Today we’d like to introduce you to Bin Luo.
Hi Bin, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Before I set my foot into the film industry, I was in the hotel business, a vice GM of Grand Wyndham in Kunming, China. The controlled working environment and rapid workflow have allowed me to have enough time to see through the rest of my career. Sometime during the night shift, I could see myself sitting in the same office, sixty years old and full of regret. In the same year, my beloved grandfather passed away. The incident makes me rethink how I want to spend my life and how I want to go along with my career. Then I quit my job and choose to go back to school and pick up what I always want to do — film. Before film school, I am already a still photographer, which let me have the chance to find my role in the industry as a cinematographer quickly. My mixed science and art family background trained me very sensitive in terms of machinery and composition. All these support me to where I am today.
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 would say yes because of my experience, and there are obstacles and opportunities along the way. My old job has given me a business mindset, and when it comes to creative work, it doesn’t always flow the same. Also, because of my old job, I have various experiences of communicating with diverse cultural backgrounds. It allows me to understand, learn, and share within the film industry in a short amount of time, considering that the distance between country and culture is getting closer. One more thing I would say has helped me make the way smoother is the habit of working hard.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Most of the time, I work as a cinematographer, sometimes as a director and writer. In terms of genre, I am specialized in horror, drama, and comedy. And I am good at creating East-Asia imaginary that western audience is likely to accept. Let me explain a little more about it. East-Asia cinema is skilled at creating detailed information in shots for geography reasons; in Japan, you will hardly find any epic landscape in most Asian films. However, in western cinema, the audience tends to think some of it is unnecessarily detailed, so my job here is to preserve the style of Asian cinema and present it so that people think it’s appropriate. I am known for my seriousness and hard work on set, and it is also the things I am most proud of. Even it is a B-roll shot; I would treat it as the first shot in the opening scene. Again, along the way, I have received the award from LAHFF, MLC Awards, Rome Independent Prisma Awards, although it is not a lot, I think I will get more affirm soon from my work. One more thing that I believe could set me apart from others is patient. We live in a fast-paced era, lots of people around me are chasing quick fame and fortune, and I think that makes them lose their patience in the work of creation itself. I never set my eyes for those when I start a project, and I have enough patience to get things right.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
There is a lot to say about what I like about the city, first not to mention is the view, LA is a city that doesn’t need any filter, the beauty is easy to find everywhere in the city, especially during the magic hour. And as a former employee from the hospitality industry, I think the enthusiasm and friendly spirit from people and the high tolerance for the various cultural background is what I like the most about the city. The least thing I like about the city is the weather, and I spent a couple of years back on the east coast before I moved here and sometimes missed the snow during Christmas.
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