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The English Surgeon

Tan Yuan Ting

Monday, Sep 26, 2016 - 12:55:31 am

@ Documentary film-making

The English Surgeon was a tastefully executed and informative film which I felt gave its audience a good insight into the otherwise little-known world of neurosurgery.


It was very satisfying aesthetically, as seen from these instances:

many wide shots – of the clinic, of the scenery pre-emptive wide, still shots waiting for people to walk towards the camera short, clipped, fast-paced sequences when the Read more →
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Documentary Exercise 1: Confessions

Matthew Lee

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 - 08:00:04 pm

@ Matthew Lee

Here’s a simple edit of the first exercise!

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Rachops [Rachel]

Monday, Sep 19, 2016 - 11:53:37 am

@ RACHOPS [Rachel]

Part of my documentary required me to film for Lion City Throwdown. An international dance event that is organized by Flair Brothers , one of Singapore’s most well known dance crew. This is the 6th and the last LCT and by far the biggest of it series.  I had the privilege of filming alongside RP productions for this and am Read more →

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Dance Lesson @ Recognize Studio

Rachops [Rachel]

Thursday, Sep 08, 2016 - 08:12:47 am

@ RACHOPS [Rachel]

Recently interviewed Xiao Mei who has street dance experience of about 9 years. I ended up not only interviewing her but taking shots for two of her classes and joined her kakis for supper later on! Total of 4 hours spent! This are some of the raw clips I took of her [ Interview , dance segment and supper conversations Read more →

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Hi Rachel, good start.  I'm hoping you got some mirror shots also !  Could be nice to see the class reflected/doubled.  Let's discuss when you have a line together at class.  Best wishes, Paul.


Rachops [Rachel]

Thursday, Sep 08, 2016 - 06:43:43 am

@ RACHOPS [Rachel]

A short documentary I put together for practise. Stories are everywhere,so  I might as well kill 2 birds with one stone.  I’m still in the midst of setting it up the context and subtitle for this film!

In Singapore , it is common for the locals to have “maids” and unlike a term overseas , being labelled a maid is not an offensive Read more →

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Hi Rachel, this is a good start, very emotional and quite charming.  It needs a couple of more passes, and probably some additional shots to make it work more strongly.  Do get some exterior and interior establishers of the place you live.  Nicely composed still shots.   Let's discuss in class regarding how to improve the balance between your visuals and her interview.  Well done!  Best wishes, Paul.



Thursday, Sep 08, 2016 - 12:12:30 am

@ Ting Chou

Find out his motivation and passion in singing. Has been joining singing competitions since 16.

He has been singing for 8 years but he is not trying to venture into the scene.

Doesn’t like direct interaction, through music, he experiences the power that connects people. Singing gives him the ability to communicate in ways that he would never be able to normally. Read more →

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Hi Ting Chou, As per my email this is much better and more achievable than your previous idea, so well done on that.  Looking forward to seeing some of your rushes in a timeline on Thursday next.  Best wishes, Paul.

Group formation and concept "Step by Step"

Eileen Christin

Monday, Sep 05, 2016 - 12:27:28 pm

@ Einzelstück

Due to the fact that we would like to expand the story about the half blinded Patricia Poo into a broader story we decided to form a group of three people including Frieder, Janos, and me.

We decided to make our documentary about (up to) three half blinded or completely blind people to compare their different ways of Read more →

Categories: Process
Hi Eileen and Crew, thanks for the update.  It looks promising.  Suggest you start filming asap - interviews/activities and see what the research filming material suggests to everyone.  Also, find out from the blind or partially sighted people what their actual viewpoint is like.  Many people with such disabilities can see or experience a little something and perhaps this can be a point of view that you can get across through the camerawork to the audience.  So get the subjects to describe the limits of what they can visualise and how it feels to do what they do.  Looking forward to seeing the first filming results.  Best wishes, Paul.


Just a follow up to my thought that you need a 3rd leg for your film, in terms of another character.   It might be that you can’t find one, if that is so, then I suggest you make the 3rd leg the world of the visually impaired and the blind, the place in which they exist.  In any case I think you need this for the film, because the film really is for sighted people since the sighted are in the majority.  Therefore you need to give us something of their points of view, or attempt to visualize the world of visual impairment.  If you were able to do this, and also find another person who could be the 3rd leg, then that would be ideal.  Either way, give your chess man a call and see what might be possible.  Perhaps you could interview someone who is old and fully blind perhaps, for contrast?

Have a think.  Good work so far, but try and push it further.  Do watch the documentary I gave you to watch.  You will see what I was talking about.




Update on Farm Nation 5th Sept 2016

Alexander Lim

Monday, Sep 05, 2016 - 10:49:59 am

@ LimSiYuanAlexander

My Group and I have interviewed 2 out of the 4 farms we were planning to featuring in the Documentary.

We initially had 6 farms which were willing to be featured but we felt that 6 would have been overkill as most of them would talk about similar things. So instead we chose the 4 most diverse farms. Diverse in their Read more →

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Hi Alex and Crew, this looks fine.  Suggest you focus on two or three farms and indeed wrap it up with the farmers market.  What I'd suggest is that you go a little further into the impact of the work on the personal lives of the people who do that work.   What are the stresses and strains therein?  Probe deeper.  Best wishes, Paul.

Documentary outline & research


Thursday, Sep 01, 2016 - 11:31:30 am

@ Ting Chou

Topic: The Ultimate Truth -Does God exist?

V.O with images

Why there’s a creation of religion?

-Why finding out the ultimate truth?

‘truth’ involves both the quality of “faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty, sincerity, veracity”,and that of “agreement with factor reality” Human nature. Curiosity. Virtue Only humans can discern truth. Of all life on the planet, only humankind can rise above conditioning or instinct and identify truth, so that this Read more →
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Documentary: Farmers in the Concrete Jungle

Lauren Teo

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 - 10:10:46 pm

@ Existential Trashbin

My team and I were very interested in Singapore’s farming culture — all we knew of it as millennials was that the ones in Singapore had a kind of tourism vibe to it. We initially considered if it was just unconventional farms that made us think of Agritourism – such as the crocodile and frog farms here – but upon Read more →

Categories: Process