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Mon 12 Dec 2005

Videos for the Volunteer Fair @ North East 2005

Category : Singapore Naturalist

I'm lining up some videos for the Volunteer Fair on Saturday. Trying to figure out the titles, a description and will have to grab some stills for the adverts

It'll be great to showcase Ling's and Eric's material and get a glimpse of WildFilms product. I will put this together in NUS next year if this combination is seems okay.

Gosh, with videos there are producers, editors, directors, photographers, and there's music and lyrics etc.

Well this is the first draft. Writing the Chek Jawa text and watching parts of the video is still loaded with memories. I still have odd feelings when I review the footage.

Oh well, I should go home now...

  1. "Public Education visit to Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin, 19th & 20th Oct 2001." Filmed by Eric Lim. Edited by Eric Lim, Ria Tan & N. Sivasothi, 2001. 11 minutes.
  2. "Chek Jawa - A celebration of the Sea", 2002. A Merciless production, edited and filmed by Lee Chuen Ling. 5 minutes.
  3. "Chek Jawa, a celebration of marine life." Filmed and edited by Eric Lim, 2003. First presented at the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium. 10 minutes.
  4. "Life on the edge - the promise of our southern shores", 2005 (tentative title). By the WildFilms team, 2005. 10 minutes.
  5. "Goodwill Hunting", 2003. A Wildaid-Merciless Production. Edited by Lee Chuen Ling a.k.a Ling the Merciless. 10 minutes.

1. "Public Education visito to Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin, 19th & 20th Oct 2001." Filmed by Eric Lim. Edited by Eric Lim, Ria Tan & N. Sivasothi (submitted to government as NUS Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Friends), 2001. 11 minutes.

The unseen graveyard of coral reefs at Pulau Seringat in 1997 was the motivation for the public education guided visits to Chek Jawa organised by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS between September and October 2001.

Thousands of Singaporeans would visit Chek Jawa in those last few months before reclamation. The final public visits were carried out in the low tide of October 2001 and saw 1,000 visit the inter-tidal shore. The trips were carried out quietly without the glare of the media, but would be filmed, written about and photographed by volunteers.

This footage, shot entirely by Eric Lim, has not been seen in public before. Edited ruthlessly and quickly in the late hours of the night together with Ria Tan and N. Sivasothi, this was submitted as part of a public feedback document to the government on 31st October 2001. At the time, this was merely a desperate measure at a time Chek Jawa's survival was hopeless. And it ends abruptly with the comments of an elderly Chinese lady whose face is lit up by the portable fluorescent lights next to the well at Chek Jawa.

Eric Lim has documented Chek Jawa, the events surrounding the deferment and the volunteers active in her cause since 2001. He has the most comprehensive footage of Chek Jawa and intends to produce a documentary by next year.

2. "Chek Jawa - A celebration of the Sea," 2002. A Merciless production, edited and filmed by Lee Chuen Ling.

A decade earlier, Pulau Ubin's Chek Jawa had been slated for development for a decade. In 2001, news of a sudden discovery of a marine wonderland there attracted thousands to her shores for a last farewell. Attracted by the stories, videos, and photos of the inter-tidal life life there, teachers with students, parents with children, nature lovers, tourists, first time visitors to Pulau Ubin and nostalgic old timers who relived days past of Singapore shores filled with marine life.

Lee Chuen Ling, an amateur videographer and avid naturalist, combined footage from before and after news of the deferment of reclamation at Chek Jawa. The wistful music reflects the regretful feeling many felt, that their first visit to Chek Jawa would be their last. It is a poignant reminder of a time when volunteers laboured for almost a year without a glimmer of hope of preserving this veritable jewel of our marine shores.

A special environmental award was created by Asian Geographic's in order to acknowledge Ling's efforts. Her footage also remembers Priscilla, the resident tame wild boar who greeted visitors at Chek Jawa until she sadly passed away on 27 May 2004.

3. "Chek Jawa, a celebration of marine life." Filmed and edited by Eric Lim, 2003. First played at the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium 2003. 10 minutes.

Eric Lim carved out footage of the marine life at Chek Jawa, in celebration of the deferment of reclamation for the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium 2003. This labour of love reflects his close affiliation with this special place he has visited in the late hours of the night, in the early hours of the day, in low tide, chest deep in water, in rain and sun, in pursuit of the memories and marine life that inhabit its shores.

The footage gives will give viewers a glimpse of why so many rallied tirelessly to share Chek Jawa with fellow Singaporeans.

4. "Life on the edge - the promise of our southern shores", 2005 (tentative title). By the WildFilms team, 2005. 10 minutes.

The near loss of Chek Jawa from a lack of awareness about the area prompted a tireless team of volunteers called Wildfilms to visit and document the marine life of all our shores during the extreme low-water spring tides. For the past three years, this team has been conducting still and video photography during the unearthly hours dictated by the tide in order to capture the secrets of the exposed shores.

This daring team of volunteer marine photographers have cut out some very special footage of Singapore's own marine life to be shared in public for the very first time, specially for the Volunteer Fair. This footage will surprise you. It is a taste of their documentary to come in future, and its all good!

5. "Goodwill Hunting", 2003. A Wildaid-Merciless Production. Edited by Lee Chuen Ling a.k.a Ling the Merciless. 10 minutes.

Based on breathtaking footage of a whaleshark with a damaged fin filmed in the Anambas in "KISS" by Lee Chuen Ling, her collaboration with WildAid produced a impactful ten minute documentary in three parts: 1. The big and the beautiful; 2. Appetite for destruction; 3. Gatekeepers for our Blue Planet.

Santiago, Chile, 15 Nov 2002 - 'Parties voted in favor of uplisting the basking and whale shark to CITES Appendix II listing, enabling international trade of these highly migratory species to be monitored. Cheers and applause erupted from the convention hall when it was announced that both proposals had met the two-thirds vote required.' - IFAW, 15 Nov 2002

In 2004, the great white shark won global protection.

"Having tested its campaign approach in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore, WildAid is now building on its achievements to date by addressing the principal market for shark fins mainland China." - WildAid.

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