Our modern education system has been a topic of debate for years. With popular critics claiming that the system was modelled on the interest and needs of the Industrial Age. With the rising cost of universities in many countries, many graduates with enormous debt are choosing not to pursue higher education altogether. Many lucky enough to have access to education are still finding themselves opposing the system, claiming that it is heavily outdated and in need of reform.
The Barcelona Experiment Documentary follows the journey of a group of people determined to revolutionise the education system, by creating a moving city campus that changes every year in different parts of the world. The experiment takes place in the city of Barcelona, where they discover if the project sinks of swim.
This is a side project collaborating with and directed by Triffany Leo that started off a year ago in February 2017 when we were working at Mindvalley. Being an online education company with a vision to reform the future of education, we were intrigued by the idea of a month-long experimental event project that our company is planning to run in Barcelona. Seriously, being the core film crew of five videographers that’ll be working there covering both the events and all other business-as-usual courses for the entire month in Barcelona; challenge accepted!
Oh, why don’t we jazz it up and punk-rock this production outside of our schedule. Totally worth it, because we believe in the story and the vision of this experiment. That’s how it happened, we’ve decided to document this experiment into a documentary and share it with the world. Nothing can stop us!
It was our first ever documentary and we had so much fun making this. A huge thanks to our Executive Producer; Vishen Lakhiani for funding this passion project and collaborating as one of the main spotlight talent in the film featuring himself. For also being the main inspiration of this project, he’s ideas and vision pushes us to do our best with everything we have.
It took us a full year from pre-production to the end of post production as we were working lean on our side most of the time.
Overall a massive group collaboration with Mindvalley Film crew, kaya butter co., Mindvalley and it’s experiment project attendees, education game-changers that Gordy Bal flew-in, friends and families.
It’s the harmony of experience, trust and collaboration that takes us further to whatever we want to learn and master. As much as you can learn anything theoretically, one would really need to practice to master anything in time and an added booster to keep you afloat in your completion game of the journey is the power of collaboration.
Watch the documentary here at Mindvalley.
Role: Cinematographer, Lead Editor, Motion Graphics, Digital Colorist
Poster Design: Oflavia Veranez
Had the pleasure to work together with the Wild Remedies Team 2nd time in a row to help make their new brand video in line with their updated packaging design and site. In this project, I was tasked with filming and editing the brand story video and a series of Chaga recipes.
Nature’s Most Powerful Antioxidant – A Mushroom to Support Healing, Anti-Aging, Stress Management, and Complete Wellbeing.
A little masterclass on what Chaga a.k.a. mushroom tea is;
Chaga (or Inonotus Obliquus) is a dense, black, and charcoal-like medicinal mushroom that grows predominantly on birch trees in the northern-most forests of the planet, where it thrives in the coldest of winters.
Deemed the “Mushroom of Immortality” and “Diamond of the Forest”, Chaga contains the highest antioxidant level of any natural foods, and has been traditionally used by healers and shamans in Russia, China and Scandinavia for centuries — to treat everything from lethargy and the common cold to intestinal pains and tumors.
Today, the extraordinary Chaga mushroom has received worldwide attention by health professionals and wellness enthusiasts alike. Scientific research on Chaga has validated many of the health-supporting benefits of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
TLDR; Wild Remedies is a mushroom tea brand that provides the most premium high quality, sustainably hand-harvested wild siberian chaga extract.
Feel like having some Chaga? Check out their online store here or follow them on IG and FB for latest feeds.
Role: Creative Director, Cinematographer, Editor
“Passion over perfection” is how I will start sharing my travel videos of places I’ve visited. I’ve always kept my works coz I think it’s not good enough but fuck it, it’s about having fun, sharing and getting that feels off the music.
To officiate the release of my on going adventure series to experience the world, the first video drop will come with a metaphoric prologue.
For the full experience please do watch in sequence of the trailer followed by the main video.
Had the pleasure to help Life Redesigned create their first profile video featuring Coach KarFei.
Using the art and science of personal growth, Life Redesigned will help you to create breakthroughs to redesign your life. Your goals, aspirations, and desire are all possible and within reach. Most importantly, in the process, enables you to live a fulfilling life. Redesign. Rewire. Remap. Live your full potential.
"Live live by design, not by default." – Coach KarFei
Role: Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Had the opportunity to work with Stage Pro Malaysia to create a set of videos for Stage Pro Pink Edition Ad Campaign featuring their special limited line of make up brushes.
With the introduction of Pink color to the brand that has always been black, we wanted the campaign bring out the youthfulness and fresh pastel pink color themed brushes.
We collaborated with local influencers Johanis Sani and JoeYee on how they will rock their style with the brushes. It's been a great experience working with all these talented artist. Learnt a bunch on studio shoot especially when it comes to keeping light and color consistency between sets and diverse talents to make it work flawlessly in post.
Big shout out to All is Amazing for the space!
Need to get your hands on one of these amazing pink brushes? Get them here and follow stage cosmetics for feed on make up tricks, new products and pretty visuals.
Role: Creative Director, Videographer, Photographer
Had the opportunity to create the 2017 Xmas video for Mindvalley, 2nd year in a row and counting.
Inspired by the release of BTS - Mic Drop (feat Desiigner) Steve Aoki Remix music video and Trapcity’s mix of classic Christmas carols, I wanted to do something bold and hype in form of a dance music video.
This year I focus on the Mindvalley team and company culture. Highlighting a diverse group of employees as featured dancers and the use of young and modern trap beats over classic Christmas carols. I wanted to show that Mindvalley is brand that also has a facade for the young crowd, have the fun factor and a personal growth brand that keeps up with trend and diverse audience of all age groups.
Collaborated with Izzat (lead choreographer) and my amazing teammates (dancers and cast). This is by far my most fun and largest collaboration group that made it to my 2017 project highlights. Never had I been super grateful after a shoot pre to post production, it’s what a creative could ever ask for; freaking-amazing-team-work!
In the spirit of Christmas, we wanted to use lights to bring up the lit up joy and warmth of this festive winter whilst matching the themed color palette for this campaign; teal and red. Bringing out your inner light in the darkest shade because we are all lit from the inside out.
Inspired by the Brandon Woelfel, we did a studio photoshoot with pixie lights as our key Xmas element for this campaign featuring some of Mindvalley’s Team members.
Many think that it’s too bold and different from past Mindvalley approach to Christmas video but one things aligned for sure is the direction of constantly breaking patterns, setting trends and generating high energy feeling of authentic positivity that everyone can hype about.
We had so much fun!
Role: Creative Director, Cinematographer, Photographer
The limited edition of the most acclaimed surf documentary of all the times “The Endless Summer” (Bruce Brown, 1966), gets shape into an object book.
Had the great opportunity to be working with The Endless Summer Book Launch Team to create a video for their commemorative limited edition 50th anniversary collectible book launch video.
It was a very interesting collaboration with Manuel Serra Sáez, Bruce Brown Films, Jay Fox and he’s team. Watching the movie and learning about the history and back story about the hard work that took place throughout the years that came to the fruitation of this end product.
What started as a prototype project of Manuel came to life when he’s editorial print design was well received by Bruce. It then got put into production as a limited run official Endless Summer commemorative and collectible book.
Both the book launch video and book premiered at The Endless Summer 50th anniversary launch party in California on April 29, 2017.
Role: Video Editor, Motion Graphics
Kenny Aronoff's Drum Solo at AFest West Jamaica 2017.
Kenny is an American drummer who has been the sideman for many bands both live and in the studio, he's also known for his recorded drums and percussion with many recording artists. He was performing and speaking at AFest on "The Rock Star Experience".
Sharing his whiplash like stories, it's super cool to hear their experiences and creative thought processes. .Love to see more creatives sharing on stage.
One of my favourite song from Human Experience (David Block) feat Mel Semé performed at AFest Jamaica 2017. Amazing harmony from the guitar and acapella.
Set in the beach of Rosehall Montego Bay, these guys really warmed up the vibe of the night. Do follow them on soundcloud and IG for their new album:
Thumbnail photo credits by All is Amazing and Mindvalley AFest
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure to collaborate and work with my coolest boss ever, Vishen Lakhiani to come up with an ad for Mindvalley's New Learning App called "Quests".
It's an app that uses micro learning methodology and technology for effective learning. Featuring a curated list of the world's most greatest teachers in all aspects of personal growth.
The idea is to give a look and feel of urban, motivating and in trend with the style of Nike but on a personal growth subject. The intro of the ad shows the flexibility of the app that allows a diverse group of users around the world to access the learnings at the same time everyday.
The theme of the this video is "It's My Time." Are you ready to get in your time to level up your human potential?
Available on app stores now. Click here
Role: Creative Director, Cinematographer, Video Editor
Made a recap video of Saturday Selects 008 at Artebar, Trec featuring main act; Joe Kay from Soulection, LA. Massive shout out to Aesthete Life for the stage design and invite to cover this event!
I was assigned to create the 2016 Christmas video for Mindvalley's audience, fans and customers.
Inspired by Wes Anderson and in light with the current chase in technology trends like VR and AR, I thought I'll do the opposite by giving it a twist back in time to the nostalgic classic technology.
All the way back to the 1962 viewmaster toy to have a peek behind the scenes back at HQ during Christmas season high.
Like how we like to add a technology edge to our works, I've added a boomerang feature to this classic little toy. And with the concept of an old school viewmaster crop frame, this video is design to be easily optimised for social media and mobile format sharing at the same time retaining Wes's symmetrical cinematography style.
As a set to this campaign, I've also teamed up with Oflavia Veranez to produce a series of Instagram Flatlays with the theme of Behind the Scenes of a Mindvalley Christmas.
It also serve as a window to feature some of our top selling channels and products of the year; The Code of The Extraordinary Mind, AFest, Quest and Elula.
Role: Creative Director, Cinematographer, Photographer, Prop Stylist
Dug up some clips and did a mash up video of last year's culture day in the office. The theme was "Russia" and we had a good dose of Russian dance, food, pickles, and vodka.
Shots, shots, shots! Thanks for watching.
Experienced my first ever live M83 show last weekend at Urbanscapes.
The first time I’ve ever got introduced to this band was from Travis Rice’s documentary; The Art of Flight, that in-the-moment cinematic music that make everything twice as cooler when paired with.
Their music inspired me to learn and make videos as cool as the music. It’s around the same time when I heard The Naked and Famous – Young Blood too. (hopefully that day will come)
Fast forward a couple of years later, I get to watch them live. The live set was so good, so much better! So much feel with all that light works and epic musician showmanship. I’ve not really check out their latest Junk album before the show, so I’m not sure how it’ll turn out differently from their old album.
It turned out great! They played lots of their hit song from the previous album before introducing the new stuff.
Taste test was great! I really like their new album! Two of my favourites from Junk are Do It and Go! feat Mai Lan. Go check them if you haven’t, these guys are amazing!
Spent a week in Tokyo with my mom, showed her around the city and stayed at a cosy bar hostel at a less bustling neighbourhood of Kuramae.
Had the opportunity to watch some local artists perform at our place and share their music. This band call themselves as UQiYo, they’re a trio of super talented musicians who plays a range of instruments from classic to electronic.
They’re doing their 2016 new album release tour for black box. There were a few acts where they feature a group of brass players and female vocalist. Pretty neat composition, if you have not listen to them do check them out.
My two favourite songs from them are ‘Twilight’ and ‘Dirtball’. It even comes with a really cool official music video, go check them out at Youtube.
If you have not heard of RAC, they are famous for their fun sounding remixes.
I got to watch them play in KL at Indiego & Co.’s 2nd Anniversary Party. So happy to experience them play live. Their set lasted a lot longer as everyone was having so much fun that it lasted till closing hour.
I did not stay till the end as I had to leave for my first marathon experience at “Nike We Run KL 2016”, few hours later. I had RAC’s cheap sunglasses tune playing in my mind the whole 21km. Cheers to the power of imagination! My friends think I'm crazy. Maybe coz I didn’t hear them play that song in their set.
Anyways, here’s a couple of my personal favourite tracks from them:
Like how every year we refresh our new goals and resolution. One of my new checklist was to watch FKJ live as I recently discovered this super talented artist.
If you have not heard of FKJ, you’ll have to totally check out his live set at TSYN Launch Party and all his amazing remixes. I can list you every track coz they’re all so good, but here’s a couple of my cream of the crop faves.
Not to mention that his live sets are always the best!
Back to the story. So, I was making plans to watch him play in France sometime April this year but I guess he got ahead of me when he visit KL earlier this year. The universe loves me everyone, first goal of the year checked.
Music was amazing! He’s so good, I think I wanna watch a couple more of his live sets. Here’s a clip that I’ve put together and cheers to many more amazing music shows!
Learnt about Arms and Sleepers shortly after finding out that his playing in my neighbourhood as part of the Swim Team Album Asia Tour.
It was an amazing surrealistic audio/visual experience in a small cozy venue. The ambient trip hop beats and sounds, beautiful background mographs with chill beer makes it a perfect music gig to wind-down on a Sunday night.
There was a short Q n A session after the set, Max shared some stories on how they came about their band name and some stories on the making of the Swim Team music video.
Here’s their featured track from their Swim Team album,
Alongside opening for them was local duo Hanna & Juno and my new found post rock band, Euseng Seto & Kent Lee that sounded like Kashiwa Daisuke. Great pick!
When to my team’s open mic band performance; The Meow Meows, at Merdekarya. This first song cover from them was of Stoppin’ The Love by KT Tunstall. I really think they gave an amazing performance, especially the vocalist.
Looking forward to more shows from them. Keep it up meows!
Making a bit of an appearance in a my own videos. If you’ve not known me well, I play yo-yo as a hobby. Mainly single handed unresponsive play style, also known as 1A division.
I’m not the best player out there, never pulled off a perfect freestyle that I’m proud of but I find myself still doing it despite all these years. Maybe its passion, maybe its what they call; passion over perfection. That’s a card I got from a random card draw some time back.
Here’s a short video drop of my favourite tricks to end the year 2015.
Visited Prague for my very first time back in Summer 2014 for World Yo-Yo Championship. Walked around the streets, sight seeing and feeling this european vibe.
Its a really beautiful, laid back, hipster city. Musicians jazzing by the bridge, chiming music from water filled wine glasses, eating and drinking in the park, from time to time sights of yo-yo players at nooks and cranny of back alleys and more.
Somewhere in old town Prague, I fell in love with the fresh tunes cooked up by a few talented and joyful street musicians in Prague. I really enjoyed watching them duel and play, upping every music rally with more fancy improvisation of an original melody.
The Cymbalist is called George Leonard. He sometimes busk around playing solo and I guess I was really lucky to got to watch him play in a group with more sound harmony from accompanying instruments. It was so mesmerising to watch and listen to them live.
I bought George’s solo cymbalist album but honestly, the live play is still the best. Super glad I made this memorable clip of them playing.
A little backstory before I went on as a full time videographer, I humbly started out as a professional yoyo player sponsored under Team C3yoyodesign. A Hong Kong based company run by three passionate yoyo designers.
As a sponsored player and local distributor of this brand, I compete as and promote for the brand. This here is one of my promotional video made for their first line of affordable high performance plastic throw called the "Speedaholic".
Fun times. Filmed by Fu Ken, directed and edited by me.