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.

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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.

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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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Spotted! Koo Chia Meng

Empty Heart (2007), Too Far North (2009), Similar Winters (2011).
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Koo Chia Meng received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking at Nanyang Technological University. Trained as a filmmaker, his short films have been seen by audiences locally and abroad at festivals such as the 6th Singapore Short Film Festival, Singapore Short Film Awards 2011, Vancouver Singapore Film Festival 2009 and 2011 AAS-ICAS Joint Conference in Hawaii.

“The featured short films involve travelling,” Chia Meng explains. “The travelling of your body, the travelling of your senses as well as the travelling of your memories. Travelling through spaces, through speeches and through time. At times we need to forget someone, but no matter where we go, we remember. Sometimes when we backtrack on the roads once travelled, we realize that we actually don’t want to forget. In fact, many beautiful moments are getting increasingly hard to remember.”

Chia Meng is an associate Multimedia Designer with Theatrestrays. Previously, he has collaborated with theatre companies like A Group Of People, The Finger Players, Drama Box, Toy Factory, Frontier Danceland and W!ld Rice. His work on ‘SITA’ had the opportunity to be presented during the Festival Internacional Cervantino 2011 in Mexico City.

With experiences in various disciplines, Chia Meng has made music videos, publicity videos and had previously provided content for NDP 2010, Man Singapore Theatre Festival and Casual Days magazine. He is currently working on W!ld Rice’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Resort World Sentosa’s ‘Voyage de La Vie’. He will also be directing a new narrative short film entitled ‘Soul On A Wire’ in 2012.

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Spotted! Jacky Lee

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26-year-old filmmaker Jacky Lee graduated from Swinburne School of Technology, Melbourne in 2010 with a Bachelor degree in Film & Television.

Over the past four years, he has been actively involved in the local film scene, working in the art department on films like Royston Tanʼs “12 Lotus”, Kelvin Tongʼs “Kidnapper” and “Itʼs A Great Great World”. He is currently a part-time lecturer at the Temasek Polytechnic School of Design, which also happens to be his alma mater.

“To be honest, I got into Temasek Polytechnic without any clues of what filmmaking was all about. I only really fell in love with film after I saw Wong Kar Waiʼs “Chungking Express” for the first time. It has this raw energy and charm which I never thought film was capable of capturing. It remains my favourite film to date and it also serves as a constant source of inspiration. I also like films by Gus Van Sant and Michel Gondry. I was working in the local film industry for a while before deciding to leave for Melbourne. I felt that there was a need to get myself out of this comfort zone and at the same time to learn more about film. I came back to Singapore during my semester breaks to continue working on local productions and then head back to resume my studies. It was really tiring but looking back at it, it was probably the most fruitful phase of my life.”

“Wild Fire” is Jacky’s latest work which made it to the finals at this yearʼs Creative Video Awards jointly organised by Singapore Media Academy and Mediacorp Channel 5. “The given theme for the competition was ʻCreating Storiesʼ and the first thing that came to my mind was the broken telephone game I used to play when I was younger. Information is never a hundred percent accurate when passed on via word of mouth. I hear all these rumours and gossips everyday within my neighbourhood and thus it was really easy to pen down the script. It was the first time that I am working with so many actors and actresses because I usually work on music videos or films that are quieter. I had a great time on set because all of them are really good and it made my job a whole lot easier.”

Jacky is currently working on a script for a coming-of-age romantic comedy which he hopes to complete by June 2012. “The script is slowing coming together and it feels like a really fun script. I also hope to release a soundtrack for the film featuring music from local bands.”

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