Academic Advisors and Faculty

GILBERT PO

With extensive experience in both the movie and advertising industry in the United States, Hong Kong and Macau, Gilbert possesses a unique perspective and uncommon expertise in both fields. Raised in Hollywood, Gilbert has devoted his life to creative media where he is particularly passionate about the art of communication. An award-winning screenwriter and director, Gilbert is a practicing filmmaker and advertising creative who counts among his clients the Macau Government Tourism Office, Mass Transit Railway, Hong Kong Tourism Board and Hong Kong Disney. His script “Filial Betrayal” won Best Crime Screenplay at the 2018 Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival while “Lost in Border” which he co-wrote and produced won the 2015 Network of Asian Fantastic Films Award. Gilbert also teaches part-time at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.

STEVEN BALLANTYNE

Location producer, field director and founder of EPM Asia, Steven has, for the past 15 years, provided logistical and production management support to television and wildlife film productions including the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery International and Disney Nature. A Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and with a passion for logistics and a deep understanding of the cultures and countries he works in, Steven has seen EPM Asia grow from a one man band operation to a professional service with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and the Philippines.

MARC OBERDORFER

Marc is a versatile filmmaker with significant experience as a writer, director, cinematographer, editor and producer. While his current focus is the creation of brand promotional, corporate and event videos, his credits include feature films, shorts and documentaries as well as 2D and 3D motion graphics and animations, audio and soundtracks. Among the clients Marc has served, he lists Volkswagen Germany, Ehinger Schwarz Juwelier, Estee Lauder, JLL, Mercer, Lane Crawford, Peninsula Hotel, Edinburgh Napier University Hong Kong and The Pawn.

NAIRA GEVORKYAN

Naira is an accomplished writer for television and film as well as playwright, journalist and editor. With a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in English with Distinction from the University of Hong Kong, she has created a number of feature screenplays as well as a sci-fi series for Sentient TV, Australia. Among her other credits are a commission by Oxfam to write television scripts from which several ads and documentaries were subsequently produced and aired on the leading TV channel in her home country, Armenia.

JOEY KAN

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and an award-winning character animator, Joey is highly skilled in videography, post production editing, compositing and digital art. He is the founder of Valkan productions, working with a diverse clientele in corporate, NGO, TV programming and commercial work, while teaching on a range of filmmaking courses. Two years ago he spent 18 months as a cinematographer and artist on the on the resident show “Destiny” for MGM Cotai in Macau. An ardent b-boyer Joey has made two independent short documentaries about b-boying- “Break Borders” and “Break Borders 2”. “Break Borders 2” was a finalist for the 14th IFVA in Open Category. He maintains “bboyhk.com”, an online portal for breakdance and hip hop related news and events in Hong Kong.

MICHAEL ROBINSON

An alumnus of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Michael is a creative director and multimedia design specialist whose professional roles over 20 years have encompassed management and producing, art direction and design, and animation. His award-wining projects have included roles with Walking Points Documentary, East L.A. Interchange Documentary, MTV Networks and Microsoft. More recently, Michael has focused on developing the next generation of filmmakers, and has taught film and sound editing, animation, design and visual communication at a number of schools in the U.S. and Hong Kong, including the Art Institute of California, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Art School and Raffles International College Hong Kong He currently lectures at the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.