Director, writer, producer Tammy Apana began her 20-year career in filmmaking working in the office of an independent kid’s movie where she was hired the same day she interviewed for the position of production secretary. With no production experience, she dove into the job of answering phones, picking up film equipment, and copying call sheets just to name a few. She made it her mission to know everyone’s position on both cast and crew and what their job entailed. It was these details which kept Tammy employed on independent films for the next few years. She was eventually credited with her first producing credit on the film “The Harvest”, starring Miguel Ferrer and Harvey Fierstein.
Tammy’s break into studio films was on the movie “Demolition Man” for Warner Bros. Applying what she had learned back in her days in the independent world, Tammy maintained working on studio films as a production coordinator; her credits include “Speechless” (MGM) starring Michael Keaton and Geena Davis and “D3: The Mighty Ducks” (Disney) starring Emilio Estevez. With a curiosity to learn more about the producing side of filmmaking, Tammy transitioned to the accounting department for the next several years.
Tammy’s years of working in production accounting spanned many studios including Sony Pictures (“The Fan”), 20th Century Fox (“Doctor Dolittle” and “First Daughter”), Universal Pictures (“EDtv”), Warner Bros. (“Malibu’s Most Wanted”) and Lionsgate (“Confidence”). There, she gained the experience needed to understand budgeting, cash flows, and daily hot cost reports for films.
Gaining experience in both production and accounting prompted Tammy to write, direct, and produce her own short, “One Week Wake”, the story of a young boy coming to grips with his grandfather’s death and the wake that precedes the burial. Shot on 35mm film using an all Filipino American cast, “One Week Wake” played at many film festivals including the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Cinequest, among others.
After 14 years, Tammy took some time off to raise a family. This allowed her to get back into her independent film roots where she continues to work freelance as a researcher, writer, accountant, and producer. Having a family encouraged Tammy to make an interactive video for young children that teaches about the Hawaiian culture. “lil aloha babies” which includes film footage of Hawaii, Hawaiian songs, and voiceover in both English and Hawaiian, this video has won several awards for both its innovation and creativity.