Mahalo, HIFF New Media Camp Class of 2014!

It’s always great to return to Hawaii and to do so for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) which my fellow Offender Anderson programs. For the past three years, YOMYOMF has been facilitating HIFF’s New Media Camp (NMC) and this year is no different with our sponsors AT&T, InterTrend and Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) onboard to show their support.

HIFF NMC Class of 2014 on the last day of shooting.

HIFF NMC Class of 2014 on the last day of shooting.

Seven local high school and college students were selected to participate in this year’s camp and for the past week, these seven—Christopher Ahn, Joseph Chang, Jacoby Cid, Dylan DiMarchi, Troy Enoka, Christian Guiterrez and Mari Otsu—have met every day after classes to collaborate together to write, shoot and edit a short video that will screen at our annual and free HIFF New Media panel taking place this Sunday afternoon. This year, due to our partnership with PIC, the students had the requirement to produce a short that incorporated some element of the native Hawaiian language and culture.

Cinema Crossing – Dave Boyle’s Man from Reno

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Dave Boyle‘s Man From Reno is a cross-cultural film noir tale. On one side, it’s a Japanese drama about a celebrated mystery writer, played by Ayako Fujitani, who’s getting away from her fame by escaping to San Francisco. She gets involved in a murder / crime amidst her own secretive issues and meets the other half of the film, an aging American small town sheriff played by Pepe Serna, who’s on the case.

The YOMYOMF Network: HIFF New Media Camp 2014

HIFF NMC class of 2013

HIFF NMC class of 2013

For the third year in a row, YOMYOMF is back at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) to facilitate the New Media Camp (NMC) program for HIFF’s Creative Lab. This year’s week-long camp will end with a FREE New Media panel on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2:15PM moderated by YOMYOMF’s Philip Chung and featuring a distinguished list of digital media experts including Greg Siegel (SVP Legendary Digital), YouTube beauty/lifestyle guru Weylie Hoang (who has over 1.2 million subs on her channel), Mylen Fe Yamamoto (CliqueNow) and Neil Sadhu (InterTrend). In addition to a lively discussion about the current state of digital media, the event will feature the premiere the short video produced by the NMC class of 2014.

YouTuber Weylie Hoang

YouTuber Weylie Hoang

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 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: HIFF Part Deux on October 20

YOMYOMF participated in the New Media Academy program at last year’s Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and we’ll be back again this year thanks to Offender/HIFF head programmer Anderson Le and our friends at InterTrend Communications.

John M. Chu

John M. Chu

Lana McKissack

Lana McKissack

It will all climax in a FREE event at 1:30 PM on October 20, which will include a new media panel/discussion moderated by YOMYOMF Network Creative Director Philip W. Chung with John M. Chu (director of the film GI Joe Retaliation and the DS2DIO Dance Lifestyle YouTube channel), Lana McKissack (YouTube personality and Internet Icon season 1 runner-up) and executives from InterTrend. So if you’re on Oahu on October 20, join us for what will be a fun and informative event. Info and tickets here.

HIFF’s NEW MEDIA CAMP deadline extended til October 1st!

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That’s right, budding content creators and online media personalities! The YOMYOMF Network and HIFF’s NEW MEDIA CAMP (as part of the Festival’s Creative Lab at HIFF) is extending its deadline til October 1st! So, it’s not too late to submit your application, which is entirely free!

The Short List: I GOT ROBOTS

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, 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’s edition of THE SHORT LIST, we present New Zealand-based filmmaking collective Chess Club, and their recent short film, I GOT ROBOTS. We asked five questions to one of the team members, Barnaby Fredric.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

Deadline for YOMYOMF & HIFF’s New Media Camp is Sept. 26 (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The deadine has been extended to Oct. 1 at 11:59 PM Hawaii time.

Just a reminder that if you’re a Hawaii resident, a media-maker and at least 14-years-old, you can apply to participate in the Hawaii International Film Festival’s first-ever New Media Camp presented in conjunction with YOMYOMF.

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It’s a FREE four day intensive workshop that’ll take place during this year’s festival from October 17-20. Six people will be selected from the entries to participate in the workshop where everyone will shoot and edit their own video to screen at the festival on October 20. Two of the videos will be selected to also be posted on the YOMYOMF Network YouTube channel.

Click here to apply (also free to apply) and here for the complete rules (and please read carefully before submitting your application). You’ll need to submit a sample of your work and a script or treatment for the project you wish to work on during the NMC. Deadline is 11:59 PM Hawaii time on Sept. 26, 2013 so don’t delay.

Live in Hawaii and at least 14 years old? Then submit to NEW MEDIA CAMP at Hawaii International Film Festival!

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Last year, YOMYOMF hosted a NEW MEDIA ACADEMY panel at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). We had the likes of Chester See, Kevin Wu and Nikki Soohoo from JON DAVIS GETS A SEX ROBOT.  It was a lot of fun but we got feedback (mostly from younger audience members attending) that they wished there was more interaction with the panelists.