Monthly Archives: January 2011

digital sho(r)ts: Digital Filmmaking Workshop


Do you have aspirations of having your film shown at the Cannes Film Festival? Is your curiosity on the techniques behind that edgy video killing you? Or are you simply tired of giving the loved one another photo collage? Why not piece your memories into a short film?

Calling all closet, aspiring filmmakers and lovers! Learn what it takes to make your very first short film in just two weekends!

The National Library Board (NLB) presents ‘digital sho(r)ts’ – a 2-part Bear Fruit workshop by Lionel Chok. An Associate Artist at the Substation, Lionel will share the entire production process to making your first short film. Learn to conceptualise a story and practical techniques such as shooting and editing, and develop your own short film at the end of the two sessions. This workshop is specially designed for adults and students who have an interest in filmmaking, or aspire to be a professional filmmaker.

Session 1
12 March, Possibility Room, National Library

10am-12pm: Introduction to Digital Video Film-Making
12pm-1pm: Lunch
1pm –3pm: Conceptualising your Story & Practical Applications

Session 2
19 March, Visitors’ Briefing Room, National Library

10am –12pm: Production
12pm – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 3pm: Post-production
4pm – 6pm: Screening

This programme is fully sponsored by NLB, so all we’re looking for in you are:
i) An interest in digital filmmaking
ii) Commitment to attend the two sessions
iii) Commitment to work on the film project outside course hours
iv) Have a camera that can record video
v) Have a laptop

Please send an email to by 3 March with the subject header ‘digital sho(r)ts’ and include the following details:
i) Name, NRIC, Contact number
ii) Why do you want to join this programme (in 250 words)

With several lauded film, video, theatrical, and even web productions under his belt, Lionel turned his back on his Economics qualifications more than 15 years ago and has not looked back since. Pursuing his passion for storytelling, he started his foray in TV since 1996 and has since amassed credits and awards in TV, Film and Theatre!

Besides being involved with the Singapore-Australia-Cambodian feature film co-production: “To Speak” ( which made headlines when it premiered – in Montreal World Film Festival 2007, his other accolades include: winning the Audience Choice Award 07 as part of: Digital Film Fiesta 2006 (by Panasonic and Media Development Authority of Singapore) for his Hi-Definition short film “Crossroad”; and more recently – the New York Festivals 2010 TV Award for “Scene.City Singapore”. Lionel is an Associate Artist (Film) of The Substation – Home of the Arts. Visit his site at:

This programme is presented by Bear Fruit Academy (an initiative of the National Library Board).


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Bear Fruit Academy: Designer Toys Creation Workshop

Turn Your 2D illustrations into a 3D Figure

Always fascinated with those amazing designer toys that you see on display? You have an ideal toy figurine that you want to own, but, you do not know how to go about designing, creating and producing it? Now is you chance to do so!

If designing, creating and producing your own designer toy is your dream, this 4-part Designer Toys Creation Workshop is just for you! Under the mentorship of Matthew Hong from 8elephants, participants will be exposed to creating designer toys using various sculpting and painting methods.

As a student in Bear Fruit Academy, you don’t have to work too hard. All we need from you are:
1. A commitment to ALL 4 workshops;
2. A creative inclination and passionfor character creation; and
3. To be comfortable with working with hands (Prototypes will be created by YOU!)

Selected protoypes will be showcased in one of our Public Libraries. workshop is limited to only 20 participants. Are you all hyped up for the experience of a lifetime? Register by sending an email to by Sunday, 27 February 2011with:

1. the subject header: “I want to be part of the Designer Toys Creation Workshop”
2. why you would like to join this workshop.
3. sketch/drawing of the toys you like and/or a design of your ideal toy
4. your full name, NRIC and contact number

Session 1
Tampines Regional Library, Auditorium
Saturday 5 March 2011, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will share his/her sketches, photos, illustrations, or physical examples of elements they would like to incorporate into their toy.
– Participants will learn about the toy collectibles and identify the few proven approaches to creating the toy collectibles with relation to their concepts.

Session 2
Tampines Regional Library, Changi Room
Saturday 12 March 2011, 11am – 1pm

– Presentation of Concepts – Students will decide on an original design to develop from their sketches.
– Participants will learn about ways to translate their concepts into 3-Dimensions and discuss how certain aspects of their toy may be better engineered for small and large scale production.
– Participants will start to sculpt their creations from mixed-media.

Session 3
Tampines Regional Library, Changi Room
Saturday 19 March 2011, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will present at least 60% of the completed sculpt/model of their design.
– Participants will refine their sculpted creation to a nearly finished stage.
– Participants will begin or complete their painting schemes.
– Participants will discuss on how to prepare their work for the final presentation and showcase.

Session 4
Tampines Regional Library, Changi Room
Saturday 19 March 2011, 11am – 1pm

– Participants will present their completed designer toys to the industry professionals for judging.

This workshop is proudly brought to you by:

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