Hello from the Garden City! It’s been a busy month of travel, with productions around Asia for the Singapore office.
On Tour with Education NZ
Our production teams do get around a bit. But this shoot really takes the biscuit! In three weeks senior DP Siew Yaw Hoong and DP Taufiq Ja’afar have been on the road with the help of our staff and partners across the region. They’ve shot in 8 cities in Southeast Asia already, on a project with Education New Zealand.
Working with award-winning Kiwi journalist Charlotte Glennie, the final films will mark the 40 year anniversary of ties between New Zealand and The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The films feature interviews with almuni of schools and universities in New Zealand who have returned home after their studies to do great things.
Taufiq shows off the GoPro iPhone app to Charlotte (courtesy: Lisabelle Tay)
The shoot is the culmination of months of set-up work for Charlotte and Jala Shekho from PR company Baldwin Boyle Shand, another collaborator on the project. Charlotte and AsiaWorks have a working relationship that goes back more than a few years and its been a great pleasure for the team to work together with her once again.
“Asiaworks has been an integral part of the success of this project from the start. Every step of the wAy they’ve been hardworking, passionate, professional and creative .. And always fun to wind down with at the end of a long day. It’s an added bonus that just like locals they know all the best eating and drinking spots throughout the region and they’re more than willing to introduce us to them.”
The team has travelled, so far, to Yangon, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Krabi and Phnom Penh, where they are right now. Phew! Taking pictures along the way is top notch Singaporean freelance photographer and designer Lisabelle Tay who’s generously lent a few shots for us to share in this post! We’re also editing the films simultaneously in our edit facility back here in Singapore. We’ll let you know when the films are completed and available to view.
Green Fingers in Singapore
Creative Director, Andrew Clark and the team have been working with HGTV Asia this month, producing a spot for the series “I Love This”. The vignette series covers quirky stories about interesting things people have done to their homes. The team visited an apartment with its own hanging garden, designed by innovative architect Alvin Oh from AO Studios Singapore. And an urban farm that Carboninq’s Alexius Yeo built in his parents’ back garden. The spots are currently in the final stage of pre-production right now and hit screens on HGTV Asia next month.
The Unsung Heroes of Nepal
DP Taufiq Ja’afar returned from Nepal after filming the aftermath of the earthquake for Al Jazeera’s flagship current affairs programme, 101 East. The documentary he filmed on “Nepal’s Unsung Heroes” is now available online. We hope you can find time to watch this moving film (below) made with Al Jazeera correspondent Chan Tau Chou.
Taufiq shot the doc on a canon C300 with Zacuto rig and Sachtler fsb 6 tripod, with a range of different glass, but his best friend lens on this shoot was the Canon EOS 24-105 f4.
Watch the documentary here
Farewell to our friend Hood
This month we bid a fond farewell to Muhammad Hud Bin Mahadi or “Hood” to his mates. He joined us 5 years ago and throughout his time with the company he’s been a phenomenal support to the Singapore office and the wider company across the region. Hood has always moonlighted as the drummer for Singapore punk band Daily Ritual and he’s decided to leave AsiaWorks to follow his ambitions with the band, as they embark on a European tour in June.
Hood, we’re gonna miss you! Not just us, but also our clients and partners around Asia. It was such a great pleasure for all of us to work, travel, and experience so much with you! We wish you all the best with the tour and every success with the band. You can listen to some of Daily Ritual’s new album on Bandcamp or in the player below. And check out their tour dates if you happen to be in Europe next month, click on the image to enlarge and see the dates.