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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...
Getting out of the classroom - A visit to The Joker Game set at Infinite Studios, Batam by Wilson Tan

Getting out of the classroom – A visit to The Joker Game set at Infinite Studios, Batam by Wilson Tan

In the midst of the busy schedule of Thesis and Second film production, a group of us had the opportunity to visit Infinite Studios** in Batam where the production of The Joker Game* was taking place.  The ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Nongsa, Batam took about half an hour, followed by a fifteen-minute drive...
Lillian Wang's Penghulu recalls nostalgia of kampung life by Kenneth Lee

Lillian Wang’s Penghulu recalls nostalgia of kampung life by Kenneth Lee

Penghulu, a film by Lillian Wang was screened a few weeks ago in August as part of the Friday seminar. This film was a tad more special than others I’ve watched in the past few weeks. Lillian, a director and also lecturer at The Puttnam School of Film, collaborated with her colleagues at school namely...
A morning with Ilo Ilo director Anthony Chen by Aron Castro

A morning with Ilo Ilo director Anthony Chen by Aron Castro

It is a film that has been making rounds throughout Singapore and around the world after taking away the Caméra d’Or  at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. We see its posters plastered on walls, its trailers airing on our television sets, and now we see it flying from one end of the world to another. ...
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...
Mirage: The Fashion Film Experience by Cheng Chai Hong

Mirage: The Fashion Film Experience by Cheng Chai Hong

A Fashion Film you say? Get some models, put some clothes on them, grab a camera, look for an exotic-looking location, and start rolling. Or at least that’s what I thought was supposed to happen when I was first approached to help work on the project – a short fashion film which will accompany the...