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Cinema Laid Bare - a workshop series on film appreciation conducted by Felix Cheong

Cinema Laid Bare is the name of the workshops on film appreciation conducted by Fleix Cheong at Singapore Art Museum's Patron's Club on 14, 21 & 28 June 2003 (Sat) from 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Registration fee is $60 for the full course, inclusive of course materials.

Felix Cheong is a former producer with TCS and training manager with CNBC Asia. He has over 10 years of broadcast experience. He is also a published poet and was the Winner of the NAC's  Young Artist of the Year for Literature award in 2000.

Find out how directors manipulate sound and vision to tell a story. Learn the answer to the question: Is acting, or the script, all there is to a good film? This three-part workshop will equip participants with an understanding of visual grammar, its text and subtext, with which to better appreciate the art of film-making.

Felix Cheong gives you the lowdown on cinema, its language and nuances and takes participants  through topics such as storyboarding, editing, sound as a narrative tool and key concepts in film making. Uncover the secret behind the power and impact of films!

Brief Course Outline

Session One: 14 Jun 2003
-  Introducing and explaining the concepts of Composition, Detail, Camera Angles, Camera Movement and Juxtaposition in understanding visual grammar. Film clips from a range of movies will be used as illustration.
-  Explaining the importance of pre-production storyboarding. A sequence from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" will be used as an example.
-  Participants will be involved in a hands-on exercise, acting out a scene from "The English Patient" and then creating their own storyboards as they imagine the scene would look visually.

Session Two - 21 June 2003
-  Introducing and explaining commonly used concepts in the broadcasting industry.
-  Introducing and explaining various editing transitions used in getting from one shot to the next in a sequence, including the techniques
of Cut, Mix and Wipe.
-  Exploring innovative methods used by directors in transiting from one scene to another, ensuring continuity and maintaining narrative flow.

Session Three - 28 June 2003
-  Understanding the value of sound in enhancing pictures and its power as a narrative tool
-  Examining the use of natural sounds, silence, sound effects and music.
-  Summation of course.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.
To register, please send crossed cheque for S$60 made payable to "National Heritage Board".  Please indicate name of participant(s), contact numbers and e-mail on the back of the cheque.
No refunds will be made for absentees. Mailing  address: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, S(189555). Attn: Santha Anthony. For more information, call (65) 6332 3220.

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7 June 2003

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