For the past 20 years, I have been writing text and
In 2013, I will try to learn how to create interesting videos.
following is one of my first few attempts to create a video
with interest. This video was filmed by me on the first
night of the 25th
Anniversary of the Nonyas and Babas in Malacca in late
2012. I was not really keen to go as such functions would
be boring as I am not a Peranakan and I don't know anybody
in this Association. Surprisingly, there were around 700 participants from Malaysia,
Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. The
organisation was superb as compared to heavy rain at the
outdoor function and separate hotels for the group in a
Instead of sitting
down with strangers making small talk during dinner, I
took my camera to the dance floor and tried to create some
videos. The following video with a story line may be of
interest to viewers.
The following is how
I teach my vet interns in video production. The same
principles of a compelling story applies whether you
produce a veterinary education video or a dance video.
HOW DID I PRODUCE THE VIDEO ABOVE?
Hook - Protagonist -- An attractive woman with flowers
in her hair. She loves dancing and found a capable dancer
hopefully. Is she a Nonya? Is he a Baba? I don't know
Introduction - Competition for attention or for
partners. A crowded dance floor. Some dancers may fall in
love with their partners as that will be their first
romance. Focus on this
Protagonist whenever possible as a good story is all about
a specific person and his or her character.
Middle - Antagonist -- Another good-looking woman who
loves dancing too came into the scene. Is she a
better dancer? Who is her beau? Is he a good dancer? Is he
a first romance? Will she fall in love again?
To break the boredom of
just showing dancers, I angled the zooms lens vertically.
Not a good idea as conventional movies don't do it. This
makes video harder to view.
I have edited the video by making the frames continuous.
The side-kick is the singer. He sings like the famous Cliff Richard?
Listen to his voice. My lens zoomed on
him. A camera man went into the dance floor and blocked my
I zoomed back to the Protagonist as she is a good dancer.
But more dancers blocked my view.
The Antagonist is hearing some conversation but the music is
loud. What does she hear? What does her partner say? I
zoon on other dancers to show a crowded dance floor. Too soon, this 1-minute video had to end
with the end of the song.
Ending - Quite abruptly. Without a visual impact.
This is my first video and I have much to learn to create
a strong closing.
Is this video capturing the attention of viewers? I don't
know. The audio is loud and the words clearly heard. This
is very important as it is boring not to be able to hear
Tips & Advices:
Join the fun rather than just eat and watch the poor
quality TV screens of the dancers at the dining table. Get
up. Take your camera. Go and see the real people and appreciate
life. If you know how to dance, find a partner from your
group of friends. There are many women who know how to
dance well but unfortunately, there is a scarcity of men
as partners. "Bibi" likes to dance, a husband at my dining
table told me. But he did not take her to the dance floor.
I guess "Bibi" is a Peranakan term as I have seen such
words as "Bibi" and "Baba" in Peranakan literature.
I thought the song was "First Romance" but could not find
it in You Tube. I grow up listening to Cliff Richard's
songs but there are so many other singers. At that time in the 1960s, there were no
distractions like coloured TVs, the internet multi-role
gaming or mobile
phones. So the young ones are not distracted.
The song at the 25th Anniversary of the Babas and Nonyas was "Fall
In Love With You" by Cliff Richard and his songs are at:
These songs are for baby-boomers who grow up with music of
the 60s and are present of the young ones in their late
20s and 30s. We still get the screaming girls in 2013! So
the younger baby-boomer generation's screams are still
prevalent in their young ones.
be going to Cliff Richard's performance in Singapore in Feb 2013
and the audience would be mostly in their late 40s. No
screaming women now that they have had grown up with responsibilities.
They would be more controlled in their emotions. I hope
most of them have not fallen out of love.
booked the seats today Jan 13, 2013 but the good ones are
booked. Although Cliff Richard is 72 years old, I am not
expecting him to be at his peak. Just enjoy the music.
After all, the baby-boomer generation has matured too and
the younger generation has taken over.
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