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Malaysia's Moviemakers Don't Know How To Tell A Good Story Says Hollywood Movie Instructor

Dov S-S Simens says local films turn him off/Google ImagesDov S-S Simens says local films turn him off/Google ImagesSITTING in eighth position as a country in Southeast Asia with a golden opportunity for ample development, the domestic media and entertainment industry in Malaysia has seen positive growth over the last few years, according to PwC’s Global Media & Entertainment Outlook 2012-2016 report.

At a time where the global appetite for media and entertainment has seen an exponential increase, so has the success for the media and entertainment industries in Southeast Asia to break into the top echelon of the industry’s main market segments. This trend has encouraged the local entertainment industry players to push forward even further.

Despite of this encouraging trend, little do our film makers realise, nor will they agree or acknowledge, that our film industry have a lot to improve.

This fact has also been acknowledged by professional film instructor, Dov S-S Simens, founder of the Hollywood Film Institute, who was conducting a film workshop recently.

Dov opined Malaysia’s film industry is still weak, judging by the local films he’d seen.

“Filmmakers here are still weak when it comes to telling a story in films they produce. I realise this while in Malaysia three years ago when I watched no less than 12 local films in the span of two days. I think the local directors aren’t good storytellers.

“Many of them have good ideas, good concepts but not when it comes to storytelling. The pace and mood of stories told in local films are far too weak. Only 4 minutes into viewing, I had lost interest because the scenes just don’t gel well,” commented Dov, who spoke live from Chicago, USA during the media launch of Media & Entertainment Week 2014, at a hotel in the city recently.

He also said that local films tend to stick to the trend of horror themes and not films that has youth and teen romance narratives.

“Malaysia has far too many horror movies when you should be doing youth and teen romance movies. The youth and teen romance genre has its own following as you would have seen in Hollywood. But when it comes to animated movies, Malaysia can hold its own rather well.

“Malaysia has many beautiful filming locations compared to Singapore. You guys have your own crew, production, studio, even support from your government to make movies. Why not use all of these advantages and make a really good film, and rake the profits?” questioned the experienced Hollywood film instructor.

Dov is known for being the man who launched the film careers of famous Hollywood celebs such as Quentin Tarantino, Queen Latifah, Chris Nolan, Guy Ritchie and Will Smith.

Will a Malaysian filmmaker tell a good story and make it to Hollywood some day?/Google ImagesWill a Malaysian filmmaker tell a good story and make it to Hollywood some day?/Google ImagesThe Media & Entertainment Week 2014, which will happen on 22-26 of April, will invite discussions about the spectrum of trends and issues that have beleaguered Asia’s media and entertainment industry.

What’s more exciting, Dov is an invitee, not just to provide training but also to share his experience and expertise with local filmmakers, particularly on how to make a profitable film production.

“For two days, during my filmmaking workshop, I will reveal ways to produce a movie that is certain to make a profit. I will share Hollywood’s marketing and promotional strategies.

“I hope many people will come to my workshop because I cannot wait to share the secrets of the movie world and ways to make money from films,” said a highly charged Dov.

Apart from the celebrated movie instructor, also flying down from Los Angeles is TV series writer Michael McCarthy, whom will share the secrets of his successful TV series. McCarthy is known for TV series such as Night Life, Sesame Street and The Drew Carey Show.

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