“Cinema is a collaborative art”. As such, collaborations should be implemented and encouraged from the moment a film student enters a film school. This paper will elaborate on why cinema requires of creative collaborations, why those collaborations create conflicts, how conflicts are managed, and why these elements are necessary for the creation of this art.
With the participation of 36 students from The Puttnam School of Film & Animation, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, the researcher conducted a research study to analyze the different ways film students manage creative collaboration and resolve conflict, how they perceive such conflicts as part of the creative process, and how they worked to resolve them on a timely manner. After all, cinema is a collaborative and costly artistic expression, but one that – well created – can move the masses.