Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s ‘Reel-world’ Exposure to Filmmaking

Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media Studies believes the best way forward is to give its students a ‘reel-world’ exposure to the art of film-making.

More than just providing its students with a sound theoretical foundation in film studies, it gives students access to the latest industry-standard equipment as well as opportunities to work in top-notch facilities like surround sound mixing and multi-track recording studios, sound stages and a Full HD TV studio. It combines this with regular masterclasses and workshops conducted by renowned filmmakers and industry experts.

The polytechnic’s Diploma in Film, Sound and Video course (FSV) which was introduced in 1989, is widely acknowledged as one of the most established film-making courses in Singapore.

FSV students, alumni and lecturers enjoy an enviable track record at numerous local and international film festivals. Many FSV students have also distinguished themselves by running their own production houses, taking on leadership roles in established companies like Lucas Film and Mediacorp, as well as contributing to blockbuster productions – Life of Pi, Guardians of the Galaxy, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, to name a few.

To accelerate the students’ practical experience, the school has consistently invested in its very own suite of cameras. It recently acquired three units of Sony’s . With HD and 4K fast becoming the industry-standard in many countries, the new cameras act as a learning tool and give the students invaluable first-hand exposure operating the latest technology.

PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K Camera

“The Sony F5 adopts a professional cinematic capture workflow,” Said Timothy Chen, Lecturer at the School of Film and Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. “Its lenses are made to very high specifications – no breathing, smooth bokeh and not too harsh compared to other options.”

Another plus point for students is that they are able to grade their footage efficiently using the F5’s latest colour grading space.


“The F5’s good codec with reasonable file sizes is well-suited for training purposes and is a competent alternative to the more expensive cine cameras,” added Chen.



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