A year ago, all I was excited about during production is to see nice bokeh shots. One year later, im like honestly nobody cares about those blurred balls.
All I ever did in Kenneth's modules were expository documentaries and it is honestly crazy for me to decide to do a participatory documentary because I've never done it before and I'm not Someone who likes to take risks. But recalling how I felt after watching Tan Pin Pin's Singapore Gaga, I knew that the participatory documentary was the effect that I was looking for because I wanted the raw and seamless feel rather than a pieced together story that you can just find on Facebook. In fact, I was pretty reluctant to use any non diagetic sounds, but I had to find a balance between a documentary documentary and a mass-media documentary video so that it ultimately still appeals to the average viewer without losing its main message.
This photo itself is so aesthetically meaningful- an Uncle in a wheelchair with a orange back that blends with the rest of the people sitting in orange chairs - it just further emphasises how average every single singaporean looks like, until you really make the effort to talk to them to listen to their stories.
This sem, I'm just thankful for all the conversations I had, and all the stories these participants shared.