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Time for GROUNDHOUSE and the upcoming Skateboarding Film from Malaysia

Much time has gone by, phases come & go by. It is nice to finally have that breath of fresh air knowing things are sorted out once again and it’s a new tomorrow. For sometime, it has been mistaken that “point8cam” is a production house, a team or a company. Frankly, “point8cam” was once a website name i used to archive my little video experiments which slowly became a “stage” name. I didn’t want anyone to get mislead on the identity of my work nor didn’t i want people who worked with me on projects feel that their effort contributed to my personal self. Hence, the birth of GroundHouse came along.



Groundhouse is a video production house which i now am relieved to have as a fresh start. To have effort of talented film makers contribute to the things which identify Groundhouse; dangerous visuals, extreme sports, alternative lifestyle & fashion. Most importantly, to give full credit to film makers for their crafts. And to kick things up a little, Groundhouse will be releasing a skateboarding short film (#kkskatefilm) in the coming month of June 2013!

4 film guys, 3 skateboaders. All who flew from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu Sabah. 5 days to film skateboarding.

4 film guys, 3 skateboaders. All who flew from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu Sabah. 5 days to film skateboarding.

Here’s the 2 trailers which have been released:

“We’re working on it.”

“We’re giving #KKskatefilm a new name.”


We Are KiX..

This was my first collaborative work with KiX; the Future Music Festival Asia 2012 film piece.

And the next piece is gonna drop right about soon.
I’m stoked to be part of the team.

We Are KiX


New Episode: Whatever There Was in Macau!

It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded another episode to the Whatever There Was series.
I should consider doing traveling videos for a living!

Click here or the image above to watch the Macau episode!


Pestle & Mortar speaks.. Everything you don’t hear!

I have always stored my footage of previous projects in my footage library and made sure this wouldn’t go out to waste!
This is everything you won’t see when the boys from Pestle & Mortar Clothing, Hugh Koh & Arnold Loh when putting a straight face to the camera!

Shot with the Sony FS100 and Nikon 50mm F1.8 Ai-S.


My Macbook Pro has a CameraBag 2

I love Adobe’s Lightroom on both my Macbook Pro and PC Desktop. Sorting, filtering the pictures i want to get rid off and keep the rest. Wonderful editing capabilities but there are just days when I want to quickly treat a picture without importing it into the catalog and share away on the web. CameraBag 2.0 for the Mac is just the application for that!

Pretty cool.

For those who are familiar with Magic Bullet Looks, it’s very much similar with the switches/nodes available at the bottom. Users of the super Camera+ will love the sliders available to change the intensity & variety of the effect. Check it at Nevercenter, available for the iPad & iPhone too.


Cars and a film photographer

The Mini JCW & Maxi Mini

We did a little spontaneous shoot just recently for pure fun. And i had one take to shoot Razlan Yusof to drive off with the Mini Cooper S JCW edition.

Check out Razlan’s Facebook page, an inspiring young photographer who shoots mostly on film format. Watching him progress inspires me by the days.

Earlier in the day, we had half an hour with the Ford Mustang 1965. Hopefully we get to shoot it again. Here are some captured ungraded stills from the Sony NEX-FS100.

The Ford Mustang '65 is all it's long form glory

Only had one shot at this

1965 metal goodness brought to the present 2012


First shot with the Sony FS100: Nizam Lee

Just before it rained in Shah Alam skatepark, I managed to shoot Nizam Lee to do a made 360 flip off the launcher. Here’s a shot of Nizam Lee, an ungraded captured still. Click for fullsize of the grab.

Ungraded footage of Nizam Lee

Ungraded screen capture of Nizam Lee

I chose not to use a picture profile which simulates a LOG/flat look. Dealing with 4:2:0 recording, i try to not stray too far away from the looks to be achieved. I was using Abelcine‘s AB_NORM picture profile with a little tweaks of my own. The softness came from the lens itself shooting wide open at F2.5 on the 105mm Nikon Ai-S. Still able to preserve detail nonetheless.

As much magic this camera can do compared to my previous cameras, lighting and style of contrast would always create the biggest difference. Don’t expect it to make everything better. A better tool most of the times just enhances what you can already do.

Nizam Lee Ungraded & Graded


A Sony NEX-VG20, Canon C300, Vincent Laforet and a coconut. And then some..

It has been a fun run & gun year but a new one’s here. I have sold my cameras (except the NEX-5N) and I’m just waiting to get my hands on my new main cam. In the meantime, Rebecca Saw got me a Sony NEX-VG20 to muck around with. HEHE.

The Sony NEX-VG20 & NEX-5N

It’ll be nice to have the NEX-5N, NEX-7, NEX-VG20 and NEX-FS100 all lined up together for a comparison, wouldn’t it? I’d love to know what it’s like to live with them all at once. It might just happen. =) And i have been using my 5N alot, i do fancy the form factor and the accurate live view exposure with manual lenses.

Sony NEX-5N + Canon EF 28mm F1.8

If you’re up to use your Canon EF lenses with an adapter with an adjustable aperture, here’s a list of working and non working (It doesn’t stop light, instead it just vignettes. Consider it useless) lenses I’ve tried so far.

Works fine on
1. 50mm F1.8
2. 28mm F1.8

Useless on
1. 24-70 F2.8L
2. Tokina 11-16 F2.8

There is an adjustable adapter with aperture control for EF-S lenses, but i remember reading a Japanese site that the 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM doesn’t work well with it. On the other hand, I’ve been falling in love with Nikon AI-S lenses each time i use them, over and over again.

Sony NEX-5N + Nikon 50mm F1.8 AI-S

Sony NEX-5N + Nikon 180mm F2.8

Here’s a little video i made for a friend of mine, Fadhil together with his son Al Farrel having a skate and stroll at the Shah Alam skatepark.

The gear that calls for a good day out!

Mandatory on a fun day out!

And my first shoot with the Sony NEX-5N in low light conditions together with Bobby and Usher in Mont Kiara skatepark.

Skateboarder Usher waiting to be Twixtored

Usher waiting to be Twixtor-ed!

And on another note, the Whatever There Was series will be back soon enough. This time it’ll be a little bit of a geeky episode about Canon launching their c300 together with Vincent Laforet in Singapore. The trip was courtesy of Canon HD Professional Malaysia. The c300 is probably a mobile beast to say in short.

Having fun with the Canon C300 EF mount.

Having fun with the Canon C300 EF mount courtesy of Gary of DOP Singapore. Photo courtesy of Wahid Ooi

And Vincent Laforet. He was pretty stoked with the coconut he had.

Whatever There Was with Vincent Laforet in Singapore!

2012 is gon be a fun. February is coming and my sweets Hanie was something coming up for myself. Here comes an episode!

We'll be back for a What is Up episode!


Breathe by Tan Hyon-Lè

The top 10 finalists for the BMW shorties Malaysia has been announced. Have you voted for your favourite?

Mine goes to Breathe by Tan Hyon-Lè, Director of Photography, Haruld Goh. I have been briefly digitally introduced to Haruld Goh through my mate Bo Amir Iqram who made an appearance in this film. I gotta say, i do like the main actor in this film. His face fits in this film like home. So far it has been nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Sound Design.


adidas Neo: The final GLOW with Hanie Hidayah

Remember the adidas NEO chat? That video wasn’t the finale. Here’s the final glow with adidas Neo. #hanie4NEO

I gotta thank Newba PWC for being a part one of my spontaneous ideas, without him i wouldn’t of been confident to execute in such a short time. And there’ll be a extended cut of this video soon enough.

New i device app

Picture moment

Nice shoe lace

Quick chill

Tourist's camera

No extra ladder

Hanie Poppins

Rain painting

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