Upcoming local movie Terbalik will get a Hollywood edition
  (Courtesy by Angelin Yeoh from star 2.com, 19 Aug 2017)
TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN | Malaysian Multi-million Dollar Deal Film Project For 34 Countries Worldwide | Ivanhoe Pictures and 42nd Pictures Sdn Bhd
  (Courtesy by Mouse Mommy, 19 Aug 2017)
Script for Malaysian film set for Hollywood remake
  (Courtesy by Bissme S. from theSundaily, 18 Aug 2017)
Xtreme Media scores again
  (Courtesy by Boon Chan from The Starit Times, 12 Dec 2016)
Singapore's Xtreme Media is a winner at ATF and ScreenSingapore for the second year running
  (Courtesy by Boon Chan from The Starit Times, 09 Dec 2016)
Can you list 10 things you love about Malaysia and its people?
  (Courtesy by Mumtaj Begum from Star2, 28 Aug 2016)
Telly talk varied Merdeka themed fare
  (Courtesy by Tahir Alhamzah from NST Online, 20 Aug 2016)
One more week to send in 400 word synopsis to Panasonic’s short film competition
  (Courtesy by Deric ECT from Daily Seni, 19 Aug 2016)
42nd Pictures-Panasonic to cultivate new filmmakers with Digital Short Film Competition
  (Courtesy by Mila Ismail from Kr8tif Express, 12 Aug 2016)
Upcoming local movie Terbalik will get a Hollywood edition
(Courtesy by Angelin Yeoh from star 2.com, 19 Aug 2017)


Bront Palarae will be starring in the upcoming Terbalik.

A Hollywood production company has acquired the remake rights of Terbalik, a local film starring Bront Palarae that is due to start shooting next year.

During a press conference and signing ceremony on Aug 18, Ivanhoe Pictures signed a multi-million ringgit agreement with Malaysian production company 42nd Pictures Sdn Bhd to adapt the Terbalik screenplay for international audiences in 34 countries including the United States, South Korea, China, Spain and France.

Terbalik is a horror-thriller about a man fighting to survive a horrific car accident and three sadistic boys in a jungle. The screenplay is written by Yasu Tanaka, the director and writer of award-winning psychological drama Nota, released in 2015. The international version will be titled Upside Down.

In a video message shown during the press conference, Bront said he is very excited to be a part of the production, describing it as “unprecedented” for a Malaysian movie.

Ivanhoe Pictures recently wrapped up the filming of its latest Hollywood production Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore and Malaysia. Previously, the company partnered with Fox International Productions to release South Korean horror hit The Wailing.

In a press statement, CEO and president of Ivanhoe Pictures John Penotti said they are delighted for the partnership with 42nd Pictures.

“Yasu and Bea Tanaka (the co-founder of 42nd Pictures) have become friends and business colleagues. With the remake of Terbalik, we’re going to get an opportunity to continue working with our Malaysian partners,” Penotti said.

TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN | Malaysian Multi-million Dollar Deal Film Project For 34 Countries Worldwide | Ivanhoe Pictures and 42nd Pictures Sdn Bhd
(Courtesy by Mommy Treats, 19 Aug 2017)


Malaysian Award-winning, production company renowned for Nota, 42nd Pictures Sdn Bhd, founded by Yasu and Bea Tanaka, has officially announced their agreement with Ivanhoe Pictures, a Hollywood company, for their film, TERBALIK/ UPSIDE DOWN, a Malaysian feature film, today at FINAS Hulu Kelang – Pawagam Mini P.Ramlee. This deal has made Malaysian history as it signifies the first of its kind to achieve this feat. 

TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN is an original screenplay written by Yasu Tanaka, the director and writer of NOTA. The film NOTA nabbed the Best Screenplay award for Festival Film Malaysia 2016 (FFM28) while Maya Karin, playing the lead actress role, won the Best Actress award for Anugerah Skrin 2016

This is a fantastic achievement! Have you wonder what is about script writing? It is not an easy job as in script writing need to transform your idea into words and able to express fully your concept. That is not the end. The words in the script must be able to "communicate" and "deliver" the ideas properly. Wow! an eye-opening for mouse mommy! 

Ivanhoe Pictures read the script of TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN during Hong Kong Asia Financing Forum (HAF) 2017 and has acquired the remake rights for it in 34 countries which includes North America, France, United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Spain, Latin America, India and Vietnam. The production of the remake movies based on TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN’s original screenplay will commence with United States of America in 2018. .

Ivanhoe Pictures (an SK Global company) is a motion picture and television financing and production entity, which develops, produces, and acquires content for a global audience. Besides producing (with Fox International Productions) last year’s Korean hit movie THE WAILING, Ivanhoe is partnered with Beijing Hairun Pictures on CBA star Stephon Marbury biopic MY OTHER HOME, which premiered at the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival and released in China on August 4. Ivanhoe is also currently in production on the motion picture adaptation of CRAZY RICH ASIANS, directed by Jon Chu, which will be released worldwide by Warner Bros. in early 2018. 

John Penotti, CEO and President of Ivanhoe Pictures, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with 42nd Pictures on their remake of TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN. We’ve just spent a year in Malaysia preparing and shooting our major motion picture “Crazy Rich Asians” and we had a terrific time in Malaysia.” 

“Yasu and Bea (Tanaka) have become friends and our business colleagues and with the remake of UPSIDE DOWN (TERBALIK), we’re going to get an opportunity to continue our work with our Malaysian partners,” stated John. 

The TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN ideas involved in human physiology's challenge and engineering calculation as well to make it works!  

Although TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN has yet to be produced, 42nd Pictures affirms that the storyboard has already been set. The film has managed to garner the Aurora Media Producing Award, securing them SGD20, 000, during the South-East Asia Financing Forum (SAFF) 2016 held in Singapore. TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN has also made it into the shortlist for Hong Kong Asia Financing Forum (HAF) 2017 – being the only Malaysian project out of the 24 projects to be shortlisted this year. 

TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN, a fully Malay-language movie, has a potential value of RM12 to 16 million with agreement from Ivanhoe Pictures. This movie is a horror thriller that depicts the story of an actor who gets trapped in an upside-down car wreckage in the jungle and is tortured by a group of sadistic boys. TERBALIK / UPSIDE DOWN will be produced by Bea Tanaka and directed by Yasu Tanaka, starring Bront Palarae. The event was graced by Dato’ Azmir Saifuddin Muthalib, Deputy Director General of FINAS and Dato’ Mahydin Mustakim, CEO of Creative Content Association of Malaysia.

Congratulations! We are proud of You! Another great milestones for Malaysian film industry towards international and global exposure! 

Script for Malaysian film set for Hollywood remake
(Courtesy by Bissme S. from theSundaily, 18 Aug 2017)


The poster for 'Terbalik', which is slated for production in early 2018. - Courtesy of 42nd Pictures Sdn. Bhd.

THE cameras have yet to start rolling for upcoming local film Terbalik, but this horror thriller has already caught the attention of US-based financier and production company Ivanhoe Pictures, which recently purchased the remake rights to the film.

This was announced by husband-and-wife team of Yasu and Bea Tanaka, the founders and producers of 42nd Pictures Sdn Bhd, at a press conference today (Aug 18) at the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas).

The Tanakas claim that the deal with Ivanhoe Pictures has a "potential value of RM12 million to RM16 million".

Ivanhoe Pictures has previously partnered with a few Asian production companies to produce several notable films including last year's critically-acclaimed Korean horror film The Wailing. The company is currently helping to produce the much-anticipated film adaptation of Singaporean author Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, part of which is being shot in Malaysia.

The original script for Terbalik was written by Yasu, who will also be directing the Malay-language film starring award-winning actor Bront Palarae. Shooting for the film is slated to start early next year.

42nd PIctures founders and producers Bea and Yasu Tanaka - Courtesy of 42nd Pictures Sdn. Bhd.

The story centres on an actor, played by Bront, who gets in a car accident in the jungle, which has him trapped upside down in the wreckage. He is found by a group of boys, but instead of rescuing him, they decide to torture him and film the act on their cellphones, which they plan to put on the internet.

The dark theme is nothing new for Yasu, who also wrote the script for the psychological thriller Nota (2015), starring Maya Karin and Hans Isaac. The film, which he also directed, nabbed the Best Screenplay award at the 2016 Malaysian Film Festival.

Yasu's original script for Terbalik was then pitched to representatives of Ivanhoe Pictures during the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum earlier this year.

At the press conference, Bea joked: ""Now, there is pressure on us to produce a better film and we have to make sure the remake cannot be better than the original."

Bea added that she and her husband had been in discussion with Bront for the last two years to play the lead role in Terbalik.

She explained that the actor will be upside down most of the time in the film, and that he is excited to play such a physically-challenging role, as "Bront loves pushing the boundaries when it comes to acting".

Ivanhhoe Pictures CEO and president John Penotti, in a video message played during the press conference, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with 42nd Pictures to remake their film Terbalik. We [also] have just spent a year in Malaysia preparing and [shooting] Crazy Rich Asians, and we had a terrific time in Malaysia.

"Yasu and Bea have become friends and business colleagues, and with the remake of Terbalik, we are going to get an opportunity to continue to work with our Malaysian partners."

The as-yet-untitled remake of Terbalik will reportedly begin shooting late next year, and be distributed in 34 countries.

A screen showing the presentation for 'Terbalik', which was shown during the press conference at Finas.
- Courtesy of 42nd Pictures Sdn. Bhd.

Xtreme Media scores again
(Courtesy by Boon Chan from The Straits Times, 12 Dec 2016)

Its second winning idea at the Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore is a series of comedic sports-linked challenges

A documentary about Bhutan and a game show with a fun take on sports are both project ideas from Singapore's Xtreme Media, a winner two years in a row at the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore.

Last year, it won several prizes, including $20,000 in cash from Silver Media, at the inaugural South-east Asian Film Financing (Saff) Project Market, with the idea for Happiness Revolution, a documentary about Bhutan's journey in pursuit of Gross National Happiness.

This year at the same event, it won the inaugural ATF Formats Pitch for original, non-scripted entertainment formats.

The winning idea, Hit It, was announced last Thursday. It is planned as a weekly series, with each episode pitting two teams against each other in a series of comedic sports-linked challenges.

"I’m honoured and feel quite lucky to be winning two times in a row. We are encouraged by the wins and we hope to do better next time round."

MR WILLIAM LIM, Xtreme Media executive producer, on the production company’s win

Xtreme Media executive producer William Lim, 41, describes it as a mash-up of a wacky Japanese game show and a sports-type show such as American Gladiators.

One idea is to have contestants playing volleyball, but on a court smeared with glue.

The production company gets $3,500 in cash and a consultancy package valued at $16,500. Xtreme Media will work with the United Kingdom's all3media International to develop its idea.

But Mr Lim says that at this point, there is already interest from local and regional broadcasters. He adds: "I'm honoured and feel quite lucky to be winning two times in a row. We are encouraged by the wins and we hope to do better next time round."

His company did not participate in this year's Saff, which gave out two awards last week.

From a field of 15 finalists, Vietnam's mob comedy Mamafia won a full audio post-production package worth $50,000 from Imaginex Studios and Basecamp Films; and Malaysian thriller Terbalik, about an actor trapped in an upside-down car wreckage in the jungle and who is tortured by a group of sadistic boys, won an investment of $20,000 towards its production from Aurora Media Holdings.

Terbalik is from the Malaysia-based husband-and-wife team director Yasu Tanaka and producer Bea Tanaka, both 49.

Bea Tanaka says: "It's about how a man survives in a very extreme situation and we think we have come up with an idea that will travel."

The prize money will come in useful for pre-production and she is targeting to shoot the film in April or May next year.

Of the 10 shortlisted Saff finalists last year, four projects, including Xtreme Media's Happiness Revolution, are in production and slated for release next year.

The project market is a partnership among ScreenSingapore, South-east Asian Audio-Visual Association and Ties That Bind: Asia/ Europe Producers Workshops.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2016, with the headline 'Xtreme Media scores again'.


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Singapore's Xtreme Media is a winner at ATF and ScreenSingapore for the second year running
(Courtesy by Boon Chan from The Straits Times, 09 Dec 2016)

SINGAPORE - A documentary about Bhutan and a game show with a fun take on sports are both project ideas from Singapore's Xtreme Media, a winner two years in a row at the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore.

Last year, it walked away with several prizes, including $20,000 in cash, at the inaugural Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market, with the idea for Happiness Revolution, a documentary about Bhutan's journey in pursuit of Gross National Happiness.

This year at the same event, it came out tops at the inaugural ATF Formats Pitch for original, non-scripted entertainment formats.

The winning idea, Hit It, was announced on Dec 8. It is planned as a weekly series, with each episode pitting two teams against each other in a series of comedic sports-linked challenges.

Xtreme Media executive producer William Lim, 41, describes it as a mash-up of a wacky Japanese game show and a sports-type show such as American Gladiators. One idea is to have contestants playing volleyball, but on a court smeared with glue.

The production company gets $3,500 in cash and a consultancy package valued at $16,500. Xtreme Media will work with the United Kingdom's all3media International to develop its idea.

But Mr Lim says that at this point, there is already interest from local and regional broadcasters.

He adds: "I'm honoured and feel quite lucky to be winning two times in a row. We are encouraged by the wins and we hope to do better next time round."

His company did not participate in this year's SAFF, which gave out two awards on Dec 9. From a field of 15 finalists, Vietnam's mob comedy Mamafia won a full audio post-production package worth $50,000 from Imaginex Studios and Basecamp Films, and Malaysian thriller Terbalik, about an actor trapped in an upside-down car wreckage in the jungle and is tortured by a group of sadistic boys, won an investment of $20,000 towards its production project from Aurora Media Holdings.

Terbalik is from the husband-and-wife team director Yasu and producer Bea Tanaka, both 49. Bea Tanaka says: "It's about how a man survives in a very extreme situation and we think we have come up with an idea that will travel."

The prize money will come in useful for pre-production and she is targeting to shoot the film in April or May next year.

Of the 10 shortlisted SAFF finalists last year (2015), four projects, including Xtreme Media's Happiness Revolution, are currently in production and slated for release in 2017.

The project market is a partnership between ScreenSingapore, Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshops.

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Can you list 10 things you love about Malaysia and its people?
(Courtesy by Mumtaj Begum from Star2, 28 Aug 2016)

With Merdeka Day just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate all the quirky things we love about being a Malaysian. History (Astro Ch 555) has compiled some of that quirkiness in its one-hour special 10 Things We Love About Malaysians, which premieres Aug 28 at 10pm.

It is hosted by Douglas Lim, who talks to experts and Malaysians on what makes us so unique and behave the way that we do. Lim described the show as a retrospective light-hearted programme where we can laugh together at what sets Malaysians apart from the rest of the world.

You know, like our mixture of English and Bahasa that has become known as Manglish. Or that peculiar and maddening concept of punctuality, “Malaysian time”.

“We are who we are. Can’t change that,” Lim said with a laugh during the press conference held to launch the show.

Lim shared that he and the producers collaborated on the script and the list as well. The team went through several brainstorming sessions to make sure the list consisted of items that were truly unique.

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Lim and Harith Iskander demonstrating different gestures Malaysians use.

Lim explained: “The whole thing about Malaysia being multicultural – these days, almost all countries are not homogenous anymore. So to be constantly chest-thumping about being multicultural, to be united in our differences, let’s get over that. What else? We needed to identify other things that made Malaysians interesting. Food? Come on! Every country is proud of their food, even those with bad food. That was the biggest challenge. While Malaysians would love everything we came up with, because it’s about us, would other countries find us interesting?”

Lim has celebrity guests like Reshmonu and Harith Iskander on the show for the extra colour. During the show, Lim also gives his two sen worth – or “observational commentary” as he termed it – to ensure that some facts do not rub the audience the wrong way, citing “Malaysian time” as an example.

“We talk about Malaysian timing, but what it is actually is a lack of professionalism. You are being irresponsible, which is something very heavy. So my job is to temper that. Then we have a panel of experts come in to reinterpret the concept of time for a country like Malaysia where we view time as a more stre-e-e-tchy concept.”

However, some topics are no laughing matter, like inconsiderate Malaysian drivers.

“The thing about traffic … there is really no positive way to spin it. We behave like Third World citizens when we get in a car, and behind the wheel: We park anywhere we like. I can understand there are places where you can behave that way, but you are not supposed to do things like that. There is a collective responsibility and rules in place. So we’re actually breaking laws. Motorbike riders putting their handphones in the helmet … ‘hey, that’s cute,’ but they are criminals!”

The show is fast-paced enough that there is no dwelling on one thing too long – be it the good, the bad or the ugly part of being Malaysians.

Lim’s own favourite item on the list is: “People doing charity work on their own without much governmental support or patrons. There are times when Malaysians just band together for a good purpose – in response to a disaster, or just going out and giving food to the homeless.”

He concluded: “At the end of the day, it’s a feel-good show. And we accept certain things are the way they are, that’s just us.”

10 Things We Love About Malaysians is one of three one-hour specials featured under History Asia’s Negaraku Specials, on Sunday at 10pm.

On Sept 4, check out Road To Nationhood which highlights the events behind the formation of our country, featuring previously unseen footage as well as stories of our political leaders in their struggles to achieve independence.

Every Street Tells A Story (Sept 11) has host Umapagan Ampikaipakan walking through a number of famous streets of Kuala Lumpur like Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Raja and Jalan Pudu, learning their histories.

At the same press conference, Umapagan said: “It was eye-opening for me and I think it will be eye-opening for viewers as well. We traverse these streets every day but we know next to nothing about them. So in the show, I talk about the origins of these streets and more importantly, I talk to the people who live and work and spend all of their lives on these streets. This would be a new side of KL, I guarantee it, to a lot of you.

Telly talk varied Merdeka themed fare
(Courtesy by Tahir Alhamzah from NST Online, 20 Aug 2016

HISTORY, A+E Networks Asia’s leading factual channel, joins in the country’s 59th national day celebration with a programming initiative aligned with the Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s vision to inspire nationalism in Malaysians. The new History Asia Original Productions, featuring locally produced specials, will premiere on History (Astro channel 555) and History HD (Astro channel 575) from Aug 29.

>The month’s celebration will be ignited with the premiere of History Asia’s two one-hour specials. First is 10 Things We Love About Malaysians, hosted by comedian Douglas Lim, which explores the funny and unique side of Malaysians, while the nostalgic Every Street Tells A Story is hosted by Umapagan Ampikaipakan, who goes in search of the stories behind popular street names in Kuala Lumpur.

Premiering on Sept 4 and 11 respectively, at 10pm, these programmes form part of History Asia’s broader range of Negara-ku Specials.
Also premiering are three series from History Asia Original Productions.

On Aug 29 at 9.30pm, Jaime Dempsey travels through the Philippines on her motorcycle as she discovers the country’s 7,107 islands in Ride ‘N Seek With Jaime Dempsey: Quest For The Priestess’ Cloak.

This is followed at 10pm by Celebrity Car Wars, a new, unique hour-long action reality series featuring six of Asia’s top celebrities, who pit their driving and car skills against each other.

Celebrity Car Wars features Malaysians, Andrea Fonseka and Alex Yoong as mentors.

Finally, Sept 8 is the third season of Asia’s top reality photography show —Photo Face-Off.

“With three original series and two specials launching in August and September, we have packed History with a plethora of original, locally produced content. We hope that our viewers may deepen their connection and understanding of our diverse continent, heritage and people through these engaging and entertaining series. We are equally excited to bring brand new Malaysian-made originals to the History audience,” said Michele

Schofield, senior vice president of programming and production at A+E Networks Asia.

Tune in to History Asia and celebrate Malaysia’s 59th national day with specially curated programmes every weeknight at 6pm, kicking off on Aug 15 on History (Astro channel 555) and History HD (Astro channel 575).


Douglas LIm (Right) hosting 10 things We Love About Malaysians.
 
One more week to send in 400 word synopsis to Panasonic’s short film competition
(Courtesy by Deric ECT from Daily Seni, 19 Aug 2016)

THE Panasonic Digital Short Film Competition closes on 6 August. Which means there’s still time to jot down ideas which could land you into making your first short film, plus a four day trip to Japan with hotel and meal vouchers provided.

Organised by Panasonic in collaboration with 42nd Pictures, the contest is the latest in a series of initiatives to unearth new international talents and if you’re a Malaysian filmmaker, this could be your ticket to awesome. Winner gets their film screened at the next Malaysian edition of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFFA) tentatively scheduled for December this year.

These guys will even give you the equipment — five finalists will receive a DVX200 camera to complete their project. All you need to do is send in a 400 word synopsis, which could eventually give you opportunities to learn in terms of scripting, storyboarding, production and post production.

Also, here’s a bonus diagram that explains basic storytelling.

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If you wrote one of the five chosen synopses (don’t forget to assemble your team too!) then in September you’ll start working on translating your text into a fifteen-minute script. This means free classes by Yasu Tanaka on visual storytelling and mentorship from 42nd Pictures, who will also guide you through the shoot.

All five films will be evaluated by a jury panel — Hassan Muthalib has been confirmed to appear — and the winning entry walks away with the aforementioned prizes.

But that’s barely reason to go through all this trouble. The biggest thing to come out of this would be that short film you’ve just created, which has cleared all copyright and finished in post. Because next, you’re going to submit this to festivals around the globe and potentially kick off the next phase of your life as the filmmaker you were born to be. What are you waiting for?

That’s all we can tell you about the competition for now (check out the website) but all you need to know is this: 400 word synopsis and the application form by next Friday, straight to bea@42ndpictures.com. Get cracking!

Featured image via Galaksi Media.
42nd Pictures-Panasonic to cultivate new filmmakers with Digital Short Film Competition
(Courtesy by Mila Ismail from Kr8tif Express, 12 Aug 2016)

Local production house, 42nd Pictures joins forces with electronic giant, Panasonic to cultivate the new generation of Malaysian filmmakers though the Panasonic Digital Short Film Competition (PDSFC).

Set to be held in conjunction with this year’s Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia (SSFFA) Malaysia in December, the competition is seeking a submission of 400-word synopsis for entry. The selected synopsis will then be developed step-by-step, as PDSFC aims to train its participants in the aspect of script writing, storyboarding, production and post-production process from the start.

Bea Tanaka, Managing Director of 42nd Pictures stated, “Our strength and focus has always been in the script, hence we are not looking for a completed short film as an entry. We will guide the shortlisted participants to develop their synopsis into a 15-minute script – starting with a 2-day Visual Storytelling masterclass by Yasu Tanaka, and followed by scheduled group mentoring by 42nd Pictures.”  

PDSFC is open to all genres except documentary, animation and music video. Submission is only valid for Malaysian participants aged 18 to 35, in groups up to four persons. Five groups will then be shortlisted and guided to produce their short films with Panasonic DVX200 camera, which will be judged by a panel of esteemed jurors for the final winner selection.

The winning short film will be screened at the 7th SSFFA Malaysia this year, and will receive a sponsorship for the post-production of their short film; including color grading, music, and more. Moreover, they will receive 2 flight tickets to Tokyo, Japan in 2017 together with accommodation for 4 days (3 nights) during SSFFA Japan in June next year.

Submission for PDSFC is open now until 26th August 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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