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Meet Suri Jiang of Suri J Film

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruishu Jiang (Suri).

Suri, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started as a newspaper photographer when I was in college. The photo speaks for itself was what inspired me. I was never satisfied with the normal perspective so I kept my way of seeing the world. They were subjective and intimate and people loved it. One of my instructors back then asked that if I ever thought about shooting films since I was writing an internet serial fiction at that time too, and that’s the turning point in my life. I decided to start a whole new life in another career and another country.

Filmmaking is absolutely charming. It contains a lot of artistic expressions and it needs you to be vulnerable and sensitive when living your life. I’ve been entitled as director and producer over these years. Interestingly, it’s a road not only creating things but also exploring myself. That I started to know I’m a perfectionist on the visual. Creating a look to express the messages and mood is what I’m trying to achieve in every work I’ve done. Except that, I’m strict with the performance. I like to spend time with my actors, talking about all the important or little things. The best comment I think I’ve ever received was when an actress came to me during the shoot and thanked me for all the effort I’ve done to help her grow.

People like to say that filmmaking is actually a work of collaboration. I found it’s very interesting and challenging working with different talented people. As a producer, I tend to crack a way to balance creativity and reality. Sometimes, It’s like permutation and combination, or chemical reaction. Some people get along, some don’t. Some ideas collide beautifully, some are like talking different things. It’s important to be wise enough, especially as a producer, to build a team with positive vibes and communicate with team members properly. And that’s another thing I’ve learned by walking down this road.

I’ve had good and bad times. It’s an adventure about attempting and not giving up. I kept working on my craft, so I kept progressing and learning from the mistakes. To be honest, It might be a little weird but I’ve never satisfied with any works I’ve done before even though they all had good runs in different film festivals. There’s always a voice inside of me saying that “You could do better”. But still, I had a lot of fulfilling experiences making “For the Lonely”, “Reborn”, “The Hereafter Without You”, “The First Boy I Loved”…etc. It’s just a start, and there’s a long way to go. I’m longing for more adventures.

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?
Absolutely not. I think different phases have different struggles. This career involves new circumstances, new circles and new challenges all the time. I’ve got into serious arguments from time to time when I started. There were a lot of times that you don’t get good consequences out of your hard work. A lot of waiting, negotiating, reconciling, compromising…that were not something I could bear before, but now I do it pretty well.  I’ve got sick because sometimes I couldn’t rest enough. I’ve been struggling through a time that I wanted to give up just to have an easy life. And I’ve been struggling with friends growing apart and no one could be there when I was too vulnerable to support myself.

Please tell us about your work.
As a young freelancing producer in Hollywood, I’m devoting myself to what I do and I like to help people developing their own story. Butter to butter is no relish. I like making something niche and I like meeting with crazy souls, which has led my work to be emotional pieces with appealing story.

For the Lonely” was my directing work which expressed a loneliness feeling by exaggerating the moment when a teenager compromises for her parents the first time in her life. In the movie, the extreme frames portray that the other side of truth of people getting mature is the loneliness comes along. In the film that I produced “The Hereafter Without You”, was speaking a broken love language about the fading memories of an obsessive love. The music and the color enhanced the mood of two lost hearts growing apart when they didn’t want to. In another film called “Listen Closely”, which was a thriller, was about a young guy who has mental illness. The film discussed about mental health from another perspective, which is how does it affects the young guy’s loved ones and how heartbreaking it is for his family.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Not when the time we won film awards, not when the time we complete another film, not when the time the films screening on the big screen, but when the people I’ve worked with telling me how much they appreciate the efforts I’ve done for them. That’s my favorite moment.

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