As many of you already know, we’ve launched a new film initiative entitled INTERPRETATIONS to support aspiring filmmakers. In a nutshell, you make a short film of no more than 3 minutes using the same script we provide (get all the info here). To help us launch, we commissioned several filmmaker friends to make their own shorts using our script and we’ll be featuring each one of them here (including a few words from the filmmakers themselves).
Today we present Good Shot (in an updated version with additional visual effects) by our fellow Offender David C.P. Chan:
I’ve been collaborating with Justin Lin for the past 3 years on his indie projects to his major motion pictures. So when I was asked by Justin to participate in Interpretations, I said, “Now I get a chance to direct? I’m in!” To make a short of a script containing only 4 lines of dialogue was a unique challenge… no…a huge challenge. I knew I was going to make something with special effects and live action. I went with the comedy tone for the piece because it’s what I like to do best… laugh. Reading the 4 lines over and over again got me in a spin and I thought of so many different ideas but it was only the 2nd to the last week when I got my idea of a commercial spot. It should be easy, right?
Unfortunately the timing to create this couldn’t be any more stressful for me… my 3D specialist was getting married, my camera guys were working on a job and I burned 4 weeks looking for replacements. In two days I found a producer, effects supervisor and cinematographer, all of whom I never really worked with before. Within 3 days we got a location, 3D artists and cameras. Can I get an Amen! Everything from pre-production to post production was a wonderful experience for me.
David C.P. Chan is a self-trained videographer and special effects artist over a decade in Los Angeles. He studied architecture and graphic arts at a tech school in Arizona then came back home to Honolulu to work. But creating skyscrapers was just a job… creating films was his passion. There was no doubt in David’s mind the he would leave the island and go to Hollywood to follow his dreams. While in Los Angeles he created a wedding videography business, consults with attorneys around the world producing video/graphic demonstratives and now owns a company in Hollywood creating visual effects for TV and film.
For more information on how to get involved with INTERPRETATIONS, click here.
You can also see the commissioned shorts on our YouTube Channel. Not all the films are up yet so keep your eye out for new ones and subscribe to our channel be the first to see them all.