Alan Chan is a twenty-year visual effects veteran whose career spans multiple Clio advertising awards for outstanding visual effects in the commercials field, and whose feature film credits include Academy Award winning projects such as James Cameron’s “Titanic“, Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland“.
In addition to his visual effects work, Alan is also an award-winning screenwriter and independent feature director. His large-format return-to-space epic “Postcards From The Future” has picked up multiple awards, including a Best Director award for Alan. His most recent work can be seen in the 2014 animated feature film “The Book of Life” from ReelFX Animation Studios.
Alan’s passion for astronomy and space is the driving force behind a lot of his work, and his philantrophy includes working with NASA research scientists such as Dr. Brad Edwards to create an emotionally gripping video describing the concepts behind the planning and building of The Space Elevator. Alan’s filmography, imdb listing and reels can be found at https://mahalobay.wordpress.com .
What’s Your NativeAdVantage:
What do you do best?
In the industry they call it ‘worldbuilding’ - that is, creating a believable and engaging environment for the characters in our story to inhabit. Whether it’s something based on reality, such as a gritty drama about a street urchin surviving in the ghetto streets, or something that is utterly fantastical such as a the bridge of a starship on the edge a space battle - we create worlds and give them a set of rules that govern the universe. Once that’s in place we populate the world with our heroes and heroines and villains, and the audience will be taken along on a magical flying carpet ride of a story. It’s an incredibly hard thing to pull off, but if I’m firing on all cylinders we can create something that gives the audience a chance to (for a few hours at least) inhabit this new world along with their heroes.
What makes you the best?
I don’t know that you can ever be ‘the best’ - the most we can all hope to do is to aspire towards it. I was lucky enough to have fallen into my profession at the right time. I got to work on some amazing projects with genius directors as well as a team of incredible brilliant artists and problem-solvers. I’ve learned from all these amazing people and carry their legacy with me everyday when I write, produce and direct. My passion is to tell stories, and if I can give just one single person the feeling of having lived in a world that I and my crew have created, then I’ve succeeded.
What are your aspirations?
I am a firm believer and avid proponent of the need for space exploration and expanding our human frontiers. The Apollo moon missions especially have been inspiring moments in my childhood, and my wish is to give back to the the next generation - the children of today who will be the scientists and engineers of tomorrow - the same feeling of wonder and awe that drove me to be as successful as I am today. To do this I hope to continue telling stories that are space-based and optimistic that will hopefully serve as the inspirational foundation for a future space engineer.
What fascinates you?
Astronomy, Science, space, imaging technology and computer vision! Did I mention space?
In the end it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away
Elon Musk, for picking up the slack
Wide open spaces - the desert, the plains, farmlands and mountains
Camera and imaging technology
Making movies! No two projects are exactly the same, so even though there’s a lot of hard work and sweat involved, it never actually feels like work