THE CINEMATIC IMAGE
Kino means cinema. It informs everything we do. From narrative films to corporate documentaries, we always strive to achieve a cinematic result. Whether it be in delivering a high-quality, bespoke video solution for brands and corporate clients, or an artistic work with lofty creative aims, we are big on collaboration and treat every project with the care and respect it deserves. We are Kinovisuals.
What we do
Founded in 2013, Kinovisuals is a FINAS-licensed boutique production house based in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Run by experienced filmmakers and video professionals, we are able to advise and assist direct clients and creatives with the planning, coordination and conceptualisation of video production, livestream broadcast, corporate documentaries, brand and narrative films.
Regardless of budget size, we firmly believe in using the best equipment for image capture and acquisition.
We are passionate about imagemaking, and were one of the first production houses locally to adopt the use of cinema cameras to shoot digital branded content and social media campaigns. We are able to balance budget considerations and deliver a high production value because we own most of the necessary equipment for commercial shoots. This means saving on costly hire fees, which allows us to more reallocate resources to other important aspects of the production.
Here’s a peek into some of the interesting projects we’ve knocked out during 2020-21, including some other favourite bits and bobs from yesteryear.
MEET OUR TEAM
We Jun @ John Cho
Founder, Creative Director
Having graduated in Actuarial Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury, We Jun had a promising career in Finance, then Consumer Durables, before pursuing filmmaking full-time in 2012. We Jun is a writer-director and production designer, having undertaken the Art Direction Course at Pinewood Iskandar Studios Malaysia, under Oscar-nominated production designer Tim Hutchinson (Willow) in mid-2014. He has written and directed numerous short films, branded content videos and music videos, winning Best Short Film at the Festival Filem Malaysia ke-27 in 2015 and prizes at Sundance Channel Shorts in 2014 and BMW Shorties Malaysia 2009. Several of his short films have been selected for competition at in Japan, Germany, Mexico and Poland. He was also selected to direct Coaster, a short film presented by Tiger Beer, where he was mentored by Baltasar Kormákur (Everest) and is presently developing his debut feature film, Hungry Ghost Diner.
Lim Benji graduated from Towson University in 2007 with a degree in Electronic Media and Film, and had since been involved in prominent social interest projects such as 15 Malaysia (2009), Undilah (2011) and Hari Malaysia (2013) for multiple award- winning musician and film producer Pete Teo. Benji is a seasoned hand in the local film community, having himself produced and co-directed two independent feature-length movies, The Joshua Tapes (2010) and the multi-director omnibus Cuak (2014), which were released in theatres in Malaysia. Benji has also produced and co-directed several short films including the infamous Meter (2009), which was screened in various internationally-renowned film festivals such as the Busan Film Festival and Rotterdam. He is a regular collaborator with director We Jun, most recently as his screenwriter for the short film Coaster presented by Tiger Beer, mentored by Baltasar Kormákur (Everest).
Chloe is an experimental filmmaker and video artist curious about the expressions of identity, love, intimacy, as well as their hypocrisies and contradictions. She studied Cinematic Arts at Multimedia University, during which time she won Best Experimental Short at Festival Filem Pelajar Malaysia 2014 and had her work exhibited at KLEX (Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video and Music Festival). Since then, her works have been selected by film festivals around South East Asia, South Korea, Europe and North America such as SeaShorts (2017), Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (2017), Taipei International Film Festival (2018), 11th Porn Film Festival Berlin (2016), InVideo 2017 (Milan), Festival Accès Asie (Montreal), and 33rd Image Forum Festival (Tokyo) in 2019. An intelligent and talented visual artist, Chloe was the cinematographer of the breakthrough feature Sometime, Sometime (2020) directed by Jacky Yeap, which was nominated for important prizes at Hainan International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.
Producer, production designer
Rob is a multiple award-winning art director and production designer, as well as writer-director and producer. As Sri Lanka’s first Costume Designer to work on a Hollywood production in 1988 (on David Keith’s The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck), Rob went on to work as costumer and art director on numerous large-scale and important productions such as The Iron Triangle, Beyond Rangoon, A Dangerous Life, Shadow of the Cobra, D’or et de Safran, Machan and the Oscar-winning Indochine. In 2010, he was very active in the production of reality television and documentary programmes in Malaysia, his involvement ranging from art director to producer and creator, show-running as the executive producer and co-director on programmes for Astro, History Channel, and Crime and Investigation Network such as Road to Nationhood, Codename Operation Gonzales, Battle of Bakara, The Murder of Canny Ong, Motif and KL Enforcers, in addition to art department credits on Brotherhood of Bandits, The Fugitive Terrorist and The Iban Warrior.