My first fictional short I FELT LIFE WITH BOTH MY HANDS has gone live on Interpretationsfilm.com (See previous blog on details). Other filmmakers of these shorts with the same script include David Chan (visual effects artist, Fast & Furious), Evan Jackson Leong (Short form, music video and documentary director), Spencer Nakasako (Emmy Award winning director, Refugee), Danny Pudi (star of NBC’s Community) with his filmmaking team of Timothy Kendall and Chris Marrs, Wong Fu Productions (indie production company w/15 million views of their shorts online), Mora Stephens (Independent Spirits Awards’ John Cassavettes Award-winning director, Conventioneers), Iris Yamashita (Oscar nominated writer, Letters From Iwo Jima)
I just finished my first fictional short film, a 3 minute film called I FELT MY LIFE WITH BOTH MY HANDS. It’s part of a program spearheaded by filmmaker Justin Lin, whose credits range from independent film BETTER LUCK TOMORROW to major studio films like THE FAST & THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT and 2009's FAST & FURIOUS. He's working alongside Elaine Chin and Anderson Le from the Hawaii International Film Festival to encourage new filmmakers to present their unique point of views.
Their website youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily.com commissioned a group of filmmakers to make these 2-3 minute shorts and all of us directors were given the same script to explore its endless possibilities. The short film has to feature four specific lines of dialogue in any form we choose. This initiative is called Interpretations, and these shorts will be used as inspirations for a competition later to help new filmmakers find and develop their own voice.
These films will be presented on May 2nd, 2pm at the Director's Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Check them out if you're in L.A.
Seth Henderson helping out cinematographer Sam Koa
I worked with Sam Koa again on this short, the cinematographer for my last two films The Drummer and GIRL$. After having shot GIRL$ on RED One, we decided to use an even more mobile camera, Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a set of superb lenses.
My students from my scriptwriting courses filled out my crew. In two days, we ran about 12 locations. I couldn’t have done it without their help.
Students — Jianhong Huang, Tiger Song, Yuanchang Li, Cinematographer Sam Koa, Diogo Cordes Aniceto Martins, Kenneth Bi and Seth Henderson
Same group plus art director Jung Li in the white shirt and Candy Wong, production manager/assistant director