Design School Alumna Wins Academy Award


Photo: Richard Harbaugh/A.M.P.A.S.

In a first for TP School of Design, alumna Yvonne Ng has won the Student Academy Award for her short film Cloud Kumo.

The 15-min long film tells the poignant story of Hiroshima through the eyes of a survivor of the atomic blast during the Second World War. Part one of a planned trilogy of films on nuclear power, Cloud Kumo is a powerful testimony to the human spirit amid the far-reaching effects of the debris wrought by the power of the atomic bomb.

One of 17 winners chosen from a record 1,749 entries worldwide, Yvonne’s work started as her final thesis for her Masters in Fine Art in Film and Production. In winning the Student Academy Award, Yvonne now joins the company of past winners such as Spike Lee, John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis.

Now based in New York, the award-winning commercial photographer and visual artist first graduated from Temasek Polytechnic School of Design’s Visual Communication course.

She said, “I went to study commercial photography in Brooks Institute of Photography and moved to NYC to pursue my photography career and won several international photography awards and held various photo exhibitions around the world.  After graduating from Brooks, I enrolled in the MFA in Film at City College of New York and graduated this past June with my award-winning film, Cloud Kumo.”

Cloud Kumo’s win at the Academy Awards is the industry’s affirmation of a rising talent in film and story-telling. As Yvonne continues to pursue her passion to tell strong compelling stories through film, you can be sure that Cloud Kumo is only the beginning for this award-winning film-maker.

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