10th Singapore Short Cuts illustration

It’s been a while since our last update, as we’re busy developing our feature film. But here’s a pleasant surprise from National Museum!

2013_10th Singapore Short Cuts illustration

 Illustration by Koh Hong Teng

This illustration for the 10th Singapore Short Cuts features elements from local short films screened previously in the festival. Can you spot the 3 Hosaywood motifs? Check out the festival here.

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Members of Hosaywood: Stanley Huang

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Stanley Huang tickled funny bones aplenty as the ‘cockster’ in Tak Giu. He also directed, wrote and starred in his own film, Pink Boy. We ask the natural-born comedian about his interests and thoughts on an acting career:

Give us a brief bio of yourself.
I’m currently a Multimedia Video Editor with SPH. I enjoy playing games. But my PC is too sucky to handle any high end games and I don’t own any game consoles. Loser hor?

What are some of your favorite films/ actors / plays?
Hot Fuzz. I think the editing is flawless. It’s fun to watch too!
I watched Lion King the musical when I was in London two years ago. I thought it was gonna be a kiddy show. But noooo…. Its was fantastic! They had life size animal structures with actors controlling their movements in them. Amazing act.

Tell us about your film Pink Boy.
Pink Boy was a group project when I was doing my BA. I dyed my socks, shoes and clothes pink as we didn’t have enough pink props. It was a cost saving measure too!

What are some interesting moments while filming Tak Giu?
I had a hard time doing the grass eating scene. Eat grass leh! The expression of mine during that scene was real. No needa act :S

What did you think of your role in Tak Giu?
The character is slightly like a cockster. I think I have no problem playing a cockster as I’m already one in real life. That must be the reason why Jacen wanted me in the film -_-

What do your friends think about your performance in Pink Boy? Any fans?
They were all excited to see me in Tak Giu and Pink Boy as they didn’t know I could act. My friends kept asking me to join Mediacorp -_-
When I won the Fresh Face award at the Canon DVfest, some gals asked if they could have a picture with me. I guess I had a few fans back then, haha.

What about a career in front of the screen (as an actor)?
I just like to have fun in front of the screen. I don’t think i wanna make a living out of it.

You seem to be equally comfortable onscreen and behind the screen. Any preference?
Being on screen is physically tiring. Being behind the screen is both physically and mentally tiring. I’m kinda lazy. So maybe I will just go with being just physically tiring onscreen. There’s no needa think so much heh.

Lastly, any projects of your own in the pipeline?
Maybe? Still at the ‘conceptualizing stage’.

Interviewed by Cyan. Watch Stanley get bullied in Tak Giu and Pink Boy.
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Members of Hosaywood: Wesley Wong

Better known as Merlion Tan, Wesley Wong found fame with his convincing portrayal of a down-and-out wannabe filmmaker in Zo Gang & Zo Hee.

Trained in film & video production, Wesley was not considering a career in acting until his talent was unearthed in Zo Gang. He was even mistaken for a real lawyer by an audience member!

Read more about the man and his many passions:

Give us a brief bio of yourself?
I’m currently teaching video courses in Singapore Polytechnic. I love good movies, but generally wouldn’t mind bad ones, just for the experience of learning what NOT to do.

What are some of your favorite films/ actors / plays?
Too many to name for films and actors. But plays – in terms of plays (made into films) I like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and in recent memory “Closer”.

Why do you like films and filmmaking?
Visual, aural? Its all good! Movies are stories, which stem from life’s experiences. Without ups and downs, then we will have boring lives and so would the stories be.

Was it your first time as a lead actor in Zo Gang?
Probably, unless you count the time I was on a TV game show.

What did you think of the role?
Merlion Tan is sensitive to the local film scene. He needs inspirations to make his own film.

Tell me about your experiences during the filming process for Zo Gang & Zo Hee?
It was a fun time. Except it was tiring, like all shoots.

Any comments from your friends on your performance in Zo Gang & Zo Hee?
My girlfriend found it amusing, so much so that she commissioned the sequel of sorts, Zo Hee. That’s how we met. She ended up being in it too.

Any fans? Reaction from the local audience?
One audience came up to me after the screening once, and said that she had some legal questions, thinking I really was a lawyer! I wonder if that means the acting was good, or did it fail since it didn’t convince her that I was an actor portraying a role.

You also crewed for the films. Do you prefer being infront or behind the camera?
Being behind my own equipment seems more comfortable for me because I have practice. Acting worried me because I did not know how others were framing me and i felt that I did not have control.

You went for a film festival in Berlin where Zo Gang was screened. How was it?
It was a great tour with many of the finest new filmmakers around. We had fun. Was surprised that the Berlin audience could get some of the Singaporean jokes. I have always felt that comedy is the hardest to do, although I like to think I’m rather witty. Totally surprised at some of the jokes they reacted to.

Tell us what you are doing now?
Unfortunately teaching is taking up a huge chunk of my life right now. Not much time for anything else.

Interviewed by Cyan. Watch Wesley’s performance in Zo Gang here.
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Zo Hee @ PROJECT: slingSHORT, Singapore

Zo Hee will be screened at Project: slingSHORT, Sinema Old School on 2nd of May 2009, 8.00-10.00pm.

Tickets will be $15 each. All proceeds will be donated to projectION, a social initiative in collaboration with Sinema Academy of Motion Pictures.

See more details and the full line-up here.

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Celebrate Drama 2008 and Cineodeon

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Zo Gang + Zo Hee will be rocking Celebrate Drama 2008 at the Arts House, as part of its short film programme.
Check out ticketing and screening details on 16 & 17 Aug here.

Zo Gang will also be screened at the following schools under the Cineodeon showcase.
15 Aug 08 – 245pm, Meridian Junior College
18 Aug 08 – 2pm, Hwa Chong Institution

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