Project RED by Singapore government
Viddsee has launched an anthology of short films by four acclaimed local filmmakers which explores how all of us, regardless of background and where we come from, have more in common than we think.
Named Project RED, after the colour of the Singaporean flag that signifies universal brotherhood and equality of man, the anthology challenges Singaporeans’ commitment to that statement through thoughtful present day conundrums.
Viddsee conceptualised the four films and worked with the filmmakers, who scripted and directed each episode. The series comprises ‘Singapore Flying’ (directed by K. Rajagopal), ‘The Dispute’ (Daniel Yam), ‘Merging Lanes’ (Kat Goh) and ‘Common Ground’ (M. Raihan Halim).
The films will be available to watch on Viddsee.com, as well as Viddsee’s YouTube and Facebook channels. Each episode tackles the issue of social integration through fictional and relatable scenarios.
In ‘Singapore Flying’ (directed by K. Rajagopal), two couples are forced to confront about how they feel about job security and each other while on a ride on the Singapore Flyer; ‘The Dispute’ (Daniel Yam) depicts how a fight between two schoolboys escalates to a heated squabble between their protective mothers from different countries; in ‘Merging Lanes’ (Kat Goh), two strangers from different background share more similarities than the paths they cross on a regular basis; and ‘Common Ground’ (M. Raihan Halim) sees a minor misunderstanding at a hawker centre escalating to a full-on argument that belies a person’s biases.
In addition to the four films, Viddsee also produced Beyond RED, a series of four behind-thescenes clips and interviews with the directors on their journey in filmmaking, and how the films relate to their personal views on social integration. Each episode will be launched every Monday, starting August 12, and will be available to watch on the same channels. Project RED will also be complemented with on-ground experential activities executed by Stand Up For Our Singapore to reinforce the anthology’s message.
One such activity is the ‘60 Second Cinema’, in which 60s film clips will be used as a starting point to engage with Singaporeans to talk about social integration. Together with other activities such as fun house mirrors, puzzles and interesting questions, they hope to unlock personal stories that make us stronger as a community. These on-ground events will take place within the first two weeks of August.
The series of short films and on-ground engagements by Viddsee and Stand Up For Our Singapore was created in collaboration with Gov.sg. Viewers can also catch the full films on Gov.sg’s YouTube channel.