Private Project

Dragons In The Sky

Three aerial racers, one common passion - aerial flying.
One uses flying as a form of escape from his office politics.
Another faces gender prejudice, as she's a female flyer.
Yet the leader of them all patiently spends a substantial amount of time on the epitome of flying, which is - to birth forth dragons in the sky.

  • Shawn Tan
    Santa Boy
  • Shawn Tan
    Santa Boy
  • Shawn Tan
    Santa Boy
  • Michael Lim Koh Leong
    Key Cast
  • Darren Duriel Suan Jun Hui
    Key Cast
  • Clareta Lim Xin Yi
    Key Cast
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    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,600 USD
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    Chinese, English
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Director Biography - Shawn Tan

Shawn Tan is a filmmaker who started out full-time as an Assistant Director in Mediacorp TV Singapore. He has produced and directed numerous productions, including short films like “Let’s Not Waste Time” – shortlisted for “FiRST Film Fest” Singapore, “Ne” featuring acclaimed personalities Larry Albright and Michael Flechtner in Los Angeles – featured at “Fan Boy Film Festival” USA, and “Filial Haven” featuring veteran actors Nick Shen and Chen Mei Guang – official selection in “Big Bear Lake International Film Festival” USA, official selection in “Silent River Film Festival” USA, nominated for “River Pursuit Award” USA, as well as receiving the “River Recognition Award” USA. In 2012, Shawn was also awarded a sponsorship by the Singapore government to be trained in the US Hollywood film industry, having worked under renowned producer Larry Kasanoff (who did “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”, “Mortal Kombat”, “True Lies” and etc). In 2015, Shawn was also awarded funding to write and direct a 58-minute film about Singapore’s forgotten lingo titled “Lingo Lingo Where You Go”. He was also recently featured on History Asia.
During 2016, he also produced and directed a short film titled “Santa Boy” (Official Selection at European Cinematography Awards), and the film was featured in the newspaper and was also screened at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
In 2017, Shawn also directed the official movie theme song MV “Frontline Soldiers”, and he has also directed the movie-related Royal Caribbean commercial. He was also invited as a panel judge of the recent AUSGFF 2017 (Australia-Singapore Film Festival).
In 2018, he directed a 15-day overseas travelogue in Australia, and produced a number of short films namely “Tooth”, “Dad’s Forever” (Official Selection at The Lift-Off Sessions @ Pinewood Studios), and more.
He also completed his aerial documentary directorial “Dragons In The Sky” in 2019, and in 2020, he has directed for Singapore Press Holdings’ Thumbs Up short stories.

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Director Statement

As modern technology advances, we use the latest high-tech gadgets to shoot our films. That includes drones, a compact-size flying object which is mounted with a camera, and is remote-controlled. Shooting films with drones is common, but shooting a film about drones, well, I hope we are the first.

I first had the idea of documenting drones when I witnessed many customised colourful drones flying in the sky, and the whole concept of a drone-racing story just fell into place in my mind.

I quickly contacted the company who was flying those peculiar drones, and learnt from them that their LED-lighted drones in various shapes and sizes are actually a very Singaporean thing, which you can’t really find elsewhere in the world. Yes, you can find drones everywhere, but drone-racing in the shapes of stingrays, butterflies and even dragons are the first in Singapore.

I have a filmmaking responsibility to share this part of our culture to the rest of the world. As a result, “Dragons In The Sky” is born.