Interview with Filmmaker Chun Yao Chang (A POEM IN BAMBOO)

A POEM IN BAMBOO played to rave reviews at the June 2020 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Chun Yao: It was my thesis film that I cooperated with my partner Xufei. We were Computer Arts majored students and we were so excited to make an animation that the story is love related, a little bit creepy but touching. And the more I dive into the process, the more I am in love with it.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

A: It takes about eight months from the concept to finishing. It can be longer if the invisible time is included, like the time finding the inspiration, the animation, editing and layout idea and CGI technical experience…etc.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

A: Love matters

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

A; I would say it is the combination of communication and limited production timing. The project has many new ideas either on the story side and technical side. The team wants the best visual quality, so we discuss a not, trying many possible solutions with the resource and timing we have. That is pretty hard to me and I am glad things turn out to be good.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

A: I am very happy and glad that the language barrier did not influence the viewing experience too much. I feel grateful seeing all these feedbacks. It means a lot to a director knowing how the audiences think about this film and it push me to keep going.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

A: The story is adopt from a Chinese novel “菉竹山房”that talk about the love tragedy in the older generation. Our team find the story very interesting, so we take the big idea and reveal it with different characters’ interaction and a more powerful ending which is more connected to ourselves. We believe that Some people do not die, they rise with the spirit and live in our memories.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

A: I enjoy watching Interstellar and Inception very much. They all have their main missions to accomplish but the part that Matthew or Leonardo try their best to connect with their lovers is the most touching part to me.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

A: I think it is very convenience that save me lots of time on submitting the paper work. It is also very organized, which allows me get the general information easily by just going to one website and reach out for more details after.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

A: I like “These Woods” by Llara very much. Her music is very refreshing and has
been inspiring and encouraging to me as a human who might face ups and downs in live.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

A: Yes. I am planning another short which is also talk about the love between a couple and the journey they been through. It would be another simple life style but full with meaningful relationship that is small but matters a lot. I am looking forward to this project.

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