By Christa Choo
Inspiring story about a man who lost his leg clinches second prize for six Film, Sound and Video students
Miranda Cardenas, Sherman Goh Wei Liang, Muhammad Irfan bin Mohd Rosdi, Tan Jia Hui, Michelle Lee Shi Hui and Khairul Hafizh Bin Said, all Year Two students in the Film, Sound and Video course in the School of Film & Media Studies, formed a team to take part in the Singtel SEA Games Video Contest..
Participants were required to create a video on someone who inspired them with the intention to ‘cheer for the everyday Singaporeans who are #InspiringSG this SEA Games.
Their three-minute video titled ‘Kalai Vanen: Lift’ had only one character – Mr Kalai Vanen, 56, a certified personal health and fitness trainer who lost his leg at the age of 22 because of a tumour in his knee.
“I am just a person without a leg,” said Mr Vanen in the video.
“He’s inspiring because despite his condition, [he’s still himself] and because he doesn’t consider himself a disabled person. He shows that in his actions and manners,” Hafizh said.
The video was praised for its inspiring story as well as being “technically excellent”.
“The most challenging thing was probably time. When we decided to do it, it was about two weeks before submission and we had school on top of that,” Miranda said. “A lot of our work was concentrated in one intense short burst so we spent a weekend overnight just editing.”
“We shot on Sunday and the submission was on Wednesday. I’m surprised we actually made it,” Jia Hui explained. “To be honest it wasn’t like some obstacle course and we are really lucky as almost everything was smooth sailing,” she added.
“The biggest project we ever worked on together was a 10-minute science fiction short film for Location Filmmaking because it had a lot of moving parts. Script and extras and visual effects – a lot more things going on,” said Miranda who added that the video was much simpler because it had only one subject, three minutes, and a very focused topic.
Amidst some firsts discovered on the journey, the students also had the opportunity to play different roles in the process.
“We’ve been group mates for many other things before, but this is our first time working together for a competition,” Miranda said. “Usually I do the script, story and assistant directing but that was the first time I was doing sound recording and handling all the data transfer and files – a lot more files than we used to handle.”
“I’m glad I learnt how to edit by pace and not just [by] using the beat of the music,” Sherman said. Irfan also said that he “learnt to make a spinning Rubik’s cube for our logo that only appeared for about two seconds at the end”.
On winning, Michelle said: “It feels great, but money is not the true reward!” Of the $3,000 the team won, $2,000 will be given the FMS Student Fund.
“It would help FMS students and we really want to help our friends out in any way we can!” Michelle said.
Check out their video on YouTube:
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