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White Rabbit: Thoughts on Asian-Americans in Film

whiterabbitnyu:

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When I was thirteen, I fell in love with cinema and dreamed of becoming a director. I am now in my senior year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, pursuing this dream and doing what I love.

As a Korean-American female director, my stories may seem to come from a place somewhat unfamiliar to…

Working on this great project at the end of the month. Can’t wait! Last day to donate to our kickstarter: 

8/4/11
Road trip from SF to LA! The drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is ridiculously gorgeous. Although I’ve realized I’m probably the worst person to road trip with because the moment I get into the car, I just pass out. So let me correct my earlier statement- the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway was ridiculously beautiful from what I remember from my rare occasions awake in the car. We made a pit stop at a historic mission and spent the night at Sondra’s grandparents’ house in Santa Maria. Such sweet people, I can only hope to be that happy when I’m that age. We played some intense games of Monopoly Deal before passing out. I’m definitely going to have to bring that game to Prague.

8/4/11

Road trip from SF to LA! The drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is ridiculously gorgeous. Although I’ve realized I’m probably the worst person to road trip with because the moment I get into the car, I just pass out. So let me correct my earlier statement- the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway was ridiculously beautiful from what I remember from my rare occasions awake in the car. We made a pit stop at a historic mission and spent the night at Sondra’s grandparents’ house in Santa Maria. Such sweet people, I can only hope to be that happy when I’m that age. We played some intense games of Monopoly Deal before passing out. I’m definitely going to have to bring that game to Prague.

8/3/11
I’ve really taken a liking to San Francisco. After being in LA all summer, it was nice to wander crowded streets again. Or maybe I just miss New York. Me and the NYCAASC crew checked out some really cool areas like Japantown and Pier 39. Haight-Ashbury was probably my favorite, it’s like a bigger version of St. Marks, minus the food unfortunately. I checked out vintage stores for the first time and brought my first piece of used clothing haha. It was pretty momentous. We also got to hang out with three other NYCAASCers while in SF. Got tapas for dinner with locals Hannah and Belle, and went to Pier 39 with newly transplanted Allen. 
Here’s us playing tourist in Japantown. 

8/3/11

I’ve really taken a liking to San Francisco. After being in LA all summer, it was nice to wander crowded streets again. Or maybe I just miss New York. Me and the NYCAASC crew checked out some really cool areas like Japantown and Pier 39. Haight-Ashbury was probably my favorite, it’s like a bigger version of St. Marks, minus the food unfortunately. I checked out vintage stores for the first time and brought my first piece of used clothing haha. It was pretty momentous. We also got to hang out with three other NYCAASCers while in SF. Got tapas for dinner with locals Hannah and Belle, and went to Pier 39 with newly transplanted Allen. 

Here’s us playing tourist in Japantown. 

8/2/11
San Francisco and the reunions continue! I took the BART to San Fran in the wee morning and met up with Lauren and Jess for dim sum. Jess got on line early and waited alongside many disgruntle Chinese grandmas. Mad props to her for braving that. Afterwards I went with Lauren to check out the Golden Gate Bridge and Ghirardelli Square, where we got some good ice cream. After we parted ways, it was a NYCAASC reunion at Hotel Adiago as I saw Sondra, Jason, Carol, and Joseph for the first time in months. We wandered around Chinatown and Pier 39 before calling it a day.
Total Flushinghead takeover of San Francisco.

8/2/11

San Francisco and the reunions continue! I took the BART to San Fran in the wee morning and met up with Lauren and Jess for dim sum. Jess got on line early and waited alongside many disgruntle Chinese grandmas. Mad props to her for braving that. Afterwards I went with Lauren to check out the Golden Gate Bridge and Ghirardelli Square, where we got some good ice cream. After we parted ways, it was a NYCAASC reunion at Hotel Adiago as I saw Sondra, Jason, Carol, and Joseph for the first time in months. We wandered around Chinatown and Pier 39 before calling it a day.

Total Flushinghead takeover of San Francisco.

7/31/11 - 8/1/11
The Bay Area tour continues! I took the Caltrain (double-decker train & so smooth) from SJ to Millbrae, where I met up with Lawrence. I got a little soft spot for this town since I stayed here last winter break with my old roommate David. I can definitely see myself raising a family here, it’s a beautiful area. Lawrence’s family took us to an early dinner in Daly City before we headed off to Berkeley. Went to the gym for the first time since December…probably a bad decision since I’m going to be sore for the rest of the trip. 
Next day I checked out UC Berkeley’s campus some more and sat in on Lawrence’s biochem class, which is the first time I’ve been in a science class since high school ended. Man, nightmares. I tried to pay attention though but I ended up doodling to keep myself awake. The campus is really nice though, and everyone’s majors are so science-y compared to NYU. Went to dinner at OB Chicken and then got homemade ice cream at Ici with some of Lawrence’s friends. I stayed in the Pi Alpha Phi house during my time here, definitely an new and interesting environment for me. 
Thanks to Lawrence for being such a good host and squeezing me into his busy pre-med life!

7/31/11 - 8/1/11

The Bay Area tour continues! I took the Caltrain (double-decker train & so smooth) from SJ to Millbrae, where I met up with Lawrence. I got a little soft spot for this town since I stayed here last winter break with my old roommate David. I can definitely see myself raising a family here, it’s a beautiful area. Lawrence’s family took us to an early dinner in Daly City before we headed off to Berkeley. Went to the gym for the first time since December…probably a bad decision since I’m going to be sore for the rest of the trip. 

Next day I checked out UC Berkeley’s campus some more and sat in on Lawrence’s biochem class, which is the first time I’ve been in a science class since high school ended. Man, nightmares. I tried to pay attention though but I ended up doodling to keep myself awake. The campus is really nice though, and everyone’s majors are so science-y compared to NYU. Went to dinner at OB Chicken and then got homemade ice cream at Ici with some of Lawrence’s friends. I stayed in the Pi Alpha Phi house during my time here, definitely an new and interesting environment for me. 

Thanks to Lawrence for being such a good host and squeezing me into his busy pre-med life!

7/29/11 - 7/30/11
San Jose & APIASF scholars reunion! I survived the 6 hour bus ride up north, not too bad but it was an hour late. Mason picked me up and then we met up with John and got dinner at his friend’s fancy Cantonese restaurant, where we were treated like kings. Then we drove like 10 miles up a mountain to see the stars. The sky was so clear and the stars were so big, it was pretty nice. The next day I checked out DeAnza College, Mason & John’s school and also one of the community colleges that was featured in the Higher Education Summit I attended last month in DC. The cc’s in California are pretty legit, New York state could definitely learn a thing or two.
Shoutout to Mason for letting me crash at his place!

7/29/11 - 7/30/11

San Jose & APIASF scholars reunion! I survived the 6 hour bus ride up north, not too bad but it was an hour late. Mason picked me up and then we met up with John and got dinner at his friend’s fancy Cantonese restaurant, where we were treated like kings. Then we drove like 10 miles up a mountain to see the stars. The sky was so clear and the stars were so big, it was pretty nice. The next day I checked out DeAnza College, Mason & John’s school and also one of the community colleges that was featured in the Higher Education Summit I attended last month in DC. The cc’s in California are pretty legit, New York state could definitely learn a thing or two.

Shoutout to Mason for letting me crash at his place!

7/28/11
Helped out on set today for Extreme Makeover episode 9.05! They’re going to be filming at Synn Labs (the guys behind that crazy one-shot OK Go video with the dominos) on Sunday and I got to do some set construction/art dept stuff for the first time. I have so much more appreciation for art dept now, never realized there was so much clean-up to do. After that, we went back to North Hollywood to ended the night with a second intern going away party at Federal Bar! The people here are seriously the greatest. 
Here’s me with a giant banana at Synn Labs. 

7/28/11

Helped out on set today for Extreme Makeover episode 9.05! They’re going to be filming at Synn Labs (the guys behind that crazy one-shot OK Go video with the dominos) on Sunday and I got to do some set construction/art dept stuff for the first time. I have so much more appreciation for art dept now, never realized there was so much clean-up to do. After that, we went back to North Hollywood to ended the night with a second intern going away party at Federal Bar! The people here are seriously the greatest. 

Here’s me with a giant banana at Synn Labs. 

7/27/11
Last day in the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition office! :( It’s been a great two months working here, with some amazing and genuine people and doing life-changing stuff. Sort of. We exchanged pizza and cake in our office goodbye party during lunch. Here are all the casting department interns in the office kitchen with our awesome supervisor Emmanuelle who made the smart decision of hiring all of us. 
I’m going to miss that kitchen so much. It never failed to be fully stocked with m&ms, coffee, bagels, peanut butter, jelly, coke, and more. And the interns didn’t even have to clean it!

7/27/11

Last day in the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition office! :( It’s been a great two months working here, with some amazing and genuine people and doing life-changing stuff. Sort of. We exchanged pizza and cake in our office goodbye party during lunch. Here are all the casting department interns in the office kitchen with our awesome supervisor Emmanuelle who made the smart decision of hiring all of us. 

I’m going to miss that kitchen so much. It never failed to be fully stocked with m&ms, coffee, bagels, peanut butter, jelly, coke, and more. And the interns didn’t even have to clean it!

7/25/11
So I’m 20 now. Kind of an awkward age, not a child but not yet a man. Still, I had a pretty damn good day. Had a very chill day of work at Extreme, and then got dinner with good friends at La Pescador. I got the Molcajete, which is just a glorious portion of spicy shrimp, beef, and chicken in a stone pot. I’ve been eyeing the dish ever since I saw a picture of it at the Cisneros household. Definitely coming back to this place again before I leave. We left the restaurant before it got dark, which is when the gangs come out according to Alex.

7/25/11

So I’m 20 now. Kind of an awkward age, not a child but not yet a man. Still, I had a pretty damn good day. Had a very chill day of work at Extreme, and then got dinner with good friends at La Pescador. I got the Molcajete, which is just a glorious portion of spicy shrimp, beef, and chicken in a stone pot. I’ve been eyeing the dish ever since I saw a picture of it at the Cisneros household. Definitely coming back to this place again before I leave. We left the restaurant before it got dark, which is when the gangs come out according to Alex.

7/23/11 - 7/24/11
Missing out on Friday Comic Con action but got to hang around downtown SD, playing life-sized chess and watching Captain America. I personally really enjoyed it, perhaps more so as a comic books guy because I was able to appreciate all the allusions and the setting up the film had to do in preparation for The Avengers. I really dug the musical montage, that was perfect for the time period. The montage afterwards of him taking down all the hydra bases though was pretty lame. On Sunday, we went back to comic con for half the day, before lounging around Mike’s pool and heading back to LA. A big shoutout to Mike and his family for hosting us (all seven us of us had our own beds!) and for the fantastic weekend!  

7/23/11 - 7/24/11

Missing out on Friday Comic Con action but got to hang around downtown SD, playing life-sized chess and watching Captain America. I personally really enjoyed it, perhaps more so as a comic books guy because I was able to appreciate all the allusions and the setting up the film had to do in preparation for The Avengers. I really dug the musical montage, that was perfect for the time period. The montage afterwards of him taking down all the hydra bases though was pretty lame. 

On Sunday, we went back to comic con for half the day, before lounging around Mike’s pool and heading back to LA. A big shoutout to Mike and his family for hosting us (all seven us of us had our own beds!) and for the fantastic weekend!  

7/22/11
No comic con today because we were only able to get tickets for Thursday and Sunday. Instead, me and the fellas checked out La Jolla beach- my first time at a beach this whole summer! Came back to retire in Mike’s beautiful pool for a bit before going to wait in line for an advanced screening of “30 Minutes or Less”, Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) new movie. It was really funny, if a little short. Got to see NYU alum Aziz Ansari, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, and the director at the Q&A afterwards. Real funny guys! 
Here’s a seagull advancing on me at La Jolla Beach. 

7/22/11

No comic con today because we were only able to get tickets for Thursday and Sunday. Instead, me and the fellas checked out La Jolla beach- my first time at a beach this whole summer! Came back to retire in Mike’s beautiful pool for a bit before going to wait in line for an advanced screening of “30 Minutes or Less”, Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) new movie. It was really funny, if a little short. Got to see NYU alum Aziz Ansari, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, and the director at the Q&A afterwards. Real funny guys! 

Here’s a seagull advancing on me at La Jolla Beach. 

7/21/11
COMIC CON DAY 1! So much swag. Swag swag swag swag swag. Here’s a picture of the guys taking a break after being all swagged out. 
This year was the first time I got to go to Comic Con, and as a huge fanboy of so many things, I was of course, bugging out. And getting as much swag as I can. I got to see a lot of cool people speak, like Justin Timberlake, Charlize Theron, and directors Guillermo Del Toro and Jon Favreau (who is from Flushing! There is still hope for me yet). At the end of the night, we went to an advanced screening of “Attack the Block”, a crazy British film about inner-city kids beating down aliens. My old suitemate Mike is graciously housing all of us in his swanky house- first time I’ve ever been inside a gated community. I think that’s another aspiration of mine now, living it up a gated community!

7/21/11

COMIC CON DAY 1! So much swag. Swag swag swag swag swag. Here’s a picture of the guys taking a break after being all swagged out. 

This year was the first time I got to go to Comic Con, and as a huge fanboy of so many things, I was of course, bugging out. And getting as much swag as I can. I got to see a lot of cool people speak, like Justin Timberlake, Charlize Theron, and directors Guillermo Del Toro and Jon Favreau (who is from Flushing! There is still hope for me yet). At the end of the night, we went to an advanced screening of “Attack the Block”, a crazy British film about inner-city kids beating down aliens. My old suitemate Mike is graciously housing all of us in his swanky house- first time I’ve ever been inside a gated community. I think that’s another aspiration of mine now, living it up a gated community!

7/15/11 - 7/18/11
I need to shave. I did the 72 Hour Film Shootout this weekend for the Asian American Film Lab with co-directors Xtina and Jen, awesome DP Ted, and our two lovely actresses Jenny and Greta, who played feuding stepsisters who get separated from their family while on a hiking trip. It was pretty hectic, and I’m still trying to adjust back into normal life. FRIDAY DAY I. Development
The theme is announced at 5pm PDT. We got a room at Emerson College’s LA Center in Burbank thanks to Jing, and auditioned about 15 actors from 10:30am to 3pm. The theme this year was “Now You See Me” and we started pitching ideas then. Development is probably the toughest part, everyone is at each other’s throats, and the time pressure didn’t help. 
SATURDAY DAY II. Pre-Production/Production
We met up at Ted’s place at 9am, and his girlfriend Karen was nice enough to make us breakfast! We finalized the script, rehearsed with the actors, vaguely shotlisted it and then it was off to Griffith Park (this humongous mountain range in LA) to shoot. I was really worried about transportation because this weekend was suppose to be carmegeddon in LA, but….that didn’t happen haha. We had some sound issues at Griffith because of the wind and the crowds of people, but the location was totally worth it. Although climbing down a steep mountain at 9pm after a long day of shooting was a bit difficult…no, life-threatening. 
SUNDAY DAY III. Production/Post-Production
We were back at Griffiths at 5am to do some reshoots. We didn’t climb all the way back up this time because we didn’t want to die. We started editing with the footage we already back at Xtina’s, and then we went back to Griffith at 6pm for b-roll and one reshoot. I don’t think any of us want to see another mountain for a long time. 
MONDAY DAY IV: Post-Production
Me, Jen, and Xtina took turns editing and sleeping. Side note, I had been wearing the same clothes for the entire weekend. In hindsight, we should have worked much faster, because ultimately didn’t make the deadline because of a last minute technical error that I should have prepared for. It was a huge bummer, because I let down everyone involved with the project and I don’t think I ever want to feel like that again. However, this could be a blessing in disguise because the film didn’t work at 5 minutes (one of the contest rules). So look out for “Flowers & Weeds” in the coming months!
Afterwards, me, Xtina, and Jen drowned our sorrows in food. Best of luck to the other teams still in the running!

7/15/11 - 7/18/11

I need to shave. I did the 72 Hour Film Shootout this weekend for the Asian American Film Lab with co-directors Xtina and Jen, awesome DP Ted, and our two lovely actresses Jenny and Greta, who played feuding stepsisters who get separated from their family while on a hiking trip. It was pretty hectic, and I’m still trying to adjust back into normal life. 

FRIDAY DAY I. Development

The theme is announced at 5pm PDT. We got a room at Emerson College’s LA Center in Burbank thanks to Jing, and auditioned about 15 actors from 10:30am to 3pm. The theme this year was “Now You See Me” and we started pitching ideas then. Development is probably the toughest part, everyone is at each other’s throats, and the time pressure didn’t help. 

SATURDAY DAY II. Pre-Production/Production

We met up at Ted’s place at 9am, and his girlfriend Karen was nice enough to make us breakfast! We finalized the script, rehearsed with the actors, vaguely shotlisted it and then it was off to Griffith Park (this humongous mountain range in LA) to shoot. I was really worried about transportation because this weekend was suppose to be carmegeddon in LA, but….that didn’t happen haha. We had some sound issues at Griffith because of the wind and the crowds of people, but the location was totally worth it. Although climbing down a steep mountain at 9pm after a long day of shooting was a bit difficult…no, life-threatening. 

SUNDAY DAY III. Production/Post-Production

We were back at Griffiths at 5am to do some reshoots. We didn’t climb all the way back up this time because we didn’t want to die. We started editing with the footage we already back at Xtina’s, and then we went back to Griffith at 6pm for b-roll and one reshoot. I don’t think any of us want to see another mountain for a long time. 

MONDAY DAY IV: Post-Production

Me, Jen, and Xtina took turns editing and sleeping. Side note, I had been wearing the same clothes for the entire weekend. In hindsight, we should have worked much faster, because ultimately didn’t make the deadline because of a last minute technical error that I should have prepared for. It was a huge bummer, because I let down everyone involved with the project and I don’t think I ever want to feel like that again. However, this could be a blessing in disguise because the film didn’t work at 5 minutes (one of the contest rules). So look out for “Flowers & Weeds” in the coming months!

Afterwards, me, Xtina, and Jen drowned our sorrows in food. Best of luck to the other teams still in the running!

7/14/11
Busiest day in a while! I had an intense pitch video to finish editing at Extreme Makeover, all the while doing time sensitive casting stuff for auditions tomorrow. Quite the adrenaline rush, just what I needed after a slow week. The casting producer I was editing the pitch video for really liked it. Usually after the exec. producers approve the family in the pitch video, a field team is sent to interview the family and then the editors  edit another pitch video out of that footage for the ABC pitch. But, they liked it so much that they’re using my video to pitch the family to ABC!
After work, I watched the midnight screening of Harry Potter in Arcadia with Mary and her friends. They taught me how to play Mahjong afterwards, it was a good night. The picture is of the LA Metro station in Sierra Madre, where Mary picked me up.

7/14/11

Busiest day in a while! I had an intense pitch video to finish editing at Extreme Makeover, all the while doing time sensitive casting stuff for auditions tomorrow. Quite the adrenaline rush, just what I needed after a slow week. The casting producer I was editing the pitch video for really liked it. Usually after the exec. producers approve the family in the pitch video, a field team is sent to interview the family and then the editors  edit another pitch video out of that footage for the ABC pitch. But, they liked it so much that they’re using my video to pitch the family to ABC!

After work, I watched the midnight screening of Harry Potter in Arcadia with Mary and her friends. They taught me how to play Mahjong afterwards, it was a good night. The picture is of the LA Metro station in Sierra Madre, where Mary picked me up.

7/13/11
Yeeaaah LA korean food! Everything tastes better in a stone pot. 

7/13/11

Yeeaaah LA korean food! Everything tastes better in a stone pot. 

White Rabbit: Thoughts on Asian-Americans in Film

whiterabbitnyu:

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When I was thirteen, I fell in love with cinema and dreamed of becoming a director. I am now in my senior year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, pursuing this dream and doing what I love.

As a Korean-American female director, my stories may seem to come from a place somewhat unfamiliar to…

Working on this great project at the end of the month. Can’t wait! Last day to donate to our kickstarter: 

8/4/11
Road trip from SF to LA! The drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is ridiculously gorgeous. Although I’ve realized I’m probably the worst person to road trip with because the moment I get into the car, I just pass out. So let me correct my earlier statement- the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway was ridiculously beautiful from what I remember from my rare occasions awake in the car. We made a pit stop at a historic mission and spent the night at Sondra’s grandparents’ house in Santa Maria. Such sweet people, I can only hope to be that happy when I’m that age. We played some intense games of Monopoly Deal before passing out. I’m definitely going to have to bring that game to Prague.

8/4/11

Road trip from SF to LA! The drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is ridiculously gorgeous. Although I’ve realized I’m probably the worst person to road trip with because the moment I get into the car, I just pass out. So let me correct my earlier statement- the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway was ridiculously beautiful from what I remember from my rare occasions awake in the car. We made a pit stop at a historic mission and spent the night at Sondra’s grandparents’ house in Santa Maria. Such sweet people, I can only hope to be that happy when I’m that age. We played some intense games of Monopoly Deal before passing out. I’m definitely going to have to bring that game to Prague.

8/3/11
I’ve really taken a liking to San Francisco. After being in LA all summer, it was nice to wander crowded streets again. Or maybe I just miss New York. Me and the NYCAASC crew checked out some really cool areas like Japantown and Pier 39. Haight-Ashbury was probably my favorite, it’s like a bigger version of St. Marks, minus the food unfortunately. I checked out vintage stores for the first time and brought my first piece of used clothing haha. It was pretty momentous. We also got to hang out with three other NYCAASCers while in SF. Got tapas for dinner with locals Hannah and Belle, and went to Pier 39 with newly transplanted Allen. 
Here’s us playing tourist in Japantown. 

8/3/11

I’ve really taken a liking to San Francisco. After being in LA all summer, it was nice to wander crowded streets again. Or maybe I just miss New York. Me and the NYCAASC crew checked out some really cool areas like Japantown and Pier 39. Haight-Ashbury was probably my favorite, it’s like a bigger version of St. Marks, minus the food unfortunately. I checked out vintage stores for the first time and brought my first piece of used clothing haha. It was pretty momentous. We also got to hang out with three other NYCAASCers while in SF. Got tapas for dinner with locals Hannah and Belle, and went to Pier 39 with newly transplanted Allen. 

Here’s us playing tourist in Japantown. 

8/2/11
San Francisco and the reunions continue! I took the BART to San Fran in the wee morning and met up with Lauren and Jess for dim sum. Jess got on line early and waited alongside many disgruntle Chinese grandmas. Mad props to her for braving that. Afterwards I went with Lauren to check out the Golden Gate Bridge and Ghirardelli Square, where we got some good ice cream. After we parted ways, it was a NYCAASC reunion at Hotel Adiago as I saw Sondra, Jason, Carol, and Joseph for the first time in months. We wandered around Chinatown and Pier 39 before calling it a day.
Total Flushinghead takeover of San Francisco.

8/2/11

San Francisco and the reunions continue! I took the BART to San Fran in the wee morning and met up with Lauren and Jess for dim sum. Jess got on line early and waited alongside many disgruntle Chinese grandmas. Mad props to her for braving that. Afterwards I went with Lauren to check out the Golden Gate Bridge and Ghirardelli Square, where we got some good ice cream. After we parted ways, it was a NYCAASC reunion at Hotel Adiago as I saw Sondra, Jason, Carol, and Joseph for the first time in months. We wandered around Chinatown and Pier 39 before calling it a day.

Total Flushinghead takeover of San Francisco.

7/31/11 - 8/1/11
The Bay Area tour continues! I took the Caltrain (double-decker train & so smooth) from SJ to Millbrae, where I met up with Lawrence. I got a little soft spot for this town since I stayed here last winter break with my old roommate David. I can definitely see myself raising a family here, it’s a beautiful area. Lawrence’s family took us to an early dinner in Daly City before we headed off to Berkeley. Went to the gym for the first time since December…probably a bad decision since I’m going to be sore for the rest of the trip. 
Next day I checked out UC Berkeley’s campus some more and sat in on Lawrence’s biochem class, which is the first time I’ve been in a science class since high school ended. Man, nightmares. I tried to pay attention though but I ended up doodling to keep myself awake. The campus is really nice though, and everyone’s majors are so science-y compared to NYU. Went to dinner at OB Chicken and then got homemade ice cream at Ici with some of Lawrence’s friends. I stayed in the Pi Alpha Phi house during my time here, definitely an new and interesting environment for me. 
Thanks to Lawrence for being such a good host and squeezing me into his busy pre-med life!

7/31/11 - 8/1/11

The Bay Area tour continues! I took the Caltrain (double-decker train & so smooth) from SJ to Millbrae, where I met up with Lawrence. I got a little soft spot for this town since I stayed here last winter break with my old roommate David. I can definitely see myself raising a family here, it’s a beautiful area. Lawrence’s family took us to an early dinner in Daly City before we headed off to Berkeley. Went to the gym for the first time since December…probably a bad decision since I’m going to be sore for the rest of the trip. 

Next day I checked out UC Berkeley’s campus some more and sat in on Lawrence’s biochem class, which is the first time I’ve been in a science class since high school ended. Man, nightmares. I tried to pay attention though but I ended up doodling to keep myself awake. The campus is really nice though, and everyone’s majors are so science-y compared to NYU. Went to dinner at OB Chicken and then got homemade ice cream at Ici with some of Lawrence’s friends. I stayed in the Pi Alpha Phi house during my time here, definitely an new and interesting environment for me. 

Thanks to Lawrence for being such a good host and squeezing me into his busy pre-med life!

7/29/11 - 7/30/11
San Jose & APIASF scholars reunion! I survived the 6 hour bus ride up north, not too bad but it was an hour late. Mason picked me up and then we met up with John and got dinner at his friend’s fancy Cantonese restaurant, where we were treated like kings. Then we drove like 10 miles up a mountain to see the stars. The sky was so clear and the stars were so big, it was pretty nice. The next day I checked out DeAnza College, Mason & John’s school and also one of the community colleges that was featured in the Higher Education Summit I attended last month in DC. The cc’s in California are pretty legit, New York state could definitely learn a thing or two.
Shoutout to Mason for letting me crash at his place!

7/29/11 - 7/30/11

San Jose & APIASF scholars reunion! I survived the 6 hour bus ride up north, not too bad but it was an hour late. Mason picked me up and then we met up with John and got dinner at his friend’s fancy Cantonese restaurant, where we were treated like kings. Then we drove like 10 miles up a mountain to see the stars. The sky was so clear and the stars were so big, it was pretty nice. The next day I checked out DeAnza College, Mason & John’s school and also one of the community colleges that was featured in the Higher Education Summit I attended last month in DC. The cc’s in California are pretty legit, New York state could definitely learn a thing or two.

Shoutout to Mason for letting me crash at his place!

7/28/11
Helped out on set today for Extreme Makeover episode 9.05! They’re going to be filming at Synn Labs (the guys behind that crazy one-shot OK Go video with the dominos) on Sunday and I got to do some set construction/art dept stuff for the first time. I have so much more appreciation for art dept now, never realized there was so much clean-up to do. After that, we went back to North Hollywood to ended the night with a second intern going away party at Federal Bar! The people here are seriously the greatest. 
Here’s me with a giant banana at Synn Labs. 

7/28/11

Helped out on set today for Extreme Makeover episode 9.05! They’re going to be filming at Synn Labs (the guys behind that crazy one-shot OK Go video with the dominos) on Sunday and I got to do some set construction/art dept stuff for the first time. I have so much more appreciation for art dept now, never realized there was so much clean-up to do. After that, we went back to North Hollywood to ended the night with a second intern going away party at Federal Bar! The people here are seriously the greatest. 

Here’s me with a giant banana at Synn Labs. 

7/27/11
Last day in the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition office! :( It’s been a great two months working here, with some amazing and genuine people and doing life-changing stuff. Sort of. We exchanged pizza and cake in our office goodbye party during lunch. Here are all the casting department interns in the office kitchen with our awesome supervisor Emmanuelle who made the smart decision of hiring all of us. 
I’m going to miss that kitchen so much. It never failed to be fully stocked with m&ms, coffee, bagels, peanut butter, jelly, coke, and more. And the interns didn’t even have to clean it!

7/27/11

Last day in the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition office! :( It’s been a great two months working here, with some amazing and genuine people and doing life-changing stuff. Sort of. We exchanged pizza and cake in our office goodbye party during lunch. Here are all the casting department interns in the office kitchen with our awesome supervisor Emmanuelle who made the smart decision of hiring all of us. 

I’m going to miss that kitchen so much. It never failed to be fully stocked with m&ms, coffee, bagels, peanut butter, jelly, coke, and more. And the interns didn’t even have to clean it!

7/25/11
So I’m 20 now. Kind of an awkward age, not a child but not yet a man. Still, I had a pretty damn good day. Had a very chill day of work at Extreme, and then got dinner with good friends at La Pescador. I got the Molcajete, which is just a glorious portion of spicy shrimp, beef, and chicken in a stone pot. I’ve been eyeing the dish ever since I saw a picture of it at the Cisneros household. Definitely coming back to this place again before I leave. We left the restaurant before it got dark, which is when the gangs come out according to Alex.

7/25/11

So I’m 20 now. Kind of an awkward age, not a child but not yet a man. Still, I had a pretty damn good day. Had a very chill day of work at Extreme, and then got dinner with good friends at La Pescador. I got the Molcajete, which is just a glorious portion of spicy shrimp, beef, and chicken in a stone pot. I’ve been eyeing the dish ever since I saw a picture of it at the Cisneros household. Definitely coming back to this place again before I leave. We left the restaurant before it got dark, which is when the gangs come out according to Alex.

7/23/11 - 7/24/11
Missing out on Friday Comic Con action but got to hang around downtown SD, playing life-sized chess and watching Captain America. I personally really enjoyed it, perhaps more so as a comic books guy because I was able to appreciate all the allusions and the setting up the film had to do in preparation for The Avengers. I really dug the musical montage, that was perfect for the time period. The montage afterwards of him taking down all the hydra bases though was pretty lame. On Sunday, we went back to comic con for half the day, before lounging around Mike’s pool and heading back to LA. A big shoutout to Mike and his family for hosting us (all seven us of us had our own beds!) and for the fantastic weekend!  

7/23/11 - 7/24/11

Missing out on Friday Comic Con action but got to hang around downtown SD, playing life-sized chess and watching Captain America. I personally really enjoyed it, perhaps more so as a comic books guy because I was able to appreciate all the allusions and the setting up the film had to do in preparation for The Avengers. I really dug the musical montage, that was perfect for the time period. The montage afterwards of him taking down all the hydra bases though was pretty lame. 

On Sunday, we went back to comic con for half the day, before lounging around Mike’s pool and heading back to LA. A big shoutout to Mike and his family for hosting us (all seven us of us had our own beds!) and for the fantastic weekend!  

7/22/11
No comic con today because we were only able to get tickets for Thursday and Sunday. Instead, me and the fellas checked out La Jolla beach- my first time at a beach this whole summer! Came back to retire in Mike’s beautiful pool for a bit before going to wait in line for an advanced screening of “30 Minutes or Less”, Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) new movie. It was really funny, if a little short. Got to see NYU alum Aziz Ansari, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, and the director at the Q&A afterwards. Real funny guys! 
Here’s a seagull advancing on me at La Jolla Beach. 

7/22/11

No comic con today because we were only able to get tickets for Thursday and Sunday. Instead, me and the fellas checked out La Jolla beach- my first time at a beach this whole summer! Came back to retire in Mike’s beautiful pool for a bit before going to wait in line for an advanced screening of “30 Minutes or Less”, Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) new movie. It was really funny, if a little short. Got to see NYU alum Aziz Ansari, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, and the director at the Q&A afterwards. Real funny guys! 

Here’s a seagull advancing on me at La Jolla Beach. 

7/21/11
COMIC CON DAY 1! So much swag. Swag swag swag swag swag. Here’s a picture of the guys taking a break after being all swagged out. 
This year was the first time I got to go to Comic Con, and as a huge fanboy of so many things, I was of course, bugging out. And getting as much swag as I can. I got to see a lot of cool people speak, like Justin Timberlake, Charlize Theron, and directors Guillermo Del Toro and Jon Favreau (who is from Flushing! There is still hope for me yet). At the end of the night, we went to an advanced screening of “Attack the Block”, a crazy British film about inner-city kids beating down aliens. My old suitemate Mike is graciously housing all of us in his swanky house- first time I’ve ever been inside a gated community. I think that’s another aspiration of mine now, living it up a gated community!

7/21/11

COMIC CON DAY 1! So much swag. Swag swag swag swag swag. Here’s a picture of the guys taking a break after being all swagged out. 

This year was the first time I got to go to Comic Con, and as a huge fanboy of so many things, I was of course, bugging out. And getting as much swag as I can. I got to see a lot of cool people speak, like Justin Timberlake, Charlize Theron, and directors Guillermo Del Toro and Jon Favreau (who is from Flushing! There is still hope for me yet). At the end of the night, we went to an advanced screening of “Attack the Block”, a crazy British film about inner-city kids beating down aliens. My old suitemate Mike is graciously housing all of us in his swanky house- first time I’ve ever been inside a gated community. I think that’s another aspiration of mine now, living it up a gated community!

7/15/11 - 7/18/11
I need to shave. I did the 72 Hour Film Shootout this weekend for the Asian American Film Lab with co-directors Xtina and Jen, awesome DP Ted, and our two lovely actresses Jenny and Greta, who played feuding stepsisters who get separated from their family while on a hiking trip. It was pretty hectic, and I’m still trying to adjust back into normal life. FRIDAY DAY I. Development
The theme is announced at 5pm PDT. We got a room at Emerson College’s LA Center in Burbank thanks to Jing, and auditioned about 15 actors from 10:30am to 3pm. The theme this year was “Now You See Me” and we started pitching ideas then. Development is probably the toughest part, everyone is at each other’s throats, and the time pressure didn’t help. 
SATURDAY DAY II. Pre-Production/Production
We met up at Ted’s place at 9am, and his girlfriend Karen was nice enough to make us breakfast! We finalized the script, rehearsed with the actors, vaguely shotlisted it and then it was off to Griffith Park (this humongous mountain range in LA) to shoot. I was really worried about transportation because this weekend was suppose to be carmegeddon in LA, but….that didn’t happen haha. We had some sound issues at Griffith because of the wind and the crowds of people, but the location was totally worth it. Although climbing down a steep mountain at 9pm after a long day of shooting was a bit difficult…no, life-threatening. 
SUNDAY DAY III. Production/Post-Production
We were back at Griffiths at 5am to do some reshoots. We didn’t climb all the way back up this time because we didn’t want to die. We started editing with the footage we already back at Xtina’s, and then we went back to Griffith at 6pm for b-roll and one reshoot. I don’t think any of us want to see another mountain for a long time. 
MONDAY DAY IV: Post-Production
Me, Jen, and Xtina took turns editing and sleeping. Side note, I had been wearing the same clothes for the entire weekend. In hindsight, we should have worked much faster, because ultimately didn’t make the deadline because of a last minute technical error that I should have prepared for. It was a huge bummer, because I let down everyone involved with the project and I don’t think I ever want to feel like that again. However, this could be a blessing in disguise because the film didn’t work at 5 minutes (one of the contest rules). So look out for “Flowers & Weeds” in the coming months!
Afterwards, me, Xtina, and Jen drowned our sorrows in food. Best of luck to the other teams still in the running!

7/15/11 - 7/18/11

I need to shave. I did the 72 Hour Film Shootout this weekend for the Asian American Film Lab with co-directors Xtina and Jen, awesome DP Ted, and our two lovely actresses Jenny and Greta, who played feuding stepsisters who get separated from their family while on a hiking trip. It was pretty hectic, and I’m still trying to adjust back into normal life. 

FRIDAY DAY I. Development

The theme is announced at 5pm PDT. We got a room at Emerson College’s LA Center in Burbank thanks to Jing, and auditioned about 15 actors from 10:30am to 3pm. The theme this year was “Now You See Me” and we started pitching ideas then. Development is probably the toughest part, everyone is at each other’s throats, and the time pressure didn’t help. 

SATURDAY DAY II. Pre-Production/Production

We met up at Ted’s place at 9am, and his girlfriend Karen was nice enough to make us breakfast! We finalized the script, rehearsed with the actors, vaguely shotlisted it and then it was off to Griffith Park (this humongous mountain range in LA) to shoot. I was really worried about transportation because this weekend was suppose to be carmegeddon in LA, but….that didn’t happen haha. We had some sound issues at Griffith because of the wind and the crowds of people, but the location was totally worth it. Although climbing down a steep mountain at 9pm after a long day of shooting was a bit difficult…no, life-threatening. 

SUNDAY DAY III. Production/Post-Production

We were back at Griffiths at 5am to do some reshoots. We didn’t climb all the way back up this time because we didn’t want to die. We started editing with the footage we already back at Xtina’s, and then we went back to Griffith at 6pm for b-roll and one reshoot. I don’t think any of us want to see another mountain for a long time. 

MONDAY DAY IV: Post-Production

Me, Jen, and Xtina took turns editing and sleeping. Side note, I had been wearing the same clothes for the entire weekend. In hindsight, we should have worked much faster, because ultimately didn’t make the deadline because of a last minute technical error that I should have prepared for. It was a huge bummer, because I let down everyone involved with the project and I don’t think I ever want to feel like that again. However, this could be a blessing in disguise because the film didn’t work at 5 minutes (one of the contest rules). So look out for “Flowers & Weeds” in the coming months!

Afterwards, me, Xtina, and Jen drowned our sorrows in food. Best of luck to the other teams still in the running!

7/14/11
Busiest day in a while! I had an intense pitch video to finish editing at Extreme Makeover, all the while doing time sensitive casting stuff for auditions tomorrow. Quite the adrenaline rush, just what I needed after a slow week. The casting producer I was editing the pitch video for really liked it. Usually after the exec. producers approve the family in the pitch video, a field team is sent to interview the family and then the editors  edit another pitch video out of that footage for the ABC pitch. But, they liked it so much that they’re using my video to pitch the family to ABC!
After work, I watched the midnight screening of Harry Potter in Arcadia with Mary and her friends. They taught me how to play Mahjong afterwards, it was a good night. The picture is of the LA Metro station in Sierra Madre, where Mary picked me up.

7/14/11

Busiest day in a while! I had an intense pitch video to finish editing at Extreme Makeover, all the while doing time sensitive casting stuff for auditions tomorrow. Quite the adrenaline rush, just what I needed after a slow week. The casting producer I was editing the pitch video for really liked it. Usually after the exec. producers approve the family in the pitch video, a field team is sent to interview the family and then the editors  edit another pitch video out of that footage for the ABC pitch. But, they liked it so much that they’re using my video to pitch the family to ABC!

After work, I watched the midnight screening of Harry Potter in Arcadia with Mary and her friends. They taught me how to play Mahjong afterwards, it was a good night. The picture is of the LA Metro station in Sierra Madre, where Mary picked me up.

7/13/11
Yeeaaah LA korean food! Everything tastes better in a stone pot. 

7/13/11

Yeeaaah LA korean food! Everything tastes better in a stone pot. 

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