Gisli Snaer | Head of The Puttnam School of Film

Gisli Snaer has been honored for his feature films at festivals in 13 nations, including Chicago-USA, Kerman-Iran & Giffoni-Italy. In addition, he has been the creative force behind highly successful advertising campaigns around the globe, for many major brands such as One, Cisco, Toyota, Yamaha, Ricoh, Iceland Air and the European Council.

Gisli joined the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV) in 1986 as a writer and host of a comic youth program. He worked as an assistant director, assistant editor and production manager in various film productions and then studied at the Sveriges Television (SVT) in 1988, focusing on directing and producing television dramas. From 1988 to 1990, he directed and produced a number of television programs; variety shows, television dramas, comedy shows, live concerts, etc ., for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

In 1990, Gisli enrolled at the prestigious film school La Fémis, in France where he studied film directing. Since graduating, with a undergraduate and postgraduate degree, and to present day, Gisli Snaer has directed award- winning feature films such as Benjamin Dove, and Ikingut, and a number of TV-commercials. In addition, he has developed, with the support of the Icelandic Film Centre, several screenplays, co-written with Steve Baker, of the English design group tomato.

Before joining LASALLE, Gisli was running his own production & distribution company, Ansur Pictures Co., Ltd. in Japan. He’s a member of the Director’s Guild of Iceland, and has been a member of the jury at international film festivals, such as the Berlin International Film Festival.

Gisli’s research interests include the evolution of story and storytelling, and information and exformation narrative mapping in cinema.


Charles Maideen | Programme Leader

Charles Maideen is a Senior Lecturer in the Puttnam School of Film in charge of Producing with a Masters in Business Administration from Bharathiar University, India and a certificate in Production Management from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Australia.

He was formerly a Lecturer in a film school from a leading local polytechnic teaching Production Planning and Management and also held various course management positions in the Advanced Diploma in Film Production programme and Interdisciplinary Studies programme. Prior to this, Charles worked for Filmwest, an Australian Film company in Singapore in almost all production capacities from Production co-ordination, Camera work, Sound recording, Editing and assisted in directing before taking up responsibilities as a Producer.

Charles has been involved in the production of live sports multi camera coverage, corporate videos, documentaries, TV programmes and TV commercials. “TNT Express Singapore International Cricket Sixes” a 30 minute TV programme which he co-edited was awarded a certificate for creative excellence at the US International Film and Video festival.

Charles’ research interest revolves around the function and increasing need of soft money and its relation to the future of independent film productions as a film financing strategy.


Mardhiah Osman | Lecturer, Critical Film Studies

Mardhiah has been in the local media industry for 10 years. A Film Studies postgraduate of Universiteit van Amsterdam, and a Gender Studies graduate from the University of Western Sydney, her career began in broadcasting as Commissioning Editor for MediacorpTV12’s SURIA. After various globe-trotting experiences, beginning with the Australian Broadcasting Authority in Sydney, to film festivals in the Netherlands, and global media agencies in Hong Kong and Singapore, Mardhiah has returned home to her first love – teaching. Her research interest is in the representation of gender and ethnicity in film.

Mardhiah’s research interest is in the representation of gender and ethnicity in film and is part of a feminist collective, ETIQUETTE which is a multidisciplinary showcase of art created by and about women. It looks to platform gender as a subject of discourse, and art as a tool to provide both artists and audiences with a safe space in which conversations about women’s issues can take place.

She is also fervent about breaking traditional teaching methods to captivate Generation Z and therefore, is looking to begin a research on the role of critical studies within film practice pedagogy.


Hideho Urata | Lecturer, Cinematography

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Hideho earned a Master’s degree from New York University. He began his career in the United States as a camera operator for NYPD Blue ― a four-time Golden Globe winner – television drama starring Dennis Franz.

Hideho has worked as a camera assistant for cinematographers such as Ernest Dickerson and Stephen H. Burum. He is now a cinematographer with a wide experience in feature film, TV commercial and music video production. One of the feature films KAMATAKI won Best Director, Ecumenical Prize, International Film Critics’ Award, Most Popular Canadian Film, People’s Choice Award at Montreal World Film Festival 2005 and Special Mention at Berlin International Film Festival 2006.

Hideho recently won the Best Cinematography at Montreal Fantasia Film Festival 2009 and the Best Visual Achievement at New York Asian Film Festival 2009 on his work The Clone Returns Home.

Hideho’s research interest lies in preserving the artistic heritage of the cinema while balancing with new digital technology.


Sean Ashley | Lecturer, Sound & Image Post Production

Sean graduated in 1997 with a BA(Hons) Film degree from the Surrey Institute. He brings 15 years of editing experience to The Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE. He cut his teeth at England’s Kodak Film Labs before moving to Singapore in 1997 as a freelance editor, and since then he has worked on numerous short films, commercials, documentaries and feature films, including the critically acclaimed Salawati (Winner of Best Feature Film at the 2009 Asia Hot Shots festival in Berlin).

Sean’s experience in television include projects for international and regional broadcasters like the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, BBC Worldwide, Channel News Asia, Disney and MTV. He also possesses a diverse corporate and commercial portfolio, having worked with ministries and multinational companies, including the Media Development Authority, the Economic Development Board, PUB, ST Technologies, Canon, Far East Organization, Starhub, Singtel and Star Sports.

Sean’s research interest lies in highlighting the Editor’s increasing importance and intervention (“the creative interpretation of actuality”) in shaping documentary films and he hopes to interrogate this in classroom discussions.


Lillian Wang | Lecturer, Directing

Lillian Wang was born and raised in Singapore. She attended Law School at the National University of Singapore where she obtained her LL.B. After graduation, she worked for three years as a scriptwriter for Mediacorp Studios, writing sitcoms and sketch comedy for television. In 2000, she won an Overseas Film Scholarship from the Singapore Film Commission to pursue an MFA in Directing and Production at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. While at UCLA, she wrote and directed several short films, and was a finalist in the 2004 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award competition – one of ten nationwide. She has also twice been the recipient of the Singapore Film Commission Short Film Grant.

Lillian has since returned to Singapore where she continues to write and direct for film and television. Most recently, she participated in the 2006 Pusan Promotion Plan with a feature project, Fallen, produced by LeBrocquyFraser Productions.


Ng Swee San | Lecturer, Screenwriting

Swee San has received numerous state awards including the MDA Writing Grants in 2005-2007 and has won the Silver Medal in the MDA National Writing Competition in 2003. A founding member of the Screenwriters Association of Singapore, Swee San’s has written extensively for local television dramas as well as film and has also conducted writing workshops locally.

Since her first full-length play Marriage of Inconvenience in 2004 for TheatreWorks which featured characters such as a male nurse, a maid and a janitor, Swee San has been intrigued by disenfranchised and voiceless individuals such as the indigent elderly, maids, minorities and illegal immigrants. The play received funding from the Singapore Film Commission for adaptation into a feature film script. The film script is in development.


Mabelyn Ow | Lecturer, Producing and Portfolio Film projects

Mabelyn has worked on the key milestone Singapore films in her 15 years of producing. A graduate from the National University of Singapore, she has also been a panel member and jury of the Sinema Academy of Motion Pictures (Producer’s Film School) and most recently, the Short Film Awards 2012.

Mabelyn is passionate about nurturing young talent and especially creating the next generation of producers.


May Lin Au Yong | Lecturer, Documentary filmmaking

A Stanford graduate (Master of Fine Arts, Documentary Film and Video), May Lin is also adjunct Lecturer at both Singapore Polytechnic and Nanyang Technological University. She is also a freelance writer, director and editor for Channel News Asia. Her documentary films have traveled the world and most notably, her film, Bullet Proof Vest have been screened in Edinburgh Film Festival and Curt.doc International Short Film Festival. The film also received Honourable Mention as Best Documentary Short in World Wide Short Film Festival and Angelus Student Film Festival. It won Grand Jury Prize at the Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival in 2007.

May Lin is interested in exploring interpretive space as it relates to the documentary film form; in particular, how styles such as the long take, off screen space, the extreme close-up, and the embodied documentary camera serve to influence the viewer’s engagement with the film.


Liz Lander | Lecturer, Production Design

Liz Lander was born and trained in the UK. She relocated to Singapore with her family in 2009.

After a first degree in Biology, Liz found her true passion in design for film, TV and theatre and completed a second BA at Wimbledon School of Art, London UK.

Ten years of professional freelance practice followed, during which Liz worked as a Designer and Art Director across a wide range of genres including drama, comedy and entertainment. Day to day work ranged from recreating the Oval Office at the Whitehouse to an imaginary kitchen on the Deathstar.

Liz’ talent lies in creating cohesive visual narratives that support a Director’s vision and translate it into practical reality, working to make the most of available time, budget and resources.

Honours and Awards for projects to which Liz contributed include:

The Kumars at No 42 (International Emmy winner – Popular Arts 2002, British Comedy Awards – Best New Comedy 2002),
History File (BAFTA Education Award winner 2001),

Smack The Pony (International Emmy winner – Popular Arts 2000) and
Short Circuit (RTS Education Award winner 1997).

Kelvin Tan | Lecturer, Portfolio Film project

Kelvin Tan is a jack-of-all-trades – with a prolific background in music, drama, literature and philosophy and an academic background in critical theory, his interest in teaching at The Puttnam School of Film, revolves around providing a rounded, holistic and cognitive environment for the students.

His interest as an artist revolves around all forms of music ranging from folk, jazz to the more improvisational avant-garde. He also has interests in the literary novel, poetry, philosophy, drama and more recently, design and street-wear.


Hiro Toshi Goh |   Teaching Assistant, Cinematography

Hiro Toshi was born and raised in Singapore where he graduated from The Puttnum School of Film, majoring in cinematography. He is a visual storyteller who loves to explore and collaborate with diverse styles and formats through the lens of a camera and with lighting. He shoots projects ranging from short films, commercials, promos, music videos and is experienced in a wide variety of production formats from 35mm, standard definition tape to the latest High Definition and Digital Formats. Hiro Toshi ‘s shooting credits and experiences include features, shorts, promos, television, commercials and music videos. Hiro Toshi has traveled around the South East Asia and Australian region shooting in demanding and diverse environments. With his experience in a variety of mediums, he has a unique ability to adapt to a wide variety of challenging environments and personalities.


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