Hello, here’s an attempt to showcase some new work and old work. A place to share some insight into projects, process, inspiration and things I’m generally interested in. I hope to keep this up-to-date and an enjoyable place for you to come visit often.

cheers, Alan.
March 5th
2:08 PM

The Defector: Escape from North Korea wins diversity prize | Toronto Star

Congratulations to Ann Shin and everyone that worked on The Defector, which picked up 3 awards at the Canadian Screen Awards last night! Along with the Diversity Prize, the film also won Best Documentary and Best Direction in a documentary.

February 25th
1:52 PM
Via

The significance of plot without conflict

stilleatingoranges:

In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their very foundations. A “problem” appears near the end of the first act; and, in the second act, the conflict generated by this problem takes center stage. Conflict is used to create reader involvement even by many post-modern writers, whose work otherwise defies traditional structure.

The necessity of conflict is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general—arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.

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January 25th
1:48 PM

News Shooter | China Heavyweight – how a successful feature documentary was shot on Canon 5D mkII

Great insight into the production of Yung Chang’s “China Heavyweight”, with DP Sun Shaoguang and producer Han Yi.  An amazing film that just opened to the most number of theatres in Chinese history for a documentary. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-heavyweight-become-widely-screened-666946)

January 24th
7:29 PM

Copenhagen: Slamdance Review

Great review by the Hollywood Reporter!  Nice to be mentioned :)

3:09 PM

Slamdance Names 'Copenhagen,' 'Rezeta' 2014 Festival Winners - TheWrap

"Copenhagen" wins Slamdance Audience Award last night!  Congratulations to everyone that worked on the film.

January 13th
10:07 PM
The Defector: Escape from North Korea has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards in the Television category– “Best Documentary Program” and “Best Direction in a Documentary Program.”
Last year I had the opportunity to DP a small portion of this film. Congrats to director Ann Shin and everyone that worked on the film and website for all its success including 2 recent nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards!  See full details here: http://www.thedefectormovie.com/blog/

The Defector: Escape from North Korea has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards in the Television category– “Best Documentary Program” and “Best Direction in a Documentary Program.”

Last year I had the opportunity to DP a small portion of this film. Congrats to director Ann Shin and everyone that worked on the film and website for all its success including 2 recent nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards!  See full details here: http://www.thedefectormovie.com/blog/

8:38 PM
A billboard I worked on is in Times Square!
An integrated print and video campaign through the super talented folks at Nathan Love and Spike DDB.  I produced & co-directed with Blake Hamilton and Folkloric.  See more on it here: http://www.blakehamilton.com/starter-represent/

A billboard I worked on is in Times Square!

An integrated print and video campaign through the super talented folks at Nathan Love and Spike DDB.  I produced & co-directed with Blake Hamilton and Folkloric.  See more on it here: http://www.blakehamilton.com/starter-represent/

December 15th
1:01 PM
December 11th
1:15 PM

Motionographer | Digital Filmmaking, Animation, Motion Graphics, Design, Film, Visual Effects and Experimental Moving Image Storytelling

Thanks for the shout-out Motionographer!  (http://motionographer.com/2013/12/11/alan-poon-eric-malika-robin-nishio-tim-hortons-coffee-art/)

Worked with a lot of Good people on this, including Eric Malika, Robin Nishio, Dale Hayward and Evan DeRushie.  An awesome team effort!

As well, directly underneath is a post about a friend and very talented animator Yaniv Fridman and his initiative Animation For A Cause.  Go check it out, support and spread the word! (https://animationforacause.org/)

December 8th
11:48 PM
Oops I did it again #isitchristmasalready?  New Panasonic GM1.  Surpasses  the video quality of GH3 and sharper than the Canon 5D in a truly pocket sized form factor! (at New York)

Oops I did it again #isitchristmasalready? New Panasonic GM1. Surpasses the video quality of GH3 and sharper than the Canon 5D in a truly pocket sized form factor! (at New York)