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You Won't Regret That Tattoo by john cheng

A great documentary that explores the memories behind tattoos of an older generation that really challenges the idea that ink is something we'll regret later down the line. Moreover, the film really takes you to a place of intimacy. You get to hear the stories behind some of the tattoos these people have gotten and the film also forces you to think twice before you judge a book by its cover. There is most likely a reason behind that tattoo, why not take the time to hear the story behind it?

'You Wont Regret That Tattoo' is a short documentary that explores the meanings and memories behind the tattoos of an older generation, and challenges the belief that ink is something we will come to regret. FILM CREDITS Director: Angie Bird Producer: Michelle Woodward Executive Producer: Michelle Woodward Executive Producer: Liane Thomas Executive Producer: Dan Ford Cinematographer: Viktor Cahoj Editor: Izzy Ehrlich Set Designer: Simon Francois Art Director: Angie Bird Post Production: Rooster Post Post Production Executive: Melissa Kahn Colour: Alter Ego Colourist: Tricia Hagoriles Producer: Jane Garrah Executive Producer: Greg Edgar Graphic Design and Post Production Facility: Crush Graphic Designer: Stefan Woronko VFX Artist: Kaelem Cahill Post Producer: Emma Wojick Music Supervisors: Marco DiFelice and Amanda Clemens for Silent Joe Post Audio: The Orange Lounge Mixed by: Spencer Sunshine Music Composed by: Jay Merrow and Christine Stoesser

Jackie Chan: How to Do Action Comedy by john cheng

Here is an interesting segment on the differences between the action in the films of Jackie Chan and the action of other films. Yes, he may have the advantage of being a skilled martial artist and other actors may not have the years of training Chan has to emulate the style of action film that is unique to Chan, but it also seems like the point of budgeting and editing really play a bigger role just as the video argues.

Our world is so budget conscious that we always seem to sacrifice quality work versus figuring out a creative solution that can merge the two. What's worse is when the lack a quality is noticed, it is the creative person/team that will get the short end of the stick being stuck with the stigma of not delivering. Maybe I'm still being naive in hoping that if we all just do quality work, the work will show for itself, but in the end everyone really needs to be on the same page.

One thing is for sure, Chan's movies are definitely different from other action films in the market.

Sin City by john cheng

Sin City has some beautful shots, but it must have been really hard to imagine what it would look like while filming. Check out what Sin City looks like before all of the effects were added. There's a lot of green...

Jellyfish Eyes Takashi Murakami by john cheng

Takashi Murakami's Jellyfish Eyes. The film is a scifi fantasy film combining live action and Murakami's animation style telling the story of a boy, Masashi who lives in a town where children have magical pets that adults can't see. The film is set to return to the states for a second tour spanning across eight cities from May 1 - June 5. Check out the official website for more details about the US tour.

Slow TV by john cheng

Slow TV is apparently a new film genre. An event is filmed and then it's entirety is then broadcast at the exact same pace.

Ludovic Zuili and his production partner Simon Bouisson used this specific genre to create Tokyo Reverse, a 9-hour long production. To add another layer to this production, Zuili filmed the entire event walking backwards and then played it live in reverse. It definitely gives a strange surreal effect to the film. Check out the two excerpts of the video below.

Kano: Origins of Taiwanese Baseball (六分鐘故事預告) by john cheng

Growing up, my dad did his best to teach us about our heritage and the struggles that were involved for the Taiwanese people. He would tell us the history of Taiwan and the different struggles that his parents faced as well as what the Taiwanese people still face today. 

Even now, he still peppers our lives with the history of Taiwan. Such as the other day when we received an email about the new upcoming movie Kano. The film is about the origins of Taiwanese Baseball during the mid-1920s when Japan occupied Taiwan. During those times there was racial tension between Japanese and Taiwanese people and the film highlights the select few who see beyond racial lines and work together and send a message using the common language of baseball.

Kiki's Delivery Service Live Action by Toei by john cheng

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Toei has release some high-res photo previews of Kiki's Delivery Service! I was originally familiarized with the story via Studio Ghibli's animated feature but the original story was written by author Eiko Kadono published in 1985 by Fukuinkan Shoten. I'm very interested to see how this rendition will play out.