ViE workshop wows students

A DIGITAL video-editing workshop held recently in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the Video-In-Education (ViE) competition, saw keen participation by students from 15 short-listed lower secondary schools nationwide. 

Introduced by the Education Ministry and co-presented by Apple Malaysia, with National Panasonic (M) Sdn Bhd and independent film production house Kino-i Sdn Bhd as sponsors, the competition is an effort to enhance students' learning experience and creativity. 

Earlier, schools were invited to submit a storyboard depicting a lesson plan exclusively for Science or Mathematics  

A large percentage of the storyboards submitted were influenced by movies such as Finding Nemo, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Dinosaur, Back to the Future, Cast Away and Antz. Said ministry representative Cyril Christopher Singham: “Some stories touched on current affairs, such as the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) issue, and the invasion of Iraq, as well as patriotic elements. Environmental issues such as air and water pollution were also explored.” 

Fifteen storyboards were shortlisted from over 250 entries for the finals.  

Participating schools such as SMK Air Merah in Kulim, Kedah, and SMK Lundu, Sarawak, which had no prior exposure to computer technology were proud to have made the cut. 

“We’re very happy to be here,” said SMK Lundu teacher Ng Peng Ching. “For a school accessible only by boat, the selection is an honour for my boys, as it gives them an opportunity to learn new technology, on top of exchanging ideas with their peers.” 

On day two of the workshop, students learnt the basics of iMovie and gained hands-on training. “Participants were taught the foundations of storyboarding, shooting and editing, using iMovie, which is built in the Mac,” said Kino-i managing director Syazril Imri Amir Hamzah. 

Yeat Nai Chian, 14, from SMJK Sam Tet, Ipoh, said: “We’ve learnt new technology here which we wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. The simplicity of the video editing software adds to the fun and challenge. I wish to share this knowledge with my school mates when I return and hope to be a film producer some day.” 

Johana Baidura Putri, 14, from SMK Seri Kuantan, Pahang, was equally thrilled. “This workshop is a great experience as it exposes us to the latest digital lifestyle technology. It’s particularly special to me as I’m interested in movie-making.”  

“I gained a lot of knowledge from this workshop,” said Lydia Samasundram, 13, from SMK Air Merah, Kedah, “and am happy to be given this opportunity to be exposed to Apple’s easy movie-making technology.” 

Hafidzah Basiran, who teaches at SMK Layang-Layang, Kluang, Johor, said: “In the beginning, I was extremely apprehensive, as my students had no clue where to start with all this digital equipment. But look at them now. They can be the next Steven Spielberg!” 

The teams returned to their hometowns after the workshop with a loaned iMac, courtesy of Apple Malaysia, and digital video camera, courtesy of National Panasonic, and spent the next two weeks developing their project. 

Winners of the ViE competition are being announced at the Science Carnival, on in Kota Baru, from yesterday to Wednesday.  

The winning teams stand to win lucrative prizes for themselves and their schools, sponsored by Apple and Panasonic.  

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