World Journal: Hollywood Filmmaking Camp - The Most Rewarding Graduation

世報電影營 學員滿載歸

http://www.worldjournal.com/4198951/article-世報電影營-學員滿載歸/

記者楊青/好萊塢報導

July 24, 2016, 6:29 am

由聯合報系與洛杉磯世界日報共同主辦的2016好萊塢電影夏令營,23日在好萊塢Los Feliz 3劇院熱鬧閉幕,來自台灣的16位小電影人,以三周時間精心製作電影短片登台亮相,多位同學更榮獲最佳劇本、攝影、音響、剪輯、導演、最佳表演及最佳影片等七個獎項,滿載而歸。

洛杉磯世界日報社長郭俊良向同學們一一頒發結業證書,和由世界日報精心製作的夏令營紀念特刊。郭俊良表示,今年是世界日報創辦40年來,首次舉辦好萊塢電影夏令營,而對很多遠道而來的同學,有一種夢想成真的感覺。「有夢最美」,他鼓勵同學們將夢想變成理想,付諸行動、付出毅力與堅持。

來自台灣的16位同學,年齡16至22歲,不少人是第一次接觸電影,不少人是第一次來美國,不少人甚至是第一次出國。但這些同樣對電影滿懷夢想與探索的年輕人,在短短的三周之內跑課堂、上片場、入影棚,不放過任何一個學習和摸索的機會,從一張白紙,到合作創作了三個短片,而且每位同學自己的獨立作品,從自我介紹到廣告小段,從電影短劇到故事小品,創意十足。

「我從藝15年,第一次和這麼多的華人孩子在一起」,好萊塢電影演員Fabienne Maurer表示,「開始還以為電影對他們太難了,但結果卻完全出乎意料」。Maurer表示,這些華人孩子的活動、聰明和創造力,給她留下非常深刻印象。更難能可貴的是,很多孩子從不認識到團結合作,相互幫助,很有電影人團隊合作的風範。

在個人作品一一亮相之後,由學員們分組合作、原創劇本,表演、拍攝、剪輯、配音、製作全部獨立完成的三部短片相繼登台。「Hide and See」、「Pay Debt」、「Post It」,一個是構思巧妙的殺人遊戲,一個是充滿娛樂情節的愛情故事,一個則是職場歧視的折射,個個凝聚了同學們過去三周的心血。

七項大獎在專家們的評定後出爐。其中最佳攝影(Best Cinematography)由朱沛慈獲得;最佳聲音編輯(Best Sound Editing)李亭樸;最佳導演(Best Directing)陳敬宇;最佳劇本寫作(Best Writing)黃佑喨、鍾荷衣、李亭樸、黃安禹、鄭文鈞;最佳電影剪輯(Best Film Editing)余竑賢;最佳短片(Best Short Film)陳敬宇、黃一珊、江怡璇、李庭安、陳以琳;最佳表演(Best Performance)徐珊珊。

洛杉磯世界日報總經理駱焜祺代表主辦單位感謝包括電影界前輩、帶隊老師、後勤人員等各方人員對本次電影營的大力支持。他並表示,學生們的所有作品已上傳世界日報手機版好萊塢電影夏令營平台,無論美國和台灣,大家都可以上網分享同學們的創作喜悅。

兩個多小時的結業典禮進入尾聲,同學們依依惜別,期待十年後大家夢想成真。郭俊良再次鼓勵同學們夢想變理想,期待十年後相會好萊塢紅地毯,世界日報將報導大家夢想成真的故事。

駱焜祺表示,世界日報的電影夏令營本身就是一部電影,每個隊員都是演員,而且演得很好,夏令營的閉營不是結束,而且大家夢想與理想起飛的開始。


World Journal: Rock Chang - Making Movie Dreams Into Reality 

張維綱:科技讓電影夢成真

http://www.worldjournal.com/4198966/article-張維綱:科技讓電影夢成真/

記者楊青/好萊塢報導

July 24, 2016, 6:28 am

過去三周與來自台灣的小電影迷們朝夕相處,好萊塢華裔電影人張維綱(Rock Chang)表示,現代科技讓很多年輕人的電影夢想變成了現實,「講故事」、「講好故事」,將成為未來電影出奇制勝的焦點。

張維綱表示,現在科技揭開電影神秘面紗,愈來愈多的年輕人玩電影,很多人已不僅是興趣,而且可以玩的很好、很成功。

他認為,傳統的「前人經驗」已不是電影成功必然選項,即便你很年輕,沒有經驗,但「只要你有想法,心裡有很好的故事,並將這些故事很好地表現出來,就是好電影」,不管用什麼拍攝手法,音樂配合,向全世界講出自己的故事最重要,也是電影成功的最根本。


World Journal: Hollywood Filmmaking Camp - Eye Opening Experience

好萊塢電影營 學員開眼界

http://www.worldjournal.com/4183957/article-好萊塢電影營-學員開眼界/

記者高梓原/洛杉磯報導

July 20, 2016, 6:00 am

2016美國好萊塢電影夏令營7月5日隆重登場,學員們平安飛抵美國,並由世界日報總經理駱焜祺帶領同仁親自到洛杉磯國際機場迎接,展開為期21天最特別的暑期遊學經歷。

由聯合報系與世界日報共同主辦的2016美國好萊塢電影夏令營,課程規劃十分精彩。在大師講座部份,分別邀請到八位影視界知名前輩:奧斯卡評委和最佳音效獎得主Richard L. Anderson談「創造力與自我表達」、前美國聯邦教育部雙語司副司長張曼君教授談「英語文化與創造力」、洛杉磯亞太影展主辦人兼美國電影藝術與科學學會成員David Magdael談16年電影公關行銷經驗、為電影注入中國二胡元素的韓華奇談「東方配樂對好萊塢的影響」、好萊塢記者馬雲分享「媒體與文化藝術」的寶貴經驗,還有索尼動畫美術指導柯金祥、「美國隊長:內戰」和「蟻人」的視覺特效創意美術總監潘民生、和學生奧斯卡入圍的導演兼編劇李守仁等,獨家為電影營學員授課,分享電影從幕後到幕前每一環節的製作秘辛。

在電影拍攝與製作部份,主辦單位除特別禮聘在好萊塢新銳導演及團隊帶領學員從手機短片到用攝影機拍攝、剪接與配音全都學,特別安排好萊塢專業片場,讓學員在真實場景中自導自演,親自體驗「做中學」的樂趣。營隊結訓,還會讓學員在好萊塢電影院及世界日報手機平台播放自己的作品;在精彩講座與實拍課程同時,還讓學員體驗最新4D電影、VR、數位環景技術及特效,同時還安排UCLA寫作中心老師英文授課,讓學員練就用英文與影像的敘事能力。

主辦單位也安排學員參訪南加州大學新聞多媒體中心、美國電影學會AFI及好萊塢電影工作室,並讓學員實際參加著名電視節目錄影作業,同時也帶學員到環球影城新開幕的哈利波特館、迪士尼與多部MV拍攝地點Grove、The Board博物館遊覽,並讓學員體驗號稱世界上最大的棕櫚泉高空旋轉纜車,參觀棕櫚泉The Broad博物館。

這次從台灣來的學員,念的本科各不相同,來參加營隊想學的專業內容也不完全一樣,但同樣都抱持著「電影夢」,對電影圈有極大的熱情與好奇心。從台北來的20歲李亭樸在大學念設計相關科系,畢業後想進電影圈發揮設計專業,這次來參加好萊塢電影營,希望累積一些經驗,也了解好萊塢的電影生態,希望對未來求職有幫助。另從台中來的江奕旻和江怡璇姐妹則特別興奮,姐姐對電影拍攝很有興趣,妹妹也很開心能有機會和姐姐一同出國,學習好萊塢電影生態,並共同體驗這次難得的遊學經歷。今年準備升高中的鍾荷衣,原本想參加KOBE籃球營,但因今年停辦一年,接受家人建議來參加電影營,希望學習影像拍攝技術,變成影像達人。

學員徐珊珊也覺得美國電影產業題材與剪輯手法都讓她大開眼界,最大收穫是認識自己。她說,夏令營白天上課,晚間還要討論劇本籌備拍攝,開始時覺得有點煩,但卻意外發現自己的潛力,讓自己很開心。她希望未來能夠到美國來學電影。


World Journal: Hollywood Filmmaking Camp - Rich and Fulfilling Film Shoot

世報電影營 學員實拍收穫豐

http://www.worldjournal.com/4165651/article-世報電影營-學員實拍收穫豐/

記者李雪/卡諾加公園報導

July 13, 2016, 6:38 am

 休息的空檔也在學習如何修剪影片。(記者李雪/攝影)

休息的空檔也在學習如何修剪影片。(記者李雪/攝影)

休息的空檔也在學習如何修剪影片。(記者李雪/攝影)

 

不少學員是第一次在影棚拍攝,十分興奮。(記者李雪/攝影)

學員在休息室準備。(記者李雪/攝影)

 

聯合報系和世界日報洛杉磯報社共同主辦的「2016美國好萊塢電影營」學員12日進入實戰拍攝環節,在片場拍攝的同學們個個興奮不已。而片場指導老師也大讚這些台灣青年勤奮用功,吸收能力強。

 

夏令營學員12日早來到卡諾加公園(CanogaPark)的影視拍攝工作室。經過多日修改和準備,各組學員的劇本都極具創意,將實拍成短片,學員們十分興奮。領隊老師蔡美玲笑著透露,不少學員前一晚熬夜到凌晨,希望對劇本做最後的修改。

當日學員分組拍攝,但場外等候的學員也沒閒著,或客串別組的片中角色,或剪輯已拍攝的片段。在台灣景文科技大學念大三的李亭樸,就在片場的休息間修改畫面。視覺傳達專業的他負責攝影,經過多日討論,小組決定拍攝一個三至五分鐘的恐怖片。李亭樸因業餘愛好有一些拍攝經驗,但表示一些組員沒有經驗,給合作造成困難,好在營員都熱愛電影肯學習,很快都能為團隊出力。

從台灣文化大學戲劇學系畢業的徐珊珊所在組將拍攝的劇本是一個劇中劇,以充滿舞台劇的形式,講述電影產業中的偏見。故事中角色交流時,也給對方背上悄悄貼上便利貼(Post-it),比喻人們給他人貼標籤的偏見行為。徐珊珊是小組導演,但她表示其實組裡每個人都是導演,都是編劇,每個環節都是大家討論出來。她說拍電影常出現意外導致做白工,而每個人都依然覺得學到經驗。

徐珊珊數日來在夏令營中收穫頗多,除了美國電影產業完全不同的風格、題材和剪輯手法都讓她大開眼界以外,她說最大的收穫是認識自己。「以前不知道可以逼自己到這種地步」,她表示夏令營白天上課,晚間還要討論劇本籌備拍攝,一開始覺得「很煩」,但慢慢也發覺自己潛力。再者來洛杉磯後發現這裡電影業競爭激烈,每個人都很拚命,她也更加充滿動力。堅信電影可以改變一個人的她希望未來可以來美學電影。

學員們的認真也被指導老師看在眼裡,當日指導現場拍攝的新銳獨立導演張維綱就表示學員們想像力豐富,拍出的畫面很不錯。而和美國的同齡人相比,最讓他印象深刻的是這些台灣學員的勤勞認真,講過的知識吸收得非常快。

蔡美玲也表示,相比不少遊學團「以遊為主」,該營的學員和主辦方都十分認真專業。她表示一些遊學團來美主要學英語,該團雖然主要目的不在英語,但反而英語進步很快。主辦方「世界日報」特地為學員聘請英語老師,學員們主動要求老師多教授寫作,並幫忙多次修改劇本,「這說明他們很有目的性」,蔡美玲說,「他們是真的可以帶一個作品回去的」。



Indyred Film Review "Power Play"

pack a lot of excitement into a very short time frame
 

  The imagination of a child is astounding. Most of us simply dismiss it as a diversion of youth but I believe that the stronger it is when one is young, the more creative the person as an adult. It really is a shame many of us are taught to let go as we get older; the possibilities of keeping it would be endless. "Power Play" allows us to enter the creative minds of three children, locked in an imaginary battle using their toys as the action heroes. We, the viewers, get a peek into their fantasy world as the action pushes on. Not a bad way to spend three minutes I can safely say. Director Rock Chang, with the help of some professional martial artists, pack a lot of excitement into a very short time frame, breaking up the action via flashes into the "real" world. The resulting short film is both cute, fun and even, at times, quite exciting! Anyone who loves the lighter side of the superhero genre will really get a kick out of this... pun intended. 
  As I've come to expect from productions involving Rock Chang, "Power Play" is quite nice to look at. Featuring some good camera work and in this case, excellent audio, this particular production has no problems telling it's story. The bulk of the short film consists of comic book styled action sequences that look great, but can, at times, feel a little forced or awkward. Those strange but brief moments are really hard to put a finger on, as I try and explain them, but I personally believe it comes down to the edit itself. Piecing together martial arts sequences are tough simply because it's not justabout the flow of the narrative; it's also about the angles. Still, for an indie martial arts film "Power Play" handles the sequences well enough that most people won't give the action a second thought, simply enjoying the sequences for what they are.
  The wrap-around cuts to the kid scenes, and content itself is a great tactic both for comedic effect and for the story as a whole. Of course, as with the action sequences, all this is handled in an excellent way.
  Long story short? "Power Play" is a fun little three minutes with a little added bonus. Once you watch the short film, you can skip over and check out the behind the scenes segment; also clocking in at around three minutes. Although not truly informative, it's a fun little piece that leaves you feeling like you actually know the cast and crew. Maybe using the term "know" is a little over the top, but I'll go with it all the same. "Power Play" is also a freebie, you really have no reason not to watch! While you're doing that why not be a star yourself and send them a vote by clicking the following link. http://www.rode.com/myrodereel/watch/entry/2591
-JT


"Power Play" Interview with Halo Halo

 

Rogue Cinema Review "Not a Love Story"

 

http://www.roguecinema.com/not-a-love-story-2016-by-philip-smolen.html

Pretty first-grader Zoé (Oceane Bucaille) is always prepared for school. She always has her homework done and organizes her desk perfectly. Zoé loves to learn and is ready for anything – except for her classmate Alexandre (Sasha Susini). It seem that Alexandre has a developed a crush on Zoé and he’s determined to tell the entire class about his love for her! Mortified by the youth’s attention, Zoé tries her best to ignore his proclamations. But this only causes Alexandre to declare his feelings for her all the louder. So every day brings a new embarrassment and the poor girl is at a loss for what to do about it. But Zoé’s even more horrified when she asks her parents where babies come from and they tell her that babies come after a boy tells a girl that he loves her!

“Not a Love Story” is a delightful 15 minute short film from director Rock Chang and writer Fabienne Maurer. It’s a sweet and innocent look at first time crushes and how truly awkward those can be. Alexandre only knows that he loves Zoé and he clearly doesn’t understand how much embarrassment he is causing her. To him, his love can only be an absolute good. Zoé, however, is horrified by Alexandre’s constant attention and only understands the negative connotation of the youth’s infatuation with her.

Even though this is a light and frothy comedy, director Chang successfully infuses the film with a darker undercurrent. It’s hard not to watch the antics of Alexandre and not think about how unwanted attention in adulthood can be a frightening experience and can sometimes lead to obsession and stalking.

Chang has a gift for working with children and he coaxes wonderful naturalistic performances from his cast. Oceane Bucaille is pitch perfect as Zoé and she captures the girl’s befuddlement at her situation wonderfully. Sasha Susini is a ball of energy as Alexandre. His performance really helps you understand the youth’s stubbornness and determination.

“Not a Love Story” is about unrequited love and its potential unwanted consequences. Its central theme is universally appealing and the script, direction and acting are all first-rate. This is a charming movie short that should appeal to both adults and children alike. Look for it at a film festival near you this spring and summer.

- by Philip Smolen


"Not a Love Story" Chinese Interview with Midday Buzz


"Not a Love Story" Interview with Halo Halo

 

Indyred Film Review "Not a Love Story"

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everything about this production screams experience and professionalism
 

To sum up "Not A Love Story" very quickly, one must only acknowledge that it's damn cute. There really is no denying it. I'm not claiming that this short tale, penned by Fabienne Maurer would be my first pick of films to watch; that's only because it's geared more to children however, or adults who will appreciate the subtle comedy (or not so subtle) thrown in to give them something to chuckle about. To write that "Not A Love Story" was made to entertain adults would be the same as saying that Polka Dot Door was written that way as well. What we do have is a cute, well made short film that although seemingly not made for the older generations, does have enough style and humor to make it entertaining. I did kind of miss any reference to the "Stork" however, that would have made things perfect.

Rock Chang helms the school desk and manages to pull some pretty convincing and funny performances from the young cast, all the time keeping the "cuteness" dripping from the lens of the camera. The characters are just as bright as the grading of the film itself, making it easy to keep that "knowing" smile as you watch the film. Come to think of it, everything about this production screams experience and professionalism, not really leaving me much to comment on in the technical department. About half-way into the film I began physically looking for some technical flaw to write about, and came up empty. In every respect, Rock Chang and his crew end up schooling a lot of adult indie filmmakers, with all the technical elements of this production being close to perfection. An excellent job all around.

Oceane Bucaille portrays her character perfectly, showing off the ability of a much more seasoned actress. She may not be a complete stranger to the industry, but that doesn't always translate to a good performance. She really shines in her role here, keeping us smiling as she flows across our screens. To be honest, for a production featuring mainly children, I would be hard-pressed to find any of the performances offin any way. The kids all came across as... well... cute. The adult performances were not lost on me either. With just the right glances and smirks, the adult cast kept this short film real, and I hate to keep saying it... but cute.

No denying the amount of talent involved in this small production, and although itseems like it may, from what I've written, be for children, this won't just entertain the young ones. I can't help but feel that "Not A Love Story" was meant to be geared more to adults, but with the stellar performances from the cast, and the way this film plays out, I still would rather say it's a kids film. Was it entertaining? Yes. Was it done well? Oh yeah. In the end there's really no reason for anyone to miss out on this one. Check out the trailer and keep your ears open... when you get the chance, find out for yourself what I've been writing about.

-JT


The Daily Bruin "Alum’s short film ‘Exhale’ to compete at Cannes Film Festival"

BY EILEEN LI
Posted: April 6, 2015

http://dailybruin.com/2015/04/06/alums-short-film-exhale-to-compete-at-cannes-film-festival/

Director Rock Chang looked over his shoulder as he filmed the last scene of “Exhale” and knew no other takes would be needed. Many of his crew members had tears in their eyes.

“This is kind of sadistic, I guess,” Chang said, “But to be able to see the audience cry is an accomplishment for me, as director.”

“Exhale” is the fourth film by Chang’s production company, CUBED Productions, to be accepted to compete in the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Competition. The official selections for this year’s Short Film Competition will be released on April 16.

The company developed the drama film based on a story UCLA alumna and co-founder Fabienne Maurer had heard from her friend, a nurse. One of the nurse’s young patients, a 6-year-old girl with cancer, was taken off of life support when her parents could no longer afford treatment.

“The parents had to sell their house and were worried about their future and their second daughter’s future,” Maurer said. “Little by little the hospital even suggested … they pull the life-support machines.”

The film centers around Dawn, a terminally ill young girl, who stays alive with help from life support and treatment. Played by Sarah Bazler, Dawn has been confined to a hospital room for most of her life, taking joy from interactions with her younger sister, Sophie. When her parents can no longer afford medical expenses, they consider the alternative.

When the mother, played by Maurer, and the father, played by CUBED Productions producer Bill Mendieta, tell Dawn about their decision, she begs them to let her live.

“I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it,” Maurer said. “What does a 6-year-old know about life or death?”

The title, “Exhale,” refers to a human’s last breath, Chang said.

“(If) you pull off life support, you’re going to see this little child gasping for breath,” Chang said.

Several audience members have refused to believe that stories like Dawn’s occur in reality, Maurer said. Mendieta was appalled when Chang and Maurer first introduced the story idea to him. He said he thought the story would be difficult to create because it wasextremely sad. He also said he disagreed with the parents’ idea of ending life support.

“The daughter wasn’t unconscious in this case,” Mendieta said. “I think (the parents’ decision) was a mistake … and (they) didn’t fight enough.”

Chang said he told Mendieta that because the film’s premise was able to create such a response in him, it was likely to inspire conversation.

He also said that, like Mendieta, many people have told him they hoped for a different ending while watching the film.

“I always tell them a miracle won’t happen,” Chang said. “It’s not that simple.”

While taking a conscious patient off of life support is illegal in Europe, it is legal in some U.S. states. In “Exhale,” Chang said, the doctor character is symbolic of the way he views the American medical system.

“He’s very aloof and business-like … He doesn’t really have any emotional element in him,” Chang said.

Maurer said, the creators of “Exhale” want to remind people to embrace life instead of thinking about death. She said Dawn’s character is full of life and curiosity, accepting her condition without blame.

Mendieta said the bond between Dawn and Sophie creates a more positive side to the film. Chang said Sophie is an important character because she connects the film to its audience.

“We felt the best way to draw empathy from the audience was to introduce the close bond (between the sisters),” Chang said.

The cinematography in “Exhale” reflects its changing mood, Chang said. It begins with a warm tone, as the two sisters interact by Dawn’s hospital bed. When her parents consider the decision to stop paying for her life support, it turns to a colder tone that emphasizes blue colors.

Robben Fenderson, the film’s composer, said he incorporated the bittersweet mood of the film’s premise into his score. He chose the piano as the score’s core instrument, alternating between major chords, which are more uplifting, and minor chords, which are more somber.

For some of the scenes in “Exhale,” however, Fenderson said audiences’ minds are most likely busy enough without the added emotion that comes with music.

“My job is to serve the film, whether music is involved or not,” Fenderson said. “Sometimes, emotions are already conveyed through what’s happening on screen.”

The film ends on a warm visual tone. Its final scene, which plays after the credits, focuses on Sophie, who Mendieta said represents the part of life that continues despite tragedy.

Mendieta said tragedy stories should have purpose beyond sadness, to add depth. He said combining hope with tragedy adds layers to the story, so that viewers will be able to learn different things each time they watch the film.

“Five minutes afterwards you can see people wiping tears,” Maurer said. “It’s only the next day when they can actually voice their feelings about it.”

Mendieta also said he hopes the anger the film inspires will lead to more awareness and action in its audience.

“If people start talking about change in the system, so this kind of thing can’t happen anymore, then we did our job.” Mendieta said.

“to be able to see the audience cry is an accomplishment for me, as director.”
-Rock Chang
 
 
 

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Indyred Film Review "Exhale"

This is a touching piece of Indie magic
 
 

I was a little surprised by this most recent offering by Director Rock Chang. Of all the things I expected, an emotional response from an Indie short film was not one of them. I'm by no means saying all Indie films are emotionless flecks in the world of filmmaking, quite the opposite really. They can be funny, exciting and very nice to look at visually, since the length of a short film can allow more attention to detail. What short films are not known for is creating touching, but sad moments in cinematic time. Usually, because the films are so short, there is no bonding time with the characters. In the case of Exhale? None of the above applies. This is a touching piece of Indie magic that I was both glad and sad to have watched.
As far as the writing and pacing goes, Exhale is nothing fancy or over the top. It's straight up "Meat and potatoes" styled delivery. We get our plot and back story very quickly, with the rest falling into place at the right times and in good measure. The story itself is based on real events, so that helps with the delivery of the emotional content. Camera work is well above average and at times, not only beautiful, but composed in a real yet grounded way that compliments the story, rather than try to extend or expand it. We've also got some great audio that never sounds far away or hollow, and the overall post mix was done expertly.
The cast deliver great performances that really hit a nerve at times, this helped pull Exhale well past the average short film. A special note should be made that even the children actors did a stand up job in this production. We all love children but sometimes finding the right young actor can be a difficult task. In the case of Exhale? Well done all around.
Stories of this nature always have the potential to be emotional powerhouses. Exhale is no different, except the fact that this was all pulled off as a short film. Emotions are key to any production and Exhale shines brilliantly... even as a sad story.


-MC


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