Luis Tapia

Shanghai, China


Born in Mexico City, Luis grew up in Dallas and has been based in Shanghai since 2002. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish fluently, as well as spotty French. Luis writes, directs, and edits documentaries, short films, corporate films, online video, television programs, and television commercials. Luis’ corporate and commercial clients include Apple, The British Council, Caterpillar, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dell, Diageo, Dunhill, Duke University, Durex, ECCO, ExxonMobil, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, Google, Greenpeace, H&M, Heineken, Honeywell, Hugo Boss, Intel, Jack Morton, Kimberly-Clark, Lenscrafters, Li-Ning, Nike, Novartis, OnStar, Procter & Gamble, Sohu.com, Skype, Smirnoff, Split Works, TE Connectivity, Tesco, Topco, URBN Hotels, Vice, Weber Shandwick, and Zambezi. He is a three-year veteran of award-winning "The Amazing Race: China Rush" (broadcast on ICS, Dragon TV, CCTV-2 and -9), having served the last two years as Assistant Director, and Co-Director for Season 3 Episode 2. Luis directed the short film adaptation of his feature film script, "Furnaces", and the short films "Hukou" and "Connect". He has directed the documentaries "Holdem China", "Shanghai Memorial", "The Tour", "Cotton", "Up from the Underground", and "Human Flesh Search Engine". His most recent documentary, the 55-minute "From Wrexham to Wuhan", was commissioned by the British Council. Luis line produced "Intercourses", a five-channel video installation that was the Danish national entry to the 2013 Venice Biennale. Luis is an Apple Certified Pro in Final Cut Pro and an experienced user of Premiere Pro, Motion, and Color.