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Monday, 4 June 2018

4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest Finalists Learn Filmmaking from Expert

Nine ASEAN youths were sitting and chatting in a very stylish red-colored conference room, inside a youth center by the name of Red Box. Noticing something was amiss, a man approached them. "Please sit in ASEAN way," said the man. The man who requested the youths to sit alphabetically starting from Brunei Darussalam to Vietnam was Horea Salajan, the sole trainer of the 4th ASEAN Youth Video Contest (AYVC) 2018’s video production training. And the 9 youths were his trainees for the next 4 days.

For most of the trainees, going abroad for a video production training was a completely new experience for them. Troy L. Valdehueza, the youngest trainee from the Philippines, was among them. "I'm blessed enough to be part of the AYVC. It’s really nice to enjoy the localities of Singapore and have a professional touch from Mr. Horea Salajan in video-making skill. I also meet other ASEAN finalists and explore their cultures. It's really an eye-opening experience. It really helps me as well as a hobbyist in film-making to aspire more in the future."

Troy was one of the 9 finalists that were selected to participate in the 4th AYVC 2018’s video production training from 23 – 26 April 2018 in Singapore. The finalists were chosen from 134 entries that were submitted during the 4th AYVC 2018’s call for applications period which was started from 7 February – 9 March 2018. The theme for this year is “Youth Celebrating Diversity to Promote a Culture of Peace and Tolerance.”

On the first day of workshop, the Head of International Affairs National Youth Council of Singapore and Singapore’s Representative of the Senior Officials Meeting on Youth Mr. Chung Tai Wai gave the welcoming speech, followed by remarks from the U.S. Mission to ASEAN’s Public Affairs Officer Ms. Andrea Appell, the Senior Officer of Education Youth and Sports Division of ASEAN Secretariat Ms. Sara Abdullah, and the Communications and Programme Officer of ASEAN Foundation Ms. Caron Monica Toshiko.

The workshop was then continued with review session led by Horea. They were asked to elaborate the ideas that become the foundation of their video storyboards. From there, Horea provided inputs on which aspects need to be improved. This method was deemed the best to bring out the creative storytelling skills from the trainees. To complement the method, Horea also explained about the elements that must be present in a story, which are exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.

On the second day, Ms. Sara Abdullah opened the day with a presentation about the development of ASEAN youth and the importance of their contribution in ASEAN. Following the presentation, the training session continued with video pre-production session. During this session, the trainees had the opportunity to hone their skills in utilizing equipment, optimizing the storyboard framing, developing a shooting plan, creating script, and strengthening key elements in the storyboard. They learned how to capture a scene from the right angle, utilise “cut” method and how to stitch scenes from the video that they filmed that day.

On the third day, it was city tour time. Having spent the first two days behind the table, the youngsters were more than ready to enjoy the tour around the country. They also used the city tour to practice their film-making skills, capturing scenes along the way. During the city tour, the representative of US Embassy Singapore Mr. Ian Yip took the tour-guide role to explain the city landmarks that they visited. Among those landmarks were Mount Faber Park, Singapore Merlion, Garden by The Bay, China Town, Haji Lane, and Little India.

Came the last day of the workshop, the trainees explored the post-production aspect of film-making process. They were taught about how to combine the visual and audio elements effectively, how to integrate the visual effect, and how to do final editing as well.

The 9 ASEAN youths’ journey in the 4th AYVC 2018 didn’t stop there. After the training, they are expected to improve their submitted videos by using the skills and knowledge they received from the training and re-submit those videos to the judging committee. The challenges are definitely bigger now as the remake version of the video will be 2-minute long, instead of 60-second long. Three finalists who come up with the best videos will be crowned a winner and receive cash prizes. The winners’ announcement will be made in June 2018.

It is our pleasure to present the nine finalists of the 4th AYVC 2018:

From left to right: Abdul Halim bin Ashari (Brunei Darussalam), Ek Rithy Chesda (Cambodia), Nada Celesta Aldarizma (Indonesia)
From left to right: Sipaseuth Souksavanh (Lao PDR), Risjhen Rajasingam Velsine (Malaysia), Saw Ah Khee Chel (Myanmar)
From left to right: Troy L. Valdehueza (the Philippines), Nithiwana Chitsanupong (Thailand), Thi Nguyen Le Minh (Viet Nam)

Writer: Caron Toshiko
Editor: Anthoni Octaviano

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