It's been over a month since I wrote anything in my blog, so I figured it was worth an update. This month has been busy! I've started doing post-production at Authentic Entertainment as a Story Assistant, which has been educational and rewarding, albeit time-consuming. As for acting and filmmaking -- that's obviously where most of my focus has been. From 4 days of callbacks and chemistry reads at NBC, to festivals and filmmaking… it's been real.
First off, Wedlocked (starring myself and Christina Jun) screened at the Sacramento International Film Festival (coincidentally, where Dreamer in Exile screened in 2013), and will be returning to Sacramento for the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival at the end of the month. Apparently, Sacramento's hot for Wedlocked.
On the way back from Sacramento to Los Angeles, I was also able to shoot a short film starring Jamie Miller for the This Is New - Short & Sweet Film Competition. I love these types of competitions because they force you to exercise your craft in a very spontaneous way. And if we win, we could get $1000 which we would put towards our upcoming project written by Jamie Miller and produced by Kill the Pig Productions. So check it out and please vote! It's called Mother's Day.
Also, I just watched a sneak preview of the amazing video from my work trip to Utah, and I can't wait for it to go live on Discover America. Check back soon for more updates!
Man... working for the State can be rough... for some people. Fortunately, I had a blast! So, I guess I'll retract my previous statement, ha ha! Apologies to those who hate their job.
Anyway, as a lot of you know I was hired by Discover America to write and host a few travel videos to promote tourism in Utah, specifically for the Canadian demographic. Lucky for me, that means that I was able to travel and experience all the things that a Canadian traveler might want to do. It was eye-opening, but in many ways surreal... At times it felt like a social study. I suppose we're drawn to what we know. In fact, many Canadian attractions are outdoorsy.
So for almost a week, my team and I drove from city to city and park to park, getting the full Canadian... Utah experience. All the way from hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, to soaking up the Sundance Mountain Resort, to kayaking and horseback riding at Flaming Gorge Reservoir and Antelope Island respectively. So even though we produced a video about Utah, it was for Canadians, and I don't think my friends and family in the North will be disappointed.
But the piece-de-resistance is the exposure as an on-camera personality and writer.
Here are a few pictures and video of my travels. Check back in a few months when Discover America launches their videos!
A little while ago I worked on a music video for singer Jierra. Now the video for "Mr. Worthless" has dropped and all of you can see just how worthless I am. But seriously, it's a badass video shot with some state-of-the-art equipment.
And I was able to snag a few of the photos from the "stalker board" in the music video.
It's been a busy year for Kill the Pig Productions! Our 72 Hour Shootout short film Case File 69 won Best Screenwriter and also screened at the Time Warner Center in New York City as part of a discussion on race in media (See me as a panelist). And our film Wedlocked screened at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, the California Women's Film Festival and the HollyShorts Monthly Screenings.
But now these two shorts are going to screen at the same festival on the same day! The Asians On Film Festival will feature Case File 69 at the 5pm screening on March 27th, 2015, followed by the Opening Night Red Carpet. Afterwards, Wedlocked will be featured at the 7:30pm screening.
Last night, Wedlocked screened at the legendary Chinese Theatre as part of the Hollyshorts Monthly Screenings. The house was packed and the audience reaction was more than we could ask for. Well, I suppose we could ask for the audience award too, but we'll have to wait and see...
In the meantime, here's a picture of Christina and myself at the Q&A after the screening. Thanks to Marcus, Jamie, Ethan, Vivi, Devin, Seth and his parents for being there to support!
As an homage to Valentine's Day last week, my good friend Pip (season 2 of NBC's The Voice) decided to cover a MAROON 5 song and throw together a cool and creepy music video. Congratulations Pip, it looks awesome!
Now, see me and my machete skills at work in SUGAR.
It's #flashbackfriday and what's more appropriate than an embarrassing thrash down memory lane? Especially with my Canadian high school metal band circa 2006. For me there are many things to love and hate about this video. One thing I love is the pen-drawn tattoo sleeve.
Anyway, enjoy our contribution to the world of music.
The Film Lab has spoken...
"AsAm Film Lab has chosen to feature the best of the best filmmaker’s short films to feature in their Season Finale Episode. Thursday the 29th at 9:30pm EST on channel 25 (22 for CableVision subscribers)."
That's great news for us since Case File 69 won the Best Screenwriter Award this year at the AAFL's 72 Hour Shootout, and they also decided to use a still from Case File 69 for their marketing.
If you're on the East Coast tune in TODAY to show some support. If not, you can also watch it on my website: www.tylerhampong.com/case-file-69.html
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