filmmaking

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. Back our Kickstarter here! Ends June 21st!

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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Yin & Young EP39 - Filmmaker Darren Kwan and Post Oscars Talk

Yin & Young are back with guest filmmaker Darren Kwan! We discuss how he got into filmmaking and then go into an in-depth talk about the Oscars.

* Darren Kwan - originally from the Bay Area, worked at a tech company in Silicon Valley before deciding on a career change to filmmaking.

* James and Darren met at the De Anza College film department. Reconnected with James when he recognized Darren on the street in downtown LA.

* Darren’s latest film is about the cuddling industry.

* Tangent into Robert Kraft getting busted going to a massage parlor that has happy endings.

* James and Darren shot a short film in the tunnels under downtown LA.

* 25:44 Oscars Talk. Everyone breaks down the issues they had with the Green Book: story pacing, racism, and replay value.

* Discussion on the films that should’ve won Best Picture.

* 57:13 Moving on to the Best Documentary category, the Oscar nominated film: Minding the Gap:

* Darren expresses his connection to Kiere’s story and lack of connection to Zack’s story.

* Dan was impressed by the narrative structure of the documentary.

* James likes the film but gets heated about how it does not address racism against Asians.

* 01:19:35 - Best Animated Film, Yin and Young both agree on “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” as a solid winner.

Language Corner

* Japanese - 参った (まいった maitta)- a) I give up, b) I’m beaten, c) overwhelmed

* Mandarin - 厭世臉 (yan4shi4lian3) - literally “hate world face”. A cool, smile-less, serious look that women have.

* Cantonese - 身體健康 (san1tai2 gin6hong1) - lit. body healthy, wish you good health. Said during Lunar New Year.

Links:

* Darren Kwan on Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/user32586431

* Oscar Nominations 2019: Full List – https://variety.com/2019/film/news/oscar-nominations-2019-list-1203112405/

Yin & Young links:

* Main Website: http://www.jamesyshih.com/yin-young-podcast/

* iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yin-young-podcast-jys/id1185421015?mt=2

* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yinyoungpodcast/

* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvtVW6pVPeKFn7H_6ai8lA?

* Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1BF7YXqVAEk9EXVr45gWy4?si=3wrdb9VpSR-p3yQygvLtdw

* Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast

Yin & Young EP35 - Writer/Director Alex Chu - Part 1

Welcome back to Yin & Young the podcast! In this episode we spoke with Alex Chu, the writer and director of “For Izzy” (links below), an amazing film on the film circuit that delves into mental disorder, drug abuse, and the parent-child relationship in Asian American families. We delve into Alex's upbringing, thoughts on Asian representation, and his journey into filmmaking. Tiger Sheu returns as our special guest host!

Part 1: Growing Up (full episode in Youtube link above)

- Alex is originally from Canada and also spent part of his childhood in Libya due to his dad's job.

- Son of Taiwanese parents.

- Sent back to Canada for school.

- Regrets not learning the local language when living abroad.

- Lived in Asia (Hong Kong area) for 3 years

- Speaks English and Mandarin

- Grew up watching 80s films, lots of Arnold movies, Spielberg movies

- Growing up in Canada was fine, no overt racism, but did feel certain pressures like not wanting to speak Mandarin in public.

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"For Izzy" links:

website - http://forizzy.com

FB - https://www.facebook.com/forizzythemovie

IG - https://www.instagram.com/forizzythemovie/

TW - https://twitter.com/forizzythemovie

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Yin & Young links:

* Main Website: http://www.jamesyshih.com/yin-young-podcast/

* iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yin-young-podcast-jys/id1185421015?mt=2

* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yinyoungpodcast/

* YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvtVW6pVPeKFn7H_6ai8lA?

* Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast