ifva Young Filmmakers 2014
Presented by the ifva, Hong Kong Arts Centre, supported by with WYNG Masters Award. With the topic of WASTE, the project aims to inspire teenagers to express themselves, share their powerful ideas and viewpoints through moving images.

WASTE is not only rubbish but can be valuable as well. Waste relates contextually to the way we behave in this materialistic and consumptive society, as well as to the material generated in the process. It is not merely about environmental protection, but also a social issue that encompasses economic, cultural, ethnic and human life. We get new pair of jeans with wore-out knee before the old pair actually wears out. We don’t repair thing. We throw away. Our modern ‘Throw Away’ society has contributed to the creation of the world’s most well-known marine landfill – the Pacific Trash Vortex. Waste is a global problem making awareness building and education essential goals.

From creative inspiration and concept development, hands-on technical workshops, studio-based production, guest sharing and field trips, students will be expected to think critically as well as to express creatively. They will work closely with video artists to produce a creative video during an 8-week workshop.

Participating Schools (In Alphabetical Order):

– Lok Sin Tong Wong Chung Ming Secondary School
– Lok Sin Tong Yu Kan Hing Secondary School
– The Methodist Lee Wai Lee College
– T.W.G.Hs Li Ka Shing College

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Conceptual Development

Through weeks of group activities and discussions, students developed their own definition of WATSE, and transformed their ideas into scripts.

Creative inspiration

In-class exercises such as mind mapping and drawing were designed for students to further develop their concepts and think creatively and critically. During the workshop, students presented their storyboards and critiqued on each other’s ideas.

Technical skills

Teaching Artist introduced various styles of framings and compositions, basic camera operations and theory of photography to students. Students shot 15 seconds shorts within the campus and applied the skills they have learnt. The shootings were encouraged to be experimental in any ways. Moreover, students were given a short script in advance and were asked to create a storyboard and shot it within the campus. They were encouraged to critique each other’s work for further improvement.

Site-visit & workshop - Mapopo Community Farm

Students were toured around the farms and explained how they would transform the wasted food collected from the local restaurants into fertilizers for farming. They were taught to make organic soaps with wasted oil, which collected from the local restaurants in Hong Kong. Students also learnt to make a bottle of bio-enzymes with the mixture of water, sugars and some lemon peels.

Woofer Ten - Yau Ma Tei

Students were guided to explore the local markets at Yau Ma Tei. They interviewed the shop owners (left) in the market and learnt about their daily routines. Representative of 18 Pitt Street explained the story behind the letterpress types. Therefore, students learnt the history of Yau Ma Tei and how the district had evolved over the years. Students also learnt how to make a purse out of a finished drink carton during the workshop.

After the tour in the market, students shared their thoughts of the local community with drawings and presented their perspectives related to WASTE after their visit in the market.

Blackmagic Design - Colour Grading Technical Workshop

Students attended an elementary colour grading workshop taught by Blackmagic Design. They experienced the “Instagram effects” on video, learnt to adjust the colour tones in the footages and realised the importance of colour grading in video post-production.

Participating Teaching Artists (In Alphabetical Order):

Joseph Wu

Graduate of City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media, Wu Hong-lun, Joseph is a video-artist and experienced director, writer and teacher in his field. 

His first short 5minutes, which was selected to the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival – The Devil’s Playground, and the New Taipei Film Festival – International Student Film Golden Lion Awards, is one of the best student films of 2009. His second, The Waterside, was a selected short of 2010 Hong Kong Independent film festival, and a committee recommendation short of the 16th Hong Kong Independent short film and video award. Afterwards, he made his third Shabnum, the dew, for the Hong Kong Fresh-wave 2011 short film festival. Now he’s running his own studio Ballab that focuses on TV commercial and corporate video production. 

Kenji Wong

A contemporary artist received his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media from the City University of Hong Kong. He uses videos, photographs, performances and installations, to depict time passing though the object as well as the memory it leaves in the mind. His performances responses to social issue and attempt ground for spatial practice. His works have been exhibited in New York, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. Wong was also video & photo journalist at a Hong Kong based media, House News. He is Currently a Master of Cultural Studies candidate at Lingnan University.

Tiv Wong

Graduated from School of Creative Media (City University of Hong Kong).  Have involved in community movement since 2011. Documentaries produced were focus on indie music and movements: Fungi Party (2013), Factory 3F(2014).

Wong Ping Animation Lab

Established in 2014, Hong Kong Artist Wong Ping produces animations, illustrations and music videos.