"We were trying to jolt people from their sweet
dreams and show them that the world is not all sugar, spice and
all things nice, not even in Singapore," Nisar explained.
Two other second-year MCM students, encouraged by Nisar's success
last year, also took part in the Singapore Short Film Competition
Dzulkilfi Sungit and Remi Mohamed got together during the school
holidays to put together a simple ten minute movie entitled "Eddy"
which tied with Nisar's effort for the Special Jury Prize.
"We couldn't believe it," said Dzulkifli of their accomplishment.
"It was a last minute thing and we did it because we were very
bored during the holidays," he confessed.
Dzulkilfi who initiated the project, originally planned to participate
only in the Panasonic Video Award. However, on the encouragement
of Nisar, they finished editing in a short period of time and entered
"Eddy" for the Singapore Short Film Competition instead.
"Basically, the movie was about self-pity and personal expectations
which were too high to meet," said Remi, who also wrote the
The success of the students leaves Mr. Peter Yeo Eng Hwee, a Television
Production lecturer, very proud of their accomplishments. He noted
that the two entries from the MCM students made up 20 per cent of
the finalists, "which is not at all a small number," he
Mr. Yeo believes that participation in the competition can be a
"test to see how bad or good you are." The competition
is a good gauge of the student's skills and he encourages them to
take part. For a major part of Nisar's production, Mr. Yeo had given
useful advice and guided the student on the technical aspects of
his video productions for both years.
The Video Award Presentation for the Year (to be held on May 7
at Lecture Theatre 76) with outstanding Video Television Production
Projects was set up to cultivate interest in production work. "Only
in a competition can students get to see how they stand amongst
others," said Mr. Yeo.
Mr. Yeo encourages more MCM students to take part in the Singapore
Short Film Competition, "only if it is affordable and they
have the time to balance school work with it."