May 19, 2012

"I Will Never Fall in Love" by Gerald Ko & "Tea Bag Artwork" by me!

Threw in a bunch of photos - I'm in Malaysia now and am heading to the airport now, going back to Shanghai. Will edit this post once I get there - this is just a rough post! Feel free to leave comments though :)

Collaboration: Singer + Artist = ?

Storyline:
The story is about how Boy meets Girl, and Boy falls in love but a way that's different from most relationships - everything that can go wrong goes wrong when he asks her out. The video starts with Boy meeting Girl for the first time in a cafe when she serves him a cup of tea. Being too shy to verbally ask her out, Boy writes little notes to her on tea bag labels instead. Girl agrees to go out but every date is unsuccessful - Boy spills drink onto her, topples popcorn in cinema over her, forgets to bring cash at dinner and slams the door into her face. Girl finally says no to Boy, who then decides to take a box of tea bags and write out his thoughts on each label before giving it to her. Girl - who from the start has a soft spot for him - thinks about their relationship and decides to use the tea bags to surprise Boy at the end by creating a portrait of him, showing Boy that she feels the same way about him too.





So one day as I was making tea, the tea bag label dangling off my cup caught my attention...I thought it was cute and tiny - perfect for writing little secret love notes! Then I thought: how would it look like when tied to a few other labels? How about THOUSANDS of labels? Hold on wait...what if I could make a story about this!? How about a LOVE STORY!?! *sips tea excitedly and starts thinking*

I had the opportunity to work with my friend and amazing singer/songwriter Gerald Ko - who is also the first Youtube singer I started listening to! We discussed how a singer and an artist could collaborate, brainstormed through the story across oceans - him in LA, me in Shanghai (isn't the internet amazing?!) and we put this video together when I was in California last month for the EG conference.

THIS WAS MEANT TO BE A SAD SAD CHINESE SONG! I drew out the storyboard and sent it to Gerald and the team, the original one's here below! We changed the song from a sad to an upbeat one A DAY before the shoot :p










Inspiration came one day at work when I was researching on these two building facades.

Testing it out on the computer!








Thanks so much to the amaaazing crew behind this project - Moses Pan, Maria Takaoka, Jon Wang and their team (see credits) - I was just expecting one person with a camera to help us film, but a WHOLE TEAM turned up! I'm SO glad I got to know you guys this trip - you guys are awesome! And for a special appearance by Jason Chen & Jessica who acted as my boba-making co-worker!





27 comments:

  1. RED, keep your day job as an artist/architect, you'll never be a waitress ....

    just tea-sing .....................AGAIN, great concept, great art, and a great tune ... and a wonderful collaboration.

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    1. a yeah ... just keep doing what inspires you and you love ... and that will take you where you want to go ...

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    2. DAVID! I've yet to get back to u via email - but thanks so so so much for your encouragement, you're a champ :) :) :)

      Wish I had half ur culinary skills btw :p

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    3. Red, just keep up with your projects, enjoy and benefit from your "15 minutes" so it turns into as long as you wish it to be, and don't worry too much about little things like emails ........ BTW: i turned to the culinary arts because i lacked the skills (that you've been blessed with) that i wish i had to create "conventional" art ...

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  2. thumbs up! love it...you are always there with fresh new creative ideas!!! keep it up...looking forward to see more :))

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    1. haha thanks! i will be doing lots more the next few months~

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  3. i like the sad story line better

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    1. haha it actually really started with a happy one, then sad, then happy. which prob is a good thing coz I really can't act emo -_-

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  4. Keep it up......is very very nice.....impressive.....!!!!

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  5. Love your creativity, and love your happy smile.
    Both are inspiring and contagious!

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  6. Keep up the good work! Always support you!

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    1. keep up ur good work with ur blog too! x

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  7. beautiful song and beautiful work. thank you for showing us your thought process.
    i have one question for you: how does your brain work?!

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  8. Brilliant & super creative! & oh, you look rlly cute tgt w/ gerard! :>

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  9. What are the buildings called? :o

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  10. original, creative artwork, sweet and funny story and catchy tune! Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. I love the story,songs and your artwork!

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  12. The fact that you do not put into words! You are a magician! Seen in ordinary tea bag infinitely more - it's a real talent!

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  13. Wow.. your project is so nice! So.. the last scene changed, right? ^^ It's just happy ending.

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