The Filmmaker of BIRTH OF A MARINE PARK
Filmmaker Profile (BIRTH OF A MARINE PARK) filmed at NParks and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, NUS.
Victor Tang, age 35
Freelance producer/director and underwater photographer/videographer
BIRTH OF A MARINE PARK
Victor wears many hats – from freelance producer/director to underwater photographer/videographer to musician. As a musician, standing before his audience night after night, one of the challenges for Victor was to detected nuances in their body language as to what genre of music they prefer. Before long, this translated into a knack for teasing out the reasons behind the expressions, the motivations behind the actions, which led to a desire to share these stories.
This is Victor’s first foray into filmmaking. He took part in the FTFM initiative because he had a burning desire to tell his story. He felt that – apart from the initiative’s long and illustrious history and success – it has become an avenue whereby anybody with a good story to tell can have his or her vision realised on screen.
Unknown to many, Singapore’s waters are home to countless wonderful marine creatures that Singaporeans would gladly pay thousands of dollars and fly thousands of miles out of the country to encounter. The fact that a marine park can be set up in such busy and (seemingly) lifeless waters can only mean there is something special down below, and Victor counts it as his greatest privilege to be allowed to reveal it. From his journey, he has developed a profound respect for people who make wildlife films – braving the elements, seasickness and soggy muesli bars, to bring home the money shots.