Friday, July 27, 2007

The Picturehouse Showtime

For the first weekend, these are the dates for 'Becoming Royston' at The Picturehouse.

Wed 1 Aug - 9.00pm Preview Show (sold out!)
Thu 2 Aug - 7:20pm
Fri 3 Aug - 7:20pm
Sat 4 Aug - 11:45am, 1:35pm , 5:20pm (sold out!)
Sun 5 Aug - 1:35pm & 5:20pm

Tickets on sale soon on

Sunday, July 22, 2007

More Pictures!

Press Screening and Conference, Cathay Cineleisure, 16 July

In our excitement, (and lack of sleep) we totally missed out having a group photo with everyone in it. Here we have (top row from left) Boi Kwong, April Tong, Nicholas & myself (Randy); (bottom row from left) Jolene Teng and Christina Choo.

We managed to get Alvin (Boon Huat) out of his Basic Military Training for a few hours. Look out for the next UWeekly Magazine for various interviews.

Shu An (Ah-Girl) has an interview by ZaoBao that can be found here.

And MovieXculsive gave us a review here. Thanks guys!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Audition Video - Shu An and Alvin

This was the first audition video by the two leads - Oon Shu An and Alvin Neo. Most of the script was impromptu and the actors were reacting off each other. Great acting even without the styling, makeup and proper lighting.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Ken Minehan - Director of Photography

Ken Minehan was 'swindled' one weekend in 2005 to help the then very loosely formed Originasian Pictures (with Nic, Chrissie Choo and myself, Randy) to shoot a video in less than 30 hours for the Fly-by-Night Video Challenge organised by The Substation. We won both awards for the challenge and have always wanted to work with Ken again. It was amazing what he did with a Panasonic AG-DVC30 - a fine 3CCD MiniDv camera - which we borrowed from our photographer friend Ming. The production quality through Ken's direction as the DP was what got the audience and the online communities raving about.

Towards the end of 2005 when we were itching to shoot a new project, Ken was the first person that came to mind. He was (and still is) holding a full time job with Apostrophe Films and we knew it was difficult to have him worked on something a bit longer.

As we wanted then to shoot something for the web as we were looking at getting MDA's Synthesis Grant and were pretty sure we will get it. We didn't have a track record in filmmaking but collectively we know what we can do with the web with our experiences in marketing, design and photography. We pitch the idea to Ken - who almost instantly agreed BUT we had to convince his bosses at Apostrophe Films - which we did and they offered his time to us whenever his schedule is clear. Well, the rest was what it is.

I believe that was the start of things to come. We eventually well, decided as a collective that we can try to push this into a full length feature and make it our maiden voyage. There were many first in this project, but none is worth more than the first time that we know what it means to be friends and helping each other to become better than we were before.

The other day as we are preparing our press materials, we were looking for an image of Ken that we can use for his biography. We couldn't find any of him just plainly looking at the camera as we realised he was constantly working.

Always humble and unassuming - his passion for the craft and his belief and trust is just something that moves you. (If he is reading this, he is probably cringing.)

Sometimes, we wish he can take more credit for what he has done - not only for us but also for the times he has worked with the many other filmmakers around. Ken was nominated for the Best Cinematographer award in the Asian Festival of First Films in 2006 for his work on 'Becoming Royston'.

This is a link to Ken's blog where you can read about some of the works that he has been working on.

I personally do hope to work with Ken again... sometime soon... hint, hint.

Beers on! Randy

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Publicity Pictures - Photography by Nicholas Chee

Publicity shots of Alvin Neo, Oon Shu An and Maggie Tan - the fresh cast from 'Becoming Royston'. Contact for more images and information.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Alvin Enlisted

Alvin seen here signing autographs for his 'fans'. The entire team from 'Becoming Royston' wishes him the best as he joins in the ranks of the many before whom have served this nation in our compulsory National Service come Friday 13 of July (what a day!). Have a great time at your BMT and we will all miss you.

Somethings up with the Originasian Team

If anyone out there can figure out what we are up to, email us at

Monday, July 09, 2007

Rising Stars

Indie has never looked sexier - may we say so ourselves. We were not joking when we first cast these great guys in 'Becoming Royston' - they are really fast becoming rising stars. Alvin received a nomination for Best Actor at the AFFF2006, Shu An has been getting rave reviews in Europe and her works locally, Maggie is on Deal or No Deal and in countless advertisements and dearest Shirlyn has launched her debut album and currently in the runnings for 2 awards at the Power98 Singapore Music Awards.

Thanks guys for being part of this!

New Vertical Poster

Soon at Cathay Cineleisure Level 5.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Feature Trailer

Becoming Royston opens 2 August exclusively at The Picturehouse.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Vote for Shirlyn Tan at the Singapore Music Awards

Shirlyn has been nominated for 2 awards at the Power 98 Singapore Music Awards! FAVOURITE LOCAL SONG - 'WINDOW' and FAVOURITE BREAKOUT BAND. 'WINDOW' is featured in our film! Vote for her today, link here!