SINGAPORE- When a couple who made low-budget YouTube spoof videos received an e-mail from the Police, they thought it was a joke.
Director Ryan Tan and his producer wife Sylvia Chan, both 25, received an e-mail in September, in which the authorities asked to meet them to discuss a brief for an anti-crime video.
The couple are part of Night Owl Cinematics, which has produced humorous videos. Their most popular clip so far, about the reasons Singaporeans complain, has hit more than 1.2 million views on YouTube since March this year.
In the end, only Ms Chan was at that first meeting at the police headquarters in Irrawaddy Road. Mr Tan was turned away at the gate, he says, as he was wearing slippers.
Ms Chan - dressed in a pencil skirt, white shirt and black blazer that day - met the police's community involvement division and its strategic partner, the National Crime Prevention Council.
The formal atmosphere belied the agenda - the police wanted Night Owl Cinematics to create a funny video to remind people about crime prevention this festive season.
They agreed and production started in October.
That video, Top 10 Criminals In Singapore, has garnered more than 121,000 views since it was uploaded on YouTube on Nov 29.