SINGAPORE — If you're into television with Singaporean sensibilities that is actually well-written, Viddsee is one platform to watch out for.
The Singapore-based video site was founded with a dream of providing a global platform for Asian short films. But recently, it has branched into making scripted web series that are a breath of fresh air as compared to Mediacorp's tired offerings.
In the last few months, Viddsee Studios has released several bingeable series consisting of 10-30min episodes. Last month, they dropped two comedies, A.I. Love K-drama and Siti Vampire.
Siti Vampire, by M. Raihan Halim, is a horror-comedy about a tubby hawker assistant who is bitten by a vampire and has to deal with the dreadful situation of being stuck in an immortal state, forever overweight with a six-pimple breakout on her face. Farah Lola somehow makes her character likeable even as her bloodlust compels her to devour a cat.
A.I. Love K-drama, created and written by Huang Junxiang and Luke Somasundram, is a quasi-sci-fi series that contemplates the intriguing question: in today's increasingly data-driven world, what if someone decided to make a TV drama that was entirely scripted and directed by a robot? The plotting is uneven but the quirky script is laugh-out-loud funny.
Characters switch between languages like real Singaporeans do. Viddsee's roster of young directors employ scintillating styles and there are none of the histrionics or strait-lacedness of Mediacorp fare. The casts comprise theatre performers as well as familiar Mediacorp faces, and while the actors are not necessarily household names, the original writing obviates the need for celebrity faces. This is what Singaporean TV could look like, if it weren't made for mostly geriatric audiences.
Viddsee was created as a web platform, and it's apparent that they haven't sorted out their mobile app version properly, although they really should: watching videos on the mobile app made my phone very hot and the video laggy. Watch their films on the website for now. Viddsee is also available on Youtube, but there you run the risk of being served ads, oh, every freaking two minutes.
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