Zain Effendi spent six years studying orchestral music with the world’s most respected composers at both Boston’s Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory for Music, In 2006, Zain had the rare opportunity to work alongside Academy Award winning Composer Hans Zimmer on many blockbuster films such as Pirates of the Caribbean 3: Dead Man’s Chest, Transformers and The Dark Knight. In 2009, Zain was awarded the “Best New Composer” award by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and in 2010 was nominated for “Best Original Soundtrack for a Documentary” for the emotionally charged documentary Where My Heart Beats. Currently Zain has scored the cult hit ThanksKilling 3, Zombeo & Juliecula and the upcoming Animated version of Neil Gaiman’s The Price.
Originally from England, Jane’s passion for music and drama stemmed from growing up in a musical family with her father being a BAFTA award winning film producer and director and her mother a music teacher. After moving to Hong Kong in 1993 led to many further exciting career opportunities in the performing arts industry including working as a children’s television presenter, a voice-over artist, a musical director, composer, choral leader and a stint in theatrical events management. As well as working as Head of Music and Drama at a large international school, Jane also founded a theatre school for children in Discovery Bay (J.E.T.S.hk) and in 2012 she set up DBGlee which offered singing and performance opportunities for adults and children. Jane also founded ‘The Unsung Heroes’ choir, who went on to perform at Clockenflap 2015.
Annika is an American video editor raised in Hong Kong and London. She has worked as a freelance editor on projects for AIDS Concern, TEDx and Sports Illustrated Asia. After completing her first feature length documentary: The Helper, Annika discovered a thirst for editing documentaries that affect social change.
Mohit Kakkar is a freelance sound designer residing in Hong Kong. Born in India, brought up in Hong Kong, he acquired tertiary education and work experience in the United States. Mohit has a BFA in Theatre Sound Design from California Institute of The Arts and an MFA in Film Production Emphasis in Sound Design from Chapman University.
Sheung Ning’s talents know no bounds as is evident in her photography, illustration, videography and animation work. After studying at MOME University of Arts in Budapest and Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media, she was one of the youngest artists to be shortlisted for an IFVA award for her animation, ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’. Sheung Ning joined the team of designers at Treacle in 2015 and has since worked on projects for clients such as the BBC, Disney and Lenovo. She has been instrumental in the animation and graphics design for The Helper Documentary and has felt passionately about being involved in a project that gives back to the domestic helper community in Hong Kong.
David Joshua Smith
David Joshua Smith is a film and video colorist. A graduate of Ithaca College in NY, he has been realizing his dream of working in the film industry for the past 20 years. After spending over a decade working on commercials, He has transitioned to working on features films and television shows such as “The Killer Inside Me”, “Last Shift”, and the current television series “Falling Water.” He currently resides in the New York City vicinity with his family and his son’s bearded dragon “Spot.”
Alfred Pang finished has finished his degree in Film and Television in 2006 and has since developed a broad range of experience in commercials television programs and onsite shooting at event and exhibitions. He has worked for international brands and government organizations including Cathay Pacific, PCCW and Asana. His passion for film making and storytelling continues to grow stronger every day.