BUDGET ON A SHOE STRING, AND STILL MAKE GREAT FILMS!

You have a really, really good script on hand, and the Executive Producer really likes your script! Yes! You have just secured your first deal. Then comes the bombshell… sorry, my friend. We are way under budget here. Previously, we have agreed on this budget, and now we need to halve it. Well, don’t be […]

EXPERIENCING THE ART OF FILM MAKING @ SGMP!!!

1. You’ve been tasked to book a huge studio to build a set resembling a palatial bungalow. “The Tycoon” No one in the market would want to rent out a real bungalow for a 40-episode, hour-long drama series. Each episode has at least 30 page counts for the set… But how? Keep in mind, the […]

LOGLINES: THE ART HOOKING THE AUDIENCE’S SOUL

You are waiting for the lift, and lo and behold, standing beside you is Steven Spielberg. He’s also waiting for the lift. The lift car door opens. Both of you step into the lift. You have 30 seconds before Steven Spielberg reaches another 6 floors up to pitch your idea to him. What are you […]

Learn Short Film Scriptwriting In Just Four Days!

Everyone Has An Interesting Story, That You Can Tell In One of the Rarest Artforms Globally. Before your favourite film was screened, before the first actor or actress got cast, the Screenplay was already in full swing!  It is often said that the Screenplay is the film’s backbone. A blueprint that forms the sturdy scaffolding […]

Organise Your Filmmaking! Several Ways Filmmakers Waste Time And Effort

Author: Jason Cayanan, APEX Filmmaking seems to be a dream job, isn’t it? After all, almost everyone has a favourite film or television series of some sort, and it’s a filmmaker’s job to create those experiences. Being a filmmaker, you can boss around celebrities, film cool action scenes, and have your face plastered all over […]

First Day Of Course – an insight by a new student

Author: Jason Cayanan, APEX Hello, my name is Jason Cayanan, a Assistant Producer at Asia Pacific Exhibitors (APEX for short). I will be writing about a specific lesson in a five-day Direction and Production module, conducted by Clifford Ng. Clifford Ng is an old hand in the media industry, having more than three decades of […]

Multi Camera Live Stream & Broadcasting Lesson

Author: Jordan Woo, APEX Recently, our team attended a film production course by SGMP Pte. Ltd. To our surprise, one of the lessons covered the topic of multi camera live stream & broadcasting. We were expecting to only learn about filming and production planning through this course, in the end we got more than we […]

達人說系列 第二集:【兆錦說】 一筆漫畫一世情

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjm2zPt0ONM&feature=youtu.be 【智能手機製作】SMARTPHONE PRODUCTIONS  【達人說】系列 THE CONNOISSEURS 電視稿 THE VIDEO SCRIPT自述:陳兆錦 NARRATED BY CHEN ZHAOJIN 綠綠的樹,微風吹拂在你臉上,這跟城市的生活有著很大的反差,為什麼我有這樣的感覺呢?   我今年已經70歲了,我還在城市裡奔波,為了生活,當然有一樣東西,就是為了我的信念。人家說,人生七十古來稀,那個“稀”字就是你能活到70歲啊,很少有。少有什麼呢?我覺得,生命還在啊,還可以活到100歲。少甚麼呢?就是你的奮鬥。   到了這個年齡了,就是你跟年輕人之間的一種較勁,也就是說,你必須緩慢、緩衝你的步伐,看著年輕人的發展,欸,等於說,你甚麼也不用做啦?你的經驗呢?你的人生閱歷呢?你當年所迸發出來的……“藝術之光”呢?難道就停了嗎?   我愛我的經驗,我愛我的生命,我要把我當年所學到的東西呢,在這個稀有的年代裡面,再發揮。實際上我現在還在動,身體在動,聲音也在動,還有我的思維在動,我的藝術魅力還在動。   為甚麼?學校的舞台上,經常邀請我在那兒表演。大舞台不上,小舞台另有一番滋味兒。   SOT小朋友:我喜歡聽故事……   聽到小孩子們的笑聲、驚呼聲,欸,不知不覺中我覺得,通過故事,這個美麗的情節,告訴他,甚麼叫人生?甚麼是活著的意義。啊,所以我在想啊,小朋友是可愛的,所以我必須在他們發育的時候呢,通過我以前在兒童劇社所學到的,語言、表演藝術,甚至是歌曲、舞蹈講故事給孩子們聽:   【兆錦講故事:《小飛象》】   SOT “啊,你的蛋不要給我壓扁,你的蛋在哪裡?啊哈,大象媽媽謝謝妳啦。為甚麼樹上有一個大麵包?為甚麼大象可以爬樹了?妳去了哪兒啊?嗯哇……鴕鳥媽媽瞪大了眼睛,張開牠那鐵一般的翅膀;玩玩玩,到現在才回來?啊,那怎麼辦啊?嗚嗚嗚……我要媽媽。我不能回來的,我怎麼辦啊?蛋在上面啊,好大好可愛。”   美中不足的事孩子有時候聽不懂,欸,我們就用畫畫的途徑,把那個故事的人物畫出來。行嗎?在這樣短的時間裡面?行,功力還在呢。   為了這個環節,我不停地學畫,我覺得人生有兩個字我一直要堅持的,就是鍛鍊,你鍛鍊,熟能生巧。譬如說,演戲也是這樣,不同的講話、講台詞,你的語言就流暢了,你的表演就自然了。那畫畫也是一樣的,一樣要鍛鍊,那現在我不假思索的,一幅畫就出來了,神來之筆的感覺,那就是鍛鍊了。   所以朋友們,我們來到了70這個年齡,不是停格的年代,我們必須一起努力,把以前我們所有學到的東西呢,加工,熟能生巧,讓年輕人知道,鍛鍊出來的東西才是真的,才是實的。   有人問我陳老師你是什麼時候開始繪畫的,怎麼你畫得那麼生動?   畫,對我來說,是我的生命的一種結構。因為從小,我媽媽生了十個孩子,在印尼的時候。   我是第六個,就我一個喜歡畫畫,家窮,爸爸為了養十個孩子,沒有零用錢給你的,可是到了月底的時候,他也想辦法,買一本圖畫簿,還有一盒彩色筆給我。   爸爸就是爸爸,他好像看到我這個孩子,有這方面有才華,所以,在任何的窮困的情況底下,他都會支持我的生命走向這個方向。 後來來到了新加坡了,寄人籬下!喔,這個故事我們就不說了。寂寞,孤單。也沒有辦法跟父母撒嬌,我沒有這個權力,也沒有這個機會。那剩餘的時間就是畫畫啦,從早畫到晚。   到了參加兒童劇社, 我這方面的才華啊, 就好像一個世界打開了,為甚麼?舞台的表演必須有美術來襯托的。比如舞台上的佈景啊、網景啊。我開始接觸了很多志同道合的朋友,一起學習台前幕後的表演專業,和幕後的美工製作,所以啊,我一邊參與舞台美術的工作,一邊學習話劇和歌唱的表演,那段日子,生活非常的充實,藝術之光,對我再也不是那麼遙不可及了。   我還記得在1970年,“平壤藝術團”來到新加坡演出,除了舞蹈好, 還有他們舞台的美工啊!哇, 驚為天人!怎麼畫啊?那個網景,還有背景怎麼說變就變啊?還有瀑布能動的呢!哇!這個給我很大很大的衝擊力,當我跟幾個搞美工的朋友到了他們的後台看,才知道這個和那個……可是人家有人才, […]