Filming Project at Battambang

A group of Liger students and I spend three weeks of our summer break, 14th of July until 4th of August, to work attend an opportunity at Battambang. We collaborate mainly with the crews from Human Resources and students from Phare Ponleu Selpak. Our goal is to successfully produce a feature film: a full one-to-six-hour movie or a documentary. While working at Battambang, each person in the team had a different role: interviewer, musician, an audio person, cameraman, director, etc., depending on what each person suit in best. A group of Liger students had worked with them before to create a music video in the previous project. It turns out so well that they’re back again to work with our group on another huge project as mentioned. Though, we still need to decide on what we’ll be doing in the upcoming September.

Instead of getting straight into work, we took classes with some staffs from Human resources on techniques in creating films. There were also some students from Phare Ponleu Selpak joining us as well. In class, we sometimes spend hours and hours analyzing pictures and films. And sometimes, we also have various, fun activities like doing a re-creation of La Strada, taking pictures of the unimportant, taking pictures of different hand motions, etc. I personally really enjoy doing the re-creation of La Strada, one of the films we had discussed in class, and this activity requires a strong collaboration and communication skills. Basically, we try to film another version of that one-minute scene and try to match the film perfectly in every second of the shot. I find it pretty difficult to get it right because one of our shot is a really long scene, if we mess up with a part, we need to redo it all over again. We were also having some problems with the phone camera as well because it started too low battery and we can’t just get it right which is really frustrating. At the end of the day, we completed the task and the film we took actually turn out to be really good.

After spending some weeks learning in class, we decided to get started with working on filming the Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) students. My role was to interview this time I like it because I’m not as skilled with the camera and those other jobs. I asked questions in various interviews with different people and it was really cool to hear very unique stories from a lot of people I met during this role I got.

During one of the project at Battambang, I was chosen to be the director of an interview with two dancers from PPS. It was really difficult for me to do my role that well at first because I’ve never been a director before. Being a director is as hard as learning to ride on two horses at a time. I really want to make sure each shot will turn out well: background should be perfect, the audio should be perfect, camera angle should be perfect, the light should be perfect, and the interviewees know what they’re doing. In general, it was just a really difficult role, but with support from friends and the crews, I was able to complete the tasks and move onto another project which was also directing, but this time, taking really cool shots with the circus performers.

That project was one of the biggest projects we did in that three weeks. Before the shooting start, I and my other four mates had discussed together and agreed on three shots we think are the best. We need to make sure all of the circus performers understand each shot clearly and that our cameraman also understands what we want each shot to look like. It was a really long. We re-shoot each shot at least twice because we want it to turn out as perfect as possible. And with good performers like PPS circus group and one of the Cameraman from Human Resources, everything turns out to really good that everyone on the team was really proud of.

We end the three-weeks project by hosting an exhibition, showing all of the products from what we had done in that whole busy weeks. There were printed photos of animals, hand motions, and beautiful art pieces by PPS students. There were also performances like singing and small circus shows that mostly prepared by the musician team as well. It was very fun and we glad a lot of people had joined us that day.

It was really worth spending my three weeks working day and night at Battambang because it really helps me discover that I do have potentials in filming. I always afraid to work in this kind of project because I’ve never been filming before. But getting to join this project make me realize that I actually really enjoy filming and directing films. We don’t have to have only passions; you can love many things at a time. I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to do anything they wanted to. You gotta believe in yourself and bring yourself to do it or else you will never the ability you have.

[A lot of pictures and videos won’t be able to be shown in this post yet due to the fact that this project is for someone’s business.]

First-Draft Short Story

I expect this to have a lot of mistakes in term of grammar. This is a first-draft activity where I wrote the whole story without properly checking for grammar errors. Enjoy reading,

“If you can be friend with a dinosaur, they will tell you how to come back home. Try your best! Who can come back survive, and who can’t, will die in this world.” The spirit said.

I was the first person to wake up from this weird dream. But what I see is the sand and the trees, no classroom, no school, and our teachers are gone. After a while, everyone else includes Aman started to wake up. They all looking around and try to explore this new world.

I went to pick up my bag. I open my bag and check what in there. Again, I didn’t see books or any learning materials, but what I can see is a bottle, a long rope, two little knives and etc.
“Guys, what do you see in your bag?” asked Plank that me.
And the answer is the same as what I have here. Just then a big, deep sound comes behind us.
“D-d-dinosaur!” shouted every grade 7 students.
Then we started to run in different direction. I try my best to stop everyone, but I just can’t. So I quickly holding Aman’s hand and run quickly to the east. But it the worst direction ever. We meet another group of the little dinosaur. And they are more aggressive than the last one we met, so they started to chase us. I quickly pull Aman again directly to the dark forest.

Inside the deep forest was very very dark because no sunlight can come through this evergreen forest. It kind of wet and we can smell nature and the dirt.
“We’re going to die here!” cried Aman.
“No! We’re not!” I quickly replied to Aman while try to wake her up from her stupid dream.
“It ok, you will be ok. We not gonna die here. I knew there will be a way to get over this.” I said.
“How about we’re can’t go back and we…” said Aman “No! I promise I will protect you.”
Then we heard a secret cracking sound without knowing who makes it. I hug Aman, and together we were walking toward the sound. Just then we were shock. We heard a sound of grooming. Then we walking slowly straight to the sound. It was a flying dinosaur who has a huge cut on its leg! I guess the wound caused by us kids or other species of dinosaur. I carefully trying to look closer to the wound of its body. But it not easy like what I think because this dinosaur always tries to protect itself.
“Just calm down, we are friends. I would never have any idea to hurt you.” Plank slowly said the word out loud. Just than Aman walk up closer to the dinosaur.
“Yes! We are friends. We really want to give you some treatment.”
Slowly the dinosaur started to calm down and it’s letting Aman and Plank take the leave to cover its wound. Then they all become friends.

The flying dinosaur leg is getting better now. But it still cannot fly fluently, and both Aman and Plank didn’t know why either. The flying dinosaur name Calendar and she like to eat meat. Three of them always walking and playing together in the forest.
“I have an idea!” said Plank. “Why don’t we create a protection stuff from wood. I guess I have a knife in my bag.” Than Plank quickly check the bag and started to create one for herself and one for Aman. Just then a roaring sound if coming toward them. Plank quickly pool the crying Aman again on Calendar. She saw a huge dinosaur running. So she through her weapon to the dinosaur. And it dies. Just then the world becomes hotter and a ton of block of fire fall from the sky. The dinosaur pulls both of them to nowhere. That is the huge magic cave!
“I think it time for you all to go back to where you from. I’m so sorry that I never tell you before. But I just want to be friend with you. And now I just want to apologize.”
“No! We never angry you. We really like to be your friend, and…” Plank said
“Okay! It time for you to go or else we all will be in danger.”

Plank let Aman go into the magic cave first and glance at Calendar.
“Why don’t you come with us?” said Plank.
“No! I belong here if I go I will disappear forever.” Said Calendar
Plank was running to hug Calendar one last time. But when she about to go inside she saw everyone else is hurting and trying to come along. So Plank quickly went to help them without letting Aman come outside because of it too dangerous.

“Come on Plank, the cave won’t last much longer, trust me it will be close in a minute.” Yelled the little Calendar

Plank quickly tell everyone to go inside the magic cave. But one of her friends is getting hit by the fire on her right leg. Then Plank tries her best to get her into the magic cave. As Plank about to get inside, the fire has hit in her arm. And… the cave was close with the magic glass. Everybody started to teleport themselves back to where they from looking sadly that Plank isn’t coming along and die in the dinosaur world because of who? It’s because of them. Aman cry loudly trying to get out of the cave. But she just can’t.

Everybody coming back safely into the classroom and waiting to see Plank. But…
She never returns.

Water Safety

My topic is about medic. In the medic topic, I choose to learn about aquatic protection because mostly I had seen a lot of people around me get drown when they go somewhere especially in rural area. First, I need to have some research about treating the different type of drowning. Then I hope that I can meet anyone or experts at aquatic protection (can be day trip). At last, when I go somewhere else, I wish I can help people with my independent discovery skill that I learn in Liger. To share my knowledge with other people, I will make some brochure and share them.

Hydropower Generator

A picture at hydro-power dam in Kampot.

Hello! We are from hydropower generator exploration. Hydropower is the system of producing electricity by water flow. In class, we are working on research different topics about hydropower. So, in order to understand clearer we have some trips to go to other places to see hydropower and meet expert asking question. Our goals are to change Cambodia by distributing hydropower for Cambodia people to use because hydropower is the renewable energy. Also Cambodian don’t need to spend a lot of budget on electricity which is import from other neighbor countries like Thailand, Vietnam, and Lao.