Cinematographer Chaochen Li

All of us see the world but for Chaochen Li this is quite literally his passion and his vocation. An award-winning DP with Best Cinematography awards from many famed film festivals (Oniros Film Awards and the Florence Film Festival just to name two) as well as a nominee for the prestigious Heritage Award from the ASC [American Society of Cinematographers], Mr. Li epitomizes the modern day cinematographer who wields his own unique style and seeks to collaborate on stories which resonate globally. Originally from Beijing China, Chaochen’s work with other filmmakers in the US is no surprise as he grew…


Lorenzo Seu sees things differently than most people. He readily admits that from an early age he enjoyed reading financial statements, not out of a desire to attain wealth or impress, but because he perceived that there was a deep and rich story told in these documents. While still quite young, Lorenzo read the subtext which told about the people’s triumphs and disappointments contained within this information. He understood that this existed not only in the past and the present, but made him prescient of what would happen to the companies and their employees whose lives would all effected by…


Artistic professionals may change the way they approach work as the world evolves but they always find a way to create and influence us. German born Thomas Eggensberger may not conduct himself the same way as the composers, orchestrators, and arrangers of the 1980 or 1890s but he basks in the opportunities which gravitate towards someone as extraordinary as himself in 2021. Eggensberger’s contributions to the music libraries of the world’s most thriving music production houses can be heard in television, film, and video games, influencing audiences and the next generation of creatives who follow in his footsteps. Through his…


(Nicloas Fiery)

Being an artist requires such immense commitment to rehearsal that many professionals lose themselves to secluded lives of technical dedication. Dancer/choreographer Nicolas Fiery has established himself as a master of the medium while constantly maintaining an awareness that dance is life and must be undertaken as such. He’s a world traveler who has interacted with dozens of different cultures (check out his docuseries World Dance Sessions) and continues to espouse the benevolent effect of dance in bringing the world together. Whether in Europe, the Americas, Asia, or numerous locations across the globe, Fiery has become a de facto dance ambassador…


(Actress Geetika Budhiraja)

The secret to success is finding the perfect person. For producer Marietta Melrose (known for her work on the Peabody Award and Image Awards nominated Netflix series Atypical) and her television series What Next, this meant finding consummate comedic actors who were also immigrants themselves. Enter South Asian actress Geetika Budhiraja as Sakshi, nemesis of the immigrant Laura in this tale of contrasting sides of fame and undocumented status in the United States. The irony of an immigrant herself playing the bully to another immigrant was appealing to Budhiraja who has an inclination to test boundaries, as evident in her…


For more than a century, entertainment and advertising have shared a symbiotic bond. Present day audiences are more aware than ever of the level to which they are being presented products and services for purchase and rebuke any blatant overtness. The result is a need for a subtle and clever method of informing and endearing the public to products; one which is most positively received when parsed among content they sincerely enjoy. Condé Nast’s Executive Director of Content Development Berry English is the type of modern master who has built a career upon this approach. Don’t label him as a…


(Costume Designer Nan Zhou)

The film industry seems contradictory at times. Professionals such as directors and editors are encouraged to have a signature style which propels their popularity and provide opportunities. On the other end of the spectrum, alongside actors, are costume designers who receive the highest praise for reinventing their approach and personal style with each production they are a part of. Costume designer Nan Zhou smiles with acknowledgment when confronted with this notion; perhaps due to its truth and also because she continually displays that her talent is malleable to nearly any genre of film in existence. A slew of award-winning productions…


Life can simultaneously be astoundingly beautiful and agonizingly painful. Proof of this is on display in writer/director Iakovos Panagopoulos’s Flickering Souls Set Alight. An essential and prominent part of this film is the visual approach that Iakovos has gained via the mastery of his Director of Photography Petros Antoniadis. Panagopoulos approached the cinematographer due to his affinity for the DP’s lighting approach on Thodoris Vournas’s The Spectator. The goal for Flickering Souls Set Alight was a natural lighting aesthetic that drove the story partnered with camera work that would observe space and time, essentially making the camera another character. Having…


(Chun Chun Chang)

It must be wonderful to live in the head of animator Chun Chun Chang. Yes, her work has always displayed a larger than life quality that yet somehow manages to be intimate and personal…but this alone is not the reason for an admiration of her mindset. Rather, it’s that while so many of us see obstacles in life, Chun Chun seems to see opportunities. A deep believer in the community of artist as well as that of the overall human community, this acclaimed animator cultivates and celebrates the connectivity of different creative mediums to enhance them all. From ancient Greek…


(Music Supervisor Anna San Juan)

There’s always been a personal approach and inclination for working beyond specified business parameters that has enabled the most successful professionals in the advertising world to dominate. Advertising appeals to our emotions and our ego and music is a strong factor in this. Music Supervisor Anna San Juan is an example of the modern iteration of a music supervisor in this world and what can be achieved through simultaneous implementation of knowledge, skill, and ingenuity. While originally focused on the film industry, her forays into the ad industry have been momentous and intuitive. The rethinking of old paradigms by Anna…

Kelly King

An LA based writer with more than a decade as a staff writer for NYC based Drumhead magazine, Kelly is also a contributor to a number of outlets.

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