About This Third World Filmmaker

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“웃어라, 모든이가 함께 웃을 것이다. 울어라, 너 혼자 울것이다.”
“Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.”

The picture above is South Korean film called Oldboy. This is the film that got me extremely passionate and hungry for filmmaking.

My name is quite long and quite hard to pronounce. But you can call me Fedya. I am 29 years old and I am from a third world country known to have lost an airplane, called Malaysia. I can speak in three languages; Malay, English and Russian.

Back in Malaysia, I studied Game Design in LimKokWing University and graduated from a degree in Graphic Design under a Curtin University twinning programme.

I have a very strong passion for arts and designs in general. But my real passion lies in filmmaking. A lot of people mistaken it for it to be one of my hobbies. No, it’s not.

It’s my life.

Not many have known this, but I didn’t take any film course. But I was lucky, because I managed to hang out with a lot Film & Television students back in Malaysia and even do couple of projects with them.

With that advantage, I spear-headed myself into filmmaking business. I am filmmaker who has been in the business for 10 years back in Malaysia. Even won couple of awards a long the way.

I feel like I still have a lot to learn, so I decided to go to Australia and study filmmaking all over again 2 years ago by taking Diploma in Filmmaking course in New York Film Academy in Gold Coast.

My third world mind has been turned upside down. I have tapped into new things, methods and principles of filmmaking that I would have never thought I would be tapping into.

I even managed to won ACS Award for “Best Cinematography” before I graduated from NYFA last year. That was a surprise to everyone, including me. Due to that it boosted my confidence tremendously when I was making my graduation film.

Now, I am currently taking my Degree in Film at SAE Creative Institute in Brisbane. Very excited to see what is in store for me in that course.

How deep will this filmmaking rabbit hole goes?

On this site, I’ll be posting blogs throughout my film studies in SAE Brisbane. Welcome to the thoughts of a third world filmmaker.