The launch of Educational Video on the Mechanism in movie industry, featuring premiere of “Life of PI”Saturday, December 01, 2012
Picture courtesy of http://mpa-i.org
On 29 Nov, The Malaysian Federation Against Copyright Theft (MFACT) and together with the Malaysian Film Producers Association (Persatuan Penerbit Filem Malaysia or PFM) launched a 20-minute educational video “Jom Watch Movie” or “Let’s Watch a Movie” at Golden Screen Cinema (GSC) Signatures Gardens.
The event was graced by the presences of the Minister of Higher Education, Dato Saifuddin Abdullah,Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, for the Motion Picture Association (MPA), Norman Abdul Halim, Secretary-General for PFM, screen community representatives, government officials, students and moviegoer.
The goal was to create public awareness on the fundamentals of movie making and the importance of content protection. The DVD was produced by the joined effort of MFACT & PFM and anchored by the local popular actress, Sharifah Amani.
Dato Saifuddin said, “This video will not only raise greater awareness about that grit behind the glamour of movies, but also make cinegoers more aware of the large number of people involved in the production of a film, as well as the various job opportunities the industry generates.”
A 20 sec clip showing Sharifah, narrates the intricacies and process of filmmaking. It is truly astounding the Malaysian Film industry had grown from strength to strength and it will be many more to come.
The event had continued with the dinner buffet spread which feeds the rumbles of the belly.
The screening premiere begins
“The number π is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. The constant, sometimes written PI, is approximately equal to 3.14159 (3.14). It has been represented by the Greek letter "π" since the mid-18th century.”
Based on the fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel , Life of PI tells an extraordinary tale of boy’s adventure that would forever change his world, belief, and ultimately himself.
Directed by the infamous director that brought HULK & Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee, the visual incorporation of the finest rendering on the CGI which was not possible years ago, made possible today, the luscious colours shown is truly mesmerizing and effects is astounding.
The protagonist, Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after the shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a fearful Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
The story begins how PI retells the story to a journalist whom came to seek PI after a chance encounter with PI’s uncle Francis (Whom he fondly called Mamaji) in Pondicherry.
However, the journey of growing up wasn’t easy as his name was subject to ridicule (Try pronounce, Piscine... Sound like pissing.. Hahaha) and determine to change all of that, PI went on to list down 1 Mil Decimal Places during the math subject which ultimately earned him, his name. Not long after tragedy loomed over and PI was left to fend for himself while surviving against the danger of Richard Parker (The Tiger). From building a raft boat till securing basic necessity, PI had thought to have gotten all covered but sequence of events would throw him off course.
It is admirable that once again Ang Lee had taken another risky move by the portrayal of the movie element which incorporation of many that one might say it’s calculated risk. Though the story plot is brilliant but it’s lack of the retentive, attention factor which might leave many yawning away. The good ploy is spectacular visual; CGI during the 3D screening captures much moviegoer attention. However it was good effort with such concept and elements which might interest many. So head on over to the nearest cinema and catch it.
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: David Magee (screenplay), Yann martel (novel)
Main Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain
Till the next review, see ya.