On the 15th December 2013, Ainan
premiered his first short film, The Sempiternal, as director/writer/editor at
the Malaysian Shorts film festival, at Art for Grabs, Annexe Central Market,
and HELP University (on the 16th December 2013).
Ainan conceived, wrote, directed himself and
edited the film, too, with a co-editor in Ignas Versinskas. This film marks
Ainan’s first venture into a new realm of creativity building on his
composition of the film score for the film Reflection, at the age of 12. This
latter film was premiered at the Vilnius International Film festival earlier
This recent revelation of artistic gifts,
as writer, director and composer, may surprise some people, who have long seen
him as a scientist...and in a way, it surprises us, too, to look back on how he
was, when he was very young: ultra-focussed on Chemistry and Maths.
Ainan is beginning to explore the
creativity within him – and I am doing what I can to facilitate him – in this
case, making sure he has the crew and resources he needs, to make the films he
wants to make (or whatever else it is he wants to make).
The Sempiternal will be entered for other
festivals in the coming year. Eventually, we will make it available online for
all to see – and as a permanent record of his first filmic work as
Incidentally, one of the judges of the
Malaysian Shorts festival said after the film had been shown: “If we had an
award for best actor, this would be it”. He was referring to Ainan’s film, The
Sempiternal. I found this heartening, for one simple reason: I was the actor he
was referring to! Thank you Diffan Norman, for your positive feedback.
The IMDB listing for The Sempiternal has
begun to show on the site, at this time. It can be found here:
Ainan’s IMDB listing is here:
My IMDB listing is here:
Ignas Versinskas’ IMDB listing is here:
Diffan noted that Ainan was the youngest
film-maker (13 years old at the time), to EVER show a film at the Malaysian
Shorts in its entire ten year history. Malaysian Shorts is a quarterly event
and in that ten year period, would have shown about 500 films. So, that Ainan
should be the youngest person out of 500 or so film-makers, does put his
achievement into context.
Well done Ainan!
Thanks to everyone who made this film
possible, including Nabyla Feyaerts, Michael Hagerty-Roach (my body double) and
Ignas Versinskas (the Director of Photography).
A special thanks to Diffan Norman and Amir Muhammad (the founder of Malaysian Shorts), who were the judges for the competition, for choosing to show Ainan's film, The Sempiternal. Thank you.
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