PETALING JAYA: Filem Negara Malaysia is willing to pay high salaries to have the best scriptwriters and creative directors.
The dearth of talent has hindered the progress of the national film corporation and its director-general Raja Rozaimie Raja Dalnish Shah said Filem Negara would take the cue from the Information Ministry to hire the best it can find to become the best production house.
“We are willing to pay as much as what the private sector is offering,” he said.
Raja Rozaimie had accompanied Information Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir and his deputy Datuk Zainuddin Maidin when they visited the Filem Negara studios here on Monday.
Raja Rozaimie acknowledged that Filem Negara has one of the most advanced filming and video production facilities in the country and just needed to maximise its potential.
“The minister is right. We never had scriptwriters, we need to have good scriptwriters and creative directors to come up with fresh ideas,” he said.
Filem Negara stopped producing feature films on its own in the 1980s.
Abdul Kadir said that with the move to harness its own resources, Filem Negara would be able to supply tele-movies and drama serials to RTM instead of outsourcing.
Since RTM started airing 24 hours a day, the ministry has been inundated by production houses offering their services.
Abdul Kadir said it would be impossible to accommodate every offer due to cost-cutting measures.
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