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It all started when…

SAS was founded in 2000. In the early days, SAS organised screenwriting 101 talks and networking sessions. This included flying  in Robert McKee for his famous Story Seminar in 2003.

Since then, SAS has persistently pushed for best industry practices when it comes to writing. We've been invited to provide feedback at IMDA focus group meetings to shape the Tripartite Standards for the Media. As part of our engagement to raise the standard of scriptwriting in Singapore, SAS has organised pitching workshops with Lee Shinho (of the Korean thriller 'The Chaser'), Skype sessions with Glen Mazzarra (of The Walking Dead), and numerous lunches with visiting Hollywood screenwriters and producers such as Douglas J Eboch (Sweet Home Alabama) and Pamela E Wallace (Witness). This also includes training and development of local writers through workshops, yearly events and public support of Singapore-based projects.

Today, we are a growing group of established TV writers, authors, filmmakers, producers and digital marketers. Contact us to find out how you can commission some of Singapore's up-and-coming and established screenwriters.

 

Executive committeE

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SWEE SAN - President

Swee San is great at saying No to bad deals, making others value their own work a little more and connecting people across industries. She’s a champion complainer though her associate mediator training quickly snaps her into killer negotiating mode.

She has written for acclaimed prime-time Ch5 TV shows such as The Pupil (2 seasons), Code of Law (the first 3 seasons) and Tanglin. Her writing credits include docu-dramas Dining with Death, In Cold Blood and children’s shows Kids United, Whoopie 2 and the upcoming Totally Totto. One of her children’s picture books was published in 2015 and another two have been contracted. She has served as story consultant to a horror film, an action thriller as well as an animation feature (the latter two in development). She teaches scriptwriting at B.A. level and creative writing at M.A. level., but her first love is – as clichéd as it sounds – continuous learning. Plug for Skills Future Fellowship, tick.


JACLYN CHAN - Vice President

Once upon a time, Jaclyn Chan was a high-flying banker in New York, so she did the next most obvious thing. She quit her job to pursue comedy writing. Family and friends laughed… and she knew she was on the right track. 

Since then, Jaclyn has written for a variety of television shows in Singapore, in genres spanning comedy, drama, documentary and children’s programming. Her work was awarded Gold at the New York Festivals and nominated at the Asian Television Awards and the International Emmys. However, her proudest moment was making children cry with her picture book, The Adventures of Lofty de Lizzard. 

Jaclyn has taught film studies and screenwriting at Lasalle College of the Arts and Objectifs: Centre for Photography and Film. She is currently a juror with the International Emmys and the Vice-President of the Screenwriters Association (Singapore). She obtained her graduate degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. 

 


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DEREK JUDGE - Secretary

Derek grew up in the UK where he was active in theatre and music.  In 2009, he graduated from a screenwriting course in Singapore and then devised and successfully pitched the concept to Mediacorp for Point of Entry, a 1-hour TV drama which ran for four series.  He then wrote episodes for Point of Entry, Silver Lining, Incredible Tales, In Cold Blood, for Mediacorp, and The Paranormal Zone, for Syfy.

Derek has also written and published short stories as well as writing and consulting on films, with screenings at international film festivals in the US and Europe.  Since 2011, Derek has served on the committee of the Screenwriters’ Association (Singapore). He is currently working on several concepts, screenplays and prose work.


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NOEL RODRIGUES - Treasurer

Noel has been in advertising for the past 20 years and is currently the creative director of an agency that specialises in video marketing. He has written and directed videos for clients such as Singapore Press Holdings, Singtel and Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association. Outside of work, Noel has won a few short-writing competitions, scripted several variety shows for stage, and co-wrote a short film called Final Defect. After attending a script-writing course conducted by Oscar-winner, Pamela Wallace, and Emmy-nominee, Ellen Sandler, Noel wrote a few sitcom episodes for Mediacorp’s Channel 5. Currently, Noel is studying behavioural science, reforming his old 80s band, and learning to solve the Rubik’s Cube.


Star Members

 

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LIM JEN NEE

With more than 10 years’ experience in the media industry, Jen has shepherded countless projects as Producer/Writer, competently juggling numbers and drama. She also had stints in script development in Los Angeles, and film acquisition, marketing and distribution experiences in Singapore.

Under her stewardship, feature film Truth Be Told won Best Original Film at the Asian Film Festival of Rome 2007 while narrative web series People Like Us won Best Short TV Drama at the 2016 Independent Television & Film Festival, Best Web/TV Drama at the 2017 Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards, and Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Indie Series Awards. Jen is currently producing the second season of People Like Us as well as developing a slate of projects including feature films Feast (Torino Film Lab Extended – Singapore 2018) and psychological thriller Follower (NAFF It Project 2016 in BiFAN).

In addition to creative works, Jen has written and produced works for corporate clients such as British Petroleum and DBS Bank. She holds a BFA in Creative Producing from Chapman University Singapore, a BA in Multimedia Design from Curtin University of Technology and a Diploma in Film, Sound and Video from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.


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ANDREW NGIN CHIANG MENG

Passionate writer with more than ten years of experience writing for local television, Chiang Meng is a Physics graduate, and a seven-time award winner of the National Scriptwriting Competition from 2001 to 2009. He has created local hit shows like Under One Roof, Growing Up, Triple Nine, and Police and Thief. 

He’s the head writer of 80’s Rewind, a sitcom which won a Silver at World Emmy Awards. He’s the Executive Producer and Head Writer for two seasons of FIGHTING SPIDERS, which won Special Prize at the 2009 Seoul Drama Award Festival. He wrote the screenplay for 1965, a historical epic drama about the racial riots. His screenplay for CIRCLE LINE won BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY in the Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Festival 2016. 

He teaches screenwriting at Temasek Polytechnic and his students have won Best Screenplay at National Youth Film Awards for Soul 37, as well as Silver medals for New York Film and Tv festivals.


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WEE LI LIN

Li Lin is one of the pioneer female filmmakers in Singapore. She has made numerous short films and two feature films as well as several telemovies and commercials. She has won several awards locally and internationally such as "Best Director" at the Singapore International Film Festival and a "Star Award" at the Shanghai International Film Festival for actress Joanna Dong for her starring role in Li Lin's sophomore feature "Forever". Her films have travelled to prestigious festivals such as the Tribeca Film festival in New York, Short Shorts in Tokyo, the Cairo International Film festival, the Shanghai international film festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival and many others. Li Lin did her undergrad at Brown University and her graduate studies at NYU-Tisch Asia where she studied dramatic writing under an MDA scholarship. She's also a part time lecturer at NTU and NUS teaching screenwriting for the short film. Amongst her favourite screenwriters are Ruth Prawler Jhabvala, Nora Ephron and Alexander Payne. Her favourite pastimes are watching movies and doing street photography.


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PEGGY FERROA

For over 15 years, Peggy Ferroa has specialised in writing and directing content specific performance pieces. These commissioned pieces range from plays, musicals, multidisciplinary performances as well as scripts for screen. She works with clients from private, government and educational organisations as well as departments in museums and historic buildings. Her work extends beyond corporate clients to include community groups and she has written a variety of plays and musicals for the Peranakan community, heartlanders and students.  

Peggy is also passionate about developing and delivering arts education programmes and has extensive training in arts integration and aesthetic education. She was the first group of teaching artists for the National Arts Council’s Teaching Through the Arts Programme where she used drama to help students develop a deeper understanding of concepts in mathematics and science.  She has also lectured at the National Institute of Education’s master’s module on teaching in and through the arts.  

For SAS, she was part of a team that developed content for ‘The Power of Stories’ a workshop for IMDA’s Human Capital Development division and Storylab Workshops, ‘Making a Scene’ and ‘Making a Bigger Scene’ for the National Library Board.  She wants to help SAS develop more products to raise funds for the association, as well as awareness of the importance of the association in the creative industries.


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Karl Gan

When Karl was nine, his parents didn’t want to send him to daycare, so they plopped him down in front of a TV every day after school. The show was Days of our Lives... and that was how his exposure to film and television began.

Karl honed his craft over the next twenty years. He moved on from initially winning student awards like the Singapore Young Dramatist Award in 2007 while he was in JC, to joining the IMDA-Lasalle WritersLab program in 2017, where he studied TV writing under Emmy-nominated Shari Goodhartz as part of a new initiative to train TV writers in Singapore.

Currently, Karl is a writer for Ubisoft Singapore. His first project for the company, Skull & Bones, is a pirate fantasy set in 1721 and will launch in 2019. In addition, he continues to write freelance. Completed projects include Whoopie's World Season 2 and documentary series, What It Takes, for Skillsfuture Singapore. The first comedy he has written for, FAM!, has just wrapped filming and will air in August 2018, while a new children’s science drama he served as head writer for, Totally Totto, will air later in 2018.

Karl hopes he can continue to learn, grow and improve in this field of screenwriting; nothing gives him a better thrill than putting all the puzzle pieces that make up a story together, in a cohesive and exciting way for audiences.

 

Members

  1. Aditya Kripalani
  2. Andrew Ngin Chiang Meng
  3. Alicia Altorfer-Ong
  4. Alina Heng Miang Wan
  5. Chai Yee Wei
  6. Charlene Goh Hui Fen
  7. Cheng Chai Hong
  8. Christopher Mooney
  9. Derek Judge
  10. Dora Tan
  11. Elizabeth Coward
  12. Esan Sivalingam
  13. Fan Guangye
  14. Jaclyn Chan
  15. Jasmine Ng Kin Kia
  16. Jean Yeo
  17. Jeannie Chia
  18. Jen Nee Lim
  19. Kane Wheatley-Holder
  20. Karl Gan Karliang
  21. Lachlan Madsen
  22. Lee Thean-Jeen
  23. Lee Chee Tian
  24. Leslie Tan Wee Boon
  25. Marcus Lim
  26. Marrie Lee
  27. Matthew Ing
  28. Michael Chua Seow Kher
  29. Michael Lim Tien Yue
  30. Mickey S. Lin
  31. Neal Moore
  32. Noel Rodrigues
  33. Ng Swee San
  34. Olivia Loh-Ing
  35. Ong Seok Khim
  36. Peggy Ferroa
  37. Priscilla Goh Shu Xian
  38. Sean Cheong
  39. Sharad Saldanha
  40. Suridh Simon Hassan
  41. Teh Su Ching
  42. Verena Tay
  43. Wee Li Lin
  44. Woon Chet Choon
  45. Yeo Han Hwee
  46. Khoo Sim Eng (Friend of SAS)