Founded in June 2018, Kuman Pictures produces low-budget thrillers and horror films. We want to work with strong, innovative directors and we give them creative freedom as long as they can work with the budget! We deliberately choose horror and thriller as we believe there are some interesting ways in which different types of stories can be told in these popular formats.
1. Kuman Pictures is a Malaysian film company with a focus on low-budget horror and thriller movies.
2. The name “Kuman” is an homage to (Roger) Corman, who produced over 400 films and is sometimes referred to as the king of B-movies. His best works have a verve and vitality that also captured the spirit of their time. We won’t be able to do everything Roger Corman did, but we salute his approach and good cheer. We are not however affiliated with him and have never schmoozed with him.
3. “Kuman” (germ in Malay) is also a reminder to only make ‘small’ movies, with an average budget of RM500k. You are also free to associate the name with things going ‘viral’ and such; we won't stop you.
4. Why horror and thrillers? Because we like them.
6. A major difference with other film companies: Aside from their pay, each actor & crew member will also get royalties from the movie’s income, on an annual basis. This is similar to author royalties in the publishing industry.
7. Kuman Pictures is owned by the same bloke as Fixi, but it was not set up to film Fixi novels. Fixi novels would require bigger budgets. We seek scripts written for a specific budget.
8. Our movies are for Malaysian cinemas and other platforms. We would like to also screen at genre-based or region-focused film festivals that would accept us; but festivals will only happen after we have a local release date.
9. If any of our films flop, we won’t whine and rant and blame the audience -- because we accept that, in this life, shit happens.
10. We support other local movies! Because if Malaysian companies don’t support each other, who will? For example, we will sponsor modest outings to watch movies made by other people. This is called #tosam (which is short for what is in Malay ‘tonton sama-sama’ or in Malaysian English ‘watch together-gether’). The first such tosam will be held Wednesday 26 Sep for LANGSUIR in PJ. If you’d like to join, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title I AM, THEREFORE I TOSAM.
Amir Muhammad had previously directed several documentaries and co-directed a cinema feature SUSUK (2008). In the past decade he has been more active as a book publisher and is the managing director of Buku Fixi, which has published over 200 books in Malay and English.
In 2016, Elise Shick joined film industry as a researcher and interviewer of Unpacking Malaysian Cinema at BFM89.9. She extended her skills to different aspects of filmmaking, working as director/writer, cinematographer, actress in independent filmmaking scene and also as casting manager and production manager at numerous commercial film sets. Besides than being a full-time film producer, she is also an independent film programmer and writer.