Originally from Mexico, I was raised and educated in the United States. I hold 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. I speak fluent English and Spanish and have a passion for discovering hidden gems and sharing them through photographs and films. This quest for daily discovery led to the creation of my daily photo blog: adriantapia.tumblr.com, which has been going for nearly a decade.
I have experience directing, filming, editing, and scoring documentaries, short films, television programs, musical performances, corporate films and commercials, as well as a strong passion for still photography. During my Master’s program, I directed and edited the documentary shorts A Modern Look at Minstrelsy, Slowing Down, Karaoke Heaven, Texas Justice, and Prison State. In 2011, I traveled to China to work as a Game Producer and Writer on Season 2 of The Amazing Race: China Rush, which aired internationally on Dragon TV, ICS, and CCTV-2 and won Best Adapted Format at the Asia Television Awards.
My time on The Amazing Race inspired a desire to live abroad, so I decided to take the leap to work with Daedalum Films in Shanghai, an adventure that has lasted just over three years. In this role, I wear many hats; planning projects from concept to delivery, providing creative input, scheduling, and budgeting of commercials and corporate brand film productions for Alibaba.com, Duke University, and Daedalum Films. I also produced and assisted direction on a series of commercials for Dove. Most recently, I produced, directed, and edited a music video for Shanghai garage punk band, Dirty Fingers, and served as supervising editor for Alibaba’s 2017 and 2018 viral video campaign for the international 11:11 shopping festival, which garnered millions of views.
I am an experienced user of the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro.