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Last week was a “fun” or QUITE the EXPERIENCE I’ve ever had in my life and I hope I don’t have to go through the same experience….EVER…….AGAIN!

For those who’s been catching up on my facebook rant status… I’ve recently signed up for the Campus MovieFest (CMF) at SFSU which is one of the largest campus film festival in the nation.  Being the hard working director that I am, I decided to sign up and take the challenge.  I have one week to work on the film so I had to get to work ASAP.  My first step was finding a crew who could help me out with all the technical production stuff WHILE I direct.  As a bonus, in order to save time I pulled out an idea from my “film idea” word doc.  So I called up some crews, cast and extras to help me shoot for 1 day.  Technically I had 2 days to make a short film (damn I wish I joined the 48 hour film festival).  With only 1 day to shoot, I had to push everyone to their limits and get it done ASAP before the sun sets.  Like any movie directors you may meet or have met, if the production is not going so smooth you may wanna take a few steps back before the director goes hulk on you.

While worrying about other technical support during production I had very little time to work and direct the cast, hence as my initial planning was to focus ONLY on directing….things didn’t flow the way I wanted to.  ANYWAYS…basically I shot in 1 day and edited the next day which resulted in sleeping only 3 hours, waking up and continue editing some more until submission.  But wait….just when I thought the battle was over after submitting my film, OH CRAP…I forgot about MIDTERM!!! I had a screenwriting portfolio, a Film Black List take home midterm and a Cinematography HD project to edit.  Life is great when you get through a struggle and then MORE conflicts comes ramming up your @ss doesn’t it?

The result at the CMF Finale was….. I didn’t make it to top 16 (BOOO!), and I’m sure we all know what went wrong, but I believe my story is there, just not enough time to make it look even better. But I am happy for my friend Cory Wong who made a really great comedy short and was nominated for Best Comedy that night, which you can check out here:

Life sux, I lost in a competition competing against 99 contestants, but after a Falcon Punch through some dry walls and a phone call from a parent saying they want a copy of my short film (which made my day. Thank you Mrs. Wong).  Now it’s time to rise again, be strong and start ANEW!!!!  Go Project W Production FTW!!!  Now…Time to catch up on some sleep cuz I am restless!!

Here’s my CMF submission, Enjoy!!

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So recently I’ve been reading the new issue of Hyphen Magazine and I just love these writers!  They have so much to share and it goes beyond more than just mere delight of a daily read or entertainment.  As I keep reading these articles of regarding Asian American music, film, events, history, emerging artist, aspiring filmmakers and culture, I’ve learned so much more on the people they highlight, Asian cultures and the stories of these hidden yet successful Asians/Asian Americans.  Yup that’s right…HIDDEN or lesser known.  Often times you don’t hear much about successful Asian Americans in the U.S.  Maybe famous Asian Americans in the entertainment media industry like Justin Lin, Grace Park, WongFu Production, but nowhere else would you hear news like awesome Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, Hard working filmmaker James Z. Feng, or the history of Laos and their current situation.  Visit their site for the magazine preview and if you love their articles, I encourage everyone to subscribe to them because their articles ROCK! http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/magazine/current

Jake jamming like there’s no tomorrow [Photo by Aaron Yoshino]

Though some still have trouble pronouncing his last name and the instrument he plays, Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO-koo-row) is recognized as one of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele (oo-koo-LAY-lay) players and composers. From a modest beginning performing at a local Honolulu café, Jake has gone on to play renowned and popular venues and festivals across the world. This past summer Jake added Sweden, Finland, France, Spain, and Brazil to the list of countries he’s performed in. Occasional tours with Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band have broadened Jake’s experience, regularly exposing his virtuosity and charming stage presence to crowds of up to 50,000. Speaking of large audiences, Jake has also performed on national television shows such as NBC’s The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, and Last Call With Carson Daly, as well been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and World Café, Public Radio International’s The World, Sirius/XM’s The Bob Edwards Show, and others.  Energy, imagination, and innovation have been Jake’s keys to success. He plans to continue recording, performing, collaborating, and staying happy. “I love what I do. I’m forever thankful for music.”

Check out and subscribe to Jake’s Youtube Channel @ http://www.youtube.com/jakeshimabukuro
Official site: http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com


Shin-B Kim

Writer Mitchell Kuga from Hyphen wrote an article on a Q&A session with Korean American MC Rapper, Shin-B Kim, and one of the most encouraging words from her about giving advice for other Asian American female rappers breaking into the industry was, “You have to learn to ignore the negativity and surround yourself with good people who will uplift you and give you constructive criticism. Don’t downplay yourself just because you’re an Asian female. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to have confidence that you’re just as good as any male, possibly better.” – Shin-B Kim.

Shin-B Kim Raised in the heart of Koreatown Los Angeles, she grew up as a tomboy playing basketball and eventually, rhyming in mini cyphers with her close male friends. She is a female hip hop MC from LA. She’s performed all throughout the States and toured Korea. She was featured as the main headliner for a widely syndicated radio program in Korea called MBC Music Camp Radio, hosted by the legendary Bae Chul Soo. She has performed with an array of Korean celebrities from hip hop duo, Bae Chi Gi to pop singers, Chae Yeon and Clon. She is featured on Korea’s elite hip hop site, Hiphopplaya.com.
Be sure to visit Shin-B’s Official Site
http://www.shin-b.com/

OH! Lastly, I’ve also learned that Fried Rice doesn’t necessarily mean rice is included. LOL~

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So it’s been a long while since I’ve updated myself or the production’s upcoming project, but here’s what happened…

Early this summer I was informed by my friend Natalie about a film contest called Interpretations, a short film initiative to encourage aspiring filmmakers to develop their own original and unique voice. Interpretations is hosted by the newest and hottest internet bloggers from You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF), created by Justin Lin and a couple of his actors, writers, and producer friends.

(WOH! WAIT, HOLD THE PHONE!!! Justin Lin? THE JUSTIN LIN that directed FAST & THE FURIOUS 3 AND BETTER LUCK TOMORROW?? THAT JUSTIN???)

Yes…THAT Justin Lin. haha~And I’m so glad to hear about this contest and his recent work not just for Hollywood, but his outreach to aspiring filmmakers through the YOMYOMF blog and Interpretations contest. It is an honor to be apart of this contest and I just hope to set the same goal as Justin is doing which is to inspire more people to make films, tell more stories, and be an inspiration to the community.

HENCE….my summer’s focus was to make a short film under 3 minutes using the script Interpretations has provided which consist of only 4 dialogues. I already shot the film two weeks ago with an amazing cast and crew. SURPRISINGLY I was able to get hold of a special guest star….BRADLEY LUM.

(Wait, BRAD-WHO? Was he that Asian guy on Finishing the Game?) <–*NOTE* Not ALL Asians look alike =_="

No no no… For those of you who are my age or older… BACK IN THE DAYS…you might’ve been very proud of your “AZN Pride” that you would be blasting your music on your Windows 98 using Winamp player listening to the rap song…Tai Mai Shu. THAT’S RIGHT! Bradley Lum = Mr. Tai Mai Shu. The guy who goes to “get a cheeseburger for 29 cents at McDonalds, BABY!!” I was so surprised to be able to meet the Legendary Asian rapper. I swear he is like the very first Chinese rapper I’ve heard rapping during my Jr. High years since MC Jin and I was so proud of my ethnic culture and race LOL. My dear friend Caitlyn (Super Agent Cait) is an agent who knows a lot of Hollywood Asian American actors/actresses such as Art Hsu, Karin Anna Cheung, and many Asian American comedians. Apparently Bradley is now an Asian American Comedian who’s busy running around doing stand up with the Cocky Asian Comedy Tour around the Bay Area and hitting Socal pretty soon, so I am VERY GLAD to have him jump on board for that one day shoot we did. Thank you Bradley!!!

[Bradley on the set for my Interpretations Film]

The film is about 90% done, deadline submission is september 15th. All I’m waiting for now is for my awesome composer Marshall Ha to finish up his epic score, then BAM! I am done! Hopefully things will go smooth, I mean I did spend at least a month writing and rewriting my script, changing things the last min (details on the next film commentary) and find a total of 4 cast and 4 crew members.

I did have fun shooting with everyone, I appreciate their time and effort in helping me pull through everything in just one day which is often times tough to do. But next week should be the official launch of my submission of Interpretations so please stay tune!!! Until then enjoy yourself with Bradley’s old school rap song, Tai Mai Shu!!

Hey everyone,

Last week I just went out with Roshelle to do some test footages at Airport Blvd. near the Embassy Suite and SFO.  The location where I shot was just lovely, beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay and airplane descending.  With the test footage I want to use my creativity and create a short story by using narration.  We’ll see how it turns out very soon.  Possible release by the end of June ^___^ Stay tune!  Here’s a picture preview.