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Hey look, kids! #cuakmovie is on Astro First!
He brought the puck up center ice, the clock winding down and his team mates still stuck on the other side. Some didn’t see the turnover till it was too late, some were still on the ground. He brought the puck up, closer to the goalie, and that’s when he noticed there was no one to pass the puck to. No one. So he did the only thing he could and took the shot as best he could but luck wasn’t on his side and the goalie caught it.
Time ran out. 4-3 to the other team. Their one shot for the season and they were out.
They’d lose the game shortly after but, if you looked at things in the long run, that game wouldn’t make a difference. They’d performed well all season for a new and fledgling team, they’d earned the respect of their peers, gained new fans, new opportunities.
But that night that wouldn’t matter. That night, all eyes were on the present and all eyes were on the shot he missed. And at that moment, he felt like the biggest failure in the world.
Everybody pointed out how he missed the shot, how close it was. Everybody pointed out how he should’ve made it. Everybody pointed out how he had to make it. Everybody pointed out how close they could have been.
Nobody pointed out that he had no one to pass to. Because in the here and now, nobody gives a fuck.
In other news, my 85mm f1.8 Canon FD arrived from Japan. Again, in about a week. Love how quickly Japan ships via EMS.
And thus, the first Canon FD prime lens set I aimed to collect is complete - 24mm f2.8, 35mm f2, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8, 100mm f2.8 & 135mm f2.8. Didn’t pay more than RM700+ for each lens on eBay. Most were in the RM350-500 range.
On the minus side, after this and my bills and my own expenditure relating to the movie we’ve just released, I’m pretty damn broke. Time to offload some equipment I don’t need. Stay tuned, folks…
The new editing set up at The Hub. Let’s see how long this lasts…
This is where I am right now - KL Post. Behind me, Samad is fixing up some issues with the #cuakmovie subtitles because Apple and Windows can’t even play nicely with each other when it’s a basic text file.
We’ve fixed up all the LPF censorship board requirements. We rendered out the master file in Sony mxf 50mbps on Vegas Pro and turned that into a 1.2TB DPX image sequence with a 24p drop down on Scratch. We’ve done a full audio clean up and 5.1 mix courtesy of Chris Higgs on Vegas as well. We’ve turned the DPX into a DCP waiting to be wrapped up and sent, all the audio cued…
…And the only thing that’s delaying us is a the fact that Macs and PC’s can’t agree on the right way to encode a text file for our subtitles.
Last stretch. Just a bit more to go. Onwards, humans.
Hey look, kids! It’s me & @michaelcsm in @timeoutkl for #cuakmovie!
Holy moley! #cuakmovie has LRT billboards! Thanks @albnok for snapping this At Taman Jaya PUTRA LRT station!
Today has been nothing but #cuakmovie rendering - first the overall movie timeline, then take that render, drop it down to 24fps and render out to a 2k DPX image sequence for KL Post to convert to DCP for digital projection in the cinema. Each of these render steps takes about 3 hours, give or take half an hour, then about six or more hours to wrap into a DCP.
Three years ago I was projecting Relationship Status on bluray through a 2k projector in the cinemas. 8 years ago I was projecting Ciplak in standard definition off of a digibeta tape. 10 years ago my first short film, Nicotine, was projected off of a miniDV tape.
Times change, huh?
This stress is doing my head in. It really is. My body is a tense muscle, like a fist seconds before making contact with someone’s face. I can’t move. Still. Rooted to the ground.
It’s the waiting. Waiting for a piece of paper that essentially gives the green light for everything else that needs doing. Waiting, knowing that I’m not the only one waiting, knowing that a hundred and one decisions all really on this one goddamn piece of paper. Waiting and stressing as I wait, a hundred and one scenarios running through my head, thinking about all the worst case scenarios because that’s the only thing I can think of at the moment, filling my brain and my being with negativity because I can’t think of this as “just another job”.
My heart’s pumping heavier than it should. My shoulders are tense, locked, coiled spring.
And somewhere in my brain, I’m silently making fun of how flowery I’ve written all this. That somewhere in my brain wants to make a silly dick joke to lighten the mood and put a smile on my face.
But there’ll be no dick today, for there is no dick inside me.
Huh. Managed to squeeze a dick joke in there after all.
Excuse me, I'm looking for a +1 close up filter.