Film director Quek Shio Cuan, advised students to take baby steps when it comes to filmmaking.
Quek, currently attached with Reservoir Production, shared his journey in becoming a renowned film director during a sharing session organised by Han Chiang College.
“Start from the bottom with television commercials as you will gain better access of crews and learn fast,” he said.
He added that he never dreamed of becoming a director due to the limited choices he had in the past.
When asked on the challenges he faced in the industry, Quek said that he had once thought of quitting when he compared himself to friends who had office jobs.
“I saw my friend in proper formal attire while I was sweating all over in my white T-shirt,” he said as he explained the difficult nature of the job.
Quek’s recent project is to produce a movie based on his previous short film ‘Guang’ which bagged numerous local international awards.
“This film is based on my real life story of learning how to cope with my brother who is an autistic patient,” Quek said.
The production process will begin this August in Penang and Quek has extended an invitation to all attendees at the sharing session to join the crew on the set.
Head of Broadcasting Lee Kean Wei said that the event aims to prepare students in facing the demands of the industry after they graduate from college.
Keng Hui Yuen, 19, said that the session was a good exposure for her as she had the chance to learn from an experienced film director.
The sharing session saw the attendance of 50 students together with lecturers Delton Cox, Ho Rhu Pin, Kek Phaik Yong and Mohd Eswandy.