The great escape | Screening: Just Popped vol. 1

Animation
  • Thu 19.May @ 19:00 - 20:15
  • Fri 20.May @ 11:00 - 12:15
  • Sat 21.May @ 18:00 - 19:15
  • Sun 22.May @ 13:00 - 14:15
Screening room | Main venue

‘The Great Escape’ is adapted from an original poem written by Singaporean writer Alfian Sa’at. The poem of the same title, published in the book entitled ‘The Invisible Manuscript’, is about the relationship of a gay person that never took place. ‘The Great Escape’ is a continuation of Alfian’s text – picking up where it ended. Two characters moving along with the passing of time, and hopefully finding their sanctuary at the end of the tunnel.

The intimacy of Alfian’s words made me want to create this animation. Using time-lapse photography paired with hand-drawn images, I wanted to capture real life as it is, while letting my imagination create a paradise for my characters.

It is my hope that one day, everyone will find something real and true in their lives even with an uncertain future ahead; knowing that you and I are all the same in spite of all the different judgments we face from our own societies.

Duration: 6:00 min

ARTISTS


Wei Keong Tan (SG)

Wei Keong is an animation artist living in Singapore and San Francisco. His animated short film “Pifuskin” has been showcased in many international film festivals, including the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Zagreb Animafest, Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and London International Animation Festival, and won the Best Experimental award at the Singapore Short Film Awards 2015.

He received the Special Achievement and Special Mention awards respectively for “White” and “Hush Baby” at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2007 and 2009. His public art installation “Foundin” has been featured at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014 and also at the Fondation Espace Ecureuil in France as part of the Made in Asia Festival 2015.

Wei Keong has been curating animation for Cartoons Underground since 2014. He was the Chair of the Student Volunteer Program for SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 and was a committee member for the SIGGRAPH Asia conferences in 2009 and 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation from Nanyang Technological University, where he was supported with a Media Education Scholarship by the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

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