What We Talk About When We Talk About Lights, Camera, and Action
is a satire of ourselves as young filmmakers. It is a story about a young aspiring filmmaker returning
to China to direct his first feature. He struggles against the rest of the cast and crew, trying to
pitch his new screenplay as the production starts to fall apart. The film won New York Film Awards’ Best
Acting Ensemble and Best Student Film (Honorable Mention).
Director, Original Story,
2019 – 2020
New York University Tisch School of the Arts
& New York Film Academy
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, Official Selection
New York Film Awards, Best Acting Ensemble
New York Film Awards, Best Student Film, Honorable Mention
& the rest of cast and crew
The literal Chinese translation of the movie title is “riding donkey seeking horse.” When designing the title, I hid the Chinese letter standing for “seeking” to let the audience seek it because the movie tells a story of seeking the desired outcome: a film crew tries to make a good movie. The design intends to raise awareness of such an unexpected and struggling process of seeking.