Becoming Singapore

Client: Channel News Asia

Commemorating Singapore’s bicentennial, this two-part series uncovers clues from the island’s mysterious past and explores myths that have lasted for generations.

Tracing back hundreds of years, presenter Eunice Olsen examines both Singapore’s forgotten history and her own long lost roots. In an evocative journey across the island’s bustling streets, excavation sites, mangrove swamps, lush green parks, galleries and museums, we meet a variety of people with rich and diverse stories to tell. The series reflects that there’s not just one singular Singapore narrative, but rather a meeting of many tales. Eunice takes a bold step into understanding her own past – but how does her own family history mirror that of Singapore’s story?

Hello Charlie worked with producer Tom St John Gray and researcher Junaini Johari to create an in-depth and visually integrated set of content sequences. Each sequence tells the rich and fascinating story of Singapore through the eyes of the presenter and her own family history. Using a combination of illustration, animation techniques and practical props, the graphic sequences reveal historic events within a storybook that Eunice studies, creating a visual relationship within the editorial and narrative flow of the series.

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