Amrit Kaur Jastol has a good eye for interesting stories. For her Final Year Project at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, her group worked on a documentary about chicken beauty pageants in Indonesia and Malaysia.
“We wanted to produce a documentary that showed how something that could potentially appear 'silly' on the surface to some, is actually serious business for others,” Jastol said.
Her group was searching for interesting ideas around Asia when they chanced upon the concept of chicken beauty pageants.
The documentary went on to win multiple accolades such as Best Editing in Documentary Film award at the National Youth Film Awards 2016.
Her group’s work was also featured on Discovery Channel's first digital short-form release, JumpCut Asia.
Jastol is now the Content Lead at Our Grandfather Story (OGS), a digital publisher that retells heartwarming authentic stories, ranging from old childhood treats to conversations with persons with disabilities, over multiple social media platforms. She oversees the editorial content OGS publishes and produces videos that are pushed out as a pair every week.
OGS was set up in October 2016, by four final year WKWSCI students - all from the graduating class of 2018.
“I saw it as a good opportunity to learn about how a startup works, being a part of key decisions, finding ways to tell stories on social media,” she said.
She recalled the days in WKWSCI when she would make self-indulgent music videos and mockumentaries together with her friends.
“I guess through all these 'side projects' you begin to realise your style, what you like and are good at,” Jastol said.