Without a doubt, the 2011 Conemasters x Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge was the biggest and best gymkhana event ever held in Penang so far and hopefully our upcoming video will show those of you who missed the event just how awesome it was.
The footage that Anthony and the boys from Image Foundation shot was amazing but I wanted something extra to make the video even more special so I came up with an idea to shoot an opening sequence at the Ixora Hotel.
I gave Edmund Foo from the Ixora a call and asked if we could use the hotel to shoot and he said no problem.
I then called some of the boys to arrange a date when everyone was free.
I was actually quite nervous about the shoot as I had a very specific idea in my head but I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to translate it onto the screen.
Check out Victor’s awesome sticker on the side of his car.
Jackson built a new car especially for the shoot.
The “car” also doubled as a dolly for some of our tracking shots. Improvisation to the max!
My concept had a beautiful woman in it so who else could I call except Ming Ming?
Ming Ming has her own helmet …
Allen Cheah and Lee Cooper, two of the drivers who competed in Conemasters.
Both are great drivers – Lee actually came 2nd in the Front-Wheel Drive category at the event.
Anthony from Image Foundation.
Jimmy from Image Foundation showing me the playback on one of the shots.
Everything was shot on Canon EOS 5D MKIIs – hi-def yo!
Me directing one of the shots.
It’s actually the first time I’ve fully directed a scripted shoot and I have to say I really enjoyed the experience.
It helped that I was working with some incredibly talented individuals!
Anthony took this shot from on top of a 10-foot tall ladder.
He’ll go to any lengths to get a good shot!
We managed to get delivery of our Conemasters x Mean Machines t-shirts in time for the shoot so everyone kitted out.
We were actually supposed to have the Ts at the event but due to some technical problems on the manufacturing side we only got them on the day of the shoot.
This is a limited edition T that only drivers and crew will get.
I stayed at the Ixora the night before the shoot (cause I was worried that I couldn’t wake up in time) … I took this shot as I felt my Impreza looked so calm and peaceful just sitting there.
The shoot turned out to be awesome and we got some really good footage. I’ve finished editing everything of the video and I’m rendering a final version as I type this.
The video will be released on 15.11.11 so stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone at for being so helpful, blocking off the entire grand entrance and making our shoot so smooth.
Thanks to Anthony, Jimmy and Louis from Image Foundation for being such dope Directors of Photography and cameramen.
Thanks to Jackson, Victor, Justin, Allen and Lee Cooper for being such great talents!
And lastly of course thanks to the beautiful Ms. Chee Hui Ming for lighting up every shot she was in.