Cinema Cambodia Meetup

Cinema Cambodia Meetup

There are 18 comments on the Webbed feet, web log story from May 30, 2006, titled Cinema Cambodia Meetup. In it, Webbed feet, web log reports that:

In a nutshell: small group, big aspirations. The previous two years, 'Cinema Cambodia' had a larger media budget.

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cinephile

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

#1 May 30, 2006
go cambodia film go cambodia film go!
Sovanna

Hillsborough, NJ

#2 May 31, 2006
What I would like to see... is the animation of the bas-relief on the wall of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. It would be awesome to see the curvings come to life. Hope someone could do that someday.
Cham

Hereford, AZ

#3 Jun 2, 2006
Today modern Cambodia has its root dated back over 2,000 years. There are a lot of folkors, legends, and stories that are kept alive that need to be made into movies. Just as the Greek and Roman had the story of famous heroes, mystical monsters, and unforgettable battles, Khmer is no different. It would be a big hit if one or few very good film makers can recreate as close as possible in depiction of ancient Funan, Chanla, and Khmer Angkor.
KM LO

Bangkok, Thailand

#4 Jun 2, 2006
any story to make a film is up to the director/producer's choice.
like many countries in the world, the strong influence and popularity of hollywood film putting their own film into a dying industry and art.
learn from the other asian countries such as korea, and india.this perhaps a model cambodia can follow. the recent mega hit corcodile and motherless already proven both ways are successful.
Cambodia film industry is on the right track and moving fast to improve itself.
make a better film or sellable movie is a balance of everything. and like acrobat walking on a thin wire.
if you have some money i will tell you frankly don;t make a film better keep it for future.
if you want to make some money out of film, then learn to make a better one, sooneror later, the local audience will demand to see better and better khmer films.
we all hope khmer film will be this & that...
the best way is pick up a pencil and start writing /drawing on paper. and make it out.
KM LO
Cham

Stockton, CA

#5 Jun 5, 2006
KM LO wrote:
any story to make a film is up to the director/producer's choice.
like many countries in the world, the strong influence and popularity of hollywood film putting their own film into a dying industry and art.
learn from the other asian countries such as korea, and india.this perhaps a model cambodia can follow. the recent mega hit corcodile and motherless already proven both ways are successful.
Cambodia film industry is on the right track and moving fast to improve itself.
make a better film or sellable movie is a balance of everything. and like acrobat walking on a thin wire.
if you have some money i will tell you frankly don;t make a film better keep it for future.
if you want to make some money out of film, then learn to make a better one, sooneror later, the local audience will demand to see better and better khmer films.
we all hope khmer film will be this & that...
the best way is pick up a pencil and start writing /drawing on paper. and make it out.
KM LO
Today Khmer movie industry is at its most infancy stage. It is no where compare to the Ballywood of India, Hollywood of America, or Chinese films, or Korean films for that matter. Prior to the madness of Khmer Rouge, there were a lot of good Khmer films. Some are still selling in DVDs shops. There are quite a few movie entrepreneurs who lack education and experience in this business and attempted to make movies for the Cambodian audiences. For a fast buck with low budget shots, people don't seem to mind spending $5 for a DVDs, watch it then might throw it away. But there are a few ups and comings serious diehard Cambodian film makers who are out there trying to show that Cambodian can and should make good movies. With some stumbles along the road, Cambodian movie makers can and will make such movies as good as the Chinese or the Ballywood, not meant to be arrogance.
KM LO

Phitsanulok, Thailand

#6 Jun 11, 2006
If you cannot remember why there's a boom in recent Khmer cinema is due to the tension between Thailand and Cambodia in 2003. that moment many new cinemas were built and a sudden embargo of Thai films forced the khmers to make their own films. the result is a fastest growing film industry in Asean region or even in the world.

similar case to korea when the ratio of quota between foreign films and local films changed, the korean film industry suddenly strife to survive and the side effect( if you think so) is a big wave of korean films and audience seems don;t mind at all.

Let the film entrepreneurs make enough money and they will very very soon knows what to do to improve themselves, education and experience --- u can self educate about anything,( yes, i didn;t study film in school. i learn film making by watching and making film and best Uni -Google) i am focusing in training film in cambodia, 2 of my trainees are currently workignin TV stations and been in film productions. it takes 2 minutes to show how to search on google on any topic, and it's up to the person will stay 2 day or even 2 weeks to learn from it.

KM LO
JoJo

United States

#7 Jun 12, 2006
I suppport Khmer films no matter what. I kno that soon enough they will progress and produce many movies that people will enjoy. Now it may not be as good as other films but keep working on it and it'll be all G-double-o-d GOOD.
Kit ebersbach

Waimanalo, HI

#8 Sep 5, 2006
Please produce more dance and music DVDs to help promote their beauty to the world! i have a JVC/Smithsonian vid of apsara dance in front of Angkor Wat. It makes me so sad to see Khmer youth struggling to maintain the tradition after the horrible cultural destruction and murder of arts masters. They don't have to be fancy, or even have a "movie" plot, just documentary style, for the beauty to shine through.
Seang Soleak

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

#9 Dec 17, 2006
People can see the threats and influence of Hollywood movies on their local film industry.
For Cambodia, its people have suffered from wars and conflicts for centuries, and have become quite mentally lazy to think about all these influences.

My concern for the survival and development of Cambodian films is not just the Hollywood, but specifically Chinese movies. Many Cambodians like to see Chinese movies and they can see these movies everyday on television. This is another big threat which has been going unnoticed.

Why do the Khmer people not support their local films? There maybe some factors involved, one of which is the quality of the local films.

It was and still is time for improvement. Let's go for an international competition!
khmer kid

United States

#10 Jan 8, 2007
hey, I am currently going to a school in U.S. studying finance because my parents want me to. However, I am also majoring in film (secretly) because of my passion for it. More and More, I become very emotional about Khmer cinema and the past, espcially when i listen to old Sinn Sisamouth's songs in the movies and such. One thing that makes me proud to be khmer is our culture: the farm the country. Most khmer become so fascinated with modernity that they forget where the real beauty is at. I'm just starting out but I made promise to myself that I will help bring back Khmer cinema. So if you have any good advice, please [email protected] thanks!
naraths

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

#11 Feb 19, 2007
I really like the opiion of khmer kid, it's a same as my ideas.
Soki

Monterey Park, CA

#12 Feb 20, 2007
Hey, I am thinking about majoring in film after my degree in Hospitality & Tourism. There are so many good true stories out there that needs to be told. There are just plenty of ancient and legends about Khmer etc. Damn, I know that Khmer films will be on the rise and goooooooooooooood.
Khmer Morn

Norfolk, VA

#13 Feb 20, 2007
Preap Sovath can't be Sinsisamout either.
Chheang Vanndeth

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

#14 Apr 12, 2007
I agree with Khmer Bird. New thing has to be initiated by somebody, and it must be us, the younger generation.
Lady Mariam

Cambodia

#15 Jun 30, 2007
I am in Cambodia starting a film commission to help develop the Khmer film industry (both by Khmers and foreigners). I welcome anyone who is interested to contact me.
www.FilmCambodia.org
Khmer kid

United States

#16 Jun 30, 2007
hey, check my short movies out eh. youtube.com/khemera777 . I did it all, script, directing, cinematography, sound, some of the music, camera/steadicam operating, editing, visual effects. I'm a rebel without a crew lol. Right now in the process of planning for one or two more movies.

"I'm leading a crusade. It's called the Khmer New Wave"
Tavao

Norfolk, VA

#17 Jun 30, 2007
I want to see one movie call < family tree > produced by Global witness.
Khmerican

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Aug 25, 2013
Checkout NJ Cambodian Meetup Group, where young professionals are encouraged to meet and empower each other. Come and join us and socialize. Ask about schools, professions, etc.

http://www.meetup.com/NJ-Cambodian-Meetup/

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