Thursday 28 February 2019

Our New Wall

When I look at our new signage, I couldn’t help but recall the challenges we have been through for the last 10 years. When we first started, having a signage is out of the question. Having a reception area and a proper decent looking meeting room is something I will never dream of. The signage serves as a reminder that we should never take what we have for granted. It’s a representation of the hardwork and dedication the past and present crew have fought for the company. For this I am forever grateful. Without this spirit, we will never come this far. Thank you.

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Dropping By Sony Entertainment

Thank you Aron. Thank you Sony for this meeting. It means a lot to me. Thank you for the encouragement and support. We will work hard and treasure this special opportunity.

Sunday 17 February 2019

Stepping into ILM LucasFilm

Feb 16, 2019: Very fortunate to be given a tour at ILM LucasFilm today.

Friday 1 February 2019

Staff Meeting

Our meeting room now fits our entire staff and more!
It's good news for more expansion as our work makes more progress.
Will you be joining this big and crazy team of experts, dreamers and creators?

Welcome, Eric and Julia!

Eric and Julia Lewald was first engaged as our show runner for the series. (They are two members of the creative force behind the animated X-Men series of the ’90s.
From stranger we became good friends. They are like family to us and the parents of the Dream Defenders.
Now they are the Writers and Story Consultant for our movie Dream Defenders the Origins. We are very grateful that they have come all the way from LA to help us. What they have done it’s beyond their job. A big thank you.

Welcome Lunch

23rd Jan 2019 - Welcome lunch for our US consultant. Eric and Julia (Writers), Morgan Kelly (Head of Layout), Paul Chung (Director), Ang Chwee Hock (VP Productions), James Phang and Nhi Le (Production Manager)

Industry Veterans

Industry veterans and pioneers from PDI DreamWorks. Paul Chung (Our Director), Tim Cheung and Raman Hui.
Thanks to Paul, I have the chance to meet both Tim and Raman. It’s inspiring to hear their story of early PDI DreamWorks. Hope someday we can work with them to bring this spirit back. HK should be very proud of them.
Tim was the head of animation at DreamWorks for 12 yrs. He later became VP of Animation of Imagi HK. Then became Executive Advisor of CGCG. He is also the founder of Primal Animation Studios.
Raman joined DreamWorks in 1989. In 2007, he co directed Shrek the third. In 2015 and 2018 he directed the China box office hit Monster Hunt 1 and 2. Both films hit China box office going beyond USD$300M each.

Morgan Kelly

We are very grateful that Morgan Kelly is here to train and guide our team for the Layout process of our Dream Defenders Movie. As you know, Cinematography is extremely important to the movie. Before coming to Singapore, Morgan was working at The Third Floor as a Previz Artist/Shot Creator for the Games of Thrones Season 8. In the past, he also came to assist us as a consultant on Ben 10 Destroy All Aliens. It’s really exciting that some of our best friends in the industry came to help us. They bring together their rich industry experience and our crew is so fortunate to learn so much from them.
Morgan Kelly is an animation supervisor, pre-vis artist, instructor and lecturer with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked and supervised on some of the most popular projects around the world, and has credits in 17 animation projects.
Morgan graduated from CalArts (California Institute of Arts) and started his career in DreamWorks, where he worked on movies such as such as “How to Train Your Dragon”, “Madagascar”, “Shrek” and Megamind.
Other notable works include Cartoon Network's award winning "Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens" as CG Animation Consultant, Disney's “Zootopia”, “Moana”, and “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, HBO's “Game of Thrones” as previs and shot creator, as well as Blizzard's “Overwatch” cinematic trailer and ReelFX's “Book of Life”.
Kelly has also taught in Animation Mentor, the award winning online animation school, as well as CalArts and for other training programs around the world.

Recording Voice Talent

Guided Track Recording for the Dream Defenders Origins Movie. We are very fortunate to be able to work with SDI media HK and some of the original Dream Defenders voice talents again. The voice talents at SDI media are really talented and passionate. They brought life to the characters.

Percy Fung

I am so honoured and grateful that my good friend Percy Fung came all the way to meet up with me before he leave for China. Percy is a legend to the HK film industry. A very nice and humble man.
He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and has been the poineer in movie visual effect business in Asia for the industry since 1977. He established a 3d animation production since 1978 with in-house developed software, serving film production companies around the world. Throughout the years, he has introduced the world most advanced film optical system into Hong Kong, taking Hong Kong into Digtal Intemediate film production era. These facilities were used to serve also all other visual effect productions in Hong Kong, to ensure all other effect houses have the best technical support in their creative effect production work. Production of 3d steroscopic vision film and video since 1999, he also further push the development of Digital film making, with the introduction of HD/High definition Cine Alta film workflow, HDCam, D-5, HDCam SR, and formed Hong Kong's first full Digital Cinema mastering production pipeline, currently serving 30 Digital Cinema screens in China with full DCI's DCP production.

Moved In!

We didn’t spent a lot of money in renovation. It’s all just colours and artwork that makes the office nice. But most importantly is the unity of the crew and contribution of everyone that makes this office special. It’s always my dream to build a home for our crew that we all feel proud and look forward to work. It’s our home. That every members own a part of it. Thanks everyone. You make us all very proud.

It's a new day, new office, new year, new opportunities.
Together, we take this opportunity to reach greater Heights and plan for what we see ahead and beyond.

Moving Day!

Moving from Little India to Kaki Bukit.
Here is a quick glimpse of the journey to the new office.

New Office Space!

Since we started, we jump from cliff to cliff. The gap between the 2 cliffs get bigger and bigger after each jump. Every time when I reach the edge of the cliff, there is always a fear. A fear to fall. And wonder if I should go backwards. But each time I tell myself. It’s too far to go backwards. I just need to believe, take a deep breath. and jump forward.
This is our 5th moved. Before every move, there is always a struggle. After the struggle, it’s a new chapter. A new adventure. A new lesson.
May blessings be with us all

Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much for your contribution and support. Without you, we wouldn’t have gone this far. Here wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

INCGMEDIA Article About Tiny Island

牽起中新泰最大動畫合作,Tiny Island 的十年 IP 之路

Thank You, American Film Showcase

This event is very special to my heart. It has brought the best in ASEAN countries together. It promotes friendship, creativity and most of all encourage IP creations in South East Asia. In the past, we are often known as factories to most western producers. This really gives us an opportunity. Hope someday we can recreate this event together. Sincerely thank US Govt office and USC for this. Not to forget Aron Warner and Arthur Fong. A big thank you.

American Film Showcase ASEAN Team

12th Dec 2018 - The 8 ASEAN team at the pitch.

American Film Showcase Wrap Party

American Film Showcase

11th Dec 2018 - Our team of discussion panel with the ASEAN participants.

12th Dec 2018 - Our panelist at the pitch session with US Ambassador to Laos / Rena Bitter

12th Dec 2018 - At the pitch session : (Trainer) Sony / Arthur Fong, (Singapore Panelist)Tiny Island / David Kwok, (Thai Panelist) Monk / Juck Somsaman, (Indonesia Panelist) Visual Expert Animation / Patrick Effendy

American Film Showcase

10th Dec 2018 - (L-R) David Kwok CEO Tiny Island Productions, Visual Development Artist Arthur Fong (The Croods, Kung Fu Panda 3), Gabriel / Host, Oscar Winning Producer Aron Warner (Shrek, Shrek 2, Book of Life), Rachel Gandin Mark Director of International Programs, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Patrick Effendy CEO Visual Expert Animation, Juck Somsaman Founder / Creative Director Monk Studios

AFS Animation Storytelling Workshop

I am honoured to be invited to be a panelist at the pitch session and another panel discussion at next week American Film Showcase. This is a film diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State, produced by the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Next week, they are producing a 5-day animation workshop in Luang Prabang, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Laos and the Luang Prabang Film Festival. They are hosting 16 animators and screenwriters, with 8 feature film animation projects, from Singapore, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam. The workshop will be led by producer Aron Warner (Shrek, Shrek 2, Book of Life) and visual development artist Arthur Fong (The Croods, Kung Fu Panda 3), and will focus on story development and pitching for animation.
On the last day of the workshop, they are hosting a pitch session, giving each of the teams an opportunity to formally present their projects and get feedback from professionals working in animation across Southeast Asia.
For those who are going, see you there.
 I am really honoured to be invited to be a panelist at the pitch session and another panel discussion at the American Film Showcase.