Pitch

(NEW) Topic: Paper chase and rat race (pointless pursuit of academic achievements)

Purpose: Raise awareness and informing the audience that such an issue that is increasingly more prominent in Singapore, persuading them to be less fixated on achieving academic excellence but to enjoy the process of learning, as grades are not everything.

Target audience: students (to not give up on their dreams for a piece of paper) involved in this ‘race’ & parents of these students(to stop putting stress on their child)

Material Presented: 4 photo, 1 video

Photos (we will select one photo from each type)

Less fixated on achieving academic excellence (type 1 & 2)

Type 1: Student & parent feeling very emotional due to undesirable results

Examples of how pictures can be taken:

  • children’s emotion; fear & parent’s emotion; anger.

A children crouching and shaking with fear as her mother is very angry, one hand holding cane & another hand holding script.

Type 2: how everyone is very confined into following the conventional ways of getting a degree, having the herd mentality(A rigid education system that stifles creativity)

Examples of how pictures can be taken:

  • a uniformed row of students, dressed identically, similar gestures, walking in a straight line, towards nowhere (near lt) → shows that the paper chase had made them all the same, lose their “spark of madness” that makes them stand out from the rest

Enjoy the process of learning (Type 3 & 4)

Type 3: Joy in learning.

Examples of how pictures can be taken:

  • split screen; (1) half of picture a student looking very happily, engrossed in mixing chemicals and recording stuff by writing down on a paper while half of the picture a student looking very stress while studying and writing stuff on the same paper. (2) half of picture a student looking very happily, engrossed in mixing chemicals, recording stuff by writing down on a paper while half of the picture a student looking very stress while studying and drinking coffee which is the chemical.

Type 4: Don’t chase the paper, chase the dream

Examples of how pictures can be taken:

  • A student getting A for his test and his parents looking v happy but he look sad and looks at a bball that’s being locked up in the background (bball is his real interest but his parents just want him to get A and forbid him to chase his passion)

Video Storyboard

Main Lead: Ed

Scene 1: shows Ed running in the paper chase (sad music), Ed running while holding a painter’s palette

Scene 2: Ed intrigued flower and stop running and walking towards the flower. then parents slap away his hands, and then taking away painter’s palette, and Ed looked upset and attempt to run again but the the parents stop him and give him books and push him to run, he continuing to run

Scene 3: running towards a group of teachers, giving Ed even more worksheet and files, then he continuing running

Scene 4: running towards parents angrily holding his exam script with a grade B

Scene 5: running a bit more but slow down and got angry and throw everything hes holding onto the floor

Scene 6: Teacher come in and give him a PSLE cert, giving him a pat on his shoulder.

Scene 7: Teacher walk away, Ed crush PSLE cert up

Scene 8: crushed exam results paper turning into paper plane idea (paper plane thrown towards the sky, camera pan upwards to the sky) Camera pan down, shows student’s happy, free expression on his face (cue happier, hopeful music). He stops running to symbolize the end of the chase.

Scene 9: Ed drawing the same flower he saw again.

Last scene: Don’t let grades define your fate.

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