The Short List: JITENSHA (Bicycle)

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we present the award-winning JITENSHA aka “Bicycle.” We ask 5 questions to director Dean Yamada about this making of this film.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?
Yu Shibuya is a uniquely talented writer in Tokyo, who pitched us a few different ideas for short film scripts. His pitch for Jitensha leapt off the page: Someone is taking apart the protagonist’s bicycle. One day the basket is gone, the next day the saddle, until the bell is the only thing left. He gets an envelope in the mail with a list of addresses.

2. Any challenges or setbacks during the production?
Apart from the freezing weather and a vicious hawk trying to attack my wife at the beach, shooting went pretty smoothly. On the day we shot the beach scene, the weather was so clear you could see Mt. Fuji in the distance — a rare sight during the winter. We made sure to capitalize on this serendipitous moment by putting it in the film.

The Short List: REQUIEM FOR ROMANCE

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we present Montreal-based Jonathan Ng’s award-winning REQUIEM FOR ROMANCE. He graciously answered our quick questionnaire in-between development meetings for his next project.

The Short List: THE POTENTIAL WIVES OF NORMAN MAO

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

We ask 5 Questions to director Derek Nguyen about his short film THE POTENTIAL WIVES OF NORMAN MAO.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?
The story was inspired by personal experience. There was a period of time in which my step-mother would try to set me up with all these women every time there was a family function. She was quite obvious about it and it made everyone involved quite uncomfortable but it was really funny at the time. Of course, this all happened before I came out!

2. Any challenges or setbacks during the production?
I think that the biggest challenge in making any film is the financing. Raising money is always difficult for new filmmakers, especially those who don’t have a proven box office track record. But thank Buddha for Kickstarter!

The Short List: THINGS YOU DON’T JOKE ABOUT + CRUSH THE SKULL Movie Kickstarter Shout Out

Wong Fu’s Chris Dinh is trapped in the closet in this week’s Short List.

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

We ask 5 questions to filmmaking team Viet Nguyen and Chris Dinh (who also moonlights at Wong Fu Productions) about their short film THINGS YOU DON’T JOKE ABOUT. This 2012 short plus their cult classic, CRUSH THE SKULL, are the inspiration for their current indie feature project, which they are currently raising money for via Kickstarter.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?
CHRIS: We always wanted to do our funny take on the burglar movie. Besides being arrested or killed, there are only so many things that can go wrong for a burglar. So we thought to ourselves, what would be the most unexpected and horrible outcome for a burglar? But also darkly funny? The thought of a burglar breaking into a house and then believing he had contracted a horrible disease pretty much satisfied those parameters.

The YOMYOMF Network: Han Lives, Baby!!!!

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Were you sad that Sung Kang’s Han was killed off not just once, but twice—in both Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast 6? Well, apparently so was Sung and as you will see in this new and final episode of Car Discussion, he’s doing something about it:

Check out all the Car Discussions here.

Watch these Short Films from THE SHORT LIST if you are sick of Valentine’s Day

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THE SHORT LIST (the program that I curate consisting of the best short films that I have seen that lives on the YOMYOMF YouTube channel) may be on temporary hiatus, but it doesn’t mean I can’t highlight a short film (or two or three or four…) that would be great to view on this Valentine weekend occasion.

But when perusing through The Short List Playlist, I discovered that the shorts that I selected, were in fact, were not so romantic per se, but in fact too grey in their romanticism or pretty much tragically anti-romantic.

The YOMYOMF Network: Recap for Week of November 3

HIFF New Media Camp/Creative Lab (Trailer)

Check out this trailer for a new initiative looking to guide and encourage new filmmakers in exploring new approaches to entertainment!

Shareef and Victor Adventures (HIFF New Media Camp)

No force in the world can come between two friends… except for love.

Watch Shareef and Victor struggle to maintain their bromance when a girl enters the picture.

So That’s What ‘Yellow Face’ is Really About

This past summer, the YOMYOMF Network presented the first-ever YouTube adaptation of a play—our fellow Offender David Henry Hwang’s award-winning Yellow Face. All this time, we thought the plot revolved around an Asian American playwright named DHH who mistakenly casts a Caucasian actor as an Asian character in his play and tries to cover it up, but according to this streaming site, boy, were we ever wrong!

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Click on image to enlarge

Yes, according to the description on this site, the story is apparently really about this:

A Chinese-American cop, skilled in martial arts, battles the most powerful criminal gang in San Francisco that is responsible for the death of his partner.

The YOMYOMF Network: Recap for Week of October 27

Gary and Jimmy vs the Kitchen Sink – Part 2 

Gary’s first try at conquering the infamous KITCHEN SINK CHALLENGE - a titanic amount of ice cream meant to be finished in 30 minutes – was a failure.  This time, he returns with his friend Jimmy to bring it down once and for all.

Will this team leave the battleground with the bitter taste of defeat or the sweet taste of victory (both of which taste a lot like ice cream)?

The YOMYOMF Network: Mahalo HIFF!

BABBLEOur New Media Camp at Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) ended with a screening and panel this past Sunday. The six shorts that our talented filmmaker participants made over the course of the two-days of the camp were screened (we’ll post them online soon so keep an eye out) followed by a panel on the state of new media moderated by me and featuring our guests director John M. Chu (GI Joe Retaliation), YouTuber Lana McKissack and from Intertrend—Jon Yokogawa, James Kulp and Neil Sadhu.

The gang's all here!

The gang’s all here!

I can babble on about this topic but probably better to let the images do the talking so check out the pics from our final panel by Jason Soeda.

Final group pic post-panel

Final group pic post-panel

L to R: Phil, Lana, Jon Chu, James, Jon Yokogawa, Neil

L to R: Phil, Lana, Jon Chu, James, Jon Yokogawa, Neil

The YOMYOMF Network: Accelerating Yourself HIFF New Media Flavah

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Back in paradise. We kicked off our New Media Camp for the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Creative Lab yesterday with an orientation for our six selected participants and mentors followed by a group dinner at Little Village Noodle House in Honolulu’s Chinatown.

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And today the real work began. The six participants have to shoot and edit their videos over the course of two days (today and tomorrow) with the guidance of their mentors so they can screen at the New Media Camp event this Saturday. So break a leg to our chosen six: Kimee Balmilero, Julia Nakamoto, Aaron Ng, Victor Nhieu, Startlet Shay and Grant Uchida. And to our mentors for providing guidance and support: Luke Aguinaldo, Gerard Elmore, Anson Ho, Ryan Kawamoto, Lana McKissack, Neil Sadha, Ty Sanga and Brian Watanabe. Let the games and lack of sleep and abundance of stress commence…