Miri – 25 September 2012 – Some 20 media students of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) were encouraged by freelance TV producer and director Uzair Sawal to venture into the Malaysian media industry upon graduating during a screenwriting workshop he conducted for the students recently. Uzair is the producer of the Berjalai – My Hometown short film series screened on Astro channel 318.
During the workshop, the 25-year old Uzair related his experience in the industry, which has taken him to major cities such as New York, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The workshop was jointly organised by the Department of Media, Culture and Communication and Teaching and Learning Committee of the university’s School of Business.
Uzair described working in the media industry as a gamble because of its many challenges and risks. He added that, in Malaysia, there is a need to protect those involved in the creative industries from exploitation by clients or employers. He cited the United States’ creative industries as having perhaps the most commendable work ethics.
When asked what his source of inspiration for good storylines was, Uzair said he derived ideas largely from talking and listening to others.
“A good story is a story with characters that audiences can relate to. It should consist of a good beginning and ending in order to keep the audiences engaged at all times,” said Uzair.
The talented producer also draws inspiration from his travels to different places to study the local cultures. He emphasised on the importance of understanding the local culture and traditions which can be achieved only by having a good relationship with the local community.
During the workshop, Uzair screened some of his productions, one of which was a promotional video he produced using a compact camera for his friend for only RM10.
He urged the students to attempt video-producing to gain practical experience and not rely on learning through textbooks alone. He also challenged them to create short films using whatever equipment they might have to capture interesting imagery and stories.
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