Chinese High Tea

June 11, 2014
gloriaku
Documentary, Film
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Have you ever heard of a high tea, the one with the assorted creamy delights, popular among Britons? Well, this innocent idiom has its much naughtier Chinese meaning. A brief visit to a tea house explains the nuances of the Kung Fu Cha – the traditional and most practical of all the Chinese tea brewing ceremonies.

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Courtesy of Pak Siew Yong and the Zheng He Tea House in Melaka, Malaysia.

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// Camera : Canon 5d Mark II,
// Lenses : Canon 100 2.8 IS, Canon 17-40 F4 L
// Audio: Rode VideMic Pro (on camera)
// Editing/Grading : After Effects, Premiere Pro
// Music : Moon Reflected on Erquan Pond Erhu by Zhou We

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//Director/ DOP/ Editor: Gloria Kurnik

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New Hope

June 9, 2014
gloriaku
Documentary, Film
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A story of the unusual fusion of the iconic Star Wars and the traditional shadow play called wayang kulit.
Now a new hope is rising for that disappearing art.

Watch and get inspired!

The story was published on the Wall Street Journal here: online.wsj.com/articles/star-wars-as-a-shadow-play-1404383321

My greatest thanks go to all those who are pushing the “Peperangan Bintang” project forward and especially to Tintoy Chuo, Take Huat, Pak Dain and Ahmad Azrai whom I interviewed.

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// Camera : Canon 6D, Canon 5D Mark II
// Lenses : Canon 100 2.8 IS, Canon 17-40mm, Sigma 50mm 1.4
// Editing/Grading : After Effects, Premiere Pro

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Director’s Reel 2013

February 28, 2014
gloriaku
Documentary, Photo-Story, Reel
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Some of my favourite shots up to 2013. Filmed in Malaysia, India, Thailand and USA.

All scenes were directed, shot, edited and graded by me.

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// Camera : Canon 5d Mark II, Canon 7d
// Lenses : Canon 100 2.8 IS, Sigma 50 1.4, Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS, Canon 17-40 F4 L
// Editing/Grading : After Effects, Premiere Pro
// Music : Otso- …And never was

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Self -Shooting Director

Self-Shooting Director

Self-Shooting Director

Gloria Kurnik, Self-Shooting Director

Gloria Kurnik, Self-Shooting Director

Gloria Kurnik, Self Shooting Director

Gloria Kurnik, Self-Shooting Director

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Living the Love – Documentary about Thaipusam

gloriaku
Documentary, Film, Video
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thaipusam red 2 def 4

 

Every religion has its culture of atonements and vows. Bigger the wish or deeper the gratitude, more eager is the follower to undertake an arduous and grueling journey. A Christian would walk miles on his knees out of faith. A Buddhist would prostrate and crawl on her stomach to gain her inner peace. A Muslim would self-flagellate to convey his sorrow while a Hindu would renounce the things she loves most out of devotion. But some take it even further.

Piercing the body out of faith is a custom in most of the older religions. Though it may induce fear, doubt and anxiety, it is also associated with a certain sense of mysticism and spirituality. I witnessed Thaipusam – the magical Hindu festival where devotees in a state of trance, painlessly carry offerings and symbols of faith in the form of heavy burdens (milk pots, kavadi, karagam) and/or have a range of intriguing attachments hooked to their body. But beyond the images of unbelievable crowds and fanfare, I also witnessed love, trust and devotion merging into an expression of faith through self-sacrifice. For many, Thaipusam is all about the flourish and the obscure customs. For many tourists, it is the defining evidence of the unique multi-cultural life in Malaysia. For many amateur photographers, it’s one of those places where you capture that ‘one’ unforgettable picture.

For me it’s a story of love. I decided to capture this event through the eyes of a couple – a, married childless couple who apart from their love for their God have been loving each other for 9 long years. It’s a personal story and a personal journey…

karagam red 2 def

kavadi red 2 def

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Greatest thanks to the people without whom the production of this video wouldn’t be possible: Malliga, Murugan, Paulius, Sayan, Chris, Ragu and Durai.

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// Director/DP/Editor: Gloria Kurnik

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// Camera : Canon 7d, Canon 5d Mark II
// Lenses : Canon 24mm 1.4, Canon 50 1.8
// Editing/Grading : Premiere Pro
// Music : Karma Groove from jewelbeat.com

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For postcards and posters, check out the project on behance.

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