Enter ‘My Kind of Town’

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Unless you’ve spent the last couple of weeks in a hole, you’ll have seen My Kind of Town,  the multimedia feature about the people of Potong Pasir and their former Member of Parliament, Mr Chiam See Tong.

The feature is the final-year project by four students of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (NTU) each with a different skill set, and earlier this week they launched a website which gives you unfettered virtual access to the Potong Pasir community from 6am till 12am.

Meet the team …

Cara Chiang, the team’s producer. “It was a real challenge to undertake such an ambitious project within the short time that we had. But it’s rewarding to have covered such a meaningful and important topic.”

Edward Teo, the team’s photographer. “As much as the team had created content over the months, we also learnt a lot about Singapore politics and Potong Pasir in the process. Although there were often endless nights of work, it was never boring for us.”

Sulaiman Daud, the team’s editor and writer. “When we started I knew Mr Chiam was a fairly successful politician, but over the course of the project I was struck by the immense respect for him from nearly everyone we spoke to. Potong Pasir residents, politicians, academics – even if they didn’t agree with his views they respected the hard work he put into the estate over his career. For me it demonstrated that a life of service is never regretted.”

Wong Kar Weng, the team’s videographer. “Embarking on this project was fraught with much uncertainty and self-doubt. Nonetheless, I was glad to follow this project through to the end because we saw a story that deserves to be documented.”

We just love it when students go the whole hog!

Welcome to Masterpieces, A Digital Art Gallery

Atlantis I by Dawn Ng

The Ultimate Visual Dictionary by Milenko Prvacki

Painting by a Macaque on a GALAXY Note by Robert Zhao Ren Hui

(from the press release)

Samsung Electronics Co., recently launched Masterpieces, a digital art gallery with a collection of contributed artworks by established and emerging artists created with the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE.

To further fuel the discovery of new talents, Samsung worked with selected art schools such as LASALLE, School of the Arts (SOTA) and Raffles Design Institute (RDI) in Singapore. As part of their course curriculum, students were invited to contribute creative artworks created on the GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE.

A total of 32 selected student works are now displayed in the gallery. These were reviewed and unanimously selected by a panel of industry veterans including Masterpieces curator, Iola Lenzi, artist and filmmaker, Ho Tzu Nyen, Esplanade’s Visual Arts programming officer, Tamares Goh and arts journalist from The Straits Times, Deepika Shetty. These artworks were selected based on the students’ ability to maximise the use of technology as they relate stories through their creations.

Viddsee x Singapore Short Film Awards

Viddsee partners with Singapore Short Film Awards (SSFA) 2013 to showcase nominated short films from past editions of SSFA. The new online social watching platform, streams short films from Southeast Asia and streamlines the process of discovering, watching and sharing regional stories for a global online audience.

Viddsee is co-founded by filmmaker-engineers Ho Jia Jian and Derek Tan. The duo is passionate about the marriage between art and technology and aims to grow the community of short film audience by enabling a wide and accessible market reach for short films.

“Working with local filmmakers and film festivals to make local content accessible is key to grooming our local content audience. We have collaborated with local filmmakers like Kelvin Sng and Ray Pang in premiering their short films online. For this year’s SSFA, which runs at The Substation from the 25th February to 3rd March, SSFA will showcase some of its nominated films from last year’s awards on Viddsee. Audience can expect a line-up of 9 short films with one film released everyday at 7pm starting from 15th February 2013 .

Visit the Viddsee Facebook page for the full film schedule.

Spotted! Marc Chen

Marc Chen is a Creative and Art Director specializing in motion design, and I think we can all agree that he is mighty good at what he does. The man has eight years of industry experience ranging from post – production houses to advertising agencies. Over the course of his career, his work has received several accolades including Promax/BDA Asia 2005 – Best Drama Campaign (Gold) – Desperate Housewives , Promax/BDA Asia 2006 – Best Movie Campaign (Silver) – Lord of the Rings.

“My approach to motion graphics methodology is to ‘develop from a simple idea’ and ‘always plan ahead’.

Snoop around Marc’s Vimeo account for more high quality work.

Transmission: Kaleidoscope – Teo Jia En, Gilda Su & Nicole Lee

“Love & Daydream is a video inspired by the daydreamers, and the artwork aims to bring “fun” back into fashion, to encourage its wearers to experiment, and to make a statement with a personal style that is uniquely theirs. Keeping with the exhibition’s theme -Kaleidoscope- we would like this work to encourage the viewers to be free to express themselves creatively through their dressing.”

Apprentice Teo Jia En (Creative Direction) is a Fashion Management student at LASALLE. Having cultivated an interest in the arts since young, she continued with art studies for her ‘O’ & ‘A’ levels, and decided to pursue fashion. “With a deep appreciation of the arts and cultures found in fashion, I aspire to become a leading trend maker in the fashion and luxury industry.”

Collaborating artist, Gilda Su (Fashion Designer and Make Up Direction) attended Bunka Fashion College. After graduating with a specialist degree in dress-making, she continued her studies at Parsons, the New School of Design in New York City. Gilda is a full-time daydreamer and joyseeker. Her designs show her love for color and pattern manipulation, a playfulness that comes with self-confidence and an original personal style.

Collaborating artist, Nicole Lee (Videographer, Lighting, Editing) is a jack of many trades, who aspires to become a master in photography and videography. Nicole’s passion started with music, shooting at concerts and club events. While she has expanded into other aspects of photography, Nicole hopes to continue with this mantra of capturing the essence of moments on image. “The journey hasn’t been easy, but I am very grateful for everyone who has helped, inspired and taught me.”

You can watch the video at the Transmission: Kaleidoscope exhibition which opens on 12 May at 188-8 Tanjong Katong Road.

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