March 02, 2009
NYU Tisch Asia lecturer, Jennifer Ruff, warns of cobras and canings in singapore and ponders the perks of "Dying of boredom...To be frank, Singapore itself is boring. There is not a lot to do except make films. Which is kind of great. In New York City, there are a million amazing distractions, but I’ve noticed that students here spend much more time in the editing lab; there just isn’t as much to tempt them... Other than Eric Khoo, whose film My Magic received a passionate standing ovation as the first Singaporean film to be in competition in Cannes this year, most cineastes probably can’t name another Singapore director..."
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "great business model by NYU Tisch Asia, for exporting filmschool-in-a-bubble
November 23, 2008
Yasim Ahmad said:
"A friend told me recently that one local paper attacked me for always showing my films in Singapore before Malaysia. I didn't read the article, but apparently they accused me of being disloyal, or words to that effect.
Truth beknown, the reason for this is that the Singaporeans are just quicker on the uptake than we are."
Recommended by Otterman: "One of Malaysia's creative talents and director of "Sepet," "Gubra" and "Mukhsin" finds it easier to screen her films in Singapore, uncut, then in Malaysia. And she says its safe from piracy too!
Another talent, Amir Muhammad, has had the same experience too.
But the same could be said about Singaporean filmmakers who deal with sensitive material - they will find it easier to showcase their films in Malaysia. Cheaper and faster travel means its hard to deny enthusiasts their fare.
November 13, 2008
Moving Images said:
First Take, happening every 1st Monday of the month at The Substation, is a popular screening of new & fresh local short films and is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. A platform for new filmmakers and anyone who is interested in filmmaking to meet, exchange ideas and show their work. See the future talents of Singapore film!
For this special screening, we are presenting the audience favourites of each month, and a final vote is cast for the Top Favourite of First Take 2008! Come watch the most popular First Take films of each month and cast your vote to support your favorite film!
Recommended by mr.udders: "Entertain yourself, save money and support local talent - all at the same time."
January 14, 2008
It's not the first GLBT film festival here (that honour goes to Short Circuit, founded by homegrown gay activist and sharp essayist Alex Au in 2006), but Golden Village's Love and Pride Film Festival is the first gay-and-lesbian-themed feature film festival in Singapore.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "About time! "
October 17, 2007
Designed to spur filmmakers to create works that showcase Singapore through film, the “ACTION!” Film Festival 2007 calls for submissions that show Singapore in a unique light, with identifiable aspects such as cultural diversity, building structures or landmarks in the form of a scripted short film.
Recommended by ogilvypr: "Intel and the Media Development Authority of Singapore are working together to promote filmmaking in Singapore, and how modern technology allows everyone to tell a story through the medium of film and video"
October 10, 2007
August 09, 2007
Temasek Maverick said:
The first part is inspired by the book To Singapore With Love, the second part is just the usual me ;)
Recommended by woonie: "A short film about Singapore. Enjoy. =)"
July 15, 2007
Attended the Powwow session of Reel Revolution 2007, together with Leon, Ding An and Rachel. Among us, there were three teams. The film that Rachel and I submitted - ASEAN’s Silence (about Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest) won 2nd prize while the one submitted by Leon and Kaili - Erasers (about visions for ASEAN) won 3rd prize...
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Support local filmmakers. :) Thank you!"
May 03, 2007
Now that the 20th anniversary edition of the Singapore International Film Festival has drawn to a close, we present the first of two podcasts by Ben Slater, author of Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Interesting podcast about the 20th SIFF, which just ended. "
April 11, 2007
Martyn See said:
the Minister himself has banned the film under Section 35(1) of the Films Act, which basically accords absolute discretionary powers to one person to decide if a film is suitable for public viewing.
Recommended by Tym: "As Martyn's blog is named, " No political films please, we're Singaporeans"."
March 22, 2007
Anant Shiva said:
Screenplayer has been set up as a gathering ground for Singaporean indie filmmakers and screenwriters to come together and share their works and ideas.
It's pretty much an experiment at this point and we don't know if it'll work or take off, but we've set it up and it's up to you guys to decide how you wanna use it! Share your videos, talk about techniques, post jobs, review scripts, the possibilities are endless!
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Go forth and play!"
March 17, 2007
March 14, 2007
26th March 2007- Fundraiser premiere of Pink Paddlers, in support of UNIFEM, Breast Cancer Foundation and Star Shelter for Women
They come in all shapes and sizes. They could be your mother, your daughter, your sister, your girlfriend, your wife... even you. Ranging from a 65 year-old school principal to a biker chick, half the ladies couldn’t even swim, but still picked up the paddles to form Singapore’s FIRST BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS DRAGONBOAT team : They’ve found strength in being in the same boat, racing against the same disease. In September 2006, these ladies came together to compete against other fellow survivors from all over the world, in the first-ever Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat World Championship - right here in Singapore. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1aky8_pink-paddlers-trailer
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Watch this with the women that you care for in your life. There's no pretty or sexy way of raising awareness about breast cancer, but everyone who has a mother, a sister, a girlfriend, a daughter, a wife, needs to know that : - Breast Cancer is the no.1 killer disease amongst women in Singapore, and in 2006, more than 1 woman lost her life each day because of this disease, but precious lives can be saved with early detection and there is life beyond breast cancer, as the Pink Paddlers are living proof to this!"
January 09, 2007
Mark Leung said Once upon a time, when Earth was still a beautiful place, an evil force came to turn all living things into Vegetarians...
Mark Leung, a Singaporean, studying in Massachusetts created "College Saga" - an extremely funny, humorous and highly entertaining video about a spoof on different RPG games like Final Fantasy.
Check out the small details like random people walking around and the local atm card when he opens his wallet.
October 04, 2006
September 10, 2006
Screenplayer is a productivity blog for writers and filmmakers with tips, tricks and lifehacks.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "This is a new site that we started for local filmmakers and we've gotten good reviews so far. Check it out and tell us what you think! Get in touch with us at tips [at] screenplayer.sg"
August 16, 2006
The good news first: the authorities have finally allowed screenings of Saint Jack, Peter Bogdanovich's adaptation of the Paul Theroux novel, here. The bad news: there will only be two of them - on Aug 18 and on Aug 27, at the Arts House. Miss either, and you'll have to settle for DVD.
Recommended by strangeknight: "This was a film based on a well-known novelist's book; foreign crew with $ wanted to film here -- and the Govt didn't even need to pay them. Then they went and banned the film. Now there's a chance to catch this little bit of our not-so-squeaky-clean past on the big screen."
August 15, 2006
When Passabe became a full-blown film. It was sometime in March 2004. We were sitting in our room at our guest house in Dili, wondering if we should just pack up and go home, or stay in Timor, keep filming and exhaust all our savings. We'd been shooting for a two months and knew we'd found an incredible story. But no one - not a single broadcaster we approached in Singapore - was interested in funding us. We were down to our last 500 dollars. We could go home and find decent jobs or slog on, trust our instincts, and face the prospect of going broke. It was a tough call. But we chose to stay. And that was when we realized that we didn't have to conform to any broadcaster's standards. We didn't have to make a "traditional" documentary. We didn't have a commissioning editor to answer to; no deadlines to meet. We could let the story tell itself, allow things to play out.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Filmmaker Lynn Lee answers questions about Passabe, a film about Timor, opening as part of Cine.SG this Thursday. Tickets available from Ticketcharge. The Passabe website is at Passabe. "
July 05, 2006
Everything's rotting away or falling into disrepair due to neglect. This is painful to think about when you recall its history as a premier cinema here, with lavish (for its time) interiors. I was particularly impressed by the large representation of the zodiac on the auditorium ceiling, less so by the stylised wall-mounted sculptures of horses and riders on either side of the screen – all relics from an era when going to the movies was an experience.
Recommended by strangeknight: "Because something should be done before we lose yet another part of our history"
July 05, 2006
Q1. You're recovering from the debilitating effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Are you back to 100% and able to move about freely? How hard has this convalescence been?
I'm 90% there. My toes and fingers are still a bit numb but otherwise I'm back to almost normal function - albeit still not up to PTI standard, which I intend to regain! The recovery was tough but I set myself goals very early on - in fact, when I was still paralysed and on the breathing machine. It seemed to work as I more or less hit my marks. It's one of those mind-over-matter things. It wasn't the best experience I've had but hey, it could have been worse. I'm lucky it's not terminal.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Director of Perth, Ong Lay Jinn, talks about his battle with GBS and other matters. Perth screens this Wednesday as part of Cine.SG, with Q&A by Producer Juan Foo and Sunny Pang, who plays AB Lee in the movie. Catch it if you didn't last year!"