STEFAN YAP. CINEMATOGRAPHER


Stefan is a popular cinematographer from London, working with international acts and brands, with a trademark eye for warm, sultry images. Reminiscent of his love of Chinese new wave cinema from the likes of his inspiration Wong Kar-wai. And over the years; been proven to deliver consistent artistic and commercially appealing work in the mainstream. His professional and adaptive approach to challenges both creative and technical have made him popular with audiences, clients and crews alike.

 

BIO

 

Stefan is a British Citizen born and raised in South London. Attended Catholic school at Bishop Thomas Grant in Streatham, and during his teens worked in Red Records in Brixton, a Black Music specialist in London during the early 90’s/00’s where he grew his passion for music and bold approach for film while attending film school. This would seed his strong connection with the music videos industry for his outstanding contributions over the years.

 

Father is of Hong Kong decent and born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. One of 13 siblings, immigrated to Birmingham, UK in the late 50s, then worked at Ford Motors Dagenham Factory in London. His Mother is from Manila, Philippines and worked has a portrait artist, following a long line of family artists, with a background in Art at the National Museum of the Philippines. 

 

After briefly studying at film school at the Arts Institute of Bournemouth he returned to professionally camera assist back in London where he grew his extensive industry experience in music video, fashion, commercials and feature films, while working on productions with other award-winning film-makers and artists. Then eventually rising has a Director of Photography in 2015.

 

Signed to API Corp. Paris in 2016 for French and European representation and then WPA London for UK and International work in 2019. His enhanced visuals have been credited to his clear technical and artistic direction with his crew, and his approach to applying new and specialist systems like MOCO and AR on projects.

 

Since then he’s shot over a hundred eye-catching promos for the top artists in the UK and internationally with many chart top 40s. His combined work has been viewed by approximately 1 billion people; 1 in 7 people globally (based Youtube views alone), Award winning in multiple categories including “Best Film” for his first feature film Philophobia 2019. Working with production companies like Pulse Films, Caviar, Object & Animal, Rattling Stick, Odelay, Burning Reel, Vevo, Outsider, Black Dog/RSA, Stadium, Creative Blood Agency, Riff Raff and Blink. And favourable with clients from Adidas, Vogue, Nike, Apple. Other notable work includes his Adidas football kit launch films for world class teams such has Manchester United and Real Madrid. The UK’s first Official Chart Rap Number 1. And the viral testicular cancer campaign with super-model Cara Delavigne in aid of cancer research. 

 

MUSIC VIDEO

 

Stefan has an extensive background in promo work and close working relationship with artists and directors for Sony Music, Warner Music, Universal, Virgin/EMI, Atlantic Records and Parlophone to name a few. Some of his notable work includes his project with Director Nathan James-Tettey for Dave ft. Fredo - Funky Friday (Youtube) 56.7 Million Views which went on to become the official UK’s first rap number 1 knocking off Sam Smith of the top position. And has since paved the way for more chart topping urban acts. Album also charted at number 1 later that year; of which Stefan worked on other tracks. Other regular talents are Artists; (Stormzy) one of the largest acts in the UK. His first collaboration is came in 2017 with Director DAPS a US-based creative who works regularly with US acts MIGO’s, DRAKE and NICKI MINAJ and then again in 2019 on the viral drop 'Wiley Flow' with Director KC Locke. 

Little Mix “Hair” - Director X (376 Million Views) ◦ Mist & Fredo “So High” - KLVDR (32 Million Views, 10 weeks in top 40, Double Platinum) ◦ Dave ft. Mo Stack “No Words” - Nathan James-Tettey (40 Million views) ◦ Dave “Streatham” - Nathan James-Tettey (18 Million views) ◦ Raye “All my Love” - Aiden Zamiri ◦ Dave ft. Burna Boy “Location” - Nathan James Tettey (34 Million views) ◦ Stormzy “Big for your Boots” (62 Million views) - DAPS ◦ Stormzy “Wiley Flow” (13 Million views) - KC Locke ◦ Dave “Question time” - Nathan James-Tettey ◦ Chase and Status “Retreat” - Taichi Kimura ◦ Chase and Status “Program” - Taichi Kimura ◦ Anna Calvi “Don’t Beat the Girl” - William Kennedy ◦ Mahalia ft. Ella Mai “What You Did” - KC Locke (21 Million views) ◦ Skepta ft. Nafe Smalls “Greaze Mode” - Matthew Walker ◦ Little Boots “Broken Record” - Matilda Finn ◦ Matoma ft. Max “Lonely” - Aellla Jordan-Edge ◦ Mahalia “Simmer” - KC Locke ◦ Mahalia ft. Kojey Radical “One Night Only” - KLVDR ◦ Kojo Funds ft. Giggs “Play No Games” - Myles Whittingham,  ◦ Gorgon City “Delicious” - Cassidey Burcher (BMVA Official Selection) ◦ Sherlocks “Was it Really Worth It” - Aella Jordan-Edge ◦ Tiwa Savage ft. Wizkid “MaLo” - Meji Alabi (45 Million views) ◦ Mahalia “Grateful” - Chris Ranson Disclosure “Fire” - Joshua Osbourne ◦ Bree Runway “Big Racks” - Fred Rowson ◦ Bree Runway “2 On” - Fred Rowson ◦ Bree Runway “Ape Shit” - Will Hooper ◦ Lethal Bizzle ft. Stormzy “Dude” - Matthew Walker ◦ Thomas Jack “Rivers” - Chris Ranson ◦ Nevada ft. Mark Morrison “Return of the Mack” - Chris Ranson ◦ Blossoms “Real Life” - Micheal Holyk ◦ Rika “On my Way” - Charlie Targett-Adams ◦ NOTD ft. Tove Stryke “Been there done that” - Kaz Ove ◦ MHD ft. Wizkid “Bella” - KLVDR ◦ Krept & Konan ft. Jhene Aiko - KLVDR ◦ Elle Watson “Glued” - Haris Nukem ◦ Elle Watson “Suspended” - Haris Nukem ◦ Jaydynn ft. Pearl Andersson “Til’ Tonight” - Meji Alabi ◦ Lola Coca “Dream Date” - Remi Laudat ◦ Fekky ft. Skepta “Way Too Much” - James Barber ◦ Scorcher “No One Else” - Chris Ranson ◦ Dappy “Beautiful Me” - DAPS ◦ Kojo Funds ft. Bugzy Malone “Who Am I” - KLVDR ◦ Tom Walker “Blessings” - Danny Chan ◦ Nick Brewer ft. Naomi Scott “Fall from Here” - Matthew Walker ◦ Tom Grennan “Found what I’ve been Looking for” - Matthew Walker ◦ Rebecca Garton “Don’t” - Rebecca Bird ◦ Declan McKenna “Beautiful Faces” - Will Hooper ◦ D Double E “Fresh N’ Clean” - Humans ◦ One Rizla “Shame” - Luke Bather ◦ Nasty C “Jungle” - Meji Alabi ◦ ADP ft Ebenezer & Jerimih - Ray Fiasco ◦ Bow Anderson “Sweatshirt” - Josh Cohen ◦ Salt Ashes “Somebody” - Matilda Finn ◦ Easy Life “ Nightmares” - Greg Barth ◦ Banners “Shine a Light” - Chris Ranson ◦ Scales “Loves got me High” - Matilda Finn ◦ Ali Love “Perfect Picture” - Matilda Finn ◦ Lily Allen ft. Giggs “Trigger Bang” - Myles Whittingham ◦ Lily Allen “Lose my Mind” - Myles Whittingham ◦ Fuse ODG ft.Sean Paul “Dangerous Love” - Vertex ◦ Dave ft. Fredo “Funky Friday” - Nathan James-Tettey ◦ Sam Fender Vevo Sessions “The Borders” - Charlie Sarsfield ◦ Collard “Hell Song” - SoBureau,  ◦ Jamie Cullum “Drink” - Charlie Sarsfield ◦ French Montana ft. Post Malone & Cardi B “Writing on the Wall” - Myles Whittingham (54 Million views) ◦ Kawala “Animals” - Humans ◦ Octavian & Skepta “Papi Chulo” - Lyle Lindgreen ◦ Tinie Tempah ft. Sofia Reyes & Farina “Whoppa” - Meji Alabi and many more.

PRESS

“Funky Friday's success marks another big moment for British rap and hip hop”

 –  Official Charts (website)

 

“The success of Funky Friday, you could argue, reflects the good health of the contemporary UK rap scene”

– Redbull (website)

 

“Dave and Fredo are on the verge of ushering in a new dawn for rap music in the UK with their collab single, "Funky Friday"

– COMPLEX (website)

 

“hottest rising talents here in the UK at the moment, no question”

– Clunk Magazine (website)

 

“his songs come alive with amazing videos, accompanied by eye-catching visuals” 

-  The Video Suite (website)

 

“atmospheric cinematic production that leaves a chill down your spine”

 – Dapper Mobster (website)

 

“Stormzy has cleared that bar, only to go back and smash us all over the heads with it. Simply put, "Big For Your Boots" is amazing“

– VICE (website)

 

“Stormzy’s for the people. Stormzy represents coming from nothing to something. Stormzy represents minorities.”

–  FADER (website)

 

“endless grime Easter eggs and you can begin to see why many are heralding this as a return to form”

- COMPLEX (website)

 

“fiery and thunderous battlecry of new single ‘Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy’, complete with a stunning and dramatic new video“ 

- NME MAGAZINE (website)

 

“Capped off with a slickly-produced video featuring dancers and a regal-looking Irah, "Program" has set a high bar for the rest of the album”

–COMPLEX, AARON BISHOP (website)

 

“striking, cinematic video for new jungle album track“

– DJ Mag (website)

 

“vibrant nightlit cityscapes, fuzzy video art and raw emotional dance to match the adrenalin-fueled eccentricity“

– Promo News (website)

 

*Nominee, Berlin Music Video Awards

– Best Editing (website)

 

“Absolute Fire!“

– Drum and Bass Radio (website)

 

 

Additional Press; Clash Magazine, One Point Four, The Guardian, The Guardian, BBC News, Crack Magazine, The Line of Best Fit

 

 

COMMERCIAL

FEATURE FILM

 

His debut feature Philophobia 2019 (imdb) has won multiple awards internationally. “Set in the English countryside, Philophobia depicts small town adolescence. One week of school remains for Kai, an aspiring writer, and his friends. How they spend this time will cost one of them their life and leave them changed forever”

 

“Beautiful cinematography, fantastic acting and a story that made me laugh, gasp, swear at the screen”

– IMDB Review

 

“Philophobia is beautiful from start to finish”

– IMDB Review

*Winner, Best Cinematography

European Cinematography Awards

 

*Winner, Best Feature Film

International Film Festival of Wales – Judges Award

 

*Winner, Best Director

International Film Festival of Wales – Judges Award

 

*Winner, Best Actor

International Film Festival of Wales – Judges Award

 

*Nominee, Best Actress

International Film Festival of Wales – Judges Award

 

*Winner, Best Global Cinema

San Diego International Film Festival – Festival Award

 

*Winner, Litecoin Filmmaker Award

San Diego International Film Festival – Audience Award

 

*Nominee, Best Film

Oslo Film Festival – Festival Award

 

*Winner, Directors Choice Award

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival 2020

 

*Winner, Best Narrative Feature

Lift off Global Network London 2020 – Narrative Award

 

*Winner, Best Film

Melbourne Lift-off – Jury Prize

 

*Winner, Best Low Budget Feature Film

London Independent Film Festival – Festival Prize

 

Additional Press; Rotten Tomatoes, Stroud News, Film Industry News

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