Dr. Kok Cheong WONG (KC)
WONG Kok Cheong (KC), who is the Founder & CEO of Sparky Animation Pte Ltd, has a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Surrey in UK. Before founding the company, KC was a tenured Professor at Nanyang Technology University, Singapore, from 1993 to 2006. KC is one of the pioneers significantly involved in developing the character animation pipeline of Digital Domain, USA in 2000. He is also an Alias Certified Maya Instructor.
KC has also co-produced an animated TV series with Jim Henson Company entitled Dinosaur Train. The series’ high-quality toys, collectibles and infant products under its Learning Curve brand, was nominated as Toy of the Year 2011 in the premier category by the Toy Industry Association. Dinosaur Train was subsequently nominated for an Emmy Award for the 38th Annual Emmy Awards under the category of “Outstanding Children’s Animated Program”. He has also co-produced an animated TV series Jack, which was nominated for Prix Gémeaux Award 2012 in the “Best Animated Series” category. He is also the executive producer of the show entitled “One Stormy Night” which was nominated for the “Best 3D Animated Programme” award at the 2012 Asia Television Awards.
KC has also played many important roles in the following animation shows: 3-2-1 Penguins, Veggie Tales: Big River Rescue, Zigby, Freej, Mr Moon, Jack, Dinosaur Train Season 1 & 2, Fleabag Monkeyface, One Stormy Night, Doc McStuffins and Hugglemonsters.
Here are four key players specializing in each and every aspect of animation production in Sparky.
Goh Chun Hoong (Hoong)
Part of Sparky’s pioneering team, Hoong is an all-round CG expert. His expertise comprises of facial rig, fur, animation, lighting and compositing. With his experience and cheerful disposition, he is tasked to lead and train the ever-expanding animation team. Under his leadership, the animation team is inspired and motivated to produce high quality works under challenging production schedules. During his tenure, Hoong has been involved in the productions of 3-2-1 Penguins, Veggie Tales: Big River Rescue, Zigby, Freej, Mr Moon, Jack, Dinosaur Train Season 1 & 2, One Stormy Night, Doc McStuffins and Hugglemonsters.
Goh Chun Keong (Keong)
Asset Supervisor, Lighting Supervisor, Effects Supervisor
Keong is another all-round CG expert and pioneer at Sparky whose expertise lies in modeling and surfacing works. Keong gives direction in lighting and visual effects as well, and is heavily involved in almost every aspect of production. He would also supervise the animation team whenever a tight schedule demands it. Keong’s easy-going manner and tact in engaging participation of members of all production divisions, provides an interactive platform for all to relate to one another proactively. In turn, this minimizes retakes, creates an efficient work-flow, thus honoring our commitment to high quality deliverables without going over budget or time. During his tenure, Keong has been involved in the productions of 3-2-1 Penguins, Veggie Tales: Big River Rescue, Zigby, Freej, Mr Moon, Jack, Dinosaur Train Season 1 & 2, Fleabag Monkeyface, One Stormy Night, Doc McStuffins and Hugglemonsters.
Teo How Jiann (Jiann)
Technical Lead, Rendering Supervisor, IT Manager
With his multi-tasking and analytical brain, Jiann handles all aspects of the production’s technical needs. While his standardization and generalization principles go against the freedom and inventive spirit of animation production, his skillful administration in optimizing the work-flow and development of the pipeline and tools make achieving tight production schedules with limited production resources a possibility. His leadership and strong work ethics give confidence to the team, empowering them to solve challenging production issues while meeting deadlines without compromising on quality. During his tenure, Jiann has been involved in the productions of 3-2-1 Penguins, Veggie Tales: Big River Rescue, Zigby, Freej, Mr Moon, Jack, Dinosaur Train Season 1 & 2, Fleabag Monkeyface, One Stormy Night, Doc McStuffins and Hugglemonsters.
Gun Yoon Cheong (Gun)
Pre-production Supervisor, Animation Supervisor
Gun acquired 3D production knowledge quickly, albeit coming from a 2D background, driven by his passion and his strong foundation in traditional arts. His precious experience as a “3D outsider” has provided a refreshing perspective to Sparky’s 3D veterans while producing various animation shows. With his great art sense and his attention to detail, Gun is, without doubt, the best candidate to lead the pre-production and publicity team. He plays a dual role in supervising the animation team as well. His patience, guidance and liberal sharing of opinions are pertinent in nurturing cohesive pre-production, publicity and animation teams. During his tenure, Gun has been involved in the production of Zigby, Mr Moon, Jack, Dinosaur Train 1 & 2, Fleabag Monkeyface and One Stormy Night.