The screenplay by alumni Mr. Steve Chan (centre) and Mr. Wong Chi-yeung (second from left) was awarded the Film Development Fund for film production


校友陳志發先生 (中) 及黃智揚先生 (左二) 獲電影發展基金資助拍攝電影

The screenplay of Weeds on Fire is based on the story of Hong Kong’s first Chinese teenage baseball team


《點五步》劇本以香港首支華裔少年棒球隊的故事為藍本。

Date: 11 Dec 2013 (Wednesday)

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Academy of Film alumnus Steve Chan awarded HK$2 million in Government funding to make his first feature film

電影學院陳志發校友獲政府資助二百萬港元 執導演筒拍攝首部劇情電影

Mr. Steve Chan Chi-fat, 2012 graduate of the Academy of Film of the School of Communication, who won the First Feature Film Initiative competition of Creative Hong Kong, was awarded HK$2 million by the Film Development Fund to make his first commercial feature film. The co-author of the screenplay was Mr. Wong Chi-yeung, a 2013 Academy of Film graduate. The production of the film will start in mid-2014.

Entitled Weeds on Fire, the screenplay centres around the growth and struggle of Hong Kong’s first Chinese teenage baseball team “Martins” set up in the 1980s. Hong Kong veteran director, producer and writer Mr. Chan Hing-kai and veteran director and cinematographer Mr. O Sing-pui will co-produce the film.
 
“Becoming a director is every film student’s dream. This award has given me a great opportunity. I hope my work will win recognition from the community,” said Mr. Chan. He expressed sincere thanks to all Academy of Film faculty members, his partner Mr. Wong Chi-yeung and friends who offered help.

Professor Cheuk Pak-tong, Director of the Academy of Film, said: “The fact that Steve’s work was selected among other entries which are of exceptional quality is certainly a clear acknowledgement of his talents and capability. This honour is also a recognition of the teaching at the Academy of Film and the contributions of all HKBU colleagues. The Academy of Film will give its full support to the film production.” 

The First Feature Film Initiative was launched in March 2013 by Creative Hong Kong under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau. It took the form of a competition which was divided into Higher Education Institutions Group and Professional Group. Participants had to submit a screenplay together with a film production proposal. Eight entries were received for the two prizes in the Higher Education Institutions Group.

傳理學院電影學院二零一二年畢業生陳志發校友憑聯合創作劇本《點五步》及電影製作計劃,在商務及經濟發展局創意香港的「首部劇情電影計劃」選拔新秀比賽大專組中突圍而出,獲電影發展基金資助二百萬港元,拍攝其首部商業性劇情電影,預計明年中開拍。劇本另一位創作人是電影學院二零一三年畢業生黃智揚校友。

陳校友的參賽劇本以「青春遺憾」為主調,根據一九八零年代成立、香港首支華裔少年棒球隊「沙燕隊」的故事為創作藍本,內容圍繞這支少棒隊從拉雜成軍到擊敗日本隊的奮鬥經歷。資深導演/編劇/作家陳慶嘉和資深攝影師/導演柯星沛將聯合擔任電影的監製。
 
 陳志發校友:「讀電影的人都想當導演,這次獲獎給我一個當導演的機會,希望我的作品能夠得到觀眾認同。」他對勝出比賽感到驚喜,要感謝電影學院老師、創作拍檔黃智揚校友,以及其他曾提供協助的朋友。

電影學院總監卓伯棠教授表示:「《點五步》這個劇本及陳志發校友的電影製作計劃書,在眾多高水準參賽作品之中獲評審團青睞,無疑是對其天賦及能力的肯定,同時也是對學院老師的教學,以及大學同事所作貢獻的認同,電影學院會全力支持他們的製作,直到完成為止。」

商務及經濟發展局轄下的創意香港於二零一三年三月推出「首部劇情電影計劃」比賽,分大專組及專業組,參賽團隊須提交完整劇本及電影製作計劃書,大專組設有兩個獎項,是次比賽共收到八份參賽作品。