Dot Com Pho – Sort of Cinematic Edition

Stephen Fung took over the filming of this week’s Dot Com Pho because he acquired a new toy for his camcorder. This episode’s “high production” value look was brought to you by JAG35’s Pro 35mm Adapter using a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens on a Canon HF100 HD Camcorder. The results look like film. However, Stephen needs to work on his manual focus skills.

We had a sold out house for our meet up, with 14 people showing up. We ran out of room at our table and had to take over another one. I guess the news of Michael Kwan returning home brings out all the Kwan worshipers.

For the sort of cinematic edition of Dot Com Pho, we have me getting yet another Free Shirt, Ed Lau attempting yoga, the iPhone app of the week, the gadget of the week, getting motion sickness because Stephen can’t focus and a whole lot more. Enjoy!


40 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho – Sort of Cinematic Edition”

  1. Stephen says:

    It was shot upside down and sort of backwards. It was edited upside down and then flipped in post. Such a pain, but the results look pretty decent.

    1. Money-Era says:

      It seems as if you have a lot of fun with that!
      Also a lot of fun is to gamble on Twitter: http://www.money-era.com/2009/09/make-money-on-twitter-there-is-only-one-%E2%80%98but%E2%80%99/

  2. Tammy says:

    interesting – I’m all for a good poken

  3. I like the new production elements of this week’s video. Speaking of the Poken, I won one from MarketLeverage a few weeks ago and have been attempting to figure it out ever since. lol

    1. MLDina says:

      Did John help explain it to you? If you pop it into your USB drive and connect to ‘DoYouPoken’, you should be able to get it all set up for use. Then you just high four other pokens and exchange contact info with other show attendees, friends, etc.

  4. Interesting news, thanks again.

  5. Joe says:

    Meh, I don’t like the cinematogrophy. I feels like a drunk person.

    1. Stephen says:

      Well now you’ve seen the world through the eyes of John Chow! LOL

  6. fas says:

    Please upload in youtube, vimeo is slow!!!!!!!111

    1. Ed Lau says:

      Vimeo looks so much better than YouTube.

      1. Stephen says:

        Second that. Vimeo rules. Way higher quality and it will even allow you to replace a video on the fly unlike YouTube.

  7. Motion sickness ftl.

  8. nathan says:

    Hi I’ve awarded you on my blog. Just thought you may want to know. ^_^

  9. Gary says:

    Nice work on vid Stephen–although I just barfed cuz of nausea from all the shaking! 😉

    1. Joshua says:

      I just did because Gary did. Hope nobody sees me do it and does it themselves!

  10. Paul B says:

    I’m sure that Top Gear will be delighted that you’ve “borrowed” their copyrighted theme tune 😉

    1. Stephen says:

      BBC borrowed it from the Allman Brothers. The song was known as “Jessica” decades before Top Gear got a hold of it.

      That’s your Top Gear fact of the week.

      1. Paul B says:

        Looking forward to next weeks, preferably something about why Richard Hammond finds it impossible to have his girly locks cut?

      2. John Chow says:

        But chances are, Top Gear got permission or paid for the right to use the tune. 😛

        1. Stephen says:

          BBC seems to do whatever they want which makes for the best television programming on the planet!

          1. Paul B says:

            You’re joking aren’t you? The BBC is probably the most regulated television company anywhere in the western world. There’s 40 something million license payers that jump on their backs about anything and everything.

            But when they do it right the quality is absolutely superb, the nature stuff in particular.

          2. Stephen says:

            They may be regulated, but clearly they are not regulated in the same manner. It’s like saying the driving laws in the UK and Canada are the same when they are in fact not.

            The stuff they pull off (and pull) on that network would never make it to air in some places, particularly here. Whatever regulations they are cavorting around with clearly don’t affect the quality or the entertainment value of the programming which is the most important thing at the end of the day.

            I stand by what I said.

          3. Paul B says:

            You’re still wrong though. The BBC don’t do whatever they want to do. They work within a very strict framework of regulation that applies to them where they are based, the UK. The regulation of the BBC is actually much stricter than any of the other broadcasters in the UK, they even have their own standards charter, that’s the point I was making.

            If you’re trying to say that the BBC is considered “way out there” compared to what is allowed in Canada then I’m really glad I don’t live there. Some British channels even show boobies.

            Anyhoo, I like the BBC, sure it’s another tax to pay but unlike a lot of stuff they give great VFM.

          4. Stephen says:

            You cast the net to cover the western world. Therefore, the strict framework of the BBC is like a free for all in other countries. Boobies and all.

            If you had said UK ONLY then I have no point of reference since I only watch BBC shows. But since you said Western World, then I still stand by what I said.

          5. Paul B says:

            “BBC seems to do whatever they want which makes for the best television programming on the planet!”

            The BBC makes great programs because it’s not competing for advertising money by making programs for the lowest common denominator. Instead it has a accountability to the entire British public.

            I probably shouldn’t have mentioned the western world, I can only go on the bits I’ve seen which is most of Europe, North Africa, a lot of North and South America. I’m yet to see any TV that is more restricted than the BBC. I’ll probably get over to Canada early next year though where no doubt I’ll be proven totally wrong by the hollier than though content pumped out on Canadian TV. 🙂

      3. Kevin Pasco says:

        If you’ve ever played Guitar Hero you’ll know that it was called Jessica, as well.

        1. Paul B says:

          When I play a computer game I prefer it to use my imagination and take me away to things I can’t do in “real life”. Conquering alien planets, living after a nuclear war, driving a formula 1 car etc etc Anyone can pick up a real Guitar and impress real chicks for less than £100. It’s not just Guitar Hero, I won’t play soccer games either cos its much more fun to join a real team and don’t get me started on The Sims 😉

  11. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    That’s a cool cinematic video this week, but my eyes is blur by keep looking at the non-stop focusing screen, lol! Anyway, everything seems good and I enjoy this video. 😀

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      I got “sick” when watching this video, sometimes it was too much foggy…

      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        Perhaps Stephen is in the learning process and want to get used to this skill, anyway just be patient, I believe Stephen will have something cool comes up soon. 😀

  12. Amy A says:

    Thanks for the video. Never used Vimeo before, prefer youtube still. Camera could have been focused better, everything else looks good 🙂

  13. Michael Kwan says:

    The soft (out of) focus is a little frustrating, but the *idea* behind the intro is good.

    1. Ed Lau says:

      We should totally get together and sing a theme song for Dot Com Pho. We can get all sorts of Dot Com Moguls to join us. Sort of like “We Are The World”…but, y’know, really terrible and off-tune.

    2. Stephen says:

      Well, if we had Leo, it’d just be another episode of Battlestar Galactica 🙂

  14. EarningStep says:

    lol…nice video . especially for me . i love to visit all your friend. i’m royal reader of michael kwan blog , ed lau and stephen too

  15. hehe nice, i dare say the BBC might have something to say about you using their theme from top gear 😉

  16. All new toys take a little practice before you look like a pro!

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