Leave it to directors, says association chief


By ZIEMAN
  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Mar 2003

By ZIEMAN

PETALING JAYA: Directors are the right people to handle a film's post-production until it reaches completion, said Film Directors Association of Malaysia president Ahmad Ibrahim. 

Commenting on the controversy surrounding award-winning director Adman Salleh, who was “relieved” of directorial duties in the second national film Paloh, Ahmad said only the director knew what scenes to exclude from a film to ensure the flow is smooth. 

“I understand his frustration when a crucial scene is axed, and it disrupts the flow of the whole film. It is against professional ethics not to allow a director to complete a film. 

“Even if the management company appoints others to finish the post-production work, Adman has to be there to oversee the process,” said Ahmad, who felt that Paloh’s producers, Filem Negara and Finas, should make a firm stand on the matter. 

It was reported that the RM3.5mil film was in the midst of being completed when problems started between Adman and Paloh’s supervising producer Jurey Latiff Rosli who snipped off 15 minutes of crucial scenes. 

Karyawan, the association of Malaysian artistes, in which reputable film directors like Othman Hafsham and Erma Fatima are office-bearers, has also expressed regret over the controversy.  

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