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AN INTERVIEW WITH Yiwen Cao, DIRECTOR
As a filmmaker, please introduce yourself.
My goal is healing, Name has no meaning. Is anyone still waiting? Doesn’t it worth watching?
Matter drives deep thinking.
Why you became a filmmaker as director and producer?
When you wanna convey something to the world, But there is no one indeed knows what you talk.
When you wanna rescue people who are trapped in whirlpools, The price tag of a lifeboat marks over millions.
Thus you have to make the boat by yourself, From the very beginning step,
A nail, an iron board. Some laugh at the shabby boat, But you know the blueprint. Hammers hurt your fingers,
Can’t stop hard working, Some hates your calm, Ruining you by thrashing, The cruise in the deep of heart,
Encouraging you keep moving. Someone was birthed to be sacrifice, Building instead of asking.
Give some more information about yourself and the films you have made so far, about your experience?
Short films: Chair, Man (Suspense), Graduation (Psychodrama), Invader and Defender (One-take animal documentary)
Features: Chubby Café (Suspense), Astrall Story (International Cooperation)
Personal Experience: Keep writing and directing.
What are the films or people that had impacts on you and deeply inspired you to become a filmmaker?
People may think roles on screen are fake,
But someone in the corner experiences in the same way.
Until the last drop of energy of a body fades,
Suddenly realized no one indeed stays.
You have made your film "Graduation" which got official selection in the
"American Golden Picture International Film Festival".
As a filmmaker, why you decided to make it?
Because we want to give audience positive power through mocking something ironic happened in daily life.
What were some of the challenges you faced in making this specific film?
We already overcame them. So just smile and let them go.
Let us know more about your experience in this film?
Raising questions, making plans, overcoming difficulties, then moving forward.
What was it like to work with your team?
Respecting each other and taking good advice from all of workmates. Cooperation is everything.
For you what was the biggest lesson you had to learn after making this film?
Good communication in advance can save lots of time. Listening before asking.
What keeps you inspired to continue filmmaking?
Conveying encouragement to audience is my motivation for keeping making films.
What are your filmmaking goals?
Final target: Healing every audience.
Recent target: Approaching more audience.
What is your next project?
A feminism suspense feature—Awaken.
I hope this film can give power to people who are suffering a lot, especially women.
GOOD LUCK Yiwen
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