A long time ago, a credit on the Internet Movie Database was a rite of passage for me. It was proof that I belonged in the film community. And as an actor you grow to appreciate these small victories of validation since nobody thinks you're going to stick with it. Given the amount of competition, the odds are slim to none. The only comfort is knowing that your competition will slowly drop off like flies as the years pass. Maybe "comfort" is the wrong word for that. Morbidly, realistically comforting maybe... Anyway, the point is that I've stuck with it long enough to amass 40 acting credits on IMDb. Hurray me! Noticeably, a handful of these are credits for projects I've helped write or produce, which goes to show: if opportunity doesn't present itself, make the opportunity. Don't be the fly, be the gadfly!
So, please check out my glorious IMDb profile, and while you're there give it a 'LIKE.'
The National Park Service turned 100 years old, and they've been celebrating it all year! Even allowing free entrance for a week in April, of which I dutifully took advantage. Despite this, I've only been to a handful of these parks; and about a year ago, I wrote and hosted a piece about Utah's National Parks, which won the Communicator Award's 2016 Silver Award of Distinction.
Hopefully my list will keep growing, but at the top are Yosemite National Park in California, Zion National Park in Utah, and Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii. Now, if you're not close to any of these, don't fret because the National Park Service can help you find your closest National Park.
After a horrific betrayal, two brothers become locked in a vicious argument that will forever change them both.
Tuesday marked the release of The Indie Vision Project's most recent film "Over A Girl" starring Christian T Chan and myself. Directed by Jonathan Cocco, Director of Photography Nathaniel Upshaw, Executive Producer David Neyts and special thanks to Kristina Citi Mueller.
Well, I've dropped the ball on keeping my blog up to date. I see the last few posts have all been about Brand USA, which is amazing! -- but only one of the few things that I've been working on.
I've done a few narrative projects, one of which will be released on Tuesday! It's called "Over A Girl" and stars Christian T Chan and myself as brothers caught in a love triangle. It will stream on the Indie Vision Projects Facebook and YouTube page. Stay tuned for that. On set pics below.
And I participated in the Asian American Film Lab's high-profile 72 Hour Film Shootout for my eighth year (WHAAAA!?) in a row. This year it was directed by Christina Jun who co-wrote the screenplay with me. The theme was "Lose the Labels" so we decided to make it about mixed up moving boxes, also dealing with the themes of identity as one does when given the theme "Lose the Labels." Coincidentally, it also features Christian T Chan as well as a few other familiar faces, and was shot by the very talented Sade Clacken Joseph. I'm happy to say that we made the Top Ten Selection this year, screening at the 39th Asian American International Film Festival in New York. Watch below!
Just last week I returned from one of the most epic states that I've ever been assigned with my Visit the USA Blog -- Hawaii. Now, all of the videos up to this point (including Utah and Missouri) have been targeting a Canadian audience. However, this assignment was for a broader international audience, making it a new format and interesting learning experience for me. Hopefully enough to warrant more "Host Tyler" in the future. If not, then this is it and you better drink it in!
Three of the videos were catered to the outdoors which involved zip lining, tubing, hiking, etc. Lots of early, early mornings and tons of coffee, giving me my official hashtag #starbuckswhore. We have fun... Nevertheless, crazy sights and experiences were the consistent daily itinerary. From the first video you can see my time lapse (30 mins pass by in 14 seconds) of the volcano at Kilauea Caldera, Volcanoes National Park. Into the evening you can see the lava flow burn bright orange. This time lapse shows the visible effect that day and night make with its glow. The video next to it shows me screwing around and wasting drone batteries for the sake of a Facebook video, but whatever -- it worked.
After four days of adventure on the islands of Hawaii and Kauai we started smelling a bit ripe, so we finished our trip by interviewing chefs on Oahu and Maui for our segment on Hawaii's culinary scene. All my foodie knowledge was put to the test. Luckily everyone had long answers, making me look like a pro. Also, I tried three different versions of Hawaii's loco moco and I wish to Glob it catches on in Los Angeles. Just as I wish for the poutine and the garbage plate. When you try a region's comfort food, it's like being welcomed into that region's living room. Warm and fuzzy.
As always, keep an eye out for my newest videos and watch past videos at Visit the USA.
--and they have really sticky tongues.
More videos from my hosting/writing gig across Missouri's Route 66. Check out my Visit the USA Blog for more shenanigans and whatever.
Way back in October, I spent a week on the road with Visit the USA making tourism videos for the great State of Missouri. We drove all along Missouri's Route 66 and stopped in Joplin, Pulaski County and Springfield, making a total of 5 videos in our short time there!
I met some great people along the way, and collaborated with videographer/photographer Amon Focus to make this project the best it could be. Now I'm happy to announce that Visit the USA has unveiled the first video for Joplin, Missouri. Watch and like it below!
And visit my Travel Blog to watch more videos, read my accompanying articles, and see where else I've been! The only question is: Where to next?
...we attracted some press on our road trip. Check out what the locals had to say!
Let's reflect! I haven't had too much time to write an in-depth post... but it's worth the wait because I've been up to a lot of fun stuff over the past few months. You'll see me posting about my amazing short film LEAP (Teaser Trailer), about a young woman from a history of abuse who has decided to kill herself, until she is interrupted by someone from her past. It was written by Jamie Miller, directed by Marlo Bernier and shot by Chris Vongsawat. You'll also see me posting more about my adventures across the States with my travel video/blog Visit the USA.
But today, I wanted to share a short film called We're Only Here To Help: An Ambush because it was such a fun project and it turned out to be a really dynamic single take. All 6 minutes and 40 seconds of it are done in one single, solitary shot. The team was amazing! Keep an eye on the choreography and movement.
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So excited to be on Asians Doing Everything -- a unique blog that celebrates the work of Asians and Pacific Islanders. I was lucky enough to be featured on October 30th, 2015.
Check out the article here!
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