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FilmSchoolGrad Flowchart

Which path should a film graduate follow? As Todd Solondz recently related to us, film school is a paradox. It can be superfluous—it’s too expensive, and equivalent experience can be accrued on set—but it is also the nexus of many successful filmmakers’ careers. For those who did decide to take the plunge, the decisions to be made after graduation can be daunting. There are many varied paths to choose within the industry, and none with a prescribed trajectory to follow. To help create a framework for the recent film school graduate’s decision-making process, MovieMaker Magazine identified some possible careers—VR innovator, …
NYFA2016

National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) 23 July 2016 Aspiring youth filmmakers from local Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) will take the spotlight this coming weekend, as they compete in this year’s edition of the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA). Organised by *SCAPE, the annual marquee initiative discovers and celebrates the best emerging talent for technical film crafts in Singapore, and aims to establish and raise a national benchmark for excellence in film. A record number of 260 submissions were received this year, and the films were put through a rigorous shortlisting process by NYFA’s 15-member jury, including award-winning director and …
MovingImages

In February this year, the film community awakened to the news that The Substation’s Moving Images programme would have its Swan song at February’s First Takes. Reacting with a mix of desperation, shock, nostalgia and curiosity, active members of the independent film circle turned up at the final First Takes to soak in the final moments of Moving Images and to find out why this was happening. For many people, Moving Images or even The Substation, as a space, was the starting point of their filmmaking careers and a dozen important friendships. In the early 2000s, The Substation started to …
Sindie Shoutout

The Singapore International Film Festival is presenting a series of dialogues called New Waves. This series shines a spotlight on young filmmakers who are making waves through the archipelago, forming an emerging community within Southeast Asia. Join them in a series of dialogues with Singaporean artists, writers and curators from different disciplines, as they recollect their entrance into cinema, their unique and personal approaches to utilising film as a mode of expression, and its convergence with other art forms and everyday life. Come participate in these open dialogue sessions to find out more about this emerging community of filmmakers in …
State of Motion

I have to admit I was never much of a history buff. Still, the one afternoon retracing and relearning the history of local Cinema made me realise how grave a misconception I had, in thinking that the early Singapore was a cultural desert. The tour was almost an imploration to uncover my historical narrative again – not just where we came from, but how far our roots in art and culture have propagated. This was the State of Motion tour that I was on, a twin programme (tour and exhibition) organised by Asian Film Archive, and a precious product of …
1400

The most remarkable fact about 1400 was that it was even made at all. With no script, no funds, and little support, director Derrick Lui laboured through 7 years of production hell to finally finish the film in 2015. Thus, regardless of its stumbles, the film remains a Herculean accomplishment, and Derrick Lui certainly deserves praise for enduring where lesser men would have faltered. In the same vein as the recent In the Room (although it was conceptualised and filmed long before its release), 1400 is an omnibus film set in a hotel, the eponymous 1400 in Geylang. It follows …