FILMMAKING

Introspection, Photography, and Memory

This short film explores the role that photography plays in our lives, and its impact on the way we perceive ourselves and others. As therapeutic as photography can be, it often blinds us from the truth that lies outside of the viewfinder.

Aesthetically, I put a strong emphasis on color grading and composition to construct serene natural scenes and mount tension towards the end of the film. I wanted to see what I could do with just the bare bones of equipment and effects.

MEMENTO

REVERIE

Capturing the transportative power of the human mind during isolation

While self-quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic, I spent a week creating a film that visualizes the hypnotic daydreams that can quickly consume us as we wonder about what's outside.

To achieve the visual effects, I adapted a workflow that combines Adobe Premiere and After Effects. Masks are used to place compositions behind picture frames, while turbulent distortion, echo delay, and gaussian blur establish dreamlike visuals.

APAC "HYPE" ViDEOS

During my time as Athletics Council Media Director for the Shanghai American School, I was tasked with creating videos for the Asia Pacific Activities Conference competitions. These videos were shown to students prior to the start of each multi-sport competition to kick off the event and get students (athletes and non-athletes alike) excited about the events to come. 

Tools employed:

• Adobe Premiere Pro

• Adobe After Effects

• Sony a6500 Camera

• Zhiyun Crane Gimbal

DANCE TEAM

In high school, I got the chance to work with a talented team of competitive dancers to produce two videos over the course of a year. The former is a promotional trailer inviting students to attend the annual dance show. The latter is a team reveal reel, highlighting each member of the team in a collaborative music video. This project allowed me to hone in on skills around lighting and low-light videography, in addition to working with storyboarding and timing to music.

Tools employed:

• Adobe Premiere Pro

• Adobe After Effects

• Sony a6500 Camera

• Zhiyun Crane Gimbal

• Lighting Setup

IMONDI SHANGHAI

Given the opportunity to work as a Media Coordinator at Imondi Interior Design Shanghai, I was able to create a series of commercial videos. The first featured video was shot and edited on the first day of the festival and targeted at prospective customers to invite them to Imondi's temporary showroom. The second video was based on a prompt to strengthen the brand identity through enforcing the motto "there's a story behind every piece of wood". I chose to create a stop motion based on Shel Silverstein's short story "The Giving Tree". This video was created in a mere 4 hours flat.

Tools employed:

• Adobe Premiere Pro

• Adobe Lightroom

• Sony a6500 Camera

• Tripod Setup

• Intervalometer