USA | 5 minutes | 2020
Drama short film by Evelyn Lee
Starring Shirley Lee, Evelyn Lee
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Chinese title: 願望
A woman makes a phone call to check in with her mom.
CineAsian Films (CAF): What inspired you to make this film?
Evelyn Lee: I’ve always loved exploring interpersonal relationships, and I find exploring mother-daughter relationships to be especially interesting. Relationships with mothers are so complex and everyone has such a different relationship with their mom. For this film, especially, I wanted to juxtapose two very different relationships between mothers and daughters. How one person’s own relationship with her mother can be vastly different from her relationship as a mother to her own daughter.
CAF: What were some challenges you faced during production? Was it hard to make a film entirely in Chinese?
Lee: Definitely needing to be in front of the camera while also being on camera without a crew. Finding a way to creatively set up the camera for the best take knowing there won’t be anyone around to control the camera is a challenge in and of itself.
And surprisingly, no! I actually really liked the process of directing in Chinese. As someone who’s fluent in both English and Mandarin, it was actually kind of fun to be able to make a film entirely in a language that wasn’t English. The hardest part about that was making sure the translations were as accurate as possible in post-production and subtitling. Thankfully, I can read and write Chinese, too, but it can be quite a task.
CAF: What is it like to work with your own mom? Is it awkward?
Lee: It’s actually pretty fun! My mom’s a great sport, is very professional, and has been such a big supporter of me and my work. We work very well together as a team, both on screen and behind the camera. She and I both know where to draw the line between personal and professional. I’m very grateful.
CAF: Are you working on anything new?
Lee: Doing a lot of writing, as I have the past year. Working on a lot of different small things on the side, making some music, and taking things slow overall. I do have a feature in the works that I can’t really talk about much yet, but I’m very excited about it.
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Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer: Evelyn Lee
Producer: Shirley Lee