Our core production team is finally assembled...
In addition to Veronica Shamo-Garcia, who is already the stateside producer, "Mei" will have two local producers: Lin Ying Tso, who will also be working on-set as the assistant director, and Tsai Shing Hong. Both of them come from a background of producing indie features here in Taipei, and will bring a lot of crucial experience to the film.
Our director of photography, Nelson Cragg, is a recent USC graduate we're flying out from Los Angeles to head up the local camera crew. Nelson's already been shooting lots of music videos, commercials, and features since graduating, and his work is amazing. Veronica and I had a great time working with him recently and we're lucky he was available to shoot "Mei".
Our production designer is Eli Hsieh, a good friend of mine who I worked with in Taiwan a few years ago. Eli has a fine arts background and was most recently in London studying fashion photography - he has great eye and sense of aesthetics that will be invaluable.
Finally, three other USC classmates of mine, Benji White, Justin Guerrieri, and Charlene Wang (who will be shooting her own thesis film in Taipei soon) are flying out here to support us and help out in production. It'll be really nice to have them around.
We have about 5-6 weeks left before we start shooting, but with this team behind me, we're already in great shape.