Co-organisers: Astro Shaw and Next New Wave
Supported by: FINAS
In 2015, Next New Wave collaborated with Astro Shaw and FINAS on a three-part filmmaking workshop Astro Shortcuts which consists of Story and Pitching, Script Development, and Pre-Production. Shortcuts focuses on creating quality short films by helping emerging Malaysian writer-directors develop their films in comprehensive and intensive workshops. In all three workshops, the participants get valuable time and wisdom from unique and established filmmakers from Southeast Asia to push forward their vision and also to learn from different ways of practising film in the region.
In the first workshop, individual raw story ideas were played with and were then prepared for a pitch to the nine filmmaking mentors from the region. On the third and last day, three winners were selected for a guaranteed spot in the second workshop.
In the second, an open call for submission of scripts were made and six best stories were chosen for a chance to develop their script at a writing retreat. In this script development workshop, producer-scriptwriter pairs were challenged and tested for their story. For a week, they got valuable consultations and sharing sessions with three mentors from Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines. Three winning scripts were selected at the end for a fund from Astro to turn their scripts into short films! As a result, we ended up with three special short films with three very unique voices. The winning producer-scriptwriter teams also get to participate in the third and final Shortcuts workshop.
In the final workshop which focuses entirely on pre-production, the producer and writer-director of the winning projects must assemble their teams’ heads of departments which should consist of assistant director, cinematographer, editor, sound designer and production designer. For five days, the teams must work on their pre-production materials and consult with seven mentors who each represent all the heads of departments, including producer and writer-director.
Shortcuts then ended gracefully with presentations of the projects by each team and a heartwarming speech by former FINAS president Dato’ Kamil Othman, after which they would embark on their journey to make their short films.
All three workshops were held separately, the Script Development workshop being its most unique one with its location held in Sekeping Kong Heng, Ipoh.