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It is most said when it is not said.

While I was driving Wendy home from dinner, she asked me if I was keen in taking up a course on filming. I would have the option of either conventional 12mm (or something like that) film or digital filming, for a couple of grand. I would like to, I said, but I was doubtful of what the course offered; can't we just learn it from the manuals or a dummies guide? I proposed instead that I be included in her cast. Then I get to learn from her free...

We then talked about the essence of filming. I personally think that the best film captures the essence of the human spirit. No words are necessary, for the actions tell the story. Remember Remains of the Day? There was so much anguish, towards the end of the film when Anthony Hopkins (the butler) strolled alongside Emma Thompson (the ex-head matron). The feeling of restrain: to want to declare one's love but yet unable to do it: was indeed overwhelming.

Or Happy Together. The haunting dance in the kitchen floor preluded the ill-fated love of the couple. And the scene where Tony Leung cries into the voice recorder touches my heart every time I think of that particular scene. Isn't him anyone of us? It is that strained emotion, which, unable to surface, that holds us prisoners. And it is the restraint that exists in the deepest recesses of our hearts that makes us silent creatures.

Sometimes everything has been said. Words are not necessary.
The party knows it, but is just as restrained.
And it never ends....

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Your friend in a course or in actual media companies?
For a few thousand grand, i'd rather i teach you for free ...

digital video editing at least. It doesn't take a few thousand to learn digital video editing. In fact, if you are a MAC user, they have online video guide for free for final cut pro (presumed industry standard, i don't agree that much)

Ok so the technical aspects are free.

Now onto the intellecutal aspects. I'd have to disagree with you that the power of the visuals come FROM visuals. Its true the visuals have a significant impact, but culture, context, audience negotiation (aka their character, history of knowledge, etc.) , editing technique are equally important in making the difference.

Audio (Sound , narration , voice over) are to me not complementary. Without them, a visual is only half said. At times, the visual may be deliberately made to have silence (no dialogue, music background) , but those are deliberate enhancements to portray a particular mood. If it prolongs (eg an entire show without dialogue and music) - it normally becomes art film, where the select audiences who can comprehend and be 'impacted' by the visual are few.

There are some basic visual aesthetics, composition skills , but if you ever want to know , i am happy to share.

So much for discussions. I am(was) a buff for niezi.

Learning media development and theory has its downside. I lost the magic of watching shows, everything becomes a concept, a technique, and critical.

Somehow, with niezi (crystal boys) i threw much of it aside and plunged myself into the magical world of audience fantasy and forgot about much of technical aspects and visual/audio techniques.

For a long time , had i cried watching shows.

i have yet to catch happy together... ever...

perhaps it is better to restrained the emotions then to let it surface.

"Sometimes everything has been said. Words are not necessary."

Cant agree more....

I loved Happy Together. Wong Ka Wai and Christopher Doyle are very good at capturing the emotional intensity of a scene to film. Which is probably why most of their movies do not have much dialogue.

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