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Halloween is almost upon us and thus, another update from me:

I’ve wrapped up my work on The Great Wall movie project last September at ILM Singapore after working on it for almost 9 months. To sum up my entire experience with this project: it was truly and figuratively a product of our ‘sweat, tears and blood”! Please have a gander at the second trailer that was released a few weeks back below:-

How do you like it so far?

On another note, I have returned to Weta Digital in Wellington, New Zealand hopefully for a longer period of time than the last time I was there (only 3 months!). Please wish me all the best!

Hello friends,

After being buried up to my forehead with my latest project for many months (or was it 500 years?), the release of its teaser trailer feels like a tiny light at the end of a 5500 miles long tunnel! 🙂 So far, the response to this trailer has been one of white-washing and how Matt Damon doesn’t fit into the entire theme of the movie. But please, this teaser trailer (and like all the other teaser trailers) is too quick a glimpse of the whole and too early to jump to any form of conclusions yet. In the meantime, please just enjoy!

Has it been almost 5 months since my last update? How time flies when you are so busy at work!

After working on that last Star Wars Duracell Commercial, I have been involved in a test movie with a small crew at Industrial Light & Magic Singapore (can’t say what it is, unfortunately) and am now working on a new Hollywood – Chinese movie production called The Great Wall. Hopefully we won’t have too long to wait for the first teaser trailer to come out so you can see what it is all about.

As for news about the Warcraft movie, there have been quite a number of tv spots and mini trailers released since the first one but here is a major official 2nd trailer!
Not long now till the movie comes out. It has been more than a year since its initial completion. The wait has really been too long, hasn’t it? I hope it all pays off in the end. Below is its latest and final poster.

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For the Horde!

At last, Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment has released the first official Warcraft movie trailer to eager game fans worldwide (no, I am not one of them :-P). This was my most recent feature film project that I worked on at ILM Singapore right before I left the company to carry out my shoulder surgery in Malaysia.

Personally, I think that the highly stylised look of the overall movie is quite intentional as it tries its best to capture the very essence of the games and also to set it apart from other high fantasy films such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and to an extent, Avatar. We shall have to wait till June 10 next year to see how well it turns out. That’s still a long wait from now 🙁 . Please enjoy the trailer and poster below!

Keeping my word from the earlier post, I am pleased to finally be able to show you what my fantastic and hardworking team at Industrial Light & Magic Singapore have come up with in a short time: The Duracell commercial for Star Wars: The Force Awakens! I am happy with how this turned out and I hope you all had fun watching it too!

There and Back Again

No, I am not returning to work on The HobbitThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition should have wrapped up by now, so there’s no more Hobbit work down the line as far as I know). I am simply borrowing the phrase from the legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien’s book to describe my short leave from work (and ILM) to undergo a major shoulder surgery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After more than 4 months of rest and recovery, I am now back to work at ILM Singapore again, this time on a longer contract.

So what are my next projects. I’m sorry I have to keep them under wraps, but I think I’ll be able to share something soon. Please watch this space.

P.S. If you are asking about what happened to my shoulder, long story short, I dislocated my right shoulder during a mishap when trying to surf for the first time at Sentosa Wavehouse. I had my then swollen shoulder (after fixing it back myself) checked out by a GP doctor, but he said that it wasn’t serious and that I didn’t need to go for X-Ray checkup. Three to four years later, I picked up badminton again after what seemed like a long time. During these games (and table tennis), my shoulder popped out 3 times. So, that’s when I finally went for a MRI scan and found out that I needed to go for surgery. Thankfully, my father found the best Orthopaedic surgeon in town in KL, Dr. Charanjeet Singh. He has done an outstanding job with my shoulder so far! The scars were very minimal, people hardly noticed. Oh sorry, that supposedly short story went on for a touch too long already!

But seriously, if you have ever banged up your knee or shoulder badly and require expert treatment in Malaysia, please look up Dr. Charanjeet Singh. I am thoroughly satisfied patient!

Have a good weekend and thanks for visiting!

Just A Little Appetiser

At my recent contract with Industrial Light & Magic, I was working on Warcraft, the feature film version of the popular RTS (Real Time Strategy) and MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) games. We have wrapped up our part of the project back in April this year but the movie is still not slated to be released until June 16th next year.

Yes, I know it is a rather loooong wait till then. But here are some promotional images and video to help tide you over at least until we get our first official glimpse on the movie trailer (not that low quality leaked footage from San Diego Comic Con recently please, people!) in November.

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Below is a rather cool interactive 360 degrees VR video courtesy of Legendary Pictures that lets you roam Stormwind City on the back of a gryphon! However you need to use the Chrome browser to view it the way it was originally intended.

A belated Happy New Year 2015 to you, folks! Below is a present for you courtesy of my previous studio, Weta Digital. The shot that I worked on is at the 3:15 minutes mark. Please enjoy watching it!

Howdy folks. Oh look, it is December already. It felt like aeons ago after finishing up my contract on the last Hobbit film at Weta Digital in Wellington, New Zealand. I’ve only worked at Weta Digital for 3 months, but it does felt like as if I’ve been there for a year or so what with all the things I’ve seen and done there! I’ve finally fulfilled my wish to see the spectacularly scenic South Island, besides becoming part of the Middle Earth legacy, of course.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been completed (the theatrical version, mind you), and unleashed on the public in some countries. The reviews are mostly favourable at this stage (79% on Rottentomatoes.com at the time of writing), so I hope you will enjoy the movie when it comes out soon, if not already.

Please let me share with you a clip from The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies that contains a few of my Matte Painting works below:

By the way, if you have been wondering what I’ve been working on at Anima Point in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia before going to work in New Zealand. Please wonder no longer. Rovio has released the first season of Angry Birds Stella in an episodic format on their ToonsTV internet channel.  What a change of style indeed from what I usually do. It is interesting to try something new now and then to refresh the way you think and work. Please click on the poster below to visit the ToonsTV channel for your and your young ones’ watching pleasure!
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When all is said and done, what is next for me? If the title has not hinted at it yet for you, I’ve returned to Industrial Light & Magic in Singapore, the very studio that started it all for me, for a short term contract as a Senior Generalist.

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As usual, please wish me all the best. Thank you very much!

Hi All, sorry for being a little bit late with this news (still better late than never): Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been slaving away on at Weta Digital for the past few months. The latest and greatest trailer to the conclusion of the Hobbit trilogy is now out. It was a very exhaustive but fun ride wrapping up the Middle Earth Saga of one particular Hobbit named Bilbo Baggin and his ‘merry’ band of dwarves.

I’m feeling really blessed to have finally become part of the whole Lord of the Rings production and experience, especially since watching the Production Diaries of the original Lord of the Rings that got me excited to start on this Visual Effects path (one of the few major inspirations, to be fair 🙂 )

Oh, please don’t let me dwindle on. Enjoy the trailer and all of Weta Digital’s hard work, folks!