its me winnie!

gimme some credit here!
June 2, 2009, 2:24 pm
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Quick note to self: don’t EVER do the 48 Hour Film Project and move into new home on the same weekend. My eyes, brain, muscles and overall morale have been completely drained over the course of a single weekend. Nonetheless, it was again, a very fun experience and I’m glad we made the 7pm deadline! More to come on the actual submission later. I came on board as the assistant editor. In addition to helping the editor out, I had the last minute opportunity to whip out a cast credit sequence. Time was of the essence, but I’m pretty happy on how it came out.

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Client Vendor Relations
June 2, 2009, 1:36 pm
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My friend C-Paz from The Status Quo Blog sent me this video. If you’re in the “biz”, this will definitely reach out to you. It wouldn’t be so FUNNY, if it weren’t so TRUE.

Bushwick Open Studios

So this weekend, I will be moving into new hoods… and participating in the 48 Hour Film Project. The next two days will be mayhem, but should be a rewarding experience. I’m really excited about moving into Bushwick. A lot of independent musicians and artists have moved out of Williamsburg due to hikes in rent and hipsterfication. There are a lot of things going on in this creative space. Case in point: Bushwick Open Studios is running from June 5th – June 7th. It is an annually self-organized arts festival. Many artists open their homes to the public as galleries and exhibits. This year will be my very first time attending and I am giddy with excitement. Reviews and photos to follow.

For more information about Bushwick Open Studios, check this link out.

A Girl Named Kai
May 20, 2009, 3:15 pm
Filed under: stuff by other people

I want to share with you a filmmaker that I have the upmost respect for. I came across this short in 2004, when I interned for Media that Matters Film Festival. Its images has stayed with me since then. I’m so glad that I recently came across this short again on youtube.

As an Asian American, I have always related to Kai’s inner conflict between her sexuality and strict culture. I know how it feels to be the only one to think outside the box in my family.

Her message is powerful. The visuals are unforgettable. This goes to prove to you that a masterpiece doesn’t need to be achieved in a feature length Hollywood fiction movie. Beautiful art is created everyday by both amateurs and professionals, even novices with innate talent. Always remember to support local arts and talent. You’ll never know what you come across.

Noah and the Whale
May 8, 2009, 11:49 pm
Filed under: photography

I had the pleasure of checking out Anni Rossi, Ferraby Lionheart and Noah and the Whale at The Bowery on May 1st.  Prior to the performance, I had only heard of Noah and the Whale. Boy, what a well-matched lineup.

Armed with only her viola and a drummer, this girl gave a solid performance. Her voice and unpolished style reminds me a lot of Regina Spektor, often breaking off into instrumental tangents.

I was the only one yelling when Ferraby Lionheart revealed that he was currently residing in Nashville. It sure has knocked the LA out of him.  There definitely was a twang in the folk.

Frankly, everything about Noah and the Whale reeked of Wes Anderson. From their giveaway band name, down to the very fact that you could close your eyes to every song and play it to a scene from “The Darjeeling Unlimited”. If you do a little research online, you’ll find out that the auteur director is in fact a big influence on this band. I guess if you like Wes’ movies, then chances are, you’ll love their music.

For more photos from this set, click here.

oscar weddings

Telling your former film school classmates that you work in wedding videos used to be an embarrassment. Seriously, how do you live with yourself? all that interlacing, lack of depth and oh god! Please don’t get me started on contrast ratios. However, this is all a thing of the past. Thanks to ever-progressing HD cameras and our nostalgic obsession with everything vintage, there are now plenty of wedding video services out there that capture your special day and can pass for a Cannes bound short at the same time. Check out some major wedding talent below:

Still Motion

If theres anything to it, these guys know how to tell a story. While your average wedding video may loosely stitch together shots from the ceremony ,reception, and drunken greetings from your guests, Still Motion effectively tugs on your emotional strings by letting everyone else tell your story. And those quick glances? Whether it’s the “You’ve got this one son” look, or the “I can’t believe this is it” stare, they’ve got it all captured.

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Joe Simon Productions

This former BMX pro turned cinematic wedding videographer has the magic touch of capturing “that special wedding theme” your gut had in the first place. Named one of EventDV Magazine’s top 25 Hottest and Most Influential event filmmaking studios in the industry, this Austin, TX-based artist will bring your destination wedding home as seen from the video below:

Click Here to View The Video Titled: Kate + James HD Wedding Trailer in the Caymans

Click on image for video.

Hello Super 8

Jealous of your parents washed out and grainy home-made super 8 wedding video? Hello Super 8 will eat their video for breakfast. Although not as fancy as the cinematic styles mentioned above, there is something very special about the simplicity of these videos. Watch out for crazy Uncle Eddy though. Kooky characters definitely shine through with super 8.

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That being said, if you happen to be on a budget for you wedding, be open to posting ads on craigslist. Ask for film and photography students. They may offer a different and fresh approach to what you would usually expect in a wedding video.

low end HD showdown
April 29, 2009, 6:38 pm
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Trying to figure out which HD camera is best for your workflow and budget? Maybe this will help:


Format hoots HD, 720p, 1080i or 1080p, has 2 SxS card slots

Recording method records to SxS card

Workflow SxS cards require XD Cam transfer– but SxS cards fit directly into laptops with ExpressCard slots for immediate editing on Final Cut Pro.

Daily Rental Estimate $350 to $475 with HD monitor+ $70 per 16gb SxS card



Format shoots in SD or HD, 720p or 1080i, has 2 P2 card slots

Recording Method records to P2 card for HD or mini DV for SD.

Workflow P2 cards need P2 card adapter to go into laptop or hard drive.

Operator should organize media for AVID and transfer P2 card media to a PC formatted hard drive upon wrap  or deliver P2 cards to Post and they’ll do transfer. Easy workflow with Mac’s and FCP.

Daily Rental Estimate $325 to $500 with HD monitor

+ $75 per 16gb P2 card **This is the camera model that many owner/operators have and they may rent their package for less than $325.**



Format shoots SD or HD, 720p and 1080i with wide lens option, has 4 p2 card slots.

Recording Method shoots to P2 or to DVCPro.

Workflow P2 cards need P2 card adapter to go into laptop or hard drive.

Operator should organize media for AVID and transfer P2 card media to a PC formatted hard drive upon wrap  or deliver P2 cards to Post and they’ll do transfer. Easy workflow with Mac’s and FCP.

Daily Rental Estimate $650 to $750 with HD monitor + $75 per 16gb P2 card


pan-ajhdx900Format shoots HD, 720p or 1080i with wide lens option, does not have p2 card option.

Recording method records to tape only — DVCPro.

Workflow regular HD tape workflow.

Daily Rental Estimate $800 to $900 with HD monitor + cost of tapestock @ $24 per 46 minutes