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.
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.
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.
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.