GARY CHONG (M.A)
Past business experiences outside of Gary Chong Studios would be playing a role in the co-founding of a music education institution called the Academy Music Centre.
Gary Chong is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Gary Chong Studios, a production house which has produced over 528 videos over the past 8 years for MNC and GLC brands such as DIGI, Axiata, Ecoworld, AXA, Berjaya, Dumex, Taylor’s Group, Foodpanda, Mah Sing, Sunway, Maybank, Carlsberg, Alliance Bank and many others. Gary Chong Studios has also worked with various agencies from the likes of Havas, Geometry, Kraken, Mindshare and many others.
His show reel of past works can be viewed at:
Gary also has been frequently invited to give talks on filmmaking and has conducted workshops in the area of filmmaking for the New Straits Times, Malaysian Association of Creativity and Innovation (MACRI) and KL CONVERGE 2015.
He has conducted workshops on a national level via various university events and workshops throughout Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah. He also was engaged to speak at a Film and Media Conference in the University of London, Bedford Way.
Written newspaper articles on filmmaking, published in an academic journal and appeared in various TV interview programmes.
Moonlighting as a Lecturer in the School of Liberal Arts (ADP) of Taylor’s University in the area of film and communications for the past 8 years and helped in the curation of the new Performing Arts Conservatory Degree at the said university.
As of 2020, he holds an appointed post as the Advertising, Film and Communications Industry Advisor for Universiti Sains Malaysia, sitting on the board of advisors under the purview of the Vice-Chancellor.
DR ADRIAN LEE (Ph.D)
THE JUDGE, JURY & ACADEMIC ASSESSOR/ EXAMINER
Dr Adrian Lee is currently academic assessor and external examiner for various film studies and communication programs at UNIMAS, SEGI University, KDU University College and Han Chiang University College of Communication. He has also been invited as judge, guest speaker, keynote speaker and facilitator at various workshops, festivals and competitions in Melbourne, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
Dr Adrian Lee has been teaching since 2001. Beginning as a tutor for kindergarten and primary school students to finance his studies, he went to complete his Bachelors, Masters and in 2012, his PhD. Till date, he has graduated students from the PhD, Masters, Bachelors and diploma levels. He is currently Senior Lecturer in a leading private university in Malaysia.
Prior to this, he was Chairperson of Postgraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and lecturer at Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC). Besides teaching in the university, he also teaches at the St Paul’s Community Computer Centre (SPCCC) in Penang, where volunteers teach computer classes to students regardless of age, religion or ethnicity
The Researcher & Author
Dr Adrian Lee has published in total more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, research proceedings, and online media articles. He has also presented papers at more than 20 conferences around the world, namely at Cambridge, Melbourne, Osaka, Jakarta and Singapore.
He has worked on international, national and university research grants worth more than MYR350, 000 that explored matters of gender, culture and ethnicity in Malaysian cinema, the Malaysian media and the creative industries.
He is co-editor of the book Media and Elections: Democratic Transition in Malaysia and is working with Hong Kong University Press to publish a book about Malaysian cinema.
Dr Adrian Lee has directed and advised on a number of shorts, events, promotional and corporate videos for USM and HCUC.
His short documentaries featuring dying trades and cultures in Malaysia have been screened in film festivals around the world.