Overview

Carnal Orient is an experimental short film that challenges the fetishization of asian women in the media. The film was an entrant in the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah.

My work as Production Designer expanded into Associate Producer as I faced exciting challenges:

  • Deliver a high-quality look on a shoe-string budget
  • Provide animatics to pre-visualize sequences
  • Budget and build sets
  • Edit rough cuts of picture and sound
Set Design: Measurments & Animatics
The setting of the story is in a Chinese Restaurant. The directors wanted minimal decor and a "David Lynch" creepiness. I took measurements of our location and used Sketchup to create animatics of the set.
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Located two i-beams in the ceiling that would give us the perfect mounting points for lights and set-pieces.

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Animatics helped the directors better understand the scope of their vision, and begin to define the blocking and intended camera movement. For me, they were invaluable conversation tools for working within an extremely tight budget while forecasting the maximum effect that could be gained from the minimum of materials.

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I explored different styles for a face mask the directors wanted to place against the far wall. Ultimately they went for a plain red mask.

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The final design settled on a lot of lanterns and a plain face mask. Animatics were a quick and easy way to make design changes before building.

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Framing for side decorative panels.

Set Design: Production
With the set designed, I moved onto the location to build it for filming, working closely with the DP and Director to get the right final look and atmosphere.
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Project Complete!