I took part in the GV25 Film Shorts Competition by Golden Village in 2017. Out of 200 submissions, three were selected to go into production with a grant of $2,000, so I had a little bit of money to make a short film!
The title started out as “Lost and Found”, but evolved into “Raffles v Utama: Dawn of Singapore”. It’s a 10-minute comedy about the ghosts of Raffles and Sang Nila Utama arguing about who the rightful founder of Singapore is, when they are inadvertently summoned during the Seventh Month by a group of hapless students.
I was runner up in the GV25 Film Shorts Competition, and here’s the story of my filmmaking journey. I wrote about my fears, challenges, and blessings that came about while on production.
And my hashtag is #RafflesVUtama if you want to check it out on Instagram!
Nat Ho as Alvin
Ning Cai as Xing
Divitra Sukumaran as Chandra
Arnaud Pierre as Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles
Syawal Yusoff as His Highness Sang Nila Utama
Flora Yeo as the Cleaning Auntie
Danny Yeo as the Old Man
Bill Teoh as Voice of the Old Man
Jovis Ang as Voice of Xing’s Mother
Director of Photography
Zach Renshen Ho
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
Second Boom Operator
Hair and Makeup Artists
I’m a Singapore television scriptwriter who’s written for Lion Mums, Crimewatch, Police & Thief, and Incredible Tales. I’m also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. You can find me on social media as Optimarcus and on my site.
Send me an email if you want to get in touch!