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Panasonic Digital Film Fiesta: Grieving Conscience

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The Panasonic Digital Film Fiesta runs for two days, starting tonight at 8pm, so don’t miss it!  This is Andy Chung’s interview for his film, Grieving Conscience.

Catch Grieving Conscience, and more, during the Panasonic DFF screenings on the 24th and 25th of February.

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How long have you been making films, and have you been doing it full time or part time?

Have been doing films for 8 years now, it started when I enrolled into polytechnic. After that I’ve been working freelance in the industry. While studying for my BFA, I continued to make my own short films as well as working freelance.

Can you tell us a bit about your film?

Mr. Loong and Madam Yang are a couple who have troubles within their relationship, but yet are bound to be together because of their believe in marriage.

When Mr. Loong dies it seems that fate has finally answered Madam Yang’s desire, things change in a second when she receives a phone call announcing that her husband is still alive.

Where did you get inspiration for your film?

Grieving Conscience explores the idea of marriage and technology in Singapore, perceived through my own eyes as a Singaporean who grew up overseas.

Marriages can simply lead to divorces now a days, but for previous generations, who exchanged vows based on Asian cultures, divorce was simply out of the question.

Divorces weren’t really an option for the older generations, so how did those cope with their marriage?

The second idea explored is the “technological advanced” image of Singapore, as a foreigner, it was exciting to finally arrive at the high technological filled island of South East Asia.

But all the imaginary visions in my head never made it up to expectations in Singapore. In the end, the hospitals still used the same facilities etc. The intentions to make it seem that someone is kept alive in the film, through technology, was purposely juxtaposed with the imagery of the bare human brain and eye; the only necessary organs who can sustain our life and sense of vision.

GrevingConscienceWhich is your favourite scene and why?

The dining scene where Mr. Loong faints is a very powerful scene that shows the change of dominance in characters. The whole scene is tense yet a bit quirky.

What were some of the things you learnt from the mentorship?

My mentor was Ric Aw and he was very helpful as a mentor. Always ready to give advise and listen to any problems encountered before and during the production.

It is nice to see experienced film makers helping out young film makers.

Any plans for your next project?

Another short film currently in pre-production stage.

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