Filmmaker Interview: Justin Chon

This summer is the remembrance of the Los Angeles Riots from 25 years ago. While there has not been a lot of films specifically about the riots, there are several coming to theaters this year.

I had the pleasure of speaking to one of those filmmakers Justin Chon. He is the writer/director/actor of the film Gook. I also spoke with Justin’s co-stars David So and Simone Baker.

Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey – Reviewer Thoughts

Two lonely teens struggle over whether to consummate their love before being separated forever. I gave Liza, Liza, Skies are Grey a close recommendation only for the smart dialogue of the lead character, Liza (Mikey Madison). I find with a lot of independent films that they focus on one or two brilliant moments in hopes that you’ll forgive a lot of mediocre scenes surrounding it. Liza, Liza, Skies are Grey barely works.

New Position: Writer/Contributor for Film Threat

My love of movies and years of movie reviews have finally paid off. I have been hired as a contributor to Film Threat. The site originally began as a fanzine of its founder Chris Gore (Attack of the Show). Film Threat is now live on the interweb.

Personally, I love the access to a large library of independent films and as a personal source of pride, my reviews for the website become a part of Rotten Tomatoes.

Working with PopUp Menus – Programming with XOJO

This particular problem has been a long time coming for an answer. The goal is simple–Populate a PopUp menu with values from a SQL table, then select the value in that PopUp with a result from an SQL query. Here’s my solution:

You’ll notice that the solution is not clean. Is there a way to select a value in a popup based on the value of the item’s RowTag? NO! (If there is please let me know). What I wound up doing was store the value of ListIndex in the table and select based on the queried ListIndex.

Loving the Interview Process

I just got done with seven interviews with filmmakers at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. I had a blast. This is what I like to do. I love talking to people about what their passions are. I love to have real conversations about how people get things done. I love learning something new from anybody. Check back. I will be posting these interviews on my YouTube channel and playing them on the Geek Lab show.

Independent Film Talk – My New YouTube Channel

I really hate breaking up synergy, but in this case, I thought it was the prudent decision to make. I’m pulling all of my personal interviews with filmmakers and centralizing it into one location. Primarily, because I need to create a more professional setting for these interviews and to let the art of independent filmmaking stand on its own.

I created the Independent Film Talk channel on YouTube. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to change the name down the road, but here is a one-stop shop for my discussions about independent films and independent filmmaking. Enjoy.

Learning Adobe Character Animator

Adobe has added a fantastic new application for easily creating animation. I’ve been a long fan of animation and this tool helps create fast talking-heads animated shorts. Here is an example me interviewing the cast of Star Wars. I went through the process of creating a caricature of myself, draw it in Illustrator and adding the necessary mouth positions.

Five Things that Changed Your Life Podcast – Season 2

Thanks for everyone who listened to, took part and subscribed to the Five Things That Change Your Life Podcast. Loren and I are pleased to pull another season together. This season we talk with:

  • M*A*S*H casting director Sam Christiansen
  • Founders of the Gentile Barn, an animal rescue in Santa Clarita Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner
  • Whose Line is it Anyway writer/performer Ron West
  • Creator of America’s Funniest Home Videos Vin DiBona
  • and more

Look for us on iTunes, Google Play and YouTube.