you do have it, it just means your visuals can’t do the storytelling for you.

Newsshooter.com’s Matt Allard, who used to live in Kuala Lumpur as a cameraman with Al-Jazeera, makes this point in a video documentary he shot recently about a knife making expert in Taiwan called Maestro Wu. No voice-over… not even an interview soundbite.

There is also a technique known as the ‘one-shot’, where a news story is done in just a single shot on the camera with no editing cuts. This one is even more of a challenge, but when done right, it can give quite an impact. Best suited for a solo-journalist, if I do say so.

Sometimes people forget the basics when it comes to video storytelling. If you keep things simple, a lot can be said. Below is a story I did about the Empire Shopping centre blast in Subang a while back. No voice-over but I had an interview though to explain a little bit of facts.

And another one I did… on the demolition of the historical Pudu Jail in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.