Tan Ce Ding
Tan Ce Ding is a film director graduated from the Asian Film Academy (AFA). He started his career in the advertising industry, where he made his TVC directorial debut at the ripe age of 23. Ce Ding’s short film ‘Hawa’ won the Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay Award in the BMW Shorties 2016, the most prestigious and longest running short film festival in Malaysia.
In 2018, his latest short film “The Masseuse” was official selected into 3 Oscars qualifying film festivals – 43rd Atlanta Film Festival (US), 20th Short Shorts Film Festival & 34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I come out with random crazy or stupid ideas all the time. Usually I will write them down on a notebook for future reference. Sometimes I would just combine two or more ideas together and see how it works out.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
To be honest I don’t really watch a lot of horror films, at least not as much as other genres. I love thriller films but not full horror films.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I always love to have local culture elements (I am from Malaysia) in the world I am creating.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
It would be quite interesting if I am living in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. Is like everyday is an adventure.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason; Stephen King; Practical; Post Apocalypse
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
The uncertainties on the future, especially how people will react on end of the world.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
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