First Take, usually happening every first Monday of the month at The Substation, is a popular screening of new 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 this month’s schedule below:
1. JUST LIKE YOU / WENDY WONG / 3 MIN / 2011 / PG
Through the lense of Cosplay, Just Like You explores the key themes of alienation, acceptance and discrimination
Wendy Wong is a third year student at the Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma of Creative Writing for TV and New Media. She has written for games, and her script for The Noose was chosen to be produced and presented on Mediacorp TV’s Channel 5.
2. CHAPTEH / THONG KAY WEE / 9 MIN / 2011 / PG
A coming-of-age story about friendship and innocence where two boys, Raafi and Ah Kun, met and bonded through the simple game of chapteh. Set against the backdrop of tumultuous 1960s Singapore, where racial tensions ran high, these two boys shared a common interest that went beyond any existing differences and prejudices.
Thong Kay Wee is in his third year at Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. Specialising in broadcast and cinema studies. Kay wee started to pursue his passion in films in 2008, shooting an amateur 25 min short with a budget of $300 with a friend. Since then, he has interned for production houses in Singapore and Sydney, as well as being involved in the production of more than 10 film projects. He has participated in many filmmaking competitions, even winning an award as a semi-finalist in the Democracy Video Challenge international competition 2009.
3. GERAM / ERNI M KASIM / 9 MIN / 2011 / PG
Geram is about a frustrated wife who is trying to figure out the reason for her husband’s cold shoulder
Erni is a full-time IT consultant, a writer and director at any other time. She attended a course in directing at FINAS in 2010, and has since directed four short films and other videos
4. DAY OFF / MASHITA KAMIR / 5 MIN / 2010 / PG
In Singapore, it is not mandatory to give domestic workers a day off. This is one of their stories.
Nashita Kamir is an aspiring filmmaker from Nanyang Technological University. She has made several short films and has interned at CNBC Asia.
5. MADE UP / DIONEL DESUZER / 19 MIN / 2011 / PG
An ex-beauty queen searches for acceptance in the false image she holds of herself, denying her the truth.
Dionel is currently a student in the Film, Sound & Video course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
6. GODAIZER / HILARY YEO / 19 MIN / 2011 / PG
An independent computer animated short about a robot repair warehouse, run by an old man and his grandson where an old robot is kept.
Hilary Yeo worked in the animation/ visual effects industry and has 10 years of training in the field of animation. He likes robots and monsters. Godaizer recently won the Best Art Direction award at the third Singapore Short Film Awards.