Adrian, Kit & Zureen (Malaysia)
Zureen, Kit and Adrian are the main men in our KL office. They are intelligent, young, energetic, enthusiastic, good looking… you get the picture.
I first met Zureen 18 years ago when I hired him as a precision driver for a job I was producing.
We clicked immediately and I was so impressed with his work ethics that I told him he would do well in the film business. Fast forward a couple of months, and Zureen was making himself useful around our film sets.
Like all of us at PASSION, Zureen worked his way up the ranks, and knows the ins and outs of production. He’s definitely one of the best there is. A quiet achiever in his own right, Zureen is one of Malaysia’s most notable producers, with a decade of local and foreign jobs under his belt.
An avid cyclist, golfer and a darling to all who know him, Zureen always has his game face on at work.
Kit joined us for a 3-month internship, and stayed for 17 years.
He’s one of those guys you love to have around, because he makes things happen. Whether it’s managing tough expectations or addressing difficult requests, nothing fazes him because he has a very systematic brain.
Over the years, Kit has worked with numerous big names in the industry and produced significant work. Once you get over Kit’s ‘Hong Kong serial’ demeanour, you’ll find he is a gentle and sentimental creature who cries at emotional commercials made by the team.
Loved by many, nicknamed Kitty- Kat by a few… he will always be our cherished “Ah-Kit”.
You’ll be forgiven for mistaking Adrian for the Laughing Buddha.
Bald, with a face as round as his tummy, a pleasant smile and an infectious laugh, Adrian is naturally much beloved by Malaysian advertising agency folk.
He is responsible by nature, incredibly dependable and honest to a fault. Adrian has a knack of making friends with anyone and everyone, and seems to imbue any environment with positive vibes… always a welcome thing in our line of work.
To those who know him, Adrian is a Lego enthusiast with an innate fastidiousness that translates into a meticulous approach to his projects. Which of course, makes the agency guys love him even more.
Hafiz & Azren (Indonesia)
Hafiz and Azren are Malaysian by birth, but Indonesian at heart. Having settled so completely in Jakarta, they now feel like tourists in their motherland.
Hafiz, a former agency creative and an accomplished film director, runs the office with a colourful madness that keeps everyone else sane. He laughs too much, is cricket crazy and is our resident “what to eat, where” expert. This self-proclaimed people person is both accepting and respectful of everyone he meets. Because of his agency background, Hafiz is an invaluable asset to our business as he is able to offer us keen insights into the processes and expectations of the advertising industry.
Azren used to be a heartthrob in a famous boy band, and now he’s our office sweetheart. He worked his way up the production ranks in our Malaysian office and is now at the forefront of our Indonesian office. He is a master of logistics planning and is responsible for productions in some of the remotest parts of Indonesia. Azren has the knack of calming down stressful situations and offering productive solutions. He really is one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet, a real gem.
Aui & Beryl (Thailand)
They say opposites attract and Beryl and Aui are a case in point. They have nothing in common but are destined to work together.
Malaysian-born Beryl is a Crossfit junkie and a former DJ. A chance encounter landed her a job with an advertising agency, and serendipity brought her to the production industry. After working in Malaysia, Beryl found her calling in Bangkok as a post- production producer. Bubbly Beryl is a true people person who greets everyone with a warm hug; no one is a stranger to her. Naturally, I had to have her bring that warmth into the Bangkok office.
Aui was probably the most highly regarded assistant director in Thailand. She’s fluent in English and loves to wine and dine. But behind Aui’s fun- loving exterior is a meticulous nature that will drive you crazy, but make every PASSION production picture perfect. She is very responsible and genuinely honest. Aui’s knowledge of locations and logistical planning is a real asset to any production. We are indeed blessed to have her.
words by Sheen...