Filmmaker Amanda Tan – Becoming a Successful Artist in Singapore, Working on Crazy Rich Asians and Will Money Make You Happy
Amanda Tan is a filmmaker, director, visual designer, writer and artist based in Singapore. Her music videos and short films have been screened and nominated for awards at various film festivals, including the Berlin Short Film Festival, NYC Indie Film Awards, Singapore Short Film Festival, Salento International Film Festival in Italy and Singapore Short Film Awards.
ABOUT OUR GUEST, AMANDA TAN
Amanda Tan is a filmmaker based in Singapore.
Amanda’s storytelling work has led her to collaborate with agencies like DDB Singapore, MRM Wordwide and Ogilvy Social as well as brands like McDonalds, Uber, Nescafe Dolce Gusto, AIA, Microsoft, Unilever and Diageo Asia Pacific. With an understanding of pop and alternative culture, she is able to create mainstream work that still appeals to the masses, as well as those to the left of center.
Her music videos and short films have been screened and nominated for awards at various film festivals, including the Berlin Short Film Festival, NYC Indie Film Awards, Singapore Short Film Festival, Salento International Film Festival in Italy and Singapore Short Film Awards. Amanda was also an executive producer on the Berlinale Silver Bear award winning acclaimed film, Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis.
We discuss stuff such as:
- Dave’s book, Everyday A**holes
- Surviving as a ‘creative’ in an Asian family
- Does Singapore give artists grant money / support artists?
- Sending Terng abuse
- Working on Crazy Rich Asians
- Starting your career as a filmmaker in Singapore
- Chinese Privilege
- Ultra Music Festival
- Zouk Out
- Maintaining your values as a “starving artist”
- Straits Time article about artists and non-essential jobs
- The 5 Cs
- Will money make you happy?
- Prescription drugs
- The definition of sexiness
- Male and female views on beauty
- Is brunch real?
- Bacon and eggs
- TikTok artists
- Grapes of Wrath
- Making it as a filmmaker
- Amanda’s website
- Amanda’s Instagram
(reminder: drink responsibly)