The Malaysian film industry has bloomed immensely in the past few years, with more local audiences embracing and supporting the movies screened in cinemas as well as getting recognitions in various film awards. However, only a few managed to break out of the local boundaries and emerge into the global market.
Thus, InfoMedia Network Sdn. Bhd. in collaboration with FINAS, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), Tourism Malaysia, and Taylors University launched ActionCut Print, a 3-day filmmaking seminar as a strategic platform for local filmmakers to broaden their perspective and knowledge of film-making techniques, methodologies, and technologies through first-hand experience and training with Hollywood’s big names.
Conducted by Course Leader and ActionCut Print founder, Peter D. Marshall, the other guest speakers include prolific film director Mark W. Travis, associate professor of film studies and producer Randy Finch, acclaimed cinematographer Geoff Schaaf, and award-winning scriptwriter Michael Bruce Adams.
During the highly interactive seminars, the participants could engage intensively with exceptional filmmakers from directing to casting and writing good scripts to expert camera work. The theoretical and practical knowledge presented are the key elements for filmmakers to generate international box-office hits. “To be a film director today, you need to know what is expected of you when you begin pre-production, when you step on the set and when you are in the editing room,” said Peter D. Marshall.
Dato' Kamil Othman, Director General of FINAS who officiated the seminar today in his opening speech alluded, "To cultivate our new talents and filmmakers, it must be progressively done with good training, interactive programmes, and funding initiatives. In this spirit, we must realize how essential human capital development is in building and furnishing our film industry. We can never produce quality films with poor eco-system and strategies. Therefore, our young and talented filmmakers must learn and realise how filmmaking is a powerful tool for human and social development."