“MY Digital Stories” Filmmaking Workshop 2019

The annual filmmaking workshop organised by the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) returns again this year! In April, students enrolled in the second-year Film, TV and Screen Studies unit AMU2146 Digital Screens, will get the opportunity to explore what it means to communicate through visual means in a digital world and be coached on the art of short filmmaking by internationally reputed film professionals and enthusiasts, Dr Alex Fischer (Dean of Mahakarya Institute of Arts Asia and program manager of Brunei Film Blitz) and Ms Siti Kamaluddin (award-winning film director and producer from Brunei).

MY Digital Stories is a hands-on, practical workshop that presents short form, digital content creation in three sections:

Section 1: "The Chatty Camera" - Cinematic language is broken down into shot sizes, dynamic angles and inventive camera movements.

Section 2: "Cut N' Paste Communication" - Post-production techniques take centre screen as transitions, sound and basic visual effects are analysed.

Section 3: "Like Me Now! ... ?" - Contemporary and future online exhibition strategies are discussed with emphasis upon audience retention and long-tail applicability.

Dr Alex Fischer is a founding member and Dean of Mahakarya Institute of Arts Asia - the first film school in Brunei Darussalam. His monograph, Sustainable Projections: Concepts in Film Festival Management was published by St Andrews Press in 2013. Dr Fischer has over 18 years’ experience in teaching film production subjects and has extensive production experience creating experimental shorts, documentaries and narrative dramas.

Ms. Siti Kamaluddin is the first female director in Brunei, and is also considered to be one of the 50 most influential women in Brunei Darussalam (2014). She has had a wealth of experience onscreen and behind the scenes. She began her career as a writer and TV host in Brunei before setting up Origin Artistic Management, a leading production company, where she has produced and directed TV Commercials and documentaries for some of Brunei’s largest corporate clients. In 2014, Siti released her debut feature film; Yasmine (2014) which joined the top three top grossing film at the box office in Brunei Darussalam that year. Yasmine also received global recognition and put Brunei Darussalam on the map, when it won Best Asian Film at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival in 2014. It competed in numerous film festivals worldwide including: Australia, United States of America, Canada, Korea and Japan. National screen identity became a philosophy Siti explored since her feature release. She began exploring the Bruneian identity in film and reaching out to young filmmakers with the hopes of building that screen identity together. In 2018, she directed Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat (2018), a drama/comedy about neighbours and the gift of family set during the Eid season. Her reach out to other Bruneian filmmakers and passion for screen identity is further highlighted as Siti organized the Brunei Film Blitz in 2017 and 2018. The Film Blitz is a festival that gives aspiring filmmakers a chance to learn from industry professionals from around the world and later produce a short film that showcases the Brunei screen identity- a manifesto that is further magnified when Siti co-founded the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia, the first Arts focus institute in Brunei Darussalam in 2019.

*Please note this is a closed workshop - only available to students enrolled in the AMU2146 Digital Screens unit.