NYFA 2017 Panel Discussion - BEYOND ANIMATION: How can a Graduate Stay Competitive


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Our panelists will discuss the opportunities for an Animation graduate to go beyond just his/her field and how to stay competitive in this fast moving industry.

This session is part of the National Youth Film Awards 2017.

About the Speakers:

Ervin Han, Robot Playground Media

Ervin Han is the Co-founder of Robot Playground Media. With over 15 years of experience in the telecoms and media industries and having produced and directed animated TV series, web series, short films and commercials, Ervin is a passionate storyteller with a desire to see more Asia-centric animated stories brought to life. Having spent most part of a decade working on animation aimed predominantly at a western market, he co-founded Robot Playground Media with the focus on creating more animated content with a distinct Asian and regional flavour. He created Singapore’s first prime-time animated series, Heartland Hubby and the award-winning animated short, The Violin. His animated anthology, TimeScapes will be released in 2017 and his studio is currently developing its first animated feature film.

Carlene Tan, Omens Studio

Carlene is currently with Omens Studios as their Business Development Director, producing and developing animated TV series for children. She was formerly the Studio Head with One Animation where she produced the award-winning children’s animated TV series, Oddbods and Insectibles. Prior to that, with the founder of Dreamworks Animation, she managed the Singapore arm of Cloudpic Global and produced various digital projects for mobile apps launched across Asia. She was also one of the founding members of Singapore’s first animation studio, Peach Blossom Media where she started her animation career. Coupled with half a decade of nurturing media start-ups in the Singapore government, Carlene puts her strategic business experience with her love of storytelling to connect with audiences and bring products to life. A fervent consumer of all kinds of stories, Carlene also loves getting a little bored and coming up new smoothie recipes in her free time.

Ronald Fong, NYFA Alumni

Ronald is the co-founder of Masonry Studios, which specialises in 3D animation and motion design. He has experience in both the entertainment and advertising industry working on storyboarding and 3D animation production. He believes that a well-crafted story is the key piece in making films work as he consciously aims to make his projects meaningful and relatable. He assumes the role of a complete geek when faced with technical challenges encountered within the 3D animation creative process and welcomes all geek conversations, both deep and casual.


NYFA 2017 WEEKEND (30 June and 1 July) seeks to bring outreach and awareness of the film and media industry in Singapore to a new scale with a series of talks, workshops and screenings of previous NYFA-winning films.

As part of SHINE Festival 2017, the event hopes to encourage more youths to engage in various aspects of film-making, as well as to inspire through enriching media touch points by our industry partners. These activities also aim to reverse the common understanding of Singapore’s film and media industry through creative activities that are interactive and niche. For other NYFA talks and workshops, please visit:

[Workshop] - DART Sessions

[Fireside Chat] LIFE BEYOND SCHOOL: How I Survived in the Commercial World

[Workshop] Editing and Colour Grading Demo with DaVinci Resolve 14

[Panel Discussion] PRODUCING CONTENT IN THE SOCIAL AGE: Opportunities and Challenges

[Panel Discussion] FESTIVALS OR ONLINE? What is the Best Way to Expose your Short Film to an Audience

[Panel Discussion] A CAREER IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY: Academia or Apprenticeship?

[Featured Speaker] INFOCUS ASIA: Asian Stories for the International Audience

[Screening] National Youth Film Awards 2015

[Screening] National Youth Film Awards 2016

[Job Matching Session] C3: Creative Career Connections



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