Friday, May 11, 2007

Passed CAPM exam!


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I passed the Certified Associate in Project Management Exam!

In the end it was far easier than I thought it would be. I didn't even finish a full practice exam. Just reading Sanghera's PMP book and doing the exercises at the end of the chapter helped.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Scriptwriting Tools

Scriptwriting Tools

Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

Letter sized paper: $5.96

Brass Brads: $6.87

3 Hole Puncher: $5.15

A Chance To Pitch Your Movie at the Cannes Film Festival: Priceless

For everything else, there's Mastercard.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Being Proactive

Characters in a movie or a play must be proactive.

I thought I understood that until I read this example:

Sophie has been sexually abused by her father, a well respected leader in the community and her mother never believed her.

(Weak) She enters the funeral parlour alone, breaks down in tears, beats on his dead carcass, and, sure that no one else can hear her, spits out her pitiful accusation at the corpse.

— Only reacts.

(Better) Walks up to coffin but her mother is with her. Opens her purse. Takes out a large set of scissors, and, to her mother's horror, slowly unzips his trousers, performs a post-mortem amputation, and hands the member to her mother.

— Makes conscious decision to take dramatic action, with deep consequences.
— Visceral, visual, and personal
— Stronger cinematically

Which leads me to think. When we take action, REAL action, do our actions have consequences? The word consequences has more of a negative connotation but if we are to be a source of good in this world, both for us and the people around us, we must take action that have good consequences that change our world.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Phantom of the Opera

phantom ticket

Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

Watched Phantom on Saturday at the Esplanade.

I still prefer Les Miserables. But it's a good show still.

The sets were really good and had tricks up their sleeve.