Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Connecting Over a Movie

On the night of 8 July 2016, 125 NYP SIT students and alumni, and current members of the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) Student Chapter, turned up for Movie Fiesta Night at Golden Village, Suntec City to catch the movie Central Intelligence. The event was organised by the NYP SIT Club and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

The Write Stuff was invited to cover the event, and together with my co-writer, Ritz Yeo, we had a great time. It was a great opportunity for the SCS Student Chapter and NYP SIT alumni to get to know each other better.

We spoke with current NYP SIT student Noelle Sim, 20, who was waiting for her friend to arrive. She thought that the event was a good opportunity for bonding and socialising as not many of the SCS members have the luxury of meeting new friends in this way.

We also spoke with Lyem, 21, an SCS member who hails from Hong Kong. When asked about why he attended this event, he said: “It’s a good opportunity to relax and have fun, as it can get very stressful in school.” He added jokingly: “I feel there are not many such opportunities to have fun and meet new people, that’s why events like these are very important to keep us all sane.”

Havenesh Balakrishnan from SCS felt that the event was beneficial to his social life as it gave him the opportunity to mingle with other university students. He also hopes that more people will support SCS and take up its membership.

At 7.00pm, guests were ushered into Hall 5 to take their seats. But before that, a lucky draw was held.
                                        The lucky draw contest held before the movie started.

Ritz and I felt that the choice of the movie Central Intelligence, which starred Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kevin Hart, was a very appropriate one. The movie packed a comedic wallop, along with just the right amount of action and suspense. There were even moments that would make you shed a tear or two.

Final-year Information Technology student Dominic Yee was one of the NYP SIT Club members in charge of planning the event. He felt that the event helped to bring together youth in the IT industry, and also serves as a platform for students from different schools to interact with each other. His team hopes that through the event, more people will get to know about SCS.

As a Senior Ambassador from SIT Club, networking with external organisations like SCS is one of Dominic’s responsibilities. By doing so, he was able to get a lot of assistance in the planning of the event.

In the planning stages, there were multiple issues that Dominic and his team had to overcome. One concern was the limited lead time they had. They raced to research the movies that were screening on the planned date and then deciding on which movie to pick. From the wide range of movies available, Dominic and his team shortlisted a few movies, like the popular Finding Dory, Central Intelligence and Ice Age: Collision Course.

Dominic would like to thank his lecturer, Mr Ong Teck Kiat, who gave him the motivation to press on when things got difficult. He would also like to thank all the alumni who had helped him and his team in the planning stages, and guests who attended the event.

Although the Movie Fiesta was successful and all the guests enjoyed themselves, Dominic would like to see future events being held at different venues such as restaurants or even at Universal Studios Singapore.

To Dominic, SIT Club is a great place for those who have a passion for planning and organising events. He hopes that future SIT Club leaders will similarly be able to use the Club as a platform to build their character and skillset.

Ritz and I both enjoyed our night at the movies. It has definitely brought us closer to the students of SIT, and we made friends with many of them.

By Michael Evan Teo (Diploma in Mass Media Management) and Ritz Yeo (Diploma in Interaction Design).
Michael Evan Teo is a Year Two student pursuing the Diploma in Mass Media Management at Nanyang Polytechnic. He is very passionate about film, music and comic books. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, playing football, listening to music from 90s and helping out in church. Currently, Michael has created about six short films and aspires to be a filmmaker when he graduates. He also has his own film blog which reviews movies.

Ritz (above, right) is a student from SIDM pursuing his Diploma in Interaction Design. Apart from dealing with the tons of assignments, Ritz enjoys dispelling his worries through writing fictional short stories and visiting the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park. Ritz also has a passion for scale modelling. Aspiring to be the best, Ritz tries to improve his craftmanship in each and every model he assembles.

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