Mini Film Festival to hold film pre-visualisation workshop with award-winning director Henry Liu

The promotional material for the 'Film Pre-Visualisation' workshop.

KUCHING, April 8: The Mini Film Festival (MFF), organised by the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), will be holding a hybrid workshop titled ‘Film Pre-Visualisation’ with award-winning director Henry Liu, who recently returned to Sarawak after nearly a decade of working in China’s film and TV industry.

Upon returning to Sarawak to set up his own production company, Liu came across many amateur filmmakers who had little idea of how to visualise a scene.

“This becomes my puzzlement as to why graduated interns could not incorporate visual storytelling elements in their films,” he said in a media release today.


After meeting Yow, the festival director, through a mutual friend, they immediately discussed how Liu could contribute to building a healthy and vibrant film ecosystem in Sarawak, which led to the organisation of the workshop in hopes of sharing his working experience and knowledge on the subject.

As part of the MFF, the first hybrid workshop will be conducted in three sessions on April 11, 19 and 28. The facilitator will coach participants in developing their pre-visualisation skills from the ground up.

The workshop will be conducted physically and online from the TV Studio at the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, Unimas.

Film pre-visualisation takes on a written script and visualises what is needed to realise each scene. This includes blocking of actors, camera and lighting.

Apart from that, participants will also delve into all the mise-en-scene elements of the script they developed to construct scenes that take the narrative storytelling into account, such as props, makeup, and costumes, to name a few.

“Despite the challenges of running a hybrid workshop that caters to both onsite and online participants in compliance with strict SOPs (standard operating procedure), we certainly look forward to meeting young and passionate filmmakers who wish to come and advance their skills in pre-visualisation processes,” Yow said.

Liu is the founder of TwoTwo Studio in Kuching, Sarawak, working on a wide range of video content from movies to advertisements and social media video content. His films have been awarded and nominated in various film festivals, such as the Yokohama Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and Beijing International Film and Video Student Film Festival (ISFVF).

This workshop results from the collaboration and support of multiple organisations, including Yayasan Sarawak, Sarawak Arts Council (SAC), TVS, Engage Media, and PERSENI.

The workshop is free of charge.

For more details regarding the workshop, interested participants are encouraged to visit and register via Any inquiries about this workshop can be directed to Nurul Rahayu Norianto at 012-971 9316. — DayakDaily