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Meet Chen Yu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chen Yu.

Chen, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It was a pretty important turning point for me to go back to school and learn about film making. I’ve suffered a lot before I came to the states. My parents got sick, I lost my own business……The misfortunes not only made me feel miserable but also reminded me that I shouldn’t put the thing I wanted to do “in the future”. Because as a human being, I have no idea what’s gonna happen on tomorrow, maybe there is even no future for me at all.

The good news was my family and I lived through it and I got the chance to make the decision for myself again when I was 24 years old. I decided to learn film.

My dream is to be an artist, and I stubbornly think that I would become an artist someday. I describe it as “the dream with dripping dew”. I’ve been dancing for 20 years and writing for more than 100,000 words. Those were the connection I built for the world in order to be closer to my artist’s dream.

I chose my master major as film because it is a comprehensive expression of art elements. It is not only efficient, but also accurate.

As time goes by, I found my niche in film industry and became a cinematographer. I love the feeling as a craftsman to creating poetic storytelling romance. I could be the one to connect the creditor and audience that makes me feel valuable.

I love to help the directors to visualize their ideas and solve all the problems that they worry about. Since 2017 I came to New York for my master degree, I’ve shot more than 20 projects as director of photography, and I would love to keep doing what I’m doing right now.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s not a quite smooth road for a girl. I always doubt myself. What makes me better than the male cinematographers who is more stronger than me? How can I convince others that I’m professional enough as a DP even though I’m from MFA directing program? As the only kid in my family, how should I balance my energy and time between my family and career?

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a cinematographer. I work as the director of photography in productions. I am the DP who has writing and directing background and represented by EnMaze Pictures.

I wrote, directed, shot my thesis film “Hey, Someone Is Here”.

I am the director of photography of :

Al Rocco’s MV “Party All Night”

Dede Harlan’s MV “Hollywood Playhood”

Short FIlm “What The Hell”, the winner of the TOP SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL, and LAFA.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I think the definition of success is no regrets. Everyone sees the world from different perspectives, which makes the world colorful.

On the way I choose, do my best to take every step, leaving no regrets, is a success.

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Image Credit:

Huimin Zhang
Oscar Tong

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