Who We Are
Daedalum Films is a video production company headquartered in Shanghai, registered in mainland China and Hong Kong. We collaborate with international filmmakers to create and document stories for a global audience, and help clients across all industries to realize their own video projects. We offer a full range of services from creative concept through post-production of a final video.
What is a Daedalum?
What is a Daedalum?
Invented by the British mathematician William George Horner in 1834, the Daedalum is an early machine that gives the illusion of a moving picture. A cylinder with vertical slits around the sides allowing a view of sequenced images on the interior, the images are brought to life when the cylinder is spun on its central axis. It is also commonly known as a Zoetrope, so named by the American William Lincoln in 1867 when patenting the technology.
Luis A. Tapia
Born in Mexico City, Luis grew up in Dallas and has remained a Cowboys' fan despite their current 20-year hiatus from competitive play. For the last ten years he has called Shanghai home. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish fluently, as well as spotty French. His imitation of a British accent is, by his own reckoning, "spot on."
Luis writes, directs, and edits documentaries, short films, corporate films, online video, television programs, and television commercials. Luis’ corporate and commercial clients can be viewed on our Clients page. He is a three-year veteran of award-winning The Amazing Race: China Rush (broadcast on ICS, Dragon TV, CCTV-2 and -9), having served the last two years as Assistant Director, and Co-Director for Season 3 Episode 2. Luis directed the short film adaptation of his feature film script, Furnaces, and the short films Hukou and Connect. He has directed the documentaries Holdem China, Shanghai Memorial, The Tour, Cotton, Up from the Underground, and Human Flesh Search Engine. His most recent documentary, the 55-minute From Wrexham to Wuhan, was commissioned by the British Council. Luis recently line produced the Danish entry to the 2013 Venice Biennale. Shot on location in Yuhang, Zhejiang, the film was directed by acclaimed director Jesper Just. Next up for Luis is a dark comedy short that will surely turn heads. Stay tuned.
Luis is an Apple Certified Pro in Final Cut Pro and an experienced user of Motion and Color.
Born in France to a Dutch father and French mother, Arnaud left his native country early on to travel the world, oscillating between East and West, and is currently based in Shanghai. More inspired among his predecessors by Erasmus than Napoleon, he took the time to pick up a few languages including English, German, Japanese, and some Mandarin Chinese. He received a degree in finance from Northeastern University, which he ties to a tree branch like Japanese prayer paper every time he goes into production.
Arnaud has film and video experience in Asia and Europe. In addition to directing several shorts and promotional videos, he produced and starred in Burial of the Rats, an independent feature film shot on location in Tokyo. He directed the documentary shorts Driver Zhou and Fusing Tones and directed photography for Holdem China as well as the short film Hukou. His most recent film, The Disappearance of Alistair Bell, is currently in production.
He has done video work for clients including Allergan, Apple, ArvinMeritor, Bader TV, Botox, Cappa Presse, Club G Plus, Diageo, Dunhill, Durex, ECCO, ExxonMobil, Ford, General Motors, Google, Honeywell, Li-Ning, Nike, Shanghaiist,com, Shanghai Weekly, Skype, Split Works, TE Connectivity, Touch Media, URBN Hotels, Weber Shandwick, Wiley Blackwell, and The YK Pao School. He is a two-year veteran field camera operator for The Amazing Race: China Rush, broadcast on ICS, Dragon TV, and CCTV-2 and -9.
Arnaud is an experienced user of Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe After Effects.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Bernardo is currently based in Ceuta, Spain. He has studied design at the the Escuela de Diseño del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, and film animation at the Mexican Academia Nacional de Animación. Bernardo speaks Spanish and English.
Bernardo has rich film production experience across Mexico. He has assisted direction and camera operation in the production of various student films at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos México D.F., Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica México D.F., and on independent films. While employed by Canana Films, founded by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, Bernardo coordinated film festival activities and assisted in pre-production, production, and post-production on such films as Drama/Mex, Cochichi, JC Chavez, and Déficit. Bernardo was a producer of the Quick Flick World Mexico film festival, and the 1st international Gay Film and Theater Festival in Mexico City.
Bernardo is an experienced user of Final Cut Pro and After Effects.
Adrian is based in Austin, Texas. Originally from Mexico, Adrian was raised and educated in the United States. He earned a Bachelor’s in Communication and Media Production and a Master's of Liberal Arts with a focus in Documentary Filmmaking from St. Edward’s University. He speaks fluent English and Spanish.
He has experience directing, filming, editing, and scoring documentaries, short films, television programs, musical performances, and events, as well as increasing photography gigs. Adrian assisted camerawork and production for Discovery’s Not Your Average Travel Guide. He directed photography on the short film Dead End, and shot Roses in Her Eyes. He directed and edited the documentary shorts A Modern Look at Minstrelsy, Slowing Down, Karaoke Heaven, Texas Justice, and Prison State. Adrian traveled to China to work as a Game Producer and Writer on Season Two of The Amazing Race: China Rush, which aired internationally on Dragon TV, ICS, and CCTV-2 and -9 and won Best Adapted Format at the Asia Television Awards. He is a regular contributor to foodtrailersaustin.com.
Adrian has a passion for discovering hidden gems and sharing them through photographs and films. This quest for daily discovery led to the creation of a daily photo blog, as well as a music blog. Of course, that’s when he's not helping other people tell their stories through his work as Digital Video Developer at St. Edward’s by day and event photographer by night. He likes to stay busy, and wouldn't have it any other way. Check out his photography work at adtapiaphoto.com.
Adrian is an experienced user of Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.
Born in Washington, D.C. and educated overseas, Terence has always had a passion for travel and new experiences. Trained as an architect but with a passion for sound, he took night classes for audio engineering in New York City and moved to Shanghai in 2006. Vowing never to have another blue-shirt-khaki-pants-belt-hook-mounted-retractable-ID-badge-reel desk job, he finally completed the transition to audio in 2009.
Terence specializes in sound design, production sound, and live sound recording. He has worked on sound design and recording for independent documentaries and fiction films, including the forthcoming Daedalum Films production, Hukou, directed by Luis A. Tapia. Terence has experience on corporate projects with companies such as Apple, Honeywell, Porsche, Cisco, and Ali Baba. He recently returned from his second stint as Sound Recordist on The Amazing Race: China Rush, airing on Dragon TV, ICS, and CCTV-2 and -9 beginning July 2011.
Always looking to push recorded sound to new limits, Terence regularly pursues experimental recording projects in Shanghai and strives to create a unique identity for the Shanghai music and experimental sound art scenes. Terence is an experienced user of Digidesign Protools.
Ben Ge Pengjiu
Born and raised in mainland China, Pengjiu trained as a graphic designer before receiving further education in London, UK. He holds a Masters degree in Filmmaking from Goldsmiths, University of London and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and English. Pengjiu has always had a passion for filmmaking and photography, and currently works as a professional cinematographer in Shanghai.
Pengjiu has directed photography on many independent short films and music videos and received numerous awards and nominations in festivals during his time in London. Since his return to China, Pengjiu has worked primarily as a cinematographer for commercial and television projects, including work for Intel, General Motors, and OnStar. Most recently, he was the camera operator for Daedalum Films' upcoming short film, Hukou.
Pengjiu specializes in camera operating (film/HD/SD format), lighting, and steadicam operation. He is an experienced user of Adobe Premiere Pro.
Born and raised in Shanghai, Ronnie is a full-time member of the Daedalum Films team. She earned a BA degree from Shanghai International Studies University, majoring in Chinese Language Instruction. She speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, Shanghai dialect and English. Ronnie has travelled extensively, both within China and abroad, visiting numerous countries in North and South America, as well as Europe.
Ronnie worked on the ICS production Shanghai Rush, as well as all three seasons of The Amazing Race: China Rush. Ronnie also has commercial experience with RUFF, a Chinese MMA program and a documentary focusing on Chinese fans of the band Linkin Park. She has translated subtitles for several foreign films released in China, including the Macedonian film Mirage and the French film 13m2. She has experience working on Daedalum Films productions for clients including Apple, Bader TV, Cappa Presse, Dunhill, ExxonMobil, Ford, General Motors, Li-Ning, Skype, Split Works, Vice, and Weber Shandwick. In late 2012 she was part of the team running around China filming the documentary From Wrexham to Wuhan, commissioned by the British Council and currently screening in art and music festivals around the world. Ronnie recently ran the production office for the Daedalum Films production of this year's Danish film entry to the Venice Biennale, directed by Jesper Just.
Josh R. Hernandez III
Originally from an island off the coast of the late, great Lone Star State, Josh split his formative years between the Southern-fried foothills of Arkansas and the mean streets of Harbin where he worked full-time as a DJ curating beats for the beautiful masses. Josh holds a degree in East Asian studies from Hendrix College and speaks English and Mandarin fluently. He also speaks enough Russian to blunder his way through drinking contests and attempted romantic encounters.
After making his way to Shanghai, Josh cut his teeth in reality television, beginning with The Amazing Race: Australia and culminating most recently with a job as locations producer for the first season of Master Chef: China, a Dragon TV/ICS co-production. Apart from his work as a producer, fixer, and general on-set fireman, Josh also works in post-production with recent credits as editor for the third season of The Amazing Race: China Rush!, where he also took on subtitling and localization duties, and as assistant editor for From Wrexham to Wuhan, a documentary commissioned by the British Council.
Josh is an experienced user of Final Cut Pro.
Born and bred in Shanghai, with two-years studying abroad in Singapore, Emily is a talented producer with ten years' experience. She received her degree in Film and Television Production from the University of Shanghai.
Prior to working with Daedalum Films, Emily was Line Producer at TimeDoc. Before that she was a producer specializing in automotive filming. She has also worked as a freelance producer, camera operator, and photographer. Emily has produced documentaries, corporate videos, commercials, and photography for National Geographic, Linkin Park, ELLE, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Time, Forbes, The Sunday Times (UK), Financial Times (UK), Glamour (Germany), Max (Germany), AsahiToday (Japan), Vogue (China), Bank of America, Guerlain, Ruff/MMA, Dumex, General Motors, Nike, Kerry Parkside, Yoga Culture(HongKong), Doublemint, The Shanghai Jazz Festival, Cocal Cola, American Standard, Maserati, and Chevrolet. She was a Production Assistant on Spike Jonze's upcoming feature film. She was a translator on Shanghai Rush, Field Camera Assistant on The Amazing Race: China Rush, Season One, and Special Camera Assistant on The Amazing Race: China Rush, Season Two. She was also a Camera Assistant on The Amazing Race (USA) for Season 21, Episode 1. Most recently Emily was the Location Manager for acclaimed director Jesper Just's film entry to the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Emily speaks Shanghainese, Mandarin, and English fluently.
Born in Atlanta to Japanese parents, Yusuke has been based in Shanghai for three years. He is a music producer, composer, and sound designer with releases from labels in the US, UK, and Japan. He DJs regularly in Shanghai and has collaborated on several projects with Chinese musicians.
Yusuke graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Film and Video and cut his teeth on independent films and music videos for Outkast, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupree, and Juvenile, and also working as video assist operator on productions including the Dreamworks film Road Trip. Yusuke eventually moved to New York where he worked on MTV productions and indie movies. Turning to live sound and theater audio, Yusuke worked at the Joseph Papp Public theater.
Yusuke has done sound for corporate and commercial shoots for clients including Skype, Apple, MTV, Discovery Channel, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Ford, as well as the Danish film entry to the 2013 Venice Biennale. He also composed music for Nokia, Adidas, AOL, Diesel Jeans, Decathlon Sports, and URBN Hotels. He recently completed the sound design for Daedalum Films' forthcoming documentary From Wuhan to Wrexham.
Yusuke speaks English, Japanese, basic Mandarin and enough French to partially misconstrue French conversations within earshot. He is an experienced user of Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Reason, and Final Cut Pro.
Born and raised amid the mountains in the Po valley of northeast Italy, Alessandro is now mostly based in Shanghai, although lately he is most likely to be on his bike in some remote location or another. His travels kicked off with a modeling career that took him around Europe, North America, and Asia, but he quickly moved behind the camera and now works as a freelance photographer and videographer around the world.
His portfolio includes corporate and commercial videos, charity fundraising events, video installations, documentaries, television programs, and in recent years has established himself as a go-to professional for time-lapse photography. He was a camera operator on Seasons 2 and 3 of The Amazing Race: China Rush. His client list, to name a few, includes Apple, VICE, Noisey.com, The Italian Embassy, Cisco, Italcementi, Vibram, and Dunhill. His latest documentary, "A Spoke of Hope", is coming soon.
Alessandro is comfortable shooting in a variety of formats including HDLSRs, and HD digital video cameras, particularly Sony and Panasonic. He is an experienced editor, proficient with Final Cut Pro. He speaks Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin.
Originally from Qingdao, Lola is a Shanghai-based freelance artist and media professional. She is Daedalum Films' go-to storyboard artist. Lola has more than seven years experience as an illustrator and media professional working with 4A advertising agencies. Aside from her work with Daedalum Films, she has done work for clients including Haier, Chivas, Buick, Zeal Shanghai, and Hisense.