Something Like A 'Travelogue'

This blog chronicles the journey of the filming of HANYUT by Malaysia's respected, award winning filmmaker, U-Wei bin HajiSaari, through the viewpoint of Dean Sham, an independent filmmaker

The Eastern River

The Eastern River

Friday, January 8, 2010

Young Nina

Nabilah Yasmin, auditioning for Young NIna.

Name: Nabilah Yasmin

Formal Training : Yes

Specilaisation : Animal acting

First gig : Stage Play ( as a squirrel)

To vote Nabilah go to .

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Finding NIna

Maya Karin auditioning for Nina. More Casting videos can be found at 

Casting is 65% of directing.
                              -John Frankenheimer, filmmaker

Finding the right person to do the right job, is critical for any type of work.

As far as filmmaking is concern, it could make or break a film.

Finding the right Nina, proves to be a challenging task, a very challenging task.

This girl got the look, but hasn't the soul.

That girl can act but not european enough.

This girl has the look, but cannot really act.

This Nina, is not just vital to the story telling, but vital for the bottom line as well.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome to the Jungle

The production team of Hanyut, 'scourging' the jungle of Kuala Lipis in order to find the perfect location to built the set of the film.

It is no easy task building the set in the jungle, but difficult it may seem, it is of necessity.

It is vital to the story telling, the set is part of the story, a big part of the story.  It will not only give a glimpse of life in the early 19th century Kuala Lipis, but will set the mood, feel, and tone for the film as well.

more video here .

Lord of The River

Sam Hobbs, the production designer is an Australian, but he looks like as if he was born at the Jelai riverside!

Talk about commitment and passion. Not to mention professionalism.

Making film is tough, that much I can tell you!

more photos and videos can be found at .

Where there is a river, there will be boats.

Sam Hobbs (Production Designer) looking for boats and boat builders.

More info, more videos, just go to findingnina  website.

Lesser Breed

Almayer's Folly, is a tale of personal tragedy as well as broader meditation on the evils of colonialism.

Well, at least that is what is written on the back cover of the book.  I am no expert on Conrad's, but I do believe that Nina, the character of the daughter in the novel is the product of the so called the evils of colonialism.

Nina is neither.

Neither Malay nor Caucasian.

Neither barbaric nor cultured.

Neither here nor there.

In the eyes of the villagers she is a 'mem', to the European, she is nothing more than a half breed.  Half breed from a lesser womb.  Therefore, she can never be one of them.

Nina is the legacy of colonialism, 'Crisis of Self-Concept'.