Screenwriter / Director

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annieundocumented:

Inspired by a true story, ANNIE UNDOCUMENTED is a heartfelt dramedy about an all-American teenager who discovers that she’s an undocumented immigrant.

Our little web series (click to watch the trailer) has been fortunate enough to have been chosen as an Official Selection of the New York…

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annieundocumented:

Vimeo HD trailer for ANNIE UNDOCUMENTED is now up! 

Much better picture quality on Vimeo! 

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Here’s the trailer for a web series I directed called ANNIE UNDOCUMENTED. It was just accepted to the 2014 New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition! Woo-hoo! 

hodgman:

Tonight on GOING DEEP, David Rees sings some songs about airplanes. This video is a preview. I encourage you to watch it and then watch the show tonight at 10PM on @NatGeoChannel. 

Now here are some observations about the video:

1) It made me smile my dumb head in half. 

2) The tumble wing then made the separated halves of my head explode in one-two successive booms. 

3) I am writing this without a head.

4) “I am an orphan, this is my private jet” should be its own show.

5) Click through to the actual YouTube page to read some of the most hilariously grouchy comments from people who hate songs. 

6) SERIOUSLY EVERYONE, I AM ASKING YOU PERSONALLY: please vote with your eyes and watch this show tonight or pretend to watch it while talking about it on social media so David can make another season.

DO YOUR PART to convince future AI robots that we didn’t just make mistakes all the time. 

Thank you. 

That is all. 

PS: You can catch up with previous episodes HERE

I always do what Hodgman asks, especially when it involves paper airplanes. 

Rehearsing between takes. My wife says I like to direct because it’s the only time I can get everyone to do exactly what I want. She’s probably right.

Rehearsing between takes. My wife says I like to direct because it’s the only time I can get everyone to do exactly what I want. She’s probably right.

Shanghai Calling on Starz

The movie I wrote and directed is finally making its TV debut. Should I live-tweet it? 

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"Fade In" multi-language screenwriting software

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Using a new screenwriting software called Fade In to write a movie for China. When we did Shanghai Calling we discovered that Final Draft (the most ubiquitous screenwriting software in Hollywood) doesn’t support Asian fonts, which was problematic because our movie had American and Chinese cast and crew who needed to read the script in their respective languages. My assistant had to painstakingly compose the Chinese screenplay using Microsoft Word, which nearly drove her crazy because she had to manually adjust the line formatting for each element (scene headings, descriptions, character names, dialogue, etc).  

Thankfully, Fade In supports Unicode fonts including Chinese. This seems like a no brainer since 99.9% of composition software allows you to write in multiple languages and alphabets, even on your phone. As you can see from the screenshot above I’m able to insert a Chinese name or phrase whenever I need it, even though I’m writing the movie in English.  It’s working pretty well so far, my only complaints are:

  1. The font control can get a little buggy sometimes, although closing and relaunching the app seems to solve that problem.
  2. I can’t change the font on the title page in the “Written By” or “Contact” fields. Hopefully Fade In can issue a fix for this before I finish this draft (3.5 weeks from now)?

It looks like my translator will be able to do the Chinese script directly inside Fade In (rather than having to switch to another software like Word) which will save us a TON of time. And it could potentially lead to many more screenwriters and producers in China switching to Fade In to write their movies.  

[NOTE: In a previous version of this post I incorrectly stated that Fade In was “Java based.” It’s actually native / C++.]

Best dusk sky I’ve ever seen in Beijing. Helps that it’s so clear today.

Best dusk sky I’ve ever seen in Beijing. Helps that it’s so clear today.