Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Arts residency

I am happy to announce that I have been selected to do an arts residency at the Jurong Town Community Club. Jurong estate has been selected in this inaugural community project. This residency sits within a community arts outreach project by the National Heritage Board and the Singapore Art Museum. Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister for Finance, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, is the patron of the project.

The residency is significant because I will facilitate fellow Jurong residents to convey their memories and stories about their heartland environment. Non-Jurong residents are welcomed, but the stories/themes in their video work shall revolve about Jurong. There will be two phases to this programme – film narrative workshops prior to the launch and a more elaborate filmmaking workshop after the launch.

I will continue with a film narrative workshop on 21-22 June, 2-5 pm at the Jurong Town Community Club. The workshop began as a series of short programmes beginning in February 2012.

This two day workshop is accumulative, ie, the instructions and practical exercises on the first day leads to the exercises on the second day.

This workshop shall be activity-intensive and focus on the STORYTELLING and MISE-EN-SCÈNE in filmmaking, not technical filmmaking. No fees are charged for the workshop. You will just need to take along your enthusiasm and (of utmost importance), kindly have a portable video recording gadget. I recommend a compact camera with video-recording capability. Preferred. You may also take along your video vDSLR camera if you have. Otherwise a good smartphone with video recording capability.

Yeah, it’ll be bare bones basic workshop to inspire storytelling in filmmaking and why some films look bad while some are visually pleasing. 

A launch is planned for this community arts outreach project in September 2012. Your works executed during this pre-launch workshop might just be exhibited during the launch for your friends, family and community to enjoy.

Know the rules, and then break them!

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