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A Bout De Souffle


We watched A BOUT DE SOUFFLE / Breathless in class on Friday. I tried watching it twice the night before but I fell asleep both time. The movie is ok, it’s not that bad.. it’s just that it’s just full of looooooooong talk.

Then we learned about French New Wave. Most noticeable is the jump cuts that they use in the movie. I don’t really prefer it in movies as they don’t really make sense.. I do however like it if it’s used as an effect for music video or something. Spent too much time on the 2 questions though, one which is based on the text book and I can barely read the text book because it’s pages of nothing but text on cinema history.

I am however going to do extra assignment for the 5% extra credit. Now I have to choose a movie for the assignment.. hmm what movie could be interesting?

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Still in Ipoh


Because I had bad stomach ache, I didn’t go back to KL yesterday, which means I had to skip both Monday classes.

I feel bad missing the class. I really thought I’d have perfect attendance this semester. Oh well. I text messaged my friend and asked her if she could see my marks for the analysis of “Ladri di Biciclette” that we did before the holiday and she said I got 10/10. Not sure if she saw it correctly, but if I did get it, yay, if not then bummer… if I did, then too bad I wasn’t there to see it myself argh.

I was supposed to submit my assignment for animation 2… I hope Mr Terry won’t penalize me.

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Holiday


Holiday is almost over and I haven’t done my assignments yet. I’m supposed to be doing animation for my 3D.. and study… blah. I received my text book before the holiday but holy shit, the text is so friggin small, you need to either squint or use a magnifying glass to read… besides there’s way too much to read, it hurts my eyes.

I hope I don’t have to memorize the whole damn thing for the exam, or I’m dead.

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Happy Eid


SELAMAT HARI RAYA!
HAPPY EID MUBARAK!

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Ladri di Biciclete


We watched LADRI DI BICICLETTE in class today, which I have already seen. I spent the whole night and morning watching and reading about it, analysing it so I”d be prepared in class. The reason is that I hate thinking when my brain is not working becuase I’m sleepy. So to avoid submitting blank paper, I prepare myself and understands the movie before class so I don’t have to think on the spot like I did with THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. Received our text book today. Blah. Too much to study. I also decided to write on PLANET TERROR for the assignment.. but I also wanted Face/Off but I can’t choose two. Ms Shana commented that I should stick to analyzing one or two aspects of the movie… so I’m gonna pick cinematography/editing and script..

I borrowed two books on cooking, yay.

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Battleship Potemkin


Last Friday, we watched BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN in class… as usual, almost everyone hated the silent film, lol. Early that morning, I watched the movie and did a research for it so I’d be prepared for class and at first, I didn’t think I’d like the movie cuz it’s realated to battles, politics etc but turns out I liked it. It’s quite disturbing though, the part of Odessa Steps.. I don’t know, there’s something about it that disturbs me. Hated the ending though. I was like EH? Plus the choppy editing and Eisenstein’s belief in non-continuity makes the movie a bit confusing but I do like movie that is open for interpretation. So today in class we discussed Soviet Montage and felt like history class cuz we have to know about Tsar and the Tsarist regime and all. Same with before when we learn about German expressionism. My movie analysis score was 8/10 .. blah, a point lower than the first one for Dr. Caligari but Ms Shana did say I have the best interpretation of an image, lol. No comment.

I finally finished downloading LADRI DI BICICLETTE (The bicycle thief/thieves) which is supposed to be shown this friday in class.. wow… very touching and depressing movie :( I loved it though. You can see a very strong bond of father and son in it… and I love watching movies with realism, as in I could really see what Rome was like in the 1940’s and the environment of the post-war era. Heh, never thought I could be watching movements type movies and actually liking it. But next week is holiday (i hope for monday class too) so we’d be studying about Italian Neo-realism after Eid celebration. I’ve been wikipedia’ing about neo-realism and it’s much more interesting than soviet montage. Not sure how much I have to read up about WWII in Italy and the post-war story for exam… I hate studying, memorizing and written exams.. argh :(

NOTE TO SELF:

Bourgeoisie – the rich
Proletariat – the poor

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Semester 4 Result!


I got my result!!

Okay.. I’m happy with it yet also disappointed, lol. Happy that I don’t have any ugly C’s..but unhappy that I didn’t get all A’s. Oh well, you can’t be too perfect XD But I did bounce back from my horrible near-fail experience in semester 3 :D Here’s my result:

Presentation Skills : B+
Black & White Photography : B-
Animation 1 : A
Video Production 1 : A-
Script Writing : A-

GPA: 3.48

OMG totally unexpected!

Presentation Skills – Okay, I was hoping for an A for this but I got B+ and Ms Jenny was giving me the result today and I was whining, asking her why she gave me only a B+ and she was like, I should be glad cuz she failed a lot of people..ack. At first she was scaring me when I reached the room, lol.. I thought I did bad and Ms Jenny reminded me that in semester 3 after all the troubles I had, I did promise them I’d bounce back and get at least a 3.50 GPA for the next semester so I was very disappointed I’m only 0.02 points away from getting that. :( :( Only 0.02 points away!! ARRRRGH

Black & White Photography – Hmm Mr Kelvin is extremely nice yet he’s the toughest to please lol Even for last semester, he gave most of us a B.. and he did it again this semester for me.  Oh well. Haha It was fun though doing all those developing black and white photos. I didn’t do well in printing the pics cuz I keep getting bugged by the guys haha.. plus I was rushing cuz I wanted to finish it before 8 PM.. I hate being at college after 6 pm cuz it’s spooky..

Animation 1 – So Mr Terry was right when he told me and Jackie we got A.. :D I was kinda expecting the A anyway cuz I worked so hard to research and do the final project which was the 3D commercial logo animation.. and my hard work has been paid off with that A :D What a relief!

Video Production 1UNEXPECTED! My group did not do well in the creative stage, hell, we didn’t have much to produce during the presentation unlike the other group. I still remember when Eddie said something like we pretty much fucked the presentation/creative stage and on the verge of failing AGAIN.. and our only chance to save us from failing is that we’d do extremely well during production and post-production.. from that point I pretty much said we’re fucked. I thought even if we do good in the final thing, we’d prolly get just B’s or C’s.. but I still worked my ass off just to save me from failing, so that was unexpected.. thanks Eddie XD I saw Andrea’s (she’s in the other group) result, and she got A- too for their redbull ad.

Script Writing – Even more UNEXPECTED! Okay, I did the best I could for this class. I never failed to produce anything Eddie asked us to show.. whether it’s the pitching, the treatment, the draft etc and I was doing well until the final submission day, lol. It’s because the night before I was doing developing photo you see until 8 pm, and I only reached home at 10 pm. Then the next day I had to cut those photos and mounting board and frame them. So I didn’t have time to do the script. So I asked Eddie if I could submit the next day.. he even asked what went wrong cuz I was doing fine before this lol So he gave me until midnight to email him the script or I’d lose marks.. but I procrastinated and stayed in college for my junior’s fundamental of direction final assessment cuz I wanted to see their film.. and I only started writing my script after midnight, after hours of fighting writer’s block lol My brain only works during the night. I finally finished it at 5 am, emailed it to him and later that day went with Jackie and Ito to bind the script and submitted it at 4 pm. Hehe. So the A- was unexpected.. plus I didn’t think I did good anyway, rushing the story and all…plus doing it after midnight and I was sleepy as hell lol. I thought I prolly wrote crap.

Sorry for the long story lol. After I got the result, Ka Mun and Yee Sing came to pick up their result and I ended up staying there and hanging out with them for a while whining and being annoying with our result lol. Ka Mun has so much pressure on her. She got 3.75 GPA and I was like extremely jealous at her but I found out she needs to maintain at least 3.70 GPA every semester or she’ll lose her scholarship. Wow. I could never handle that extreme pressure. Even my PTPTN loan needs just at least 2.0 GPA minimum every semester hehe.

Well overall, I”m still quite happy with my result. I did work extremely hard so yeah. Fuuhh. Just this semester and then I’m free for a 1 1/2 months.. yay..

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German Expressionism


Class was looooong… it’s because I haven’t been getting enough sleep but class was quite interesting. We discussed about THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI and the German expressionism. I find it all to be very interesting. And apparently Effendy thought I suggested that ‘boring’ movie too, lol. Oh we got back the result of our analysis on the movie and grrrrrrr! I got 9/10. Just one point less from the full mark! Ka Mun got 10/10 and I was sooooooo jealous.

3D is getting more complicated. This weekend I’ll do the body, and on Monday I”ll show to Mr Terry and see what needs fixing and by next Thursday I have to submit it. I’m soooo glad I don’t have lots of assignment for FILM APPRECIATION class except study about films so I can at least concentrate on 3D. If not I’d be soooo stressed with trying to rush with everything in just 7 weeks.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


We watched THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI yesterday in class, lol. That was surprising, I thought we were gonna watch another movie. It was an interesting movie… pretty straightforward and at times quite confusing but hey, most of silent films are confusing… unfortunately, everyone was bored to death, lol. But we all had to keep watching cuz we have to write analysis at the end of movie. Apparently Jackie and Ito (not sure who else) thought I suggested that movie, lol. No, I suggested ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW which will be screened at the end of October. I wonder if I could control myself from doing the time warp.

After that we all went to this talk. A university is having a film making contest and I”m very interested to enter… so is Ito.. I suggested we send our Levi’s commercial, and maybe I”m gonna re-edit our DP reel and send it in.. we’ll see.. have to ask Esther and Haze if it’s ok. Would be great if they still have the footage.

Then I went to return my book that I borrowed from the library. You know, the librarian is such an ass? He promised he would not count one day, and then denied it yesterday.. we were arguing cuz I was sooooo pissed cuz I know I was right. It’s not the matter of money, it’s the matter of dignity cuz I KNOW I WAS RIGHT. I made him count the days again.. I said after independence day was a public holiday and oh noooo.. he said noooooo… he fucking denied it when 10 minutes later, after recounting and rechecking the calendar, he said “Oh Monday was a holiday”… so I said THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN SAYING! And you know what he said? “You said public holiday, not day off”… wtf? Isn’t that the same meaning????? I hate dealing with stupid people. At last he gave me 2 bucks off..making it RM24… fucking expensive. Sure, Segi University College has a policy of borrowing red tag book for a day but imagine this – that red tag book is 700 pages thick! How in the fucking hell can you read a book that thick in one day??? If you’re a day late, it’s 2 bucks fine…. WHAT THE FUCK. I understand the book needs to be at the library cuz it’s the only copy but my question is – ONLY ONE COPY? Isn’t it supposed to be a library? Why can’t they buy many copies so we can borrow and study it? That’s fucking stupid.

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New Semester


I finally got around 2 hours-ish nap after I went back from college. Feels better now but I’m still tired. College went well today! My morning class is Film Appreciation with Miss Shana and she’s so cute with a really cute haircut and she seems nice so far. As usual, since the class combines video & animation students and mass comm students.. my intake plus other intakes (as in my juniors too) so it’s crowded. We just talked about the class, our fave movies and all.. I said my fave movie is Night of the Living Dead .. I have a lot but I just picked one lol I couldn’t even think of a fictional character that I like…urgh. And I said I recommend ppl to watch Motorama cuz it’s sort of a surreal movie like David Lynch’s Eraserhead.

We’re gonna be watching movies! But damn, we have lots to study and write, plus there’s written exam! Argh, my first written exam :( As someone put it, it’s a literature class minus the books plus the movies. It’s mostly gonna be old black & white movies cuz as the class is named, we have to ‘appreciate movies‘. I like black & white movies XD And we’d be watching The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari yay:D And then we vote what movies we wanna watch in musical, crime & western genre… oh I suggested THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! Everyone voted for that so yeaaaaaaaahhhh I’d be doing the time warp in class whooo hoooo..!

Faculty briefing was eh… what can I say.. it’s the same thing every new semester.. Luckily Joe sat next to me and we just talked so I wasn’t bored to death. If not, I’d be alone all sleepy, tired and fucking bored. There was no one else I know in my course (we had to sit according to our major) there. And Joe was telling like funny stories and I was laughing so time went by quick.

Oh btw, I only have 2 subjects this semester. Here’s my timetable:

Monday (9am – 12pm) Film Appreciation ,   (2pm – 5pm) Animation 2
Tuesday : FREE!
Wednesday : FREE!
Thursday (2pm – 5pm) Animation 2
Friday (9am – 12pm) Film Appreciation

Less stress, only 2 subjects, 7 weeks.. :) No filming thank god. No group project thank god.

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