Interview with director Patrick Cheung (TIME)

Patrick Cheung’s short film from Hong Kong “TIME” played to rave reviews at the November 2016 Under 5 Minute FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was the winner of “Best Music” at the festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Patrick Cheung: I love timelapse especially hyperlapse and I really wanted to make one film for Hong Kong with this shooting technique.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

PC: I spent around 1 year from the idea to the finished product to make this film.

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

PC: Patience and Shock.

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

PC: The most difficult part is day and night jumping because I needed to shoot in the exactly same spot every shot.

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Los Angeles audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

PC: It was so happy to know what the audience was thinking about with this film and Hong Kong in general. What they were thinking really helped my idea for the next film.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the short film:

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

PC: I like fantasy movie and I try to put some storyline in my film so I pick the clock tower in Hong Kong that are 100 years old. And time changing because of that.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

PC: Action and horror movie

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

PC: I am shooting the new film now. I will do more hyperlapse this time and story will talk about real Hong Kong culture. I will try to show the place the people never see that before.



Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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