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Meet Yi Lu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yi lu.

Yi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I like Chinese traditional art since I was a child. I began to systematically study Chinese traditional calligraphy art when I was four years old. When I was in junior high school, I started to study the tea ceremony, and I learned about the Japanese aesthetic master Sen no Rikyu from the tea ceremony teacher. Inspired by his passionate pursuit of beauty and his aesthetic attainments, I was inspired to be an artist who can create beauty. So I was admitted to the internationally renowned art school—-China Academy of Art.

The life of CAA filled my interest in dialogue and film art, so after graduation, I came to the New York Film Academy and started my movie journey. Why are you being a production designer? This may be something that happens naturally. “If lacking PD, just ask Iris, she was studying art before.” Nick Sivakumaran (my directing instructor) always said this kind of words which started my PD career. And then slowly I started working as a PD with different directors until now. After so many years, I still want to be a master of aesthetics like Sen no Rikyu.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course, it is not easy and smooth to be a PD. As far as I am concerned, I am extremely patient and persistent, so it is not difficult for me to work hard. The only thing I’m afraid of is that there’s no way to add different aesthetic qualities to every different movie. Last year I made several films with similar scenes. When I finished the third one, I realized something was wrong. I didn’t seem to create a unique temperament for the film, but with the shadow of the previous several films. At this time, I realized that it was time to feel life and continue to learn, otherwise I would lose my sense of beauty.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Now, I have a small art team(VISION IDIA)with my best friend Dia. Among us are photographers, DP, PD, producers, actors and so on. It’s a very happy thing to watch the team grow. Everyone is working hard for the film industry. “Let’s stay in Los Angeles together!” as a foreign student, we encourage ourselves in this way.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Dia Wang and Raymond Zhang have always been very supportive. They not only made me find best friends in my life but also made me have the consciousness to work harder. And my DP friend Chen Yu, who has always been my support on my way. Thank them so much for taking me forward.

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Raymond Huimin Zhang

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