Hello, it's me, David.
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I am a creative technology executive with over 10 years of experience in leading creative teams across commercial filmmaking, game development and spatial computing. I’m probably known best for my work as the Creative Director of Virtual Reality at Viacom NEXT, where my team and I incubated and developed over 20 VR/AR projects, many of them sweeping awards at major film festivals. Our last project, Aeronaut VR featuring Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, clinched the coveted Cannes Lions Grand Prix in the Digital Craft category.
I believe that creativity is best when it’s cross-disciplinary, and have constantly pressed for diversity of thought and background across my teams. Perhaps this was inspired by my career – I am incredibly lucky to have worked in AAA and indie games, directed television and film productions, and led creative campaigns in the advertising world.
In 2012, I designed and produced Songbird, a location-based narrative experience featuring live actors, short films, and an iOS app which debuted at the Singapore Arts Festival. I was also represented in Australia by production studio KICK KICK PUNCH, where I directed music videos and created content for clients such as the BBC World Service, Ford Motors and SAP. A video I made featuring the kinetic type of Ira Glass went viral in 2011, hitting over 3 million views across Vimeo and YouTube.
I’ve lived in 5 countries across Asia, Oceania and North America, and have a global perspective that bridges across cultures. I’m fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
I am now the Head of Studios at BetterUp where I am working with talented folks to build novel, transformative experiences that help people become better versions of themselves.
“David Liu: Virtual Realities, Virtual Futures”. filmink.com.au
“Singaporean Filmmaker Wins Cannes Lions Award” The Straits Times
“On The Market: Veterans of Etsy, Chariot and Lyft” The Information.
“Hot Sugar’s The Melody of Dust is the future of music” Nylon
“Viacom’s Take on Virtual Reality: Room-Scale, Original and Fun”. Variety
“Inside Viacom’s Gamechanging New VR Experience” Rolling Stone
“The Titmouse Smash Party was a Blur of VR and IRL Destruction”. Playboy
“Burning Down A House Has Never Been This Hard.” Kotaku
“Ira Glass On The Peculiar Experience Of Watching Himself Go Viral”. BuzzFeed
Amplied Intelligence Podcast Episode 1 – Jan 2021
On The Under Presents: The Tempest – July 2020
5G and the Future of Music (New York, NY) – June 2020
NY ARKit Meetup (New York, NY) – September 2019
SIGGRAPH Panel (Los Angeles, CA) – August 2019
AsiaVR Panel (Singapore) – August 2018
South by Southwest (Austin, TX) – April 2018
Convergence 006 (Sydney, Australia) – May 2017
VRTL Summit (Los Angeles, CA) – April 2017
IGDA + NYU Game Center (New York, NY) – April 2017
SVVR Expo (San Jose, CA) – March 2017
Exploring Future Reality (New York, NY) – Nov 2016
Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) – Nov 2014