RMIT Vietnam NewsFilm-making alumni pitch TV series

Film-making alumni pitch TV series

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 14:05
Film director Le Hoang Nhat Minh (L) and writer Tran Van Chinh’s team of RMIT Vietnam alumni won second place in a competition to pitch an idea for a TV series.
The film-making crew on set.

Four RMIT Vietnam alumni and a colleague came close to winning the chance to have their eight episode TV series run on local television.

Bachelor of Design graduates Tran Van Chinh, Le Hoang Nhat Minh, Ngo Minh Thanh and Le Anh Dy won VND 20m as second prize in the annual EVO8 – Hack The TV drama contest.

Ms Chinh said the chance to get their series on the air had been the drawcard for her team, MegoMedia.

“In the film industry it’s hard to get an innovative idea produced so we wanted to compete,” she said.

“Our topic was a bit controversial – about a pharmacist who sells illegal drugs to people. The idea was dark and morally ambiguous.”

Open to amateur and professional filmmakers nationwide, the competition required teams to pitch their idea to the judges, produce synopses for eight episodes with a full pilot script for a 45-minute first episode and a demonstration video of five to 15 minutes showing the team’s concept and vision. 

The judges were a panel of Vietnamese film makers and foreign directors and producers.

Preparing their entry was a two-month job Ms Chinh said.

“In many film competitions the emphasis is on short films; it’s a whole different beast with a TV series.

“Having done so much work we now want to polish our idea further and maybe find some other ways of getting it produced because now we have a pilot script and a demo video.” 

Currently Ms Chinh is a freelance writer and filmmaker and Ms Minh is a visiting lecturer at ADS and a freelance designer.

EVO8 – Hack The TV 2016 was won by Vietnamese-American director Antony Nguyen and his S45 team with a sci-fi inspired entry.

Story: Sharon Webb