A couple of months ago, a new friend I met while working at Mox, the Co-Creative space Charmaine Wong from Chark Chalk Architect ask if I would talk about my travel sketchbook and be interviewed in my studio about how I use my space in my art practice and be filmed for a passion project for In-Visible Space by Benny Loh, a videographer and photographer from a production company called Food And Shelter.
A few weeks after lockdown was relaxed, Benny and Charmaine came fully equipped including a box of delicious cake that arrived even before they did. I was curious about how one do these kind of short films, so saying yes was easy because I actually wanted to see Benny's creative process, and I couldn't find any reason to say no to talking about my art on film even if it's a bit nerve wrecking. It fits so perfectly to my own challenge this year of just trying new things, including talking to a camera, filming process videos, and showing my face more, not just my hands and my sketches.
Benny's a professional, so there's a kind of ease in his way of working, a glide almost. He and Charmaine took some initial studies of the space, looking at corners and lights, and plotted their visual plans. I was then given a mic that coiled inside my jumpsuit, small enough to clip to my neckline.
Charmaine then assured me that being relaxed and myself is the best way to be, and not to be nervous. There were a few times I talked too much, I didn't say the words simple enough that I had to repeat it and be simpler. Haha. I think I talked quite unedited and thankfully I didn't use any profanity, which is usually a natural part of my speech, as an expression of emphasis.
Benny took videos of parts of the studio, we opened the window to show the spaciousness that it can be. And he also took videos of things that matched what I talked about in the interview, so that it all can be edited coherently together. It's such a smooth process, and a professional knows how to make the awkward times really smooth. Thank you so much Benny and Charmaine for putting up with some of my quirks. Also I really really appreciated how much was shared about the passion for how people use space and that amazing origin story of this in-visiblespace project was so inspiring. I won't tell it here, I think Benny needs to tell you about it.
Benny Loh can be found at www.foodandshelter.co
Charmaine Wong can be found at www.chalkarchitects.com
And the Instagram is @in-visiblespace
So here is the final edit and I am so thankful to both of them. It's an honour and privilege to be in this series and project. Thank you guys!
And Thank you for watching,