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Meet Liang-Chun Lin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liang-Chun Lin.

Hi Liang-Chun, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Taiwan. I used to dream about being a scientist until I made a silly video in high school. That moment of putting footage together was all magical to me. Soon I switched my study and got a Radio and Television B.A. from Chengchi University. I was hired as an assistant colorist right after I graduated. Despite the fact that I enjoyed working in the post-production, I didn’t get fully satisfied. My passion for creating images started to grow. Sitting in the coloring room was not enough for me anymore. My boss saw my ambition and introduced me to some productions. I started my set life as a script supervisor in 2013 and then became a 1st AD.

Being a director was never a plan of mine. I just merely enjoyed working on set and being part of the creation….until I worked on more and more productions. My desire of controlling over elements and performance really stroke. As a below-the-line worker, every single day I battled inside over the ideas and suggestions I wanted to proposed to the directors I was working with. Eventually, I came to realize: I do want to be a director. This is why I stopped taking gigs and applied for the grad school of Chapman University. Now I’m a happy student director, telling and developing stories that I care about.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I had some really hard times during those years being a script supervisor and assistant director. Under a depriving environment and my own perfectionism, I seriously overworked and worn myself out. At my worst time, I only slept 2-3 hours everyday and turned very depressed. That was the first time I really thought about quitting. I stopped taking gigs for six months but only to realize how much I love this job. I’m not just going to stick. Now I plan to learn the protective and respectful system of Hollywood and go back to improve the industry where I’m from.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
To become a more considerate director, I’ve been working in almost all departments. So far, I’ve done Producing, Cam op, AC, Production Design, Hair Makeup, Wardrobe, Electric, Editor, Colorist and even a little bit of marketing. This really helped me better communicate with all my crew; know what I can ask for and what I can’t.

I’m most proud of my approaches of making comedic tone out of serious topics; even the most heavy ones. My biggest joy comes whenever I develop funny characters out of the dark/ horror/ thriller plots. I’ve been making a few dramedies and now about to shoot my second short horror comedy and a comedy thriller as grad thesis. Jokes are just unpolished reality and I’d like to remind people about the absurdity we’re dealing with in everyday life.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My parents are the best cheerleaders of my life. Even though I disappointed them by giving up law school, they eventually support me and always let me know how much they feel proud of me. My mother has always been the best storyteller in my life, and my father shaped the rational and practical part of me.

There are two very important mentors of mine: Syou-Ling Fu, a professor from my undergrad, and Thomas Harris, a professor from Chapman University.

Syou-Ling is not only a great advisor for filmmaking but also my life model. She taught me to be brave and trusted me more than I did. She’s one of the main reasons I decided to pursuit a M.F.A degree here in the U.S.

After I came to study in the Chapman University, I met Thomas Harris, who changed my life forever. I realized I never really knew how to watch movies until I met him. He has the superpower of reading people and bring the best creativity out of them. I used to believe that my life is too boring to make any stories out of it, but no, Thomas just can extract the uniqueness of me and help me to explore the best form to show them.

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Image Credits
Meng-Ting Lee. Suno Chen Davis Chang

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