Saigon in 60 Seconds: Aw, Okay, I Lied, It's 1:58

Saigon is slender women in conical hats? Ha! What a laugh...

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I can't tell you how many people ask me what's it's like to live in Saigon 50 years after the war. So I made this film, six years ago.

It's not very good, but it was a lot of shots I made on my cell phone in 2005. I also wrote and composed the music for this so it's completely YouTube legal.

The film was entered and judged a finalist in the Nokia MobiFilms contest in Asia in 2006. It didn't win a thing. But I thought it was real. A judge at the competition asked me how long it took me to edit the film. I laughed. If you have to ask, you don't know how to do it.

The title "Saigon 182.5" refers to six months in country. That's half a year, as opposed to the half of 360 degrees. Go figure.

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David has spent most of his career in advertising. That alone should call his writing skills into question. David currently writes the Wild Wild East Dailies from Saigon but has trouble seeing the forest for the trees because it's a jungle out there.

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