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dc.contributor.authorSeide, Benjaminen_US
dc.contributor.authorSlater, Benjaminen_US
dc.identifier.citationSeide, B., & Slater, B. (2020). Virtual cinematic heritage for the lost Singaporean film Pontianak (1957). Culture and Computing (HCII 2020) : Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 12215, 396-414. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-50267-6_30en_US
dc.description.abstractIn 1957, Cathay-Keris Studio in Singapore released “Pontianak”, the first of a hugely popular series of horror films featuring the female vampiric ghost based on Malay folk mythology. The visual transformation of the lead actress Maria Mernado into the Pontianak creature amazed the audience in cinemas (Mustafar, 2012) [1]. The Pontianak trilogy by Cathay-Keris was ground-breaking for the genre at that time and registered several firsts in Singapore: Pontianak was the first Malay film to be dubbed into Mandarin, while Sumpah Pontianak is the first local CinemaScope (widescreen) film. The 1957 film is also considered the first depiction of the Pontianak in a film [2]. Despite their relatively wide distribution in 1957 both films are believed to be lost, with no prints or copies surviving (Barnard, 2011) [3]. Film Heritage in the conventional way of ‘restoration’ being impossible, this project investigates the novel approach of creating a Virtual Cinematic Heritage application. In this paper, we outline our current work in progress from historical film research to recreating a scene from the lost film as a Virtual Reality experience.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMinistry of Education (MOE)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNanyang Technological Universityen_US
dc.rights© 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectVisual arts and music::Film::Historyen_US
dc.titleVirtual cinematic heritage for the lost Singaporean film Pontianak (1957)en_US
dc.typeConference Paperen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Art, Design and Mediaen_US
dc.contributor.conferenceInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2020)en_US
dc.subject.keywordsVirtual Heritageen_US
dc.citation.conferencelocationCopenhagen, Denmark (Changed to virtual due to COVID19)en_US
dc.description.acknowledgementThis research has been made possible through the kind support of an MOE grant in Singapore and ADM, School of Art, Design andMedia, NTU Singapore.We also express our gratitude to Toh Hung Ping, the Asian Film Archive, Dr. Rohana Said, Allan Koay,Wong Han Ming and Tay Ying Hui. We would also like to thank Justin Cho, Syaza Arinah Bte Muhammad Sham, Gerald Wee, Amber Chan, Clemens Tan, Jessabel Teng and Zhu Chuan for their contributions, Naga Thummanapalli and Ramalingam Sivakumar for their technical support and Joshua Tan and Sishuo Yang of CraveFX (Singapore) for their kind support.en_US
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