Central Proposition

Background

To my eyes, most of Indonesian cinema focuses on Indonesian issues and subjects, and usually does not look at life outside of the country. There are only a few Indonesian production houses that include non-Indonesian material and concepts, and most of these are operated by digital/multimedia design students located overseas. However, sadly, Indonesian movies that include the overseas materials do not use the luxury of having other cultures in those overseas country, but simply only use the location as a setting because of the stories that strictly lies within Indonesian context, attitudes and point of view. Examples are “Eiffel… I’m in Love”, “Pelangi Di Atas Prahara” (Rainbow Over A Catastrophe) and “Cinta 24 Karat” (24 Carat Love). Most of these movies were set overseas but the problems that make up the stories only evolve within the Indonesian community and culture itself. The titles and synopsi of the movies gives out more foreign content than what is in the movie itself.

As an international student living in New Zealand, I have gained seven years of experience of living here. It is clear that anybody who go overseas would always have a high amount of interacting experience with the local people of those countries they are in. If Indonesian cinemas uses overseas location, it would expand the quality and meaning if they include the culture of those locations instead of leaving them simply as settings.

Central Proposition

To create a short scene from a feature movie, that illustrates how an Indonesian student has adapted to a new culture, but working in a way that may not risk offending and breaking many rules of Indonesian dominant culture.

Cinema can be a documentation of a social life of a community. It represents the group of people that support the social life, either in an imaginative way or in a realistic way. Film can show us history, how to face the future, and people’s desires. Film also allow us to see the conflicts that arise when desire, social behaviour, and morals become confused between two cultures.

NOTE:
Eiffel… I’m in Love: 2003, directed by Nasri Cheppy, film produced by Soraya Intercine Film, genre: teen romance
Pelangi Di Atas Prahara (Rainbow Over a Catastrophe): 2004, directed by Putra Arradin, a film by SUB production in association with Curtin University, genre: drama romance
Cinta 24 Karat (24 Carat Love): 2003, directed by Richard Buntario, MDW & Film Gerilya Production, genre: romance comedy

Brief

A little about the movie

Okay, I’m not going to blurp on the synopsis in here since it is yet to be perfected. But long story short, it’s about a young man who was pushed to reach beyond his usual limit to survive in a foreign country, to survive the culture and to survive himself.

What to be done:

Option 1
A scene from the movie, the important scene which shows a taste of a culture shock most Indonesian students have when they first come to New Zealand (most common example: not having maids to do house work, living by ourselves, having the luxury to work part time, having so much freedom with no restriction from parents, etc), and the argument that cause him to come to New Zealand, which shows how spoiled he was and that he comes from a rich family and have the “Prince” attitude of “I don’t care, I’m invincible”. The point is to show the Indonesians that sometimes a hard decision is made, in this case, having the only child and being sent overseas for their sake of learning responsibility. It is a fact that youngsters these days in Jakarta, Indonesia (I chose this background because most people who manage to go overseas are from Jakarta and the heart of Indonesian cinema is in Jakarta) are spoiled and still live under parent’s financial support until they have steady jobs.

Process:
• script writing
• beat script
• storyboard/animatics
• test run
• shooting
• editing
• re-shoot
• audio editing
• final export to dvd

Option 2
A trailer/preview of the movie, containing the key point of what I want to show in this movie, e.g. living overseas and having to interact with the local and even have a special relationship with one of them, facing the cultural shock overseas, growing up by taking his responsibility seriously, and some other aspects like the local culture (urban or traditional), language barrier, etc.

Process:
• script writing
• beat script
• storyboard/animatics
• test run
• choose which parts of the script will be in the preview
• shooting (most shooting)
• re-shoot
• finding soundtrack
• audio editing
• final export to dvd

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