Paper Roof, A Thesis Short Film

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From 6 through 21 May, the graduates of NTU ADM will present their final projects at the ADM SHOW 2017. Showcasing work from Digital Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Interactive Media, Photography and Digital Imaging, Product Design and Visual Communication, the celebration at 81 Nanyang Drive opens on 5 May at 7pm.

Today we chat with Judith Tong, BFA Digital Filmmaking, about Paper Roof, a 10-minute short film about two young sisters running away from trouble at home to build a cardboard house together …

“Paper Roof highlights the intricacy of sisterly relationships and sees the world through the eyes of the children, and how they take things into their own hands when faced with family problems. In modern day Singapore where so many things, like technology and social media are constantly vying for our attention, I want to highlight a prevailing issue of children experiencing emotional neglect at home. Parents often spend long hours at work and leave their children to the hands of grandparents, domestic helpers or even by themselves. There has always been a constant struggle for kids to have their thoughts heard by their parents, especially in our Asian context. Through this film, I wish to share the unheard voices of children and shed light on this societal issue. Over the past seven months, I interviewed close friends and strangers who have experienced forms of emotional neglect at home. Some of them also share interesting relationships with their sisters, and I used them as inspirations to weave genuine moments into the story.”

Core crew behind Paper Roof

Director: Judith Tong
Producer: Evon Kua
Cinematographer: Jeth Heng
Gaffer: Benedict Lo
Production Designer: Evelyn Ng
Editor: Shermaine Chan
Sound Supervisor: Brenda Jean Yong
Project Mentor: Nicole Midori Woodford

Support the film on Indiegogo.

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