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David Lee: Life of a Film Programmer by Afiq Jafaar

David Lee: Life of a Film Programmer by Afiq Jafaar

Wearing a promotional T-shirt for the new documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above, you don’t have to second-guess David Lee’s passion for film. After distributing promotional goodies around the room, he kicks off the seminar by divulging about the recently acclaimed social-environmental documentary by filmmaker Chi Po-Lin. Upon first watching Chi Po-Lin’s film at Taiwan’s...
The Documentary Poet - Yu Yamanaka by Ho Say Peng

The Documentary Poet – Yu Yamanaka by Ho Say Peng

Japanese documentary film-maker Yu Yamanaka was in Singapore 5 September 2014, to grace this year’s Design Film Festival. His 45 minutes documentary, Hakusho: The Story of Rice, is the festival’s opening film. That Friday morning, before the film’s  premiere at Shaw Lido in the evening, Yamanaka came down to The Puttnam School of Film where...
Lord David Puttnam's Seminar: Marriage, Magic and Movies by Aron Castro

Lord David Puttnam’s Seminar: Marriage, Magic and Movies by Aron Castro

As his charming and endearing figure appeared on screen, the students of the Puttnam School of Film (especially the first years) took a deep breath, sat up in their seats, and looked straight into the eyes of the Lord David Puttnam in all his digital glory. Surprisingly enough, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence in LASALLE’s...
Becoming Nicholas Chee by Zuki Juno Tobgye

Becoming Nicholas Chee by Zuki Juno Tobgye

The first time I met Nicholas Chee was at the 48 Hours Film Competition. My classmates and I decided to venture into film competitions. And so after registering for the 48 Hours Film Competition, our team was told to go to what seemed like a warehouse to commence the contest. As a non-Singaporean I did...
Passing the Cure by Jasmine Lee

Passing the Cure by Jasmine Lee

Last Friday on 22 August 2014, the students of the BA (Hons) Film attended the screening of I Hugged the Berlin Patient without any prior knowledge as to who the Berlin Patient actually is. Before the screening,  students were greeted by  the lauded documentary’s director, Edgar Tang, who at first glance appeared affable yet charmingly...
Getting the idea! by Rajeswari Vikiraman

Getting the idea! by Rajeswari Vikiraman

Ideas. A simple word that each individual react to and experience differently.  Simple ideas, complex ideas, ideas that may seem insignificant on the surface, ideas that seem no more than a thought, or ideas that are just that, ideas. They are formed from personal experiences or observations, and more often than not, all stories are...
Steadi Lah! by Sharavana Rama

Steadi Lah! by Sharavana Rama

One of the most profound practices under the craft of cinematography is the one that no viewer sees, but every viewer feels. A bonafide revolution in how moving images were captured, Garret Brown introduced a revolution in 1975 with his motion picture camera stabiliser – because with the Steadicam, images don’t just move – they...
When the Western Came East

When the Western Came East

All students typically follow a timetable. One class after another. A lecture. Then, some practical work. Maybe a toilet break (not officially reflected in LASALLE Timetables). Lunch, eventually. And so goes a day. And the many more that follow it. But on Week 2 of the new academic year, the graduating cohort at The Puttnam...
PINK DOT 2013: Bringing somewhere-over-the-rainbow Home

PINK DOT 2013: Bringing somewhere-over-the-rainbow Home

As Singapore’s Pink Dot, the freedom to love event celebrates its 5th year in exactly a month, its campaign video launched last Wednesday hit 18,000 Facebook likes overnight! The 2012 event witnessed the strength of 15,000 participants in support of the cause and the park bursting at its seams. For many, this annual event which...
Life Lessons: When our patron comes to town by Goh Wei Kiat

Life Lessons: When our patron comes to town by Goh Wei Kiat

The Puttnam School of Film eagerly anticipated meeting Lord David Puttnam in person after two video conferences with him in the U.K (one in November 2012 and the other in January 2013). So, on the fine Tuesday of 19th February 2013, Oscar-winning producer and also patron of The Puttnam School of Film, Lord David Puttnam...
Of weisswurst, weissbeer and films: The 2012 Filmfest Munchen by Wu Linfeng

Of weisswurst, weissbeer and films: The 2012 Filmfest Munchen by Wu Linfeng

In 2007, I quit college in Iowa State University and went back from the U.S. to China. I made up my mind that I wanted to be a filmmaker, and said to myself that I will come back to the west as a filmmaker, and I will return with a film. Five years later, I...
Being the Future of Asian Cinema: The Asian Film Academy Experience by Yeo Ke Liang

Being the Future of Asian Cinema: The Asian Film Academy Experience by Yeo Ke Liang

A week ago, I was in Busan, South Korea, for the perennial filmmaking workshop conducted by the Asian Film Academy. In its 8th year, the Asian Film Academy (AFA) brings emerging filmmakers from around Asia to Busan every October for an intensive 18 days of film workshops. Co-hosted by Dongseo University, Busan International Film Festival...