Videos with heart: Ngee Ann Poly students' final year projects

Videos with heart: Ngee Ann Poly students' final year projects
Ngee Ann Polytechnic students Mr Kevin Ng and Ms Vanessa Tan have outstanding final year projects.

As a primary school pupil, Mr Kevin Ng loved playing computer games and even created videos of gaming tutorials.

Today, he is using his videography skills for a different purpose.

The 20-year-old creates videos for non-profit organisations and social enterprises. The companies use the videos to increase their online visibility.

The final-year film and media studies (FMS) student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic set up a pro bono creative agency with two partners in 2012, when he was a freshman.

Creatives For Causes is an agency which matches about 300 volunteers skilled in photography, videography and graphic design with non-profit and charitable organisations that need help with their online presence.

"Since 2012, we have helped about 35 non-profit organisations and social enterprises create material including articles, photos and videos," said Mr Ng.

On Thursday, he presented two videos he made for his final-year project.

The videos, Beautiful Myanmar and My Cambodia, show viewers different aspects of local life in the two countries. They were recorded during a school trip and a youth expedition trip.

"I wanted to capture the unique beauty of each country - not just the monuments but also the people, what the country is really about," said Mr Ng.

"I see the people's expressions and smiles as a way to tell a story."

In My Cambodia, a Khmer girl narrates her dreams and thoughts about the future. A Singaporean student did the voiceover, which was written by Mr Ng.

Mr Ng said making the videos has helped him reflect on his own attitude towards life here.

"When I was there, I saw poverty but the children seemed really happy with their life," said Mr Ng.

"The simple, natural things brought them joy. Throwing a rock in the pond would make them laugh."

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"After making the videos, I feel Singaporeans are very privileged but not readily appreciative of our country," added Mr Ng.

"We always want more but we fail to look at what we have.

"Would we be able to find joy in the simple things?"

Ms Anita Kuan, director of FMS at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, said she found Mr Ng's videos very artistic, touching and creative.

"Another lecturer recommended that I watch his videos," she said.

"When I finally sat down and watched them, I realised how talented he is."

Mr Ng plans to apply for the Media Development Authority's scholarship after his National Service, which will begin soon. He dreams of getting his masters degree in Film and Television (Cinematography) at the National Film and Television School in the UK.

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