20/20: The Temasek Short Film Project kicks off its second season today with four music videos (MVs) inspired by the project theme of ‘Beyond 2020’.
The MVs will offer viewers a glimpse into the hopes and dreams of local secondary school students and their perspectives on life beyond the year 2020 – ahead of the project’s official launch on 29 May.
The videos, which touch on themes such as technology advancement and disruption, as well as social resilience and environmental degradation, were produced using mobile filmmaking techniques by students between 14 to 17 years old across 4 secondary schools – Jurong West Secondary School, Dunman High School, Canberra Secondary School and Nan Hua High School.
Mentored by local film industry veterans Wee Li Lin and Ong Kuo Sin, the MVs feature the original theme song “We’ll Be Okay” written and composed by local award-winning singer and actress, Jean Seizure.
The soundtrack in each MV were each sung by four different local artistes – .gif, Joie Tan, Shak’thiya and Umar Sirhan. The artistes were featured last year in The Great Singapore Replay, a community project jointly presented by the National Arts Council and Temasek which brought back Singapore’s greatest hits of yesteryears, reimagined by some of Singapore’s most promising emerging artists.
Mentor: Ong Kuo Sin
Under the tutelage of Ong Kuo Sin, students from Canberra Secondary School and Nan Hua High School produced the Cryonics and Life Beyond 2020 music videos respectively. Known for his versatility, Ong’s work ranges from documentaries to variety shows to dramas and comedies. He received a nomination for “Best Local Direct” at the Singapore E-Awards in 2014, and his viral hit song “Unbelievable” for Spouse For House, garnered more than 5 million hits on social networks.
Mentor: Wee Li Lin
Wee Li Lin closely mentored the students from Jurong West Secondary School and Dunman High School, responsible for the Dusk Till Dawn and Kim music videos. Wee is one of Singapore’s pioneer female filmmakers, with her distinct comedic and fantastical touch. She has won several awards both locally and internationally including Best Director at the Singapore International Film Festival.
The full premiere of 20/20: The Temasek Short Film Project season two is set for 29 May. Films from 20/20’s first season in 2016, which gathered over a million video views, garnered invitations to participate in international film festivals; I Believe screened at the AS Film Festival in Italy, while Mother was featured at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival in Canada.
As in the previous season, Temasek has collaborated with Singapore-based film production company mm2 Entertainment, which has produced notable movies such as the Ah Boys To Men series. mm2 oversaw the filmmaking process and worked with the mentor-directors and filmmaker groups to complete the films.
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