Here's a peek behind the scenes of the editing process for Ahma & Alan. As a visual, kinesthetic learner, I found this exercise helpful. 😊⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #inablinkofaneye #waltermurch #editing #photo #ahmaandalan
Final Ahma & Alan Kickstarter Backer Shoutout! Thank you 阿嬤, 姑姑, 叔叔, 王慈倫, Seher, @jy.ah.min, Huong Ly, @lewkcbmom, Paul Leung, @i_dont_have_a_phone_, Daniel Wang, Tina Chiang, Anonymoose D, @diem.adrian101516, Barbara Grandvoinet, @aqbecks, Jonathan Chung-Young, and Shant Postadjian. We passed our goal because of you =). ⠀ .⠀ I will make sure that each dollar is spent wisely and will go towards completing this film. Doing this Kickstarter was scary for me. I’m not comfortable asking for help or money. My team and I spent a long time designing the backer rewards and the Kickstarter video. We really wanted to make the rewards, from rare photographic stills to a personal lunch with crew, worth your while.⠀ .⠀ Yet, even with all the preparation, pressing that Kickstarter launch button was nerve wracking. Thank you all for the support along the way through pledges, shares, advice, and just kind words…that helps. That really, really helps.⠀ .⠀ If you’re a backer, you’ll be receiving exclusive updates about the film. Public updates I’ll be posting on here and on Kickstarter (link in bio), so look out for those! Thank you again. 多謝。
We did it! Thank you to Damian Gill, @edward_e_romero, @pennypjchen, Wei Bai, Meei, Ling Wang, @meng_ching_chiang, Any Hsu, George Chien, Peilin Kuo, @godslyrics, Steve Nguyen, Eric Shih, @chuanfeng_shih, Luanne Wolff, Ryan Lin, @shihman828, Yufen Lin, Ho Chie Tsai, Yush Lee, and Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris…because of you all we reached our GOAL!⠀ ⠀ I can't believe it. You’ve become a part of the team and I am so grateful for all your support in helping me get closer to completing this film. For my ahma, for your ahma, to all the awesome ahmas in the world, I hope this film honors you well.⠀ ⠀ The Kickstarter is still open for 1 more hour (ends 1:25AM). I’ll be doing a Facebook Live on my personal account (jamesyshih) and on Instagram @jamesyshih. If you have any questions or comments, join me!⠀ ⠀ Last chance for exclusive backer updates and rewards see the link in my bio.⠀ ⠀ —⠀ ⠀ 大家，我們達到目標了！沒想到這天終於會來了。超感謝大家的支持，是因為您們的勞力們才一起成功了。我們一步一步會把這個短片完整。這項目是獻給我阿嬤和每個人的優秀阿嬤。如果想支持我們的Kickstarter群眾募資，還剩下1個小時，凌晨1:25為止。我會在Instagram @jamesyshih 和 我Facebook （jamesyshih）做直播。如果有什麼問題或想參加，歡迎歡迎！⠀ ⠀ 我們有些特別的獎勵Kickstarter才有，別錯過！ https://buff.ly/2WOPuSy
22 hours left and all I can say is THANK YOU. Thank you to: @menglee.guy, @Chriswong613, @jimmyhang85, Nonie Chen, @byronbcp, Jonathan Chao, Wen-Hsin Chang, Shiouwan Ho, @japorican1, Katherine Hsieh, John Hsu, Michael Liu, Karen, @woonchenclan , @herve.cohen , Joel Malcolm Witherington, @cindychu and to all 123 backers thus far. Keep sharing, linking, reposting and tagging. (LINK IN THE BIO). Let's finish this strong together! 加油！ . . Chief Lighting Technician Tan Jiliang and Gaffer Joye setting up lights for a shot. Photo by @nambeatphoto
I once traveled to Taiwan to visit my grandparents. I had not seen them in 10 years since they took care of me as a child in California.⠀ .⠀ They had moved back to Taiwan because of my agong’s health. By this time he could only be moved by wheelchair. I remember taking him for a stroll in the neighborhood park in Taipei. I wasn’t very fluent in Mandarin or Taiwanese and we relied on gestures and simple phrases to communicate with each other. ⠀ .⠀ Across the park lawn, my ahma was slowly making her way over with her stroller. My agong saw her and he looked up at me with a big smile and said, “Ahma lai le.” Grandma is here. His face lit up with joy.⠀ .⠀ My agong was generally a serious man. However, that day he was expressive, and when ahma reached us, even in their simple interactions: a pat on the hand, a short laugh, I could sense such a deep love between them. ⠀ .⠀ I’m so grateful for the memory of seeing them together. Six months later, my agong passed away.⠀ .⠀ I want to hear your stories. Share a memory you have of your grandparents in the comments below.⠀ .⠀ Our Kickstarter has only 50 hours left. Ahma & Alan is an homage, not only to my paternal grandma, but to my maternal grandma who always said I was too skinny, to my grandpa whose stoic face beamed when I’d hug him as a child, to my great aunt who is proud to be Taiwanese…to the older generation that is getting even older or have already left.⠀ .⠀ Please support, Kickstarter link in the bio.⠀ .⠀ If we don’t reach our goal within the next 50 hours, we will receive none of the funds. Help support personal, independent stories. Thank you.
$12K!!! We just passed $12k! This would not be possible without your contributions. Thank you Shirley Yu, @myemyes, Tut Chi Lo, Simone Forti, Ingrid, Sally Kuo, Pinyao Chen, and Chun Tse Shih. Because of you and everyone who has pitched in, we're almost there. Campaign ends in just 2 days, THIS FRIDAY JUNE 21st! I'm so grateful and incredibly touched by everyone's generosity. Please share and tell others about this campaign. We CAN DO THIS Every dollar and mention counts, the finish line is finally within view! Kickstarter LINK IN THE BIO.⠀ -⠀ 大家好慷慨，我們超過$12,000! 很感動。我們快達到目標！每一塊，每個分享都有幫助。網址在bio裡。只剩下兩天！ 📷: @nambeatphoto
To all the Ahma and Alan supporters living in the Bay Area: Ahma and Alan is in today's issue of the #星島日報 #Singtao USA Newspaper! Grab your copy at any Bay area Asian super market. Hashtag #ahmaandalan and mention @ahmaandalan when you get your copy! ⠀ ⠀ 住舊金山灣區嗎？我們阿嬤與阿倫短片今天上「星島日報」！快去你附近的亞洲超市場買一份！ 拿到了的時候寫 #阿嬤與阿倫 及 用 @ahmaandalan 通知我 =）。⠀ ⠀ Article link: https://buff.ly/2IqJDtX
Family, friends, and backers! Thank you @kristinegerolaga, Robert Chang, @nelsonkim123, 施玲瑲, 曹陳修, 詹素梅, Tsao Yi-Cheng, 施玲琇, Connie Liao, Julie Hsueh, Fred Chang, Kyrawitch, Albert Wang, Ava Huang, Kevin Tu, Hidden Taichi, and Michael Krubiner! ⠀ .⠀ The outpouring of support has been incredible, this dream is coming closer and closer to a reality. It's been a whirlwind this past month but we still have a little ways to go with 57% of our campaign left to reach! I still believe we can make it. Every share brings awareness to our Kickstarter and one step closer to our goal. LINK IN THE BIO. Campaign ends in just 3 days FRIDAY JUNE 21st! We can do it, thank you for all the love！ 大家超感謝。只有四天! 希望您能幫我們分享這項目，支持我們群眾募資。⠀ .⠀ Note: Not sure how to use Kickstarter? Watch the "How to Use Kickstarter" video I made, near the bottom of the Kickstarter text. 不知道要怎麼用Kickstarter？我有拍一個Kickstarter視頻在Kickstarter首頁下面（中文版）。⠀ .⠀ "@ahmaandalan" behind the scenes photo by @nambeatphoto, on location @brickyardby33 , Taiwan. Writer/director @jamesyshih and director of photography @richardsjsue. 劇照是在美軍俱樂部， 陽明山區拍的，平面攝影師阮世南。導演施佶明，攝影師蘇士傑
Hi “Ahma and Alan” supporters! We have a fundraising event tomorrow, Sunday, June 16th, with a special event from 1pm-4pm:⠀ ⠀ Sugar Fix Boba Cafe (@officialsugarfixcafe)⠀ 9250 Reseda Blvd Ste 10 · Northridge, CA⠀ ⠀ First 50 people will receive a special edition memorabilia card signed personally by me. At 3pm, I'll be showing a never before seen three minute clip from a rough cut of the film. Mention "Ahma & Alan" the short film and the cafe will donate a portion of the sale to our Kickstarter! Hope to see you tomorrow.⠀ ⠀ While the event is 1p-4p, the fundraiser lasts all day. If you're at Sugar Fix Cafe mention Ahma & Alan when you make a purchase to help support the film. Thank you!⠀ ⠀ Can't make it out? Directly support @ahmaandalan on our @kickstarter (LINK IN THE BIO), ends next Friday night June 21st!
Shout out to Ahma & Alan Backers: Ting-Yu Hsieh⠀ , @mengqing_yuan, @jeffrey_j_man, Nani R⠀, and @winsoncooks⠀ . We’ve got one week left! Making this film has been a labor of passion and it’s so heartening to see others connect with it as well. We still have 75% of our "all or nothing" 18k goal to go and only 7 days left! Proceeds will help complete the film and a portion of production costs. ⠀ .⠀ Please help us get there by sharing the link in my bio and telling friends and family. Thanks again for the support! 😀 ⠀ .⠀ PS: For today's shoutouts, I've shared an awesome behind the scenes photo from our still photographer @nambeatphoto. 👍🏼
@gokid, Norbert Yuan, Vita CW Danapong, Melinda Chen, Kelvin Yen, and Vicky Lee...YOU ALL ARE GREAT! It has been a dream of mine ever since I wrote this as a short story over ten years ago to bring this story to life and you all are a huge part of making this closer to a reality. As this Kickstarter is an all or nothing effort, we are only 20-ish% of the way there, please share and spread the word. And of course...THANK YOU for your contributions and continued support! Back our Kickstarter, ends in 8 days! LINK IN BIO.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ @ahmaandalan is a short film, will be approximately 20 minutes, starring @gregory.yuan, Mei Hou Wu, and Akio Chen. Filmed on location in Taipei, Taiwan. Written & Directed by @jamesyshih, Producer @caraichiu, Director of Photography @richardsjsue, Sound Mixer 張勤, Production Designer @skylerchen
This is for all you Okis 大木 and 沖, Shihs 施, and Yuans 袁 out there! Head over to @yellowperilpod (link in their bio) and check out actor @Gregory.Yuan and writer/director @Jamesyshih 's interview with @gokid. We had a great discussion about my short film Ahma & Alan, identity, and Asian male masculinity (be sure to stay till the end and see why Asians rock karaoke 😊). ⠀ .⠀ Show support for Asian American stories and platforms by pledging to the Ahma & Alan Kickstarter (ends June 21st! link in the bio) and the Yellow Peril Patreon. By supporting each other, we all win. Thanks again to Geoff for having us, I think we scored 100, haha!