Many students who took classes with me and worked as part-time work study research assistants or full-time after graduation have made movies that have received numerous awards in film festivals. They have been recognized as successful emerging talents recognized for their skills in the craft of animation and as artists and film-makers bringing a new vision to the field.

Raymond Teo, Tan Pang Ren, Malcolm Qwah part of our first cohort of students graduated in 2009. The three both studied under me and worked as research assistants. They created the Final Year Project (FYP) animated short titled ‘Drunken Moon’. It won top prize in the Open Category from Singapore and was screen in Tokyo at the TBS 14th Digicon. Short listed for screening at the 9th Singapore Short Cuts! it was nominated for BEST DEBUT in 4th International Festival of Animated Films TOFUZI, in the Baltic country of Georgia.
Khoo Yi Hui, Goh Huiying & Anne Tan’s Final Year Project (FYP) animated short film titled ‘Tales of the Chugawagas’ won the First Prize in the 3D category of the Lumière Digitale Animation Film Festival 2011! It was nominated for Best Animation at the upcoming 3rd Singapore Short Film Awards! Their short film also won a ‘Certificate of Encouragement – Creative use in Animation’ at the Very Short International Film Festival (VSIFF) 2012 held in Singapore.

‘EMMA’ Joshua Tan’s 2010

A short film made in my ANI380 Animation Seminar class a Local Selection Winners took home the Grand Prix Award at the Very Short Film Competition (Singapore) in 2010 and received $1400 in prize money for his efforts. It was screened at the Festival in France under the International ‘Out of Competition Family/Kids’ Category.


Project Marionette

Directed and produced by Tan Cheng Quan (Joshua) with Candice Elizabeth Chua Cher Ern & Liew Yong Jia 2010

Winner of a ‘Certificate of Encouragement – Creative use in Animation’ at the Very Short International Film Festival 2012 held in Singapore. I supervised their animated film through Final Year Project. Joshua Tan recently set up his own company CraveFX and is doing well as an animation entreprenuer.


I! Mark Cheung, Singapore 2012

Final Year Project (FYP) Short animated film was selected to premiere at the 20th Annual International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart 2013. Mark’s work focused on a metaphorical and visual interpretation of the expression of thought and discovery of self. This past June 2013 he screened his film at the 4th Experimental Film Forum at The Substation in Singapore.

Students under my tutelage have been fortunate to find work both in Singapore and abroad. Notably two former students that received their Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Media Technology Degree, Devanathan Ram Prasad and Sailaja Sruthi Yadlapati worked in my research and were hired by the Dreamworks Dedicated Unit at Technicolor in Bangalore. One of these students, Ms. Yadlapati recently left to join NUS as an applicant for a PhD. Other students joined companies like Lucas Film, Double Negative, the Discovery Channel and even the United Nations. Ms. Ang Yizhi who started with me in her second year as a student who had never touched computer animation is now a computer graphics artist at Tecmo Koei. Ms. Hazel Hnin is a character animator at Southern Star Entertainment with a subsidiary located in Singapore Southern Star Entertainment is a large entertainment conglomerate. Ms. Hai An Nguyen Pham worked closely with me as a student and research assistant is now working on staff as a computer graphic artist at Oliver Wyman. Two of my programming staff from originally from Myanmar, Mr. Aung Sithu Kyaw and Thet Naing Swe in an entrepreneurial venture set up their own game company in Singapore. Another Ms. Chong Ren Rong is a research assistant at University of California Los Angeles in their media research group housed in Melnitz Hall the home of their Film School of which I am an alumni.

Former Students who worked on Research

Throughout the past 8 years of Teaching Research and Service at NTU I have been fortunate to have received close to 15 million Singapore Dollars in research funding. These projects, all collaborative efforts were designed for the most part to experiment with learning theory, e.g. Michael J. Jacobson’s “Virtual Singapora”, an investigation focused on the design of learning technologies, Beaumie Kim’s work research and development of learning resources and tools focusing on Earth Sciences “Serious Embodied Learning” and Miao Chunyan’s Intelligent Agent-Augmented Multi-User Virtual Environments: Research into Designs for Learning Environments of the Future. Along with these collaborative efforts where I worked as co-Primary Investigator I have led my projects e.g. “Cinematic and Narratives: creating stories within real-time visual toolsets” and have engaged students directly in award winning research.

Undergraduate Students Hired into Research
Name Contact E-mail IC/Staff/Matric Number
Lim Yuan Wen 98807370 051923G17
Tan Pang Ren 96357293 051820H17
Qwah Ying Hwa 96891067 051986J17
Qvek Jia Liang 98754204
Khoo Yihui 92200402
Yu Chao 96446062
Su Fang 96888523
Nguyen Hieu Hanh
Stefani Irwin
Chan Ying Hol
Kyi Phyu Hnin (Hazel)
Ang Yi Zhi
Lee Jun Yi
Gao Shan
Nguyen Pham Hai An
Antoinette Jade
Florence Sjah
Fung Chun Hong
Gan Li Juan, Clara
Han Shengyi
Kanan Abdul Kader Mohamed Ali
Lee Jun Yi
Pok Sim Loong
Siew Zhi Zhong, Jerome
Tan Jing Ting
Tan Shu An Lauren
Trinh Dinh Quan
Yang Na
Ajin Joseph
Ang Yi Xin S8605880D
Lam Yaocheng S8201973A
Isabella Tan Hui Huang S8604400E
Teo Qing Yu Trina S8500440I
Qwah Ying Hwa S8210642A
Long Yinghan S8208213A
Chong Shuzhen Sara S8637456J
Chan Yin Wan S8630527E
Ang Tze qi
Teo Say Kiam Raymond S8122410B
Cheng Yu Chao S8171674I
Pan Huiting S8735220Z
Au Chong Weng S8333760E
Mak Hon Keat 061758B17
Huang Shicong S8318944D
Seow Wen Hui Vanessa S8633679J
Koh Wei Min S8518796A
Wang Xun G3514765P
Siew Zhi Zhong, Jerome S8520677Z
Wong Si Yuan S8240757Z
Goh Zhengyang, Vincent S8215679H
Xiong Ying G0297404K
Hu Yunwen G0390326K
Chua Yifang S8717604E
Kyi Phyu Hnin G3523353P
Dessy Sudjana G3523742P
Wang Shi Hui S8712898I
Su Guohao S8237216D
Nguyen Hieu Hanh G3524255X
Huang Yanying S7935469D
Lim Ming Rong, Eunice S8736538G
Ang Yi Zhi S8702732E
Kanan Abdul Kader Mohamed Ali S8772252Z
Masters Students
Devanathan Ram Prasad
Liu Linyi 90092751 G5799732Q
Sailaja Sruthi Yadlapati
Aung Sithu Kyaw
Wang Chao
Chen Chao Hai
Liu Yong
Lu The Kiet
Research Fellows
Zhang Liang
Doros Polydorou
Professional Hires
Jorge Helguera Represa G6071974N
Andrew Gregory
Jamie Telford G5858917P
Wong Jing Cherng 90023710 G5663429R
Boon Yifei
Kim Hak Hyun
Thet Naing Swe