As talented young helmer Royston Tan garners plaudits for movies like “15” and “0430,” exciting indie project from Originasian Pictures “Becoming Royston’ is gaining momentum.
Launched on June 1, by June 9th www.becomingroyston.com had received over 22,000 hits with over 16GB of traffic transmitted – the on-line videos are non-downloadable.
The finished project will comprise three products: 5-parts in webisode format; a 30-minute short and an 85 minute feature-length version.
Both the short and feature version will have alternate endings, with short’s release slated for September and feature’s for Nov-Dec 2006. The plan is to tour the Festival circuits with both versions.
“Much like the actual film, the concept of the Web-site explores possibilities and potential,” say the two main guys behind the project. Randy Ang, executive producer, producer and art director – and Nicholas Chee who is the executive producer, writer, director and co-composer of the original score.
“This project came about after we ask a friend, Tay Kay Chin (former Straits Times Picture Editor) for a story for a new film. It is based on his original short story ‘Becoming Capa’,” explains Chee. “I re-wrote it together with Scriptwriter, Terence Teo to fit the Singaporean context.”
Nic Chee, Randy Ang and Royston Tan all studied together at Temasek Design School albeit graduating in different years.
“We chose Royston because we knew him and all his works ranging from ‘Sons’ to the latest feature ‘0430’ and he is a true blue Singapore boy made good. I had briefly asked him when we started planning for it somewhere in January 2006,” adds Chee.
Ang currently runs creative agency, Caffeine Creative while Chee runs a Digital Imaging Solutions consultancy and teaches Photography. Due to start his MA Photography in London back in January 2006, Chee deferred until January 2007 to complete “Becoming Royston.”