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DDM graduate’s short film to represent Singapore

20 April 2012


Alvin Lee’s film, “Timeline” has been recently chosen as the Official International Selection in the fourteen edition of the Very Short International Film Festival (VSIFF). Picked from over 1,500 films from across the globe, he is the only Singaporean entrant shortlisted in the international selection. His film will be screened within 80 cities and 15 countries, along with 46 other finalists from Europe, US, Japan and South Korea.

Alvin Lee’s film, “Timeline” has been recently chosen as the Official International Selection in the fourteen edition of the Very Short International Film Festival (VSIFF). Picked from over 1,500 films from across the globe, he is the only Singaporean entrant shortlisted in the international selection. His film will be screened within 80 cities and 15 countries, along with 46 other finalists from Europe, US, Japan and South Korea.

 


  Alvin (Left) directing the actor for
  short film, Foreigner.

"Timeline" is his first entry for a Film Festival. He spent 2 weeks in pre-production, 1 day of production and 1 day of post-production. He was the Director of the film and he worked on it with a group of friends. He added, “I am always very interested in character development and stories based on complicated characters. I wanted this short film to be filled with strong emotions, strong characters and impactful. Therefore, I wrote the story about the relationship between an ex-convict and his mother”.



The “Ex-convict”.



Movie Poster.

 

As this film is told from a mother's perspective, Alvin put in a lot of effort in the research. He thought of his mum and the things she said to him before he wrote the script. Alvin said, “It was the fastest script I ever wrote. It took only 2 hours. After writing, I sent the script to people of various ages to read so that they could give me some feedback. To my surprise some actually cried after reading it! "Timeline" is my first personal film which I am able to express myself and thoughts freely without the restriction of project and client requirements. Therefore I felt very "free" while making it.”

Alvin emphasized that visual style plays a significant part in this film. Hence, there are many pieces handwritten notes hanging on the clothes line in the film. They are the main components of the storytelling and visual aspects. He highlighted that for a good very short film, the filmmaker has to be direct in his storytelling and building of emotions. He encourages young aspiring filmmakers like him to start making very short film as it is a real test of storytelling skills and it won't cost much to make one too.



Handwritten notes-conveys emotions.


Alvin recalled that he was very shocked, yet happy when he was informed by the committee that his film has been chosen to represent Singapore in the International Selection of "Festival International des Très Courts 2012" (Very Short International Film Festival 2012). A total of 178 entries were submitted in Singapore.

Alvin said, “To be the only one chosen for the International Selection, I can only say I am really lucky.” "Timeline" is also in the running for VSIFF 2012 Singapore Awards. It has been shortlisted for the Grand Prix, Originality Award, special category awards - Social Development Network "Give Love a Chance" and Young NTUC "You are Only Young Once". The jury in Singapore is headed by critically-acclaimed director, Eric Khoo.

 


  Alvin (in white t-shirt) setting up
  the shot for the "Alley Scene" in
  short film, Foreigner

"Timeline" will premiere on 12th and 13th May at Alliance Française, and tickets are on sale at
$10 or $15 each. The movie is also contesting in "Very Short International Film Festival 2012 Public Award", so do head down to watch all the very short
films and vote for "Timeline".


About “Very Short International Film Festival/ Festival International des Très Courts”

"Very Short International Film Festival/ Festival International des Très Courts" is a competition in which anyone can enter films of 3 minutes or less duration. It creates opportunities for aspiring filmmakers by screening the best entries globally each May. Participants may enter any genre of film, in either or both the local and international competitions, with no entry fees. VSIFF, also known as "Très Courts", happens annually in up to twenty countries and eighty cities, mainly in Europe, since 1999. The International Jury is based in Paris and each participating city has a local jury. The competition generates content locally and entries from festivals are catalogued and made available globally to industry talent scouts.

(source: www.vsiff.com  www.trescourt.com).



Alvin (left) Co-Director and Director of Photography for
the music video of local band, Rudra - Now Therefore.


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