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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