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Vive La Revolta

Laurie Osborne tunes into the video vibe that is Revolta Motion.

WHO, and what, is Revolta Motion?
We are a creative house and video production studio based in Bali. There’s myself, Ary Aditya, project director, Ishimine Cindy, my producer, Khalil Amanillah, my senior editor, and Pepen Ependi, Ari Diana and Adam Bachtiar, my offline editors and the heads of the production team.

Where are you from, what’s your background and how did your team find each other?
I’m from Bandung, West Java. I was born there, and Bandung is my comfort zone. I love everything about it – the weather, food, the friendly and creative people. I studied graphic design & multimedia at Universitas Widyatama, and my interest in videography began there. Nearly everyone in my team is a friend from uni. We have the same passion.


What does Revolta Motion specialise in?
Revolta do everything video production-related, from pre-production to online finishing. We split the team in post-production, for offline/online editing, animation and sound mixing so it’s like an all-in-one solution for the client.

What is your philosophy?
Our philosophy is to do what other people cannot, and make the best of it.

What’s your initial team approach to working with a new client? How do you tailor each marketing plan?
Approaching a client has its own trick. Sometimes we get a very strict client, sometimes we get a very slow client to work on. My wife, Ishimine, in her role as a producer, helps me approach clients when I’m very busy at the studio and she has a very good sense of marketing.

How does that differ from, say, a wedding video?  
Well this year we are trying to make a new formula that will differentiate us from other wedding video companies who make seriously beautiful videos with a story that makes the client cry at the end. We will amaze them, make them cry and laugh at the same time.


Do you ever add motion graphics to wedding videos? Do clients ever ask for that?
Yes, once . . . it was a pre-wedding video, interesting because most clients never ask for it. I was really excited because it was the first time a wedding client asked for mograph and we surely love a challenge.

Do big clients often have preset ideas about their needs that you feel could be improved upon? Do you sometimes need to open their eyes to new possibilities?
Some of the big clients have their own creative teams and there are some areas that we can’t touch but many are really open for new ideas. It takes time to develop and we need great presentation to convince them. Sometimes clients can be clueless and that’s perfectly fine, that’s what we are here for. We can still inspire them to see the many possibilities for their projects.

How much more freedom is there with a music video production?
Music videos are my favorite form of production. You can throw any of your ideas into the production and editing process. The possibilities are endless and it’s like making art. There are no rules and as long as the client is happy, you are good.


What’s your favourite piece of work to date? What best encapsulates your aesthetic?
My fave will be the project we working on now. It’s a video documentary for the Nat Geo people. We are collaborating with a very talented director and photographer, David Murrell, and senior producer, George Muskens, from DragonSlayer Asia. Lots of professionals are getting involved and we are learning a lot. For aesthetics, I love my work on music videos as there is much more freedom to explore any visuals.

How long does it take to create the motion graphics for a piece like The All New Honda Beat commercial, which seems very intensive?
For that project, one of the production companies in Jakarta hired me to do the motion graphics. It took two weeks to do the keying and animation. It’s always fun, especially when involving many creative people on a project.

What are your usual working hours?
Like Batman, I work mostly at night, and sleep in the early morning. My lovely wife motivates me to work in the mornings, almost like a normal person, and reminds me to have much healthier habits. It’s hard, but I’m getting there.

What do you do when you’re not geeking out at work?
Bar-hopping, watching movies, enjoying the sunset, playing games with my boy, trying out new places we’ve never been to before, making fun projects of our own . . . experimenting.

A lot of your clips are posted on Vimeo, which is blocked in Bali. What’s your view of Vimeo being blocked here?
I’ve stuck with Vimeo because it has more professional content and the video compression is a lot better than YouTube. I don’t understand what my government was thinking by blocking Vimeo. They are missing the big picture here – the importance of this site is for the creative industry, especially video makers to show their reel online. The internet is the most powerful media for “creativepreneur” cycle industries.  But we have YouTube as well for a backup . . . let’s just hope they don’t block that one too.

Are there any challenges being based in Denpasar?
Yes. There are always some challenges, no matter where we are, but I embrace challenges that motivate me to do better and to dare more in doing something out of the box. Challenges are the key to a creative mindset. It’s a dream for all production companies to have their business based in Bali, but the market here is not big yet. We get most of our projects from Jakarta. I like Bali, the traffic is still alright compared to Bandung and Jakarta. We get to enjoy the beach, and we get to know many people from around the world.

What are you working on right now, and what does the future hold?
My team and I are busy doing post-production for an international TV programme. In the future, we have a new music video and commercial project. Hopefully, all will go well this year.

What’s your dream project?
Making a short sci-fi movie.