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Here it is everyone! After much anticipation, our mini movie with Ryan Higa is finally online for everyone to watch! ENJOY! Please read the commentary below, and also check out the behind the scenes and blooper reels to get a better idea of how we made this important project!
Back in May this year, Wong Fu Productions (Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, Philip Wang)and Ryan Higa started talking about doing a special project, something that had yet to be done by a major YouTuber; create a long form film, of mainstream quality, and release it on YouTube for the fans. Ryan has worked on features in the past, but one he had no creative control, and the other was just made by himself on a home camcorder. Teaming up with WFP, we decided to create a “medium film” that would bring various YouTube stars together on project that looked and felt “Hollywood”, but would still be shared with the fans online. Ryan felt it was important to keep this loyalty to the fans with this project.
Written in a couple days, the 35 minute film was shot in one intense week this past summer. Drawing from the talents of a few talented, dedicated friends, the crew was no bigger than 10, usually just the 3 of us (WFP) and the actors. There was no big budget, no big company, no big crews and equipment behind the shoot. Just us, a DSLR camera and the desire to do something major and support each other.
In a time when new media and “YouTubers” are still foreign to industry studios and decision makers, Ryan and WFP didn’t want to wait around for someone to give us permission and the green light. We just went ahead and did it ourselves. It should also be mentioned that being Asian American is also something most mainstream avenues do not believe is marketable. We struggle with this constantly. To be AA in a lead role (that is not related to martial arts or with an accent) is almost impossible if waiting for any studio to back you. But we know Ryan is a talented, good guy that is able to perform outside stereotypes. With Ryan and Wong Fu’s combined audiences, and fresh approach to produce high quality stories, we can show the world what we’re capable of, not just as individuals in a new industry, but as a community as well.
This project is beyond just a fun story about an assassin trying to fit into high school. It’s an example of all the potential great content that can be produced independently, and a testament to how powerful social and new media has become when applied the right way.
BEHIND THE SCENES