Yin & Young - EP40 - Actor Gregory Yuan and DP Richard Sue

A long time coming: Yin & Young return with an in-depth, behind the scenes discussion about the making of “Ahma & Alan” the short film.

James wrote and directed the film, Richard Sue was the Director of Photography, Gregory Yuan played the lead character Alan.

Highlights:

  • What prompted their interest to work on the film.

  • Richard was the earliest collaborator.

  • Genesis of the project - James was allegedly an illegal immigrant worker and was busted by the authorities.

  • Richard and James met at De Anza College

  • What it means to accept being Chinese, Taiwanese, Asian.

  • Auditions: the callback was just a conversation.

  • Their local Taiwanese producer polished the film with just a small budget.

  • Started as a bare bones, skeleton crew and then grew in size.

  • The producers were really down to earth, despite being really successful in the Taiwanese film industry.

  • Was able to work with a veteran Taiwanese actor.

  • The actors helped collaborate throughout the creative process.

  • Overview of the shoot: 5 production days, short pre-production phase.

  • Special thanks to all the cast, crew, and behind the scenes supporters that got this short film through production. Look for the film at a festival near you soon! - James

Language Corner

Japanese - いっらしゃいませ irrashaimasen - Welcome

Japanese (kansai dialect) - おきに okini - Thank you

Mandarin - 佛心 fo2xin1 - Buddha’s heart; having an open heart

Mandarin - 導演 dao3yan3 - director

Taiwanese - 我是台灣郎 góa sī Tâi-oân-lâng - I’m Taiwanese

Links!

More info on the short film “Ahma & Alan” go here: http://www.jamesyshih.com/

Richard Sue’s website (photography, cinematography): http://richardsjsue.com

Gregory Yuan’s website (acting): https://www.gregoryyuan.com/

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