We were not expecting to win at all seeing some of the other 3-D Animations which were really quite impressive and visually compelling. We thought for sure the judges would go for the other submissions because they had much more of the industry look and commercial appeal.
We really saw ourselves as the Philly underdogs and are really very surprised and honored to be chosen among some very fine trailers submissions. A lot of Philly love was put into this trailer so we are just ecstatic to represent Philly, pay homage to Philly’s Chinatown, and create something that we hope will bring a smile to your face and make you think of the first time you went to the movies.
Here’s a little more info:
Animator Rocky Kev, music recording artist Wayne Hsu and, filmmaker and director Gary San Angel create a 30 second trailer for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival called “Flying Away to the Movies.” A young boy leaves his static television world and follows a flying film reel, taking a journey to find inspiration in movies at Philadelphia’s very own Chinatown Arch where the opening night film of the festival is about to begin. Rocky Kev’s vibrant digitally hand drawn animations and Wayne Hsu’s catchy high soaring music inspire us to remember why we are drawn to going to the movies in the first place. The animation includes a cast of hundreds and is meant to be seen again and again allowing the viewer to find and hear things that they never saw each time they see it. We’re glad to represent Philly and PAAFF and hope that our trailer will be something that people will look forward to seeing, something that they will remember and associate with PAAFF even after this year’s festival.
On behalf of myself, Rocky, and Wayne, we humbly thank the judges for the award and are extremely excited and honored to be chosen as the winner of the 2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film festival Trailer Contest!