Book to Screen: “Operation Marriage”

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After I returned from China this past January, I made a short PSA called Wedding Plan and it got circulated on Youtube. A friend, Howard Fong, ended up passing my short to author Cynthia Chin-Lee who turned me onto her children’s picture book Operation Marriage illustrated by Lea Lyon. After I read it, I immediately wanted to make it into a film.

Japanese Schoolgirl Ninjas are real!

The best thing you’ll see online all week. This amazing POV video of two Japanese schoolgirls involved in an epic chase around their school and town, is death defying, dizzying, and one of the most badass things I’ve seen in a long time. Going the “found footage” route by just using a GoPro, this awesome action chase scene is the production of Bijin Tokei, which is a modeling agency, best known for their digital clock where cute photos of Japanese girls cycle every minute (the girls pose as if they’re holding a clock that displays the time).

This Stop-Motion Transformers Short is better than any TRANSFORMERS movie by Michael Bay


Kotaku just posted an amazing stop-motion animation action scene that Malaysian-based filmmaker Harris Loureiro has posted online via his YouTube page. He uses modded Transformers toys (specifically a modded Laser Optimus Prime and a set of Make Toys’s custom Constructicons) as his characters and creates an action sequence that rivals anything that Michael Bay could CGI jizz on the big screen. You can read about our universal ire for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION in our recent Summer Blockbuster Showdown roundtable review.

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.

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.

Watch romantic short film THE GIRL FROM TOMORROW directed by James Lee

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I am a big admirer of Malaysian filmmaker James Lee, who has just released his latest short film, entitled THE GIRL FROM TOMORROW. Here’s the official synopsis:

A time-travel themed love story between Joe an ordinary young man and Yen the girl from future. Yen is here to guide Joe into choosing and creating his own path for his own future.

Lee has a solid filmography comprised of award winning indie features that have played at film festivals around the world for over a decade now. I personally like his experimental feature THE BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE and documentary THE BIG DURIAN, which he collaborated with fellow filmmaker Amir Muhammad.

Amazing Mock Commercial Blows Away Any Commercial Out There

Cinesite, an FX company, produced a kick-ass mock commercial to showcase their creature animation skills. And let me tell ya, they know what they’re doing. The spot was written and directed by Alvise Avati. Cinesite considers this a short film.

Alvise approached Cinesite with an idea for the film. He says, “Working in visual effects, it’s usually other people’s visions and creatures that you’re creating. This was an opportunity to take some creative control and make a film of our own.” They used NASA footage from the moon landing as reference and produced something very cool, scary and in the end, funny as fuck.

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.