Make orig­i­nal sto­ries that con­nect, bud­ding film­mak­ers told

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KUCHING: As­pir­ing film­mak­ers in the state should look into mak­ing orig­i­nal sto­ries that they can iden­tify them­selves with.

Film Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Malaysia deputy pres­i­dent Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba said as fi lm­mak­ers, it was their job to fi nd a strong story that will en­able them to con­nect with their au­di­ence.

“We want to see sto­ries from Asean coun­tries to also be high­lighted be­cause Hol­ly­wood sto­ries have been seen by many and they (view­ers) want some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“Our job (as film­mak­ers) is to find a good nar­ra­tive, a strong story that peo­ple out­side can also iden­tify with,” she told The Bor­neo Post when met af­ter con­duct­ing the Sarawak Youth Short Film Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme work­shop at a ho­tel here yes­ter­day.

Cit­ing Sarawak as an ex­am­ple, the award-win­ning di­rec­tor be­lieved that there were many in­ter­est­ing lo­cal sto­ries on the state which can be made into a movie or even a short fi lm.

“I was speak­ing to a Euro­pean pro­ducer re­cently and he said he was in­ter­ested to do a story from here be­cause they know about Ra­jah Brooke. So I told them to look up on the In­ter­net to fi nd out more on that but he said there’s noth­ing on Sarawak.

“I said there must be some­thing at least on the Sarawak River and they couldn’t fi nd it. So we need to have more orig­i­nal sto­ries that are in­ter­est­ing. Peo­ple want to know about Sarawak and the things that hap­pened here and it is our job to fi nd them, ex­pose them and share them,” she said.

On the work­shop which saw par­tic­i­pa­tion from some 150 stu­dents from uni­ver­si­ties such as Univer­siti Malaysia Sarawak ( Un­i­mas) and Limkok­wing Univer­sity of Cre­ative Tech­nol­ogy, Shuhaimi said the par­tic­i­pants were taught how to ex­plore ideas to makeshort­film­sand­thetech­niques avail­able in­ter­na­tion­ally from Hol­ly­wood.

“What we want to ex­pose them to is to un­der­stand the struc­ture and tech­niques and that they don’t need to do Hol­ly­wood-type fi lms.

“I want to en­cour­age them to look at their own sto­ries, their lo­cal sto­ries, ex­plore and iden­tify with that be­cause they know their own sto­ries bet­ter than any­one else,” she ex­plained.

De­scrib­ing young as­pir­ing film­mak­ers as “the ones with the most en­ergy”, Shuhaimi said this was the right time for them to ex­plore their ideas.

“What they need is guid­ance on how to make fi lms and how to do it well.”

While she ac­knowl­edged that cre­at­ing a story was a dif­fi­cult process, she ad­vised bud­ding fi lm­mak­ers to “go out and watch a lot of fi lms.”

“You have to mix around, go out and ex­pe­ri­ence a lot of things be­fore the ideas come to you. Ideas can­not come out while you wait and think about what you want to write.”

Dur­ing the one- day work­shop, which was held in con­junc­tion with the soft launch­ing of the 2017 Asean In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val & Awards (Aiffa), par­tic­i­pants also watched short films from coun­tries such as Afghanistan, Greece and the United States of Amer­ica.

“I showed them short fi lms that are in­spi­ra­tional so that they can see that even with a small bud­get, they can still do a very in­ter­est­ing short film that’s not just about fic­tion but also about real-life events,” Shuhaimi said.

Shuhaimi (left) and Li­van show­ing a bunt­ing for Aiffa.

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