by Ian Alexander Ng
Selected graduates’ works were showcased at the National Design Centre, a fitting farewell to the class of 2014.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) School of Film & Media Studies (FMS) Graduation Showcase was officially launched on May 23, exhibiting the works of all four diplomas – Advertising & Public Relations (APR), Digital Visual Effects (DVFX), Film, Sound & Video (FSV), and Mass Communication (MCM).
This is the second year the showcase has been organised. Unlike the previous year, the event was held off campus at the National Design Centre.
“Hopefully you will have a memorable chapter in your life in FMS to take with you when you continue on your journey, and leave your footsteps behind for the next generation of storytellers,” says Ms Anita Kuan, director of FMS, in her opening address.
Following the address, guests were invited to browse the various works on showcase as well as various photographs taken by students during the Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) to Wuhan for the Photo Journalism module.
Films done by MCM and FSV students were also screened. These films included the music video for These Hands by Monster Cat as well as various short films about family and love. Also showcased was Afterlife Architects, a documentary about the dying trade of hand-painted incense paper, which is being sent to the Mobile Shanghai International Film Fest this year to compete.
Mr Anthony Chen, FSV alumnus and director of award-winning feature film Ilo Ilo, says, “The school has always produced a lot of top work, [and has] a good range of very strong graduates.”
Mr Chen is one of the many alumni who have gone on to make a name for themselves in the media industry. His first film feature Ilo Ilo was awarded the Camera d’Or prize during the Cannes Film Festival 2013, and other prestigious film awards across Europe. With him on the list are prominent figures such as filmmaker Mr Boo Junfeng and photographer Mr Kevin Ou. Both were recently awarded the NP Alumni Award for excelling in the field of arts.
Principal Mr Clarence Ti, and also the Guest-of-Honour, graced the event. He was given a tour on the exhibits before being invited to the buffet spread that was open to all participants of the event.
“This is the part of education, or the part of society that is supposed to make people reflect, to stop people in their tracks and hopefully make them think more deeply about life,”
– Mr Clarence Ti
“I think this is wonderful, all the different areas [of FMS]. This is the part of education, or the part of society that is supposed to make people reflect, to stop people in their tracks and hopefully make them think more deeply about life,” says Mr Ti, after he was given a tour on the exhibits.
Graduating students were invited down to view their displayed work and mingle with the lecturers as well as the industry partners. They were also encouraged to talk about and explain their work to interested parties.
Joshua Tan, graduating MCM student and recipient of the NP Outstanding Achievement Award, says, “I think the showcase is great, I didn’t even expect there to be a graduation showcase. Just seeing everyone’s work makes you realise the amount of effort that is put in, and the quality of it.”
The event also welcomed current FMS students. Heeraj Tarani, currently a year two APR student, said that the “work is impressive” and that “we can see our seniors work so you know what kind of standards they have set”.
For the graduating class of 2014, Mr Ti has only one piece of advice.
“Go rock the world,” he says.