Interview with Filmmaker Yu CHEN (RED BEAN)

RED BEAN was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the July 2021 FANTASY/SCI-FI Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The beauty of Red Bean is partly in the name. In Chinese culture, red bean is a popular metaphor about kinship, love, and fond memory of the loved ones. (A famed poem composed in the Tang Dynasty of more than 1,000 years ago uses the red bean as a metaphor to talk about love. Millions of people in China know of the red bean through this poem.) The tie between mother and son is the most intimate. The death or vanishing of one can cause huge pain to the other. The tie between humanity and the earth is just like this. The earth can go without humanity, but humanity can’t go without the earth. We must take immediate actions and go all out to safeguard the earth, or our future would be nothing.

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

I spent more than two years making Red Bean, from writing the script, raising funds to completing the filming. This is my first science-fiction work.

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

Love, Dystopia

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

It was a huge challenge to make a live-action science-fiction work. We spent several months searching and making decisions on locations. And it took us nearly five months to complete the postproduction, which was the biggest obstacle. As a small production team, we went through stressful moments.

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

I’m so happy to hear the voices from another culture which is very different as mine. I think the survival issues of humanity and kinship, love, fond memory of the loved ones is without border.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

When I studied in France at an art school, the second year from the course of documentary, I watched an amazing doc film. From then on, I want to make film.

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

The films of all kind.

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

It’s very good!

9. What is your favorite meal?

As vegetarian. I love vegetables.

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

Almost all my works are about environment and survival issues of humanity, including two full-length documentaries, which have been in progress for nearly ten years.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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