Baram Bunch: Story Hunters’ Animation Premiered on TVS

KUCHING, 24 July 2021 – Baram Bunch: Story Hunters is a pilot animation produced by the students of Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne Sarawak) as part of CHIC Digital Creatives Bootcamp since August 2020 and set to premier on TVS.

CHIC Digital Creatives Bootcamp is an animation production program funded by Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) and supported by Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC). The participants are undergraduate students from the School of Design and Arts at Swinburne Sarawak where they were selected after a month-long basic animation workshop. The participants then adapted The Broken Tajau book written by Victoria Siaw to produce a pilot animation through a series of intensive online and remote bootcamp coordinated by Swinburne Sarawak.

“The story is about 4 kids trying to save the megaliths by telling their stories, so that they would live on forever. We hope to encourage the audience (kids) to keep on sharing the stories of our culture to preserve it. Tools such as mobile phones and internet are common to these new generations and allows community participation in the digital economy,” said Greg Wee, project supervisor of Baram Bunch and lecturer of Swinburne Sarawak.

“I’ve experienced true beauty and magic the moment I did the final edit and saw the whole story come to an end in front of me. Seeing all the effort from each person in the team as the final edit of the video played and the journey we had together was all I could think of,” added Rahaf Elmahdi, production manager of Baram Bunch.

The Broken Tajau is the first book Victoria Siaw wrote based on the local setting and Sarawakian culture. It is a children’s story book about four children, the best of friends despite being different races (Iban, Kayan, Bidayuh and Chinese). Aimed at reflecting Sarawak’s multiratical harmony, this story is set in Sri Aman and contains a lot of local elements.

Victoria Siaw said, “Baram Bunch animation has made my book characters come alive and reach a wider audience. I hope that viewers will support ‘Baram Bunch’ animation which will spur their interest to read The Broken Tajau.”

Catch the premier of Baram Bunch on Monday, 26 July 2021, where tradition meets present-time technology, only on TVS Channel 122 Astro and MYTV.

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