It Started With A Call started out as a test footage at first when Roshelle wanted to show me this really neat site to shoot videos. The location is at the San Francisco Bay near the SFO airport and Embassy Suite. We were at the site for about 2 hours and took some really nice footage around the entire area especially at the dock where you can see the airplanes landing.
After capturing the neat footages I decided to test out the Magic Bullet software I have with Pinnacle Studio 14 (I may be a filmmaker, but I’m still a poor student who can’t afford FCP T__T). The result of the shots after applying Magic Bullet were amazing, I was surprise to see how strikingly vivid the colors were when I was messing around with the filters and color correction (very important to do in post-production). As you can see from the pictures there is a HUGE difference between before and after. The day that we went to the site wasn’t even that great, it was cloudy and cold because you can clearly see Roshelle wearing a long jacket and she had 2 other layers inside plus this was shot in June.
For those drama addicts out there, does the title It Started With A Call sound familiar to you? Perhaps you may have seen the Taiwanese drama, It Started With A Kiss. For those thinking that I am doing a parody or mocking the title of this drama, I am……NOT. I just simply thought the “call” to the narration of this story is very important as it ties a bond and connection to the two protagonist.
**NOTE: I know I did not provide enough background story to the narration but these two are not an official couple.**
The call is pretty much the whole story in the male character’s perspective (the voice and sound) and the call he receives are from the girl hit met in Hong Kong and he feels that the two of them are both well connected with each other. The story goes from sweet to minorly bitter as the girl’s last call to him was saying, “You are a dreamer and not an achiever.” As harsh as it may sound, that’s reality, often times we tend to dream big, but do we put in the effort into achieving those dreams of ours? Why do you think the girl said such harsh words to him? The guy once asked the girl, “If you were to fall in love with someone who lives in a foreign country…” NOW think back to the last scene where he’s at the airport. Ah…Do you see the connection now? =) As partly confusing and tricky this so called “short film” may be, I believe I made the story and images work at some level, I might have pushed it a little bit, but it works! With the female perspective, the image, I basically messed around with the in/out focus of my lens just to create a transition. When I thought about the theme (on site) I wanted my female protagonist to be blurry and also mysterious because we never get to see her face, that in fact was shot intentionally. The contrast between the two characters worked because we hear the guy’s voice, but we don’t get to see who he is, and we have the image of the girl’s perspective, but we don’t get to hear her voice. I noticed the struggle between sound and image is pretty neat as I was editing the footages.
I specifically used Cantonese for my narration because I wanted to point out the difference between the two characters in the film which the guy is suppose to be ABC and the girl is HK-nese. Because the calls are long distant calls and the girl is from Hong Kong, I wanted the guy to speak Cantonese but with an accent or not so fluent in speaking Cantonese, that’s why I think I fit the role when it came to doing the voice-over.
What You Didn’t Know:
The story and idea of using a voice over came later after I shot the footages, but I did have a theme in mind that I want to talk about. I also randomly directed Roshelle to look out into the lake and acted cold (but she really was feeling cold >.<“) The airplanes landing at SFO was a bit nostalgic because I usually fly to Hong Kong and then all of a sudden I thought about my long distance relationship that I had several years ago (Yes..I was a young stud…LOL). Having to travel overseas and meeting someone over there that you like and likes you back is a very rare experience that I will never forget.
Aside from telling this story through my own experience, I created this video because I want to encourage people to dream, dream big and go pursue it. Because often time we tend to submit to what we consider is “reality” like….”artists will only starve themselves because it is not a stable job” or “fat people can never lose weight” these harsh reality words can cause discrimination and hurt others. But nothing is impossible if we put our heart, effort and will into the things we do and achieve the goals we once dream.