They were serious, they were convincing. They had put in a lot of effort and they also had a lot of fun.
Third year students from our Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media pitched their ideas for a new TV programme in front of a panel of producers. This was their final year project.
One idea, called ‘Street Cred’, was even taken up by the guest panellist, to be pitched to a broadcaster. It was a reality-cum-drama for teens about teens. The central story line was about a group of teenagers who enter a dance competition, for very different reasons.
There were also other genres such as comedy (Jack of Odd Trades), telemovie (The Cutting Truth), documentary (Trades of Time), reality-drama (Teenage Dream ) and even computer games (Petite Party and Rice Games)!
Members of the group for ‘Jack of Odd Trades’ were all dressed
up for their presentation on their idea for a new sit-com.
Another group of students chose to conduct individual research projects on topics such as social media and entrepreneurship, new media and perspective on homosexuality, new media and local musicians as well as new media and self-perception.
Gary Lim’s presentation on his research about the effects of
new media on the family.
The final year projects required the students to put into practice what they had learnt as a DTVM student. Besides making an effective presentation, the students also had to conceptualise, research, conduct interviews, consult, script, shoot, edit, budget and plan a website. There was a lot of brainstorming, planning and coordinating at many levels.
Besides the website, the groups also had to produce a trailer and other publicity plans to promote their programmes. Other than name cards, some groups also printed their own T-shirts.
For one group, they had to go back to their location many times, just to film their profile. Another group did a lot of research to make sure they could film a Chinese Opera performance. But all groups realised that the process was a big learning journey, which was more important than the end product.
Such projects and presentations are hallmarks of the DTVM curriculum. To prepare the students for such an event, they were exposed to industry feedback from Year 1, so that they know what to expect, in ‘the real-world’.