StoryLab Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Multimedia University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16th to 18th June 2017


A team of practice led researchers from leading film education institutions in each of the countries of Australia (Griffith Film School), Ghana (National Film and Television Institute), Colombia (University of Ibague) and the UK, led by Professor Erik Knudsen from the University of Central Lancashire, will run a series of workshops for emerging independent filmmakers in developing countries on three continents. A unique feature of this network is the lateral collaboration that it will encourage between practice led film and media researchers in developing countries. This team of four researchers will collaborate with the host institutions involved to deliver these workshops over the period of the network project, followed by a summarising symposium hosted by University of Central Lancashire in the UK.

We are very pleased to be able to offer one of these workshops through the Multimedia University in Kuala Lumpur between the 16th – 18th June 2017.

Established in 1997, Multimedia University is the first private university in Malaysia. During the past 20 years, the university has grown to 18,000 students that study at three campuses. It is at the forefront of teaching and research in the fields of multimedia technologies, engineering and creative multimedia practice in Malaysia. In 2014, the university established its new Cinematic Arts programme, working together with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios. Initiated by the Malaysian government, the Cinematic Arts programme is delivered at MMU’s purpose-built campus in Iskandar, Johor, and designed to spearhead the development and international growth of the local film industry.

Multimedia University Malaysia

Aims and Objectives of the Workshop

The aim of the workshops from the participant perspective is to develop participants’ creative engagement with story for the narrative moving image. Participants will have an opportunity to build their authorial confidence and explore methods and techniques to enhance their ability to articulate their personal vision. During the 3 days of the workshop, each participant will have an opportunity to develop a piece of new work for the narrative moving image screen. This could be fact and/or fiction for a feature film or a short film. Projects will be developed to a stage where there is a solid foundation for further development outside the context of the workshop. The emphasis will be to help develop original creatively independent work. Participants will be able to take advantage of interacting with, and taking feedback from, peers as well as a international group of researchers/workshop leaders and eventually to take advantage of engaging with other creative filmmakers across three continents.

Workshops will usually involve up to 12 participants.

Workshop Activities




  • Participants in groups of 3, moderated by a researcher, do 1 shot visual interviews with each other of no more than 3 minutes in length. Guidance will be given to interviewers about subject areas to be covered. These interviews are then shown to the whole class.
  • Round table discussion of themes emerging from introductions and interviews focusing on common opportunities, aspirations, challenges and understanding of context and forms.



  • Creativity and Story: interactive lecture/seminar led by Professor Erik Knudsen.
  • Creativity and story: an in class practical exercise in which each participant develops a new idea with interactive participation of researchers and other participants.




  • Each participant presents their developed idea to class for discussion.
  • Round table discussion discussing impact of new developed ideas.


  • Introduction to working with web site and blog and discussion of future development of ideas and collaboration.
  • Summarising workshop experience and learning.

Note: Throughout the workshop, participants will be encouraged to use the secure web site facility for the project to share and communicate their creative experience and to engage in ongoing debates. These functions will be available and encouraged well beyond the actual workshops themselves, thereby facilitating an ongoing dialogue with both local peers and new international peers taking part in the project’s other workshops in different continents.

For more details about the workshop and how to participate, please contact Nico Meissner.