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Selected e-mail replies from Zaedi Zolkafli (Founder / Chief Content Creator)
(2000 - 2005)
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I'm an aspiring actress but do not have any experience in acting. I'm also lost in looking out for casting calls because I don't know where to go or whom to contact.
A little about myself: I'm 24, graduated with a degree in journalism from Australia but only realise now that I've always want to act. People told me that I should try out acting because I look all right. So far, the agencies who contacted me ask for money (i.e. portfolios, etc.). I'm really tired of people trying to get fees out of me...why should work entail payment first?
Would you be able to help me?
Thanks for your e-mail. We have updated your posting at our ‘freelancer/various talents’ page. The url is below:
Thank you, thank you very much. This site has helped me alot. Keep it up... Smilez... =)
Even paid advertisements in newspapers won't guarantee a response. Having said that, professional listing is common overseas. Once we build the database, we hope industry people would take it more seriously. On our part, we would shortlist talents listed with us for future projects. Meanwhile, we do circulate to our mail list any audition calls from our contacts.
Am much obliged for the opportunity you have opened up for people who are looking for a way out. Thanks. This is the first time I've placed myself on the market this way. Am sceptical of its efficacy. Will wait and see if anything results.
Have a good day and cheers!
The P Ramlee Screenwriting Competition organized by FelixEntertainmentDotCom is open to scripts in English and/or Malay. Each entry will be evaluated individually and receive a rewrite notes. We would review the script in terms of, but not limited to, storytelling ability of the contestant, technical aptitude of the screenwriting, visual narrative, story value and production potential. Contestants will able to find out new ideas and tips for the script.
For rules of entry log on to www.felix-entertainment.com/p-ramlee/screen.htm
another thing i would like to know more about the script writing contest felix is organising. would any language be fine for it.
thank you again
It is our very intention to provide music MP3 and video clips at the P Ramlee Cyber Museum. We have put in place the infrastructure for that. Once the legal and technical issues are sorted out (in the context of whole Internet regime), we should able to launch such services soonest. As professional Internet practitioner and content creator ourselves, we don't engage in illegal activities like Napster or other entertainment websites. Ideally, there should be payments made for P Ramlee materials that will pass on to his estate (i.e. surviving children) in the form of copyrights royalties.
How to download songs?
Admittedly dotcoms everywhere, not just those >have included broadband anywhere in their business model ... have either folded or drastically "restructured" in the last 3 years.> It's problematic if your income is ad based and/or you don't actually own the contents. On the other hand, it is suicidal to produce a content solely for online channel. The only profitable internet business (as a group) is presently the X rated merchants offering merchandise and _video streaming_. In fact, we are waiting for the era of 'web TV', 'video on demand', 'pay per view', etc. to happen particularly when i) distribution channel and ii) payment methods are perfected. Ideally, transactions should move away from the credit card thing to something real-time like 1-900 calls. There's also a new technology which bundle copyrights contents to disallow people to redistribute illegally. When these are taken care of we would expand our business from 'content creator' (present) to 'content provider' (future).
If you have visited our business portal, it was stated that broadstream activities are our mid-term vision. We could afford to wait for another 2-3 years when the market and technology are ready. What we going to stream then are actually 'spillover' from activities of our independent talents i.e. music collections, live events, interview sessions, video clips, public appearances, the making of, etc. We are merely 'repackaging' offline contents for online channel. We will certainly explore offline income activities first and online channel is supplementary. Think outside the box. Yes, we would also outsource contents from third party whereby we act as conduit. Let IT companies strangling each other for the Internet software and infrastructure market, end of the day 'content is king'. Try also not to limit broadband only to films :)
beware.... many who have included broadband anywhere in their business model, targeting the end user market for volume justification have either folded or drastically "restructured" in the last 3 years. This model will work in a more homogenous market in a geographical region where bandwidth access is more universal and evenly distributed..... North Eastern Asia, North America, Western Europe.... but beyond that, the effects of the returns dont justify the involvement..... yet.
market n technology watcher.
Greetings Jalak Lenteng,
You are right on target. But I would like to touch on issues of demand, content and carrier you had raised earlier in a random order. Let's look across the causeway. The whole island is already wired by SingaporeOne which allows telecommunication, ISP and contents at your finger tips. Problem is, there is lack of contents. The authority there is encouraging and providing assistance not just financial and moral support for independent works, but also creating the medium. Face it, the foremost problem for independent talents in music, film, etc. is lack of outlets for their work. I would say broadstream technology is god gift to creative ideas.
OK let's look at 2002 instead of 2-3 years down the road. Malaysians living in Johor would able to watch (again) Singapore's Arts Central Television dedicated to performance arts and independent works from around the world. Imagine a tiny island of 3 million with a big majority Chinese viewers could afford to provide spectacular content choices to its people. And making money despite competition with other free-to-air and cable mainstream channels. It won't be viable just for the expatriate market you say? Looking at the contents of Arts Central from around the world you would wonder what is lacking about Malaysians. Who to be blamed if MegaTV, Astro and Telekom were fighting for the same HBOs when they should be supporting local independent works.
Put the Internet, TV, cable, satellite and broadstream technology together you would get a Web TV, video on demand, pay per view, etc. Now this is a killer for the creative inclined. You not only have the outlet (carrier) but could actually promote and sell your products (content) globally. The beauty is you're not competing with mainstream products in a limited local market. Like every product in any shops, you park somewhere waiting for buyer around the world to shop and pick. It is an indie product for a niche market. From the position of independent talents and content developer, it is better to look at this in term of product accessibility. As I said earlier, online channel is only supplementary. If someone makes a multi-million movie exclusively for broadstream he must be super rich or a moron. Even local cinemas would not guarantee profits to any film makers like Yusuf Haslam. Malaysia is never a center for content demand and supply plus its bad infrastructure. We have seen nothing encouraging there. Singapore is way ahead in terms of infrastructure, incentive and a very globalize market. Acknowledging this very earlier, we have transferred our business portals and content concepts to Singapore. Our organization is projecting ourselves as Asian global instead of dot.my s.
Knowing the existing problem is ok. Finding a solution to that problem is good. Translating the solution into opportunity is better. Isn't that the road to innovation?
Jalak Lenteng wrote:
agree with you on this broadband issue, theboss.
way back in 1997/8 telekom was courting with the idea of coming up with video on demand (vod), and my comments back then was based on three issues: demand, content and carrier.
demand - astro was doing quite well in offering a couple of channels for movies and a reasonable price, thus to compete with a market leader (in the local market at least) was quite expensive. we did see how megatv had to cease operations, didn't we?
content - the vod project would depend very much on foreign content. the operator would have no choice but to compete with the existing operator (astro and independent local distributors) for screening rights. it was going to be expensive getting the rights. local content (except b&w films) was i thought not good enough to draw in subscribers.
carrier - the peninsula was quite extensively networked with fibre optics. copper lines were just too cluttered for efficient broadband purposes, particularly with the ever existing demand for normal phones and fax. to get connected via isdn in setiawangsa (where my office currently is) for example, was already difficult as telekom was having problems upgrading its exchanges.
after 3/4 years, the last mile connection seems to be the issue with telekom now, prompting the government to issue 4 asp (last mile connection) licences. but these companies simply cannot implement the service due to the economics.
the more feasible way out i thought is by introducing broadband satellite communications. i know of someone trying to introduce it, but he is currently bogged down with user demand and application issues. in addition, since entry cost is quite large, he would need at least an anchor user to make it profitable.
the cost and speed you ask? well it is incredibly cheap for even 128kbps, and you can go to even 64mbps if i'm not mistaken. for home users, he is working on a budget of between rm60 to rm80 per month (flat) for a 128kbps connection. but this is only for data. no voice. and the entry for home users would be between rm400 to rm500. dirt cheap i would think. you can see the savings even in the very first year!
until then, we should keep this dream of enjoying broadband connextion away.
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