Deadline: 15 November 2018, 12:00 pm
This is a group creative project and it consists of 2 parts: a short film and a report.
The short film
Each group is challenged to make their own short Singapore Film that addresses one of the following topics: space, language, genre or history.
Think of your project as a kind of experiment that has a clear objective and tests an idea or hypothesis which reflects or engages with an aspect of that topic. For example, if you have chosen to work on the topic of language, then the film should focus on one aspect or issue regarding language in Singapore films. Your objective could be to deviate from how Singlish has been used in Singapore films by using it differently in your film or explore the extent to which the Malay language could be used to represent to local in the same way that Singlish or Chinese dialects seem to function. Or it could also experiment with how the use of dialects can be alienating, challenging the way that such languages figure in Singapore films. In other words, your film should be purposeful and used as a vehicle to explore a specific issue in Singapore films more deeply.
Since this is a student effort, the end product will be assessed as a student film. However, this does not mean that you can slap together a few shots and call it a film. You will still be assessed on the creativity of your project as well as the depth to which you have evaluated and rationalized your project, and its relevance to the issues and topics that the module has raised. So what you make is equally as important as how you've thought through what you've made.
- The film must not exceed 3 minutes.
- It must be a narrative film. No documentaries allowed.
- It MUST have a proper title and credit sequence.
- It should adhere to general censorship rules governing content, violence, language, and nudity. It should also observe copyright rules regarding the use of music, especially if you intend to send your films to festivals, competitions or online video archives such as Youtube, etc.
- If you are making a film in a language other than English, please provide subtitles.
This is a group project which means that you will be assessed as a group. As such, all members are expected to participate actively in the process. If you have any issues with group members, such as individuals not responding or co-operating, please let me know early so that I can help and mediate if necessary.
Each group will submit a report that rationalizes their short film as follows:
- Explain the objective of the project and its pertinence to the topic you have chosen. What issue does it address, and why is it significant?
- Explain the perimeters of the project. How have you chosen to test or forward your objective in the film? What creative decisions have you made regarding the narrative or film style (mise-en-scene, editing, cinematography, sound) and explain how these help to achieve your objective?
- Evaluate your project. To what extent have you succeeded in proving your objective? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the project? In what way did it succeed or fail? What have you learned about the issue you have chosen to tackle through the project?
- The report is individually graded so each group member must be responsible for writing one part of the report.
- Please write the name of the individual who has crafted and written that part of the report.
- Each part will be assessed on its clarity and soundness in explaining the project.
- Each part must not exceed 500 words.
- The report must be submitted together with the film.
Arrangements will be made with the Media Lab on the Second floor of AS7 for you to borrow equipment for the project. You will need to personally go to the lab to book what you need. Please also give the Lab a few days to prepare the equipment for you. As cameras and other equipment are always being loaned out, I'd suggest that you plan ahead to ensure that you get the equipment you want.
- Loans are for 3 days, first come first served.
- You can go to this website to check what kind of equipment the lab has: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/mdl/vc.html
- Book your editing terminals and film equipment with
Mr SEOW Chye Seng and Ms Irene NAI
Telephone: (65) 6516 6909 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaw Foundation Building, AS7, Level 2 34-38, 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
- Do not use the terminals without a booking
Obtaining permission to film
If you are planning to film at any private or public spaces that require permission, please send me the following information and I will write to the parties involved:
Do note that it may take a while to obtain permission so you should always plan ahead and send your request to me at least 2 weeks in advance.
- place, date and time of shoot
- name, email address and contact number of one member of your group
- a short synopsis or script
- address of the person to write to, the name, title and email