Singapore, FEB 7 2018 - Viddsee announced its original content slate for the year with seven new web-series including a short film anthology, three social documentary series, a coming-of-age comedy-drama, a web series about a taxi driver and a dramatic thriller series about cyberbullying.
The first of releases from Scene City, the short film anthology, is Ellie Ngim’s ‘Run Chicken Run’. Veteran television actor Peter Yu stars with child-actress Alysia Tay in this heartwarming drama about a father and daughter relationship and their unique Chinese New Year traditions.
The other confirmed filmmakers for this slate of Viddsee Originals are Michael Tay, JD Chua, Rifyal Giffari, Sabrina Poon, Christine Seow, Ng Yiqin, Eileen Chong, Jacky Lee and Don Aravind.
“We’re proud to collaborate with the incredibly talented local filmmakers from our community of content creators. The Viddsee platform combines creativity, technology and data science, and we’ve come a full circle as we move into content creation. We are excited about this journey in elevating their voices and their craft to our fans and to a global audience,” says head of Viddsee Studios, Kenny Tan.
Launching in March is the social documentary While You Sleep featuring Singaporeans who work the graveyard shift. Directed by Christine Seow, the five-episode series will profile the extraordinary jobs of an animal rescuer, a suicide hotline volunteer, an ambulance driver, an A&E medical staff and an embalmer.
Seow shares her inspiration behind the series: “We always fall short of understanding others. But through documentaries, we learn to empathise and bridge that gap.”
She adds: “There was a time when I had a week of overnight shoots on a film set, and I was going home late at night and hardly saw my family. One morning, I bumped into my sister in the lift. She was heading home after her nursing night shift. I realised that there were many ordinary people worked around the clock to ensure the safety of others.”
The two other social documentaries are Memories On A Plate by Ng Yiqin, an intimate examination of food and heritage, and Confessions by Eileen Chong, an inspirational series about the resilience of the human spirit.
“The Viddsee documentary series are part of our Viddsee Voices project. Working in collaboration with filmmakers to conceive each series allows us to highlight stories and perspectives that are personal to filmmakers and to explore what is commonly unknown or overlooked in our society,” Tan says.
All seven web series will be released on Viddsee’s platform from February to August 2018 and is produced in collaboration with the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) as part of a public service content initiative to develop original content with local content creators.
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Pictured above: Viddsee Filmmakers (L to R), Don Aravind, Rifyal Giffari, with Head of Viddsee Studios Kenny Tan (seated), Ellie Ngim, Ng Yiqin, Eileen Chong, Christine Seow, Sabrina Poon, Michael Tay, Jacky Lee (seated), JD Chua