Technology has dramatically changed the way filmmakers express their creativity. Today, every segment of the filmmaking process from filming to post-production, distribution to archiving is defined by the rapid leaps made in the name of technology. Keeping abreast is a challenge not only for professionals, but also students of filmmaking.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media Studies believes the best way forward is to give its students a ‘reel-world’ exposure to the art of filmmaking.
More than just provide its students with a sound theoretical foundation in film studies, it gives its students access to the latest industry-standard equipment as well as opportunities to work in top-notch facilities like surround sound mixing and multi-track recording studios, sound stages and a Full HD TV studio. It combines this with regular masterclasses and workshops conducted by renowned filmmakers and industry experts.
The polytechnic’s Diploma in Film, Sound and Video course (FSV) which was introduced in 1989, is widely acknowledged as one of the most established filmmaking courses in Singapore.
FSV students, alumni and lecturers enjoy an enviable track record at numerous local and international film festivals. Many FSV students have also distinguished themselves by running their own production houses, taking on leadership roles in established companies like Lucas Film and Mediacorp, and contributing to blockbuster productions like Life of Pi, Guardians of the Galaxy and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to name a few.
To accelerate the students’ practical experience, the school has consistently invested in its very own suite of cameras.
It recently acquired three units of Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K camera. With HD and 4K fast becoming the industry-standard in many countries, the new cameras act as a learning tool and give the students invaluable first-hand exposure operating the latest technology.
Says Timothy Chen, a Lecturer at the School of Film and Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic: “The Sony F5 adopts a professional cinematic capture workflow. Its lenses are made to very high specifications – no breathing, smooth bokeh and not too harsh compared to other options.”
Another plus point for students is that they are able to grade their footage efficiently using the F5’s latest colour grading space, S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3.
Adds Chen: “The F5’s good codec with reasonable file sizes is well-suited for training purposes and is a competent alternative to the more expensive cine cameras.”
With the FSV’s pedigree and stellar credentials, Ngee Ann Polytechnic is confident that its students will have a bright future in the art of making films.