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Meet Roxy Hua

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roxy Hua.

Roxy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up in a small town in China, we didn’t have a lot of entertainment around us, so my parents would take me to the movie theaters every weekend as a “reward”. I distinctly remember watching “Blade Runner” and was mesmerized by the world in the film. I wished one day I would be able to go behind the scene and see how the “magic” happens.

I had an opportunity to choose film as my major in college and learned every aspect of film making. My friend asked me if I wanted to design his thesis because I was the only one that also paints. I had the most fun with the film that’s the moment when I knew I wanted to be a designer. The film got selected in a few festivals and gave me a booster of chasing after the dream. I decided to go to AFI conservatory to craft my skills and it was a great decision. I put an incredibly amount of time and energy and made many projects I’m proud of. The film we made in 2019 got into Vancouver International Film Festival. I was selected as an initiative of the Art Director’s Guild in June 2019, and I’ve been working in the Art Department ever since.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been a smooth road, but I think the little rocks on the road made me who I am today. For me, the biggest struggle of all is knowing there’s so much I don’t know about everything. It sounds like a privileged thing to say, but it’s so true working in the film business. I am the type of person that gets shy sometimes, so pushing for an answer can be hard for me. But I quickly learned that the only way to help it’s for me to step outside of my comfort zone, because that’s what the industry is about. Being surrounded by a group of talented people has definitely boosted my confidence through out the years.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a production designer for film, TV, and commercials. What I’ most proud of is to see my work on the big screen and get into festivals. I am very dedicated and because I am coming from a different background, I offer a multi-culture point of view on things. I’m also a very detailed person, so often times I will not stop working until I get to the level I set up for.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood is exchanging magazines and DVDs with friends. We didn’t have a huge resource for movies so my friends and I would always split a list of movies we wanted to watch and exchange DVDs with each other.

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