showcase singapore issue 293 Aug 2011Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the debut edition of Showcase Singapore, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the city-state's visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated Photo and Film directories.
Singapore is a thriving cosmopolitan city that bustles with all the exotic flavours to be expected from such a vibrant mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and European expatriates.
A Southeast Asian base for big names like BBC, HBO and MTV, Singapore prides itself on its technical expertise and high-quality media services. From cost-effective production and post production services to HD and stereoscopic 3D content creation, Singapore hosts live action, animated or features films, as well as commercials and promotional shoots. Ultra-modern locations and Colonial heritage sites combine to offer one of Asia's shining jewels for photo and film production.
Our cover image was shot by Apple Sebrina Chua.
- photo agents
Shooting Gallery Asia Singapore Photo Agent and Film Production
Established since 1987, Shooting Gallery Asia is a full service production hub offering premium commercial photography, TVC production, digital imaging, props and set building support. With facilities in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Shanghai, China, the company also has representative offices in the Maldives, New Zealand and Paris, France.
Working closely with its clients over the years, Shooting Gallery Asia has won over 120 awards, including the D&AD, the Cannes Gold Lion, the New York Gold, the Australian Pencil, the Clio Awards, the Asian Media Awards, and the Singapore Creative Circle Awards.
Besides a wide complement of professional digital stills, film and cine cameras, the company also owns the Phantom Flex and the Phantom HD Gold high-speed digital cinema cameras. "We have the knowledge, experience, quality and infrastructure to help make your next project such a joy."
Advertising agencies and clients include Contra London, Dentsu Beijing, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, JWT Amsterdam, Indonesia, Shanghai, Singapore, Vietnam, Leo Burnett India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Shanghai, Singapore, Vietnam, McCann Erickson Indonesia, Pakistan, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Vietnam, Prakit Publicis Cambodia, Publicis Singapore, TYA Japan, Singapore, Diesel Creative Team Italy, Exit Australia, Foot Candles India, HP Worldwide, Mass Market New York, MasterCard, Nokia, Orion Corp Korea, P&G, Pod Films Australia, Siemens USA, Silver Screen New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Steffi Productions Greece, Tiger Beer, Unilever, Visa Card, and many more.
- photo production
Ugly Duckling Projects Singapore photo production
Ugly Duckling Projects specialises in international photographers and regional production.
Founded by Annette Fausboll, Executive Producer, and offering over a decade of international production credentials throughout Asia Pacific, Ugly Duckling Projects represents a "quality concentrate of high caliber talent in Asia" - across advertising, beauty, fashion and lifestyle.
Line production is available to foreign clients with the Ugly Duckling Projects team.
Full-service production management includes anything from casting, locations, crew for photography and ad spots, to delivering the final job.
Recent international brand campaigns include Adidas, Bacardi, Caltex, Google, Mercedes, Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Unilever, and more.
Visit the website, email or call (+65) 64387988 for more information.
Calibre Pics Singapore photo production
Calibre Pictures and Ideas was conceived in 2000 with the objective of creating visually and conceptually strong images. Consistently winning awards that range from Singapore's Creative Circle Awards to One Show in the US and Cannes Advertising Festival in France, most recently Jimmy's images for FHM won a Cannes Gold Lion and the Best of Show at the Creative Circle Awards 2008.
Over the past few years, Calibre's partnerships have extended to Australia and Shanghai. Most recently, the company added Thailand to its map and acquired new partners Chamni's Eye to provide mutual production support. Calibre also represents the best of Chamni's Eye's photographers. Together with Austalian partner Katapolt and its Chinese counterpart, the company is confident of providing quality production value and images of the highest calibre. Other regional expansion plans are in the pipeline, allowing image production that extends beyond local shores.
The creation of a stunning image does not depend solely on the photographer: teamwork is essential. Calibre's producers coordinate and project manage, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition from paper to print. Besides its excellent photographers, Calibre's production team is highly experienced in all matters of production, from location scouting to casting.
Clients include RSAF, PSC, Health Promotion Board, Citibank, HSBC, DBS, UOB, OCBC, Starhub, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Osim, Chivas Regal, Volkswagen and Jet Airways, to name a few.
Surround Studio Singapore DOP
Established in 2006 by Director of Photography, Caleb Ming, Surround is a photography studio based in Singapore. The studio creates images that tell stories, build brands and make ideas happen for advertising campaigns, photo essays, fashion spreads, documentaries and still life photography.
Surround's client list includes Antalis, Broadsheet Melbourne, DesignSingapore Council, Discovery Channel, Habitus Living Australia, Hansel, HPL Hotels and Resorts, Kyboe!, Lenovo, Microsoft, Monocle, National Museum of Singapore, Nike, Reebok, RJ Paper, St. Regis Hotel and The Design Society.
Karl Von Moller Singapore commercials / advertising directors
With a love for all things photographic, Karl Von Moller is able to utilise his knowledge to bring the best techniques and film-making processes to every project he directs.
A strong visual style mixed with the ability to garner excellent performances out of his cast enables Karl to move efficiently through any production schedule. His knowledge of post production and what can be realistically achieved is an invaluable addition to any project, and many of his past jobs have involved the heavy use of 3D workflows. Karl takes pride in his preparation for every job and spends as much time as possible researching, storyboarding, casting and finding references for every treatment he submits.
Karl enjoys working in a collaborative environment to enable the best possible results for any project.
Sebastian Siah Singapore advertising photographers
An accomplished photographer with a wonderful joie-de-vivre and a cheerful mien, Sebastian Siah's "anything is possible" attitude sets him apart from the 'bread and butter' exponents.
After graduating with a diploma in Graphic Design and Photography from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, he hooked up with The Shooting Gallery in 1996. It is there that his natural talent and potential was nurtured with guidance from founder, Sebastian Tan.
His passionate approach towards projects, on jobs for both television and print campaigns, quickly earned him a reputation for delivering quality work. Today, Siah (as he is known in the industry) not only is the proud owner of an impressive portfolio but also multiple awards that include D&AD, Cannes Lion, One Show, New York Fest, Ads of the World, and Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Photographer Worldwide.
Boon Chian Singapore advertising photographers
Boon Chian is currently based in Singapore. He started his photographic career at the age of eight with his first state-of-the-art 35mm yashica camera. He began as the official family portrait photographer but gradually grew more ambitious and moved away from shooting "warty toads and aunts". His passion for photography includes fashion, people, landscapes, architecture, still life, mayhem, and the spirit of the human race.
His client list include Bulgari, Audi, Chevrolet, Nike, Tiffany, Mondial, Frank Muller, Christian Jacques, Far East, Capitaland, Keppel, Jewelfest, Tatler, Aspial-Lee Hwa, Raoul, 24:7 magazine, Addison, Ogilvy & Mather, Batey, Blue Interactive, Van Cleef & Arpels and Gaggenau.
Boon is represented in the United States by Wonderfulmachine.com.
Orientography Singapore advertising photographers
Orientography is a Singapore-based photo agency and library representing a select group of passionate and creative photographers from Asia and Australia, providing buyers and directors with a fresh variety of options to suit their needs.
The company also offers a rapidly growing stock library of contemporary and realistic Asian culture and lifestyle images, available for license online or offline.
Orientography was founded by Charmian Grove, whose global experience drives the company’s mission to build relationships, understand clients' needs and provide service of a consistently high standard.
Call +65 97369082 or email Charmian direct for more information.
The Picture Makers Singapore advertising photographers
"It was while serving National Service (Singapore’s mandatory duty for all local boys of 18 years of age) that I had the time to reflect and find my true calling in photography. It soon grew to be my obsession and I would bring along a camera to camp while doing my guard duties. It was not fun being caught for that! But finally I was recognised for my then-little talent and was assigned to shoot for our National Day Parade.
"16 years have passed and my passion for photography has not dwindled, but that obsession has grown even more intense. I'm always able to learn something new with every shoot and I’m really glad to be able to shoot a variety of subjects, from food to travel, portraiture and fashion. Whether it's a still life or people shot I like to give it a mood and most importantly the feeling that comes from my heart, creating evocative stills that communicate and reach out. My work includes advertising, commercial and editorial images."
KC Lee, Principal Photographer, The Picture Makers, Singapore.
Colin Tan Singapore advertising photographers
As the man behind the camera, Colin Tan defines the style and character of his work. Fusing his photography experience and image-retouching skills, he finds joy in delivering distinctive artistic and creative concepts.
There is never a dull moment with Colin, whether during the photo shoot or in his images. Clients are often pleasantly amazed by how far he can go to materialise their ideas, and the end product is a package of passion, effort and a dash of personal touch.
Colin is the appointed photographer of various local and regional organisations for portraiture, advertisements and composite shoots.
Peter Bannan Singapore advertising photographers
Originally from New Zealand, Peter Bannan studied film and went on to work in the film industry. Exhibiting his personal photography led him to creative collaborations with NZ fashion designers including Karen Walker, Zambesi and Nom-D, as well as fashion shoots for a variety of magazines.
Peter established his own film company and after several award-winning campaigns for clients including Sony, he began working internationally. Working across photography and moving images, as a photographer, director and DP, often doing all three roles on his projects, he is able to produce both still and moving images for a campaign.
He likes working with people, telling stories and creating character in his images. His work has a naturalistic, personal feel, and is often hand-held and spontaneous.
Clients include Sony, Nokia, Qatar Airlines, McDonald's, Intel, Fujifilm, M1 Mobile, Philips, Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Qantas Airlines, Country Road, Samsung, J&J, Moccona Coffee, Moritz Ice Cream, Bendon Lingerie, Television NZ, Air NZ, Oyster Bay Wines, Maggi and House of Travel.
Simon Taplin Singapore advertising photographers
Simon Taplin has been photographing professionally for the past 18 years.
“I have always been motivated by the present and capturing it meaningfully. As a creative, I see myself in a constant process of exploration. Photography is my choice of medium; experimentation with both new and old technologies has created some of my most appreciated work, which sometimes are the result of happy accident!”
Simon has always been non-conformist with his style and concepts, whether he's shooting underwater or aerial photography. Over recent years he has worked for numerous international agencies and clients, including JWT, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, BBDO and Corbis.
Clients include Unilever, P&G, Nokia, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, MasterCard, and Heineken. His industry awards include D&AD, The One Show and Communication Arts, and his work has been published in Archive and PDN.
Over the past decade, Simon has divided much of his time between Asia and Europe, Singapore being an ideal steppingstone to create in both markets. Shooting internationally keeps Simon’s concepts and style fresh as well as visually in-tune with today's global living.
Amaranthine Photos Singapore corporate & industrial photographers
Light has fascinated Richard W. J. Koh since childhood. He considers photography a mystical art where “one harvests light which comes from above”.
In 2003, despite having a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, he made a mid-career switch from R&D engineering to photography and was featured in the TV programme 'Career Blueprints' (2007).
With photographs exhibited in Singapore, Dhaka and New York, Richard has received awards from international photography competitions. In 2011, he recently represented Singapore in exhibiting ten photographs at the ASEAN Day photo exhibition in Bangkok. He recently received two First Places and two Honourable Mentions at the International Photography Awards 2011 (by the Lucie Foundation).
His corporate clients have ranged from the Government to multinational corporations, and his editorial work has appeared in Reader's Digest Asia, the Discovery Channel Magazine and Aerospace Singapore.
He now runs Singapore-based Amaranthine Photos.
Zhang Jingna Singapore beauty photographers
Zhang Jingna is one of the youngest fashion and beauty photographers to emerge from Singapore.
A regular contributor to Harper's Bazaar and Elle Singapore for years, her list of commercial clients include names such as Anchor Beer, Mercedes-Benz, MontBlanc, Canon, Pond's, Wacom and Random House.
With a painterly and fantastical touch to her work that is permeated by influences from the Pre-Raphaelite era, Jingna's romantic, ethereal and sensuous images exude a quiet and steady confidence with maturity belying her age.
Shuttling between Singapore, Los Angeles and Toronto, Jingna is represented by Suzy Johnston + Associates in North America.
Peter Lau Singapore fashion photographers
London-born Peter Lau is based in Singapore, where he is known for his distinct cinematic aesthetic. He specialises in action sports and fashion.
Peter likes to elevate the ordinary and strives to capture the absolute moment - when the subject and its surroundings collide perfectly. He has brought his vision to fashion and advertising shoots for over 15 years.
Editorial clients include Wired, Fortune, Stern, Marie Claire, Elle, Luxos China, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, East, DestinAsian and Surface Asia.
International advertising clients include Agnes B, Coke Light, Gillette, IBM, Levi's Strauss, MTV, Panasonic and Sony.
Teck Photo Singapore advertising photographers
Teck Photo has been in the business of creating beautiful imagery as professional photographers-cum-digital artists since 1997.
Teck Photo is named after Teck Hiang, the studio's chief photographer. Professionally trained through a studio career that has encompassed the full range of techniques, Teck is a skilled photographer who adds highly creative aspects to all his digital imagery.
Teck Photo provides full service to the advertising and communication industries. Visit the website for more information.
- styling, hair, makeup
ANDREA CLAIRE Singapore hair and make up artists
Known for creating luxurious skin tones and lustrous hair styles, Andrea Claire's contemporary style and joie de vivre keeps her in demand with regular and new clients alike. Andrea has a knack for forecasting the trends and translating clients' vision into reality.
Based in Singapore and represented in Canada, Andrea is a seasoned beauty expert with extensive print, runway, and on-air makeover experience. A hairstylist and make-up artist, she has worked in Toronto, Singapore, New York and many places in between. Her television and on-air makeover credits include Canada’s Stylin' Gypsies, So Chic, Canadian Idol and more.
Andrea's work has been featured in campaigns such as L'Oréal, Revlon, Lancome and P&G. She has led teams for NY Fashion Week and Canada's Fashion Week. While living in Singapore, she became a regular team member for Bazaar, Elle and Seventeen magazine shoots. A frequent 'go-to' expert, Andrea has also authored many beauty articles with tips, tricks and trends.
Celebrity clients have included Lady Antebellum, Anita Kapoor, Miranda Richardson, Sarah Slean, Alanis Morissette, Bill Nighy, The Veronicas, Natalie Imbruglia and Dayle Haddon.
- hotels and apartments
Marina Bay Sands Singapore hotels
Marina Bay Sands Hotel consists of three unique hotel towers crowned by the magnificent Sands SkyPark. With over 2,500 rooms and suites, the hotel is the largest in Singapore, with rooms offering views of the South China Sea or Marina Bay and the spectacular Singapore skyline.
The hotel’s 55 suites and 18 different room types include 230 luxury suites that come with butler service and privileged access to VIP areas. Marina Bay Sands offers an array of dining experiences including Rise, featuring world cuisine along with refined wines and cocktails, while Jin Shan is a high-end restaurant serving exquisite Chinese fare. The hotel’s 24-hour in-room dining offers an extensive menu selection to tantalize the palate of guests from every region.
The Sands SkyPark is an architectural masterpiece sitting atop the hotel’s three towers. The 1.2 hectare tropical oasis with its lush, landscaped gardens are home to 250 trees and 650 plants. Hotel guests have the exclusive use of a 150-metre infinity swimming pool, while acclaimed restaurants include Sky on 57 that serves signature dishes by Singapore’s celebrity chef Justin Quek. At the opposite end of Tower 3 sits KU DÉ TA, the uber-cool lounge/restaurant hailed as Asia’s leading lifestyle destination.