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 Orient Express by Wong Fu Productions:
This short was made while Wong Fu Productions was traveling on their Spring 2010 Tour to various universities in the United States. The actors and location were discovered in Norman, Oklahoma– one day prior to shooting. The shoot itself only lasted a couple of hours, and took place during Wes, Ted, and Phil’s free time during their tour. The challenge was to tell a compelling and coherent story while trying to distribute the dialogue between four different characters. Each character has a different level of understanding of the situation that’s presented. Although what’s heard is divided by different spaces, characters’ emotions are conveyed through actions and reactions.
WONG FU PRODUCTIONS
Wong Fu Productions first began in 2003 on the campus of UC San Diego. Over the years Wong Fu has evolved from a group of college dormmates and friends to a few young artists and entrepreneurs: Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang. Wong Fu Productions is now a growing independent production company with thousands of hits to their website from all over the world each day. With a strong fan base around the US and globe, they work full-time creating online content, designing for their t-shirt brand, and producing with other companies and artists. As emerging artists and filmmakers, they hope to continue to improve their craft, grow as a company, and reach people with their work. In just 4 years since graduating, the trio have gained over 15 million views of their short films and music videos, spoken at over 50 universities in North America, been featured on CNN and various news publications, launched a successful merchandise brand, created the concert series ‘International Secret Agents’ with Far East Movement, and had their work accepted to many film festivals including the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
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.