I know that I should have done this ages ago. This project ended the moment I wrote my last post. But, the truth is, I didn’t want to.
I didn’t want to bade goodbye to an extremely good experience. This project forced me to explore different films from different cultures, styles, eras and it made me more exposed to directors, scriptwriters, talents and crews that were/are amazing. And even though it forced me to do so, I enjoyed it. And it didn’t feel forceful at all. I actually really did enjoy it. After all, budding filmmakers love films. Not only making them but watching them too.
I went through lots of self-reflections throughout this project. Watching Asian films made me reassessed myself firstly as an Asian. I wondered how and if my Asian upbringing may itself be an inspiration for future scripts and films that I may write or make as a filmmaker. I pondered on the possibilities of me having a certain style of my own. I marveled at my attraction towards the unexplained. The experience just made me more open to different possibilies and widened my creativity basket.
Also, I thoroughly enjoyed FIL230: Asian Film History, the module that was the beginning of this adventure and exploration of Asian Films. Prof Bee Thiam is a true inspiration, and I can say this safely now without the fear of people accusing me of being a “suck-up” since the semester has officially ended. Though his assignments were really challenging and time-consuming, they were all worth it. We were exposed to beautiful films, analysed them as best as we could, and we learned the history and influences of different national cinemas.
And one of the lessons that I will never forget from this course is when Bee Thiam shared about the Malaysian New Wave: how the filmmakers help each other out sincerely. How certain directors are willing to become the sound man for another director, or even take on the smallest task of adding subtitles for another filmmakers’ film. This teamwork is what is lacking in Singapore, where every man is on his own. I love the idea of collaboration, of helping each other out, entering the film industry together, putting Singapore on the world map for films… etc. It sounds so wonderful. And I see a possibility for this amongst my friends and I, a group of us who constantly help each other out in different film productions.
So, I enjoyed my journey. And it has finally come to an end. I’m grateful that I received a good grade for this module. It would have been a great disappointment and a great shame if I did badly for this module, for it truly was one of my favourite modules. Thank you prof and all the wonderful films (more than 50 films) that I have watched for this module. Thank you for a wonderful experience. And thank you course mates for being wonderful. All in all, a wonderful experience. Thank you.