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5 Essential Elements To Produce A Quality Video

A video can contain a lot of information. Because of the gestures and the quality of the images transmitted, the messages conveyed by a video are easy to remember. Thus, to seduce your customers, you must produce a quality video that will depend largely on the quality of the sound, the light, the decor, the camera setting, and the editing. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn everything you need to know about producing a video.

1. The quality of the sound

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As a reminder, a video is an audiovisual production. Moreover, it is a means of communication widely used by the general public as well as by companies. But it is important to know that sound is an important criterion and greatly influences the quality of the video.

Indeed, even if the image is impeccable, the viewer will always zap a video with rather unpleasant background noises. To avoid this problem, you must isolate the recording room. This soundproofing allows you to block interior and exterior noises. You can use different methods such as adding mass, muffling or sealing air holes to do.

2. Adjusting the light

A successful video depends greatly on the lighting. So, to achieve a quality shot, you can play with daylight and enhance it with lighting system kits such as LED video lights and studio slave lights if you shoot in a recording studio. This lighting system can provide various types of backdrops. For this purpose, 3-point lighting is an example of the light configuration. It consists of playing the 3 types of lights, including:

    • The main lighting that will illuminate the room,
    • The fill light removes shadows
    • Backlighting to separate you from the background.

3. The backgrounds of the shot

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Captured in your recording to constitute the shot of your video, the backgrounds of a place should not be neglected. To do this, you must vary them or change the colors of the walls. You can choose various places as shots or backgrounds. The main thing is that they are in harmony with the theme and subject of your video.

4. Setting up cameras

Among the audiovisual equipment, a camera is the main tool in making a video. A manual camera provides more precision and has various adjustment buttons. The aperture allows you to manage the depth of field to obtain a variety of image styles. For example, a larger aperture gives a shallow field depth and enhances the subject being shot.

In fact, this feature gives you the ability to blur the background, resulting in a sharp rendering of the subject. Thus, this method of shooting will give you good image quality. However, when you want to highlight the surroundings or the entire room, you should opt for a smaller aperture. In terms of equipment, although the camera has an aperture, it is strongly recommended to use external photographic lenses.

5. Editing the video

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After shooting, a series of assembly of several video captures is necessary to make a complete video. This is done using video editing software. In addition to the assembly system, this device allows you to delete some sequences, and add transitions and more or less varied effects to bring out the emotions.

Currently, there are several video editing programs available on the web, including Movavi video, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, etc. To make things easier for you, contact an audiovisual company directly. They will do the editing and make the necessary changes before broadcasting the video.

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Understanding the Commercial Appeal Of Thai BL Series In 2022

One of the many homosexual romances that are Thailand’s hottest cultural export. Known locally as “Y-series” and globally as “Boys’ Love” (BL), these soap operas are about to rival South Korean telenovelas in terms of ratings in Asia and beyond. Some people view BL as Thailand’s soft power and believe it is improving the image of the Southeast Asian country on a global scale in a similar way to how the yoga boom improved India’s or South Korea’s.

Senior researcher Poowin Bunyavejchewin studied BL while working at the Institute of East Asian Studies at Thammasat University in Bangkok. He argues that if the genre were able to capture foreign audiences, “it would be a revenue generator with great potential.” However, BL’s success is by no means a given. Thailand is a socially conservative country with a sizable Muslim minority and a Buddhist majority. The military-backed dictatorship, notorious for deploying oppressive regulations to stifle politically progressive movements, is not overjoyed about the nation’s growing international reputation as a producer of LGBT television.

This isn’t just about the growth of an entertainment genre. Thomas Baudinette, a cultural anthropologist at Macquarie University in Sydney, credits BL with an “emancipatory, very positively framed and romantic portrayal of love between men.” In this sense, a setback for BL is a setback for LGBT representation. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn about the appeal of Thai bl series.

The evolution of the Boys’ Love series

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BL originated in 1970s Japan when women created homoerotic manga, or yaoi, for other women. Some yaoi were commercially successful and were adapted into anime. In the 1990s, publishers began producing yaoi for the mass market. With the advent of the Internet, yaoi has crossed borders. The first Thai BL dramas were filmed in 2014; the genre didn’t start to take off until the COVID-19 pandemic tied many people to their devices at home, looking for new content to stream.

The romantic college comedy 2gether, which first aired in 2020, was BL’s flagship and garnered at least 100 million views on the defunct Thai streaming platform LINE TV. It found fans in socially conservative countries like China and Indonesia and as far afield as Latin America. BL’s escape scenarios and vaguely androgynous actors were an instant hit, with viewers trying to distract themselves from a new, depressing reality of confinement, masked coercion, social distancing, and quarantine.

The success of 2gether prompted South Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam producers to try their hand at the genre. In June 2021, the Investment Promotion Authority of Thailand helped attract 360 million baht ($10.7 million) in foreign investment for BL. That may be a modest sum by Hollywood standards, but it represents BL’s new, export-oriented mindset.

Boy-love and social conservatism

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But outbursts of “moral hysteria” will hurt BL’s chances to flourish in the world, Poowin warns. At first glance, Thailand is LGBT-friendly. Its tourism economy is renowned for welcoming the pink dollar, and it has made efforts to become the first nation in the area to allow same-sex unions. When the Thai government bragged about its efforts to pitch BL to foreign producers, it downplayed same-sex love and instead spoke coyly of the “interesting and unique storylines and talented actors” in BL.

However, proponents of same-sex marriage still have many obstacles to overcome. A huge homophobic outcry resulted from marriage equality supporter Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree kissing his boyfriend on the steps of Parliament in December 2019. Societal tolerance toward the LGBT community “exhibits significant limits,” according to a 2021 Human Rights Watch report.

Being gay, according to Poowin, goes against the Thai government’s interpretation of national identity, but because BL has the potential to generate cash, it is tolerated for the time being. “Given the social mores considered part of Thai identity, the government monitors [BL] series and makes sure they don’t cross the red line,” he says.

BL creators take care not to take advantage of their good fortune. They are also criticized by members of the Thai LGBTQ community who claim the genre promotes a soft-focus view of what it means to be homosexual and does not accurately depict the systemic prejudice LGBT people experience in the country. Other BL series have not been afraid to cover societal themes, including drug use, political protest, and corruption.

Nuttapong believes the genre has a real chance to change the culture by going mainstream. Through BL, he says, socially conservative viewers “might discover that there is more love like this in modern society, that it’s not abnormal, that there’s nothing wrong with it, and that it’s no longer considered a taboo. In other words, because of its commercial appeal, BL can increase LGBT visibility in places with no queer representation.

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Top 5 Reasons To Watch Moonlight

“Honey, what are we watching tonight?” After hours of arguing, because neither of them knows what to do for dinner, as soon as it’s time to relax, the discord is all the more significant as soon as the remote control is in their hands and the TV is ready to be turned on. Come on; there’s no reason to make a separate screen. We flipped through all the channels, flipped through all the TV programs, and admired all the news on our favorite streaming sites, to bring you the Oscar-winning movie: Moonlight.

Yes, it is not recent; it was released in theaters in 2016 and has made a mark since it was nominated 8 times at the 2017 Oscars… Including a nomination for best film of the year. Among the 8 nominations, the film won 3 Oscars! The one for best film, best supporting actor, and best-adapted screenplay.

After growing up in a tough Miami neighborhood, a young man named Chiron tries to find his place in the world. Moonlight is about his journey from childhood to adulthood… So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our 5 reasons why you should watch Moonlight.

1. A quest for identity

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During the film’s promotion, the actor confided, “Black is an introverted and disturbed man who hides his true identity because he fears to reveal his true face to others. The title Moonlight refers to the light that sometimes shines in the darkness or illuminates things we are afraid to show.

All of us, at one time or another, have had to fight like Chiron, whether for a short time or a lifetime. So, a constant search for identity reminds us that we’ve all been there. And anyone who claims not to have built a shell is living in darkness.”

2. A commonplace story, but not so commonplace

This is a banal story; after all, this film is just telling the life of one person. But what a life! And who said that you need an extraordinary story to make a great movie? Let’s take Marriage Story as an example, which impressed us even though it was “only” a story about divorce. But it is these scenarios that take us and make us feel things. And we ask for more.

3. An excellent acting

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3 actors, 3 different moments of life, and a result that impresses us. The three actors who interpret Chiron are great! Whether it is Little (Alex R. Hibbert), Chiron (Ashton Sanders), or Black (Trevante Rhodes), they deliver an authentic and touching performance. We also think of Naomie Harris, who plays a neglectful mother to her child, Andre Holland as Kevin, and Mahershala Ali as the surrogate father-player who makes this film so impactful.

4. Catchy music 

To accompany the actors and the script, it was necessary to have music that could match the images of the film. And it is a successful challenge for Nicholas Britell, the composer behind the sublime tracks of this film. If we must retain one track, it is “The middle of the world,” testifying to the centrifugal force of a work with multiple facets, traveling here and there between love and darkness, the violence of the blows of a changing world, and the emotional cracks of a man in the grip of existential doubt.

5. A breathtaking scenography 

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What transports us in this film, in addition to the scenario, is the atmosphere around. The blue of the moonlight, which is declined in several shades during the different scenes of the film- the blue of the sea when he learns to swim as a child, the blue of the sky at night- creates a striking atmosphere. These are the colors that create a captivating intimacy that sucks us into this story. So that you can have a glimpse of it, we let you discover the trailer! All the more reason to go see it on Netflix…

Final thoughts

Moonlight is one of those movies that everyone should way at least one in their life, even if you are not queer black, or from the hood. In my book, it is a universal story about self-discovery and resilience. As a queer person of color who grew up in an underfunded (to not say poor) neighborhood, this movie hit close to home and had me balling my eyes out, and this is why we can’t help but recommend it to everyone.

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Top 4 BL series That You Ought To Watch

As a queer person, I tend to search for queer media, and this is how I stumbled on BL when I was 16 and was discovering my sexuality. BL is an abbreviation for boys love, and it is a genre of tv-series/movies that focuses on the queer male relationship, and it has a growing fan base out there. Having said this, there are a plethora of BL out there of all genres and hailing from many countries. There is something for everyone out there.

Let’s be honest, this is a list that I created, and it is my recommendation, and this isn’t a comprehensive list of what BL you should or should not watch. But as an avid BL watcher, I have watched my fair share of queer movies/series, and this list is some of my recommendations. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn about some of the BL series/movies that you ought to watch at least once.

1. Your Name Engraved herein

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This is one of my favorite movies ever, but fair warning, it isn’t for everyone; if you don’t like sad or ambiguous endings, then you should pass this one. As a queer person, this movie hits close to home, which is why I resonated so much with it. My best friend and I watched this movie over 5 times at this point, and we cry every time because of it. And yes, you can stream it on Netflix.

Set in Taiwan after the reversal of Marshal law, Your name engraved Herein follows the story of two teenagers, Jia-hand and Birdie. Follow them as they discover their sexuality and learn how they could or don’t with this. Prepare for the waterworks and grab a box of tissue in preparation for this movie. If you want to read more about this, and here I rave about this movie, click here.

2. Bad buddy

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If you are a fiend for the trope enemies-to-lovers, then this movie is for you. It follows Par and Pran, two neighbors whose parents are in constant rivalry with each other and teach their kids to hate each other. But, the kids stray from their parents, befriend each other, and ultimately fall in love. This is a series that you can watch on YouTube, and you will definitely love it.

Bud Buddy’s creator said that they wanted to create the best Bl series ever and let me tell you, they didn’t underdeliver on their promise. It is a delightful romantic comedy. It stars two heartthrobs at the head, and this is what makes it a top-tier bl. It also strays and dismantles popular BL tropes that can at times be offensive, and this is why this series is up there for me. This series is a breeze of fresh air if you ask us, which is why it is a must-watch.

3. Kinnporshce

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Okay, this series is not over yet, but it is one of those series that everyone should watch. If you love mafia drama and gay things, then this is the drama for you. You can stream it for free on one31 and watch the uncensored version on IQIYI (we recommend you support the series through this, and you can watch exclusive content here). This series has a 21+ rating and delivers on all that the spicy scenes in the series are of high quality.

Some of my favorite characters from the show are Pete, Tankhun, Vegas, Macau, Arm, and Pol. Come watch the series for the main couple (Kinnporsche) but stay for the second couple (VegasPete) and all the shenanigan that follows. The series is not only a mafia series, but we also get peaks of comedy thanks to characters like Tankhun and his bodyguards (Pete, Pol, and Arm). So, give this series a go and tell you if you are obsessed with these characters like us.

4. A Tale Of Thousand Stars

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This is another series you can watch on YouTube, and it is another phenomenal series you ought to watch. Every single episode will have you in your feelings, and this is one of the most phenomenal Bls out there, both in terms of cinematography and acting; Earth and Mixx play their parts to the T. This BL will make you smile ear to ear and cry from one scene to the next.

It is an action pack series with a lot of drama and action and is filled with emotions and adrenaline, and it features some pretty powerful scenes. All the characters feel authentic, and their relationship does not solely define them, and this is why it sets this show apart from others. Both leads are rounded characters and live well-rounded lives, and they come from different backgrounds, and their stories and backstories are explored in depth.

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Top 3 Best Queer Indian Movies That Everyone Should Watch

As a queer person, I love looking for queer movies. I grew up In the Bronx, and my parents immigrated from India to give my sibling and me a better life. I grew up watching Bollywood movies, From the classics to Mera Naam Joker, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Om Shanti Om to newer films like Gangubai Katiawadi and Badhaii Do.

As I grew up, I started to discover my sexuality and gender identity, and while on that journey, I searched high and low to find queer Indian/Bollywood movies. I have watched all queer Bollywood movies out there, no matter how small or big they were. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the best queer Indian movies that everyone should watch.

Background on Queer Cinema

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The image of homosexuality and queerness in cinema has evolved since the 1960s, when the LGBT theme, long censored, began to develop. The time of La Cage aux Folles and Pédale douce, which shared an extravagant, mannered, and reductive portrait of the queer community, is over. 

No, queer people are not depraved sex addicts, as depicted in the 1933 silent short film Lot in Sodom. However, it was not until Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain in 2006 that homosexuality became democratized and integrated into the mores. Today, cinema tends to be more truthful and respectful. 

If the representation of queer couples seems to be more common in TV series today, it has not always been the case. Prior to the 1980s, displaying sexual orientation, especially homosexuality and queerness, in a TV series was not a popular choice for society and viewers.

Except for representing a population considered at the time as marginal, unbalanced, sick, or asocial, same-sex love relationships were not put forward. The subject is still taboo. Everything must remain suggested or ambiguous rather than clearly expressed.

Fortunately, the representation on the screen of lesbian or gay relationships has evolved and been more and more present since the 1990s. Today we have the opportunity to discover some LGBTQIA+ series on Netflix that put forward interesting, deep, and less and less caricatured roles of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans characters.

1. Badhaai Do

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This one is the latest queer Bollywood movie on our list, and it came out this year. If you have two and a half hours to spare, stream it on Netflix, grab a box of tissue because this movie will make you feel all the feels, and cry like a baby.

The story revolves around Sumi (portrayed by Bhumi Pednekar), a high-school PE teacher, and Shardul (played by Rajkummar Rao), a police officer. Both of them are queer and still closeted to their family and decide to get married to get their parents off their backs. Words can’t do this movie justice, and you have to watch it.

This movie breaks down so many stereotypes and is one of those movies that will go down in history as one of the best queer movies. Watch how Sumi and Shardul navigate their sexuality and find happiness in their fake marriage and how this all goes down to hell. Will their families accept them? Will they find their happily ever after? Will they ever be happy? You have to watch the movie to find out.

Raj Bansal, industry expert, says, “I am really impressed with the Badhaai Do makers’ decision to release the film on February 11, at a time when others weren’t ready to take the same call. It was a brave and bold decision and it has paid dividends.”

He further elaborates that “the film is doing very well, and the release date being close to Valentine’s Day was an added impetus. The film’s already collected ’11 crore plus in five days, even with the restrictions in most of the states. It was a master strategy indeed.” 

2. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

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This is another mainstream movie on our list, and you can also stream it on Netflix. It features some pretty big Bollywood stars like Sonam Kapoor as Sweety Chaudhary and Anil Kapoor as Balbir Chaudhry. The real-life father-daughter duo plays their roles to the max, and their relationship will make you cry.

As you might have guessed, Sonam isn’t straight and is in love with another woman (Kuhu, played by Regina Cassandra). As you can imagine, Sweety’s Punjabi family doesn’t take the news well, and it is their journey towards acceptance. The final 10 minutes of the movie will make you cry tears of joy.

3. Kapoor and Sons

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This is one of my favorite movies out there because it reminds me of my crazy dysfunctional desi family. Like my family, Kapoor’s family is constantly at each other’s throats, but they deeply love each other, and you can see that in the way they care for each other.

The story follows the 2 Kapoor sons: Rahul (portrayed by Fawad Khan) and Arjun (played by Sidharth Malhotra), who can’t get along. Arjun falls for a girl who, in turn, falls for Rahul, creating a further rift in their relationship.

While using Rahul’s computer, Sunita Kapoor (played by the legend Patna Pathak Shah) discovers that her son is queer by seeing pictures of him and his partner on vacation. You can see where this is going if you have a conservative and traditional desi mom.

Fawad Khan had this to say about this specific role “Even if someone plays a character like that, why will he or she become an outcast? Give it some years, and things will become normal. In the future, everyone who gets worried about these things (homosexuality) will learn to accept them. If someone is a certain way, he or she just is.”

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3 Reasons Why You Should Watch Your Name Engraved Herein!

Your Name Engraved Herein is an award-winning Taiwanese movie that was released in September 2020 in Taiwan and was globally released in December 2020. It holds the record for the most-liked Queer Taiwanese movie in 2020 and was a smash hit at the box office with NT$100 million. It will soon be queer a cult classic like Brokeback Mountain and Call me by your name. If you are bored of old cliché and tropes abundant in Hollywood, I recommend this movie.

Synopsis

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Your Name Engraved Herein is rich with the political history of Taiwan with the universal message that love is love. Set in 1980’s Taiwan, this movie takes place after martial law has been removed. It follows the lives of two male students, Chang Jia-han or A-han (played by Edward Chen) and Bo Te or Birdy (portrayed by Tseng Jing-Hua), how they fall in love, deals with family, and societal pressure and homophobia. Your Name Engraved Herein takes place in a Catholic school where our protagonists become quick friends and develop more intense feelings for each other.

Despite their mutual pinning, the pair hesitate to act upon their attraction because of their religious background and societal backdrop that plague queer people in the movie. The introduction of a co-ed system after the death of President Ching-Kuo creates tension in their dynamic. Plagued by conflict and societal exceptions, the pair has to face the world together or break their relationship to fit in. Stream the movie on Netflix to see their story blossom, be prepared for the waterworks because this movie will ruin you emotionally.

Inspiration

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Spoilers warning for the rest of this post. The story is inspired by the life and relationship of the director, Patrick Liu. He tells Time Magazine that 80% of A-han’s experience is based on his real-life experience; the movie is supposed to be about his first love and its trial and tribulations. He didn’t intend to create a queer movie; it just so happened that his first love was a boy falling in love with another boy. Liu wanted to create something more intimate with Your Name Engraved Herein, and he bore his heart and soul in the script, and the brilliant performance of the actors highlighted this.

Liu teamed up with one of his old classmates, Arthur Chu, who produced the movie and was familiar with Liu’s first love. The story is, in essence, what happened to Liu with some dramatization because it was for the big screen. Central plot points like the love triangle and confiding to the school priest really happened, which makes the fantastic and unforgettable of the film. It shows us raw human interactions.

Why the movie is so great

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The movie starts with a quote from the song of Solomon 8:7- “many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” This sets into motion the movie’s driving force: the tension between one’s faith and sexuality. Set in one of the few countries in Asia that recognize same-sex marriage, the film doesn’t show us that but instead shows us a time during which being gay was frowned upon and could even land you in jail.

A-man and Birdy have a natural chemistry on screen, and you want them to end up together. However, the movie ends ambiguously after a time skip of 20 years where our protagonists are finally reunited for the death of Father Oliver. This rekindles their old romance, but we don’t get a definitive answer if they end up together or not. It is quite refreshing because we don’t always see enough movies with realistic endings where characters are allowed to be human beings and have a realistic ending.

The characters are not exceptionally written and are also well-rounded figures, and this is emphasized by the actors’ craft. One of the most emotionally charged moments of the film is when A-han confides with Father Oliver about his relationship with Birdy. The two have a lengthy conversation about God, religion, love, sexuality, and lust. One of the most piercing scenes is when A-han uses Bible verses to show how his queerness is normal:

“Didn’t He say, “Whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life”?… Didn’t He say, “Ask and it shall be given to you? Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and the door shall be opened”? I’ve been knocking so hard. Why doesn’t He hear it?”

Word enough can’t do this scene justice; you have to watch it to feel the emotions. It speaks about the queer experience in conservative Asian society, which I was part of as a first-generation Indian kid who immigrated from Chennai to New York; generational trauma and homophobia are alive and well in today’s society. I’m proof of that because my parents disowned me after I came out. This is why this film resonates so much with. Let’s not forget about the beautiful score of Your Name Engraved Herein, one of them is even sung by Edward Chen.

Visit the locations where the film was shot.

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Your Name Engraved Herein is famous bl (boys love) movie in 2020 is one of those beautifully filmed movies and evokes the painful reality of being queer in a religious and conservative country. The first part of the movie, which takes place as martial law, ends in the country in 1987, and the latter part of the movie, when the time skip happens, takes place in Quebec, Canada. The story follows two students, A-han (Edward Chen) and Birdy (Tseng Jing-Hua), who they fall in love with and society’s attitude towards queer people. Another marvelous quote from Your Name Engraved Herein is from a conversation between A-han and father Oliver. This is where our protagonist says:

“So you can like girls, but I can’t like boys?

Is your love bigger than the love I give?

Tell me. What’s the difference between your love and mine? Tell me the difference!”

If you are some who identities as queer and trans and grew up religious, then this quote should resonate deeply with you. This is a very raw and emotional movie that is emphasized by our protagonist’s actions. If you want to visit the country and where the film was shot, then you can visit the school on which the school of the film was based, which is the Viator catholic high school.

Watch Your Name Engraved Herein and sound off in the comments below to tell us if you loved this movie as much as I did. I’d like to end this post from Patrick Liu, who tells us that:

“[We] are allowed to love, [we] are not guilty” and hope that with the international release of the movie, we’ll see more queer movies that explore the life and journey of different people and their queerness.