Saturday, April 20, 2019 The first version of Murder of An Empty Heart was premiered at the Chinatown Rama, one of the last stand alone theater in Bangkok as part of Visual Symbiosis Film Festival. The version shown at the film festival was a small part of larger project. Producers, director, including festival organizers only wanted to see how MoEH would come out on big screen in a real movie theater. They had fun with it.
(below) view inside the Chinatown Rama, April 20,2019 during projector test
By mid 2019, MoEH was under heavy reconstruction. The end of 2019, some re-shoot and re-cut began simultaneously but all process came to a halt when the pandemic started. The nation was under complete locked down for almost two months. Between the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, most of production / post production crew had (been ordered to) moved to work on vampire video project for Kaiju-Fiction on PATREON. Mid 2020, VISUAL SYMBIOSIS taken over all Kaiju-Fiction’s management though Kaiju-Fiction still remains independent in term of operation and project financial. VS only support equipments and personnels. MoEH under another round of heavy reconstruction, and with the director’s blessing.
Kaiju-Fiction moved to Rayong new office, about fifteenth minutes to the sea and city of Pattaya. Visual Symbiosis - green light reshoot in October (2020)
PRODUCTION LOG : LOCATION (1) SANTA CRUZ - KUDI CHIN Part of MoEH was shot on location at Santa Cruz, Kudi Chin, an old catholic community on the west bank of Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Descendants of Portuguese catholics have been living in Kudi Chin community since 1770. Santa Cruz church served as “the seat of the Apostolic Vicariate of Siam” until 1821. / A house behind the church was a place where director, Supisara Panichkasem briefly spent her childhood. Her family, Portuguese - Vietnamese descendants had been settled here for generations.
PRODUCTION LOG : LOCATION (2) BANGKOK CHINATOWN One of the oldest neighborhood and the earliest modern commercial district in Bangkok. Chinatown is not an easy location to work, neither full scale production nor independent. Busy street, lack of parking space and clean restrooms. Yet, the Chinatown always attracts film makers (and tourists alike) for human story and its history. Kaiju-Fiction often uses Chinatown location, both in MoEH and Moon Zero Syndrome. Santa Cruz, Kudi Chin and the Chinatown are located just a few kilometers away, across Chao Phraya river.