Stephen Tan started his career as a Graphic Designer before moving on to several Advertising Agencies where he worked on quite a few blue-chip accounts before settling in at Draft FCB where he toiled his way up to Senior Art Director, picking up awards along the way.
It was while working on a repromatic for a pitch that the directing bug bit. The demo won the pitch which won the TVC contracts and the TVCs (shot by a real film director) went on to win quite a few awards.
Some irrational decisions followed; he quit his job, turned down a Creative Director’s position and took a second mortgage. And turned to film directing.
Since then he has won an MC2 Award (Malaysian Creative Circle) for Imaginex’s moving office campaign and a DMAM Award (Direct marketing) for a series of 6 documentaries for Damacai’s “Journey of Champions” featuring Malaysia’s National Wushu athletes. His campaign for SIN fashion has appeared in Ads of the World.
Stephen Tan’s knack for storytelling and comic timing has seen the creation of some memorable spots.
His previous life in Advertising informs his work, creating focused and hard-working commercials that do not compromise on aesthetics and charm.
And all-around nice guy with a positive attitude, Stephen is well-liked by all, from the Client to the Agency to the Crew and quite regularly by the make up guy.