|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Karola Sánchez |
|Crew: ||Producers: Ana Menéndez - Screenwriters: Chen Su
Three grieving people, strangers to each other, are brought together by fate on a gloomy day in Los Angeles. COMA is a praise to life, love and destiny.
Su Chen was born in Xian Yang, central part of China. When he was 13, he moved with his
family to Guangdong, the southern coast of China and grew up there. He majored in English at
college, at the age of 24, he studied and worked in France for 4 years.
When he came back from Europe, he started working in Advertisement at Shanghai for 5 years.
Participated in more than 30 TV Commercials' production, including Lenovo, Buick, Volvo,
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, DOHA 2006 Asian Games, etc.
In 2009, he came to United States to study MFA on Screenwriting at New York Film Academy.
He interned as Creative Counselor in Orb Media Group after finishing the film school, he took
part in developing multiple international themed film and TV projects and helped in creation of
a US themed Chinese TV Series.
In 2012, he attended the One Year Film Director's Program at UCLA Extension. From this time
on, he started to write and direct short films.
He has written around 20 scripts for feature films, TV Pilots, Web-Series and Short films.
He has written and directed the films Before Marriage (2013) and Coma (2018).
We all suffer loss and pain in different levels, we intend to hide
and cover our pain, but it won’t go away, instead it’ll add itself
up. The more we tried to hide, the more it would be revealed
in our lives one way or another. How do we go on our lives? I
don’t know the exact answer either, the story is simply
suggesting compassion might be a good way to start. By
helping each other with our wounds, healing and hope might
finally come. John, Elena and Xia are people like us, they differ
each other in every possible social perspective but in their
heart, they’re human, struggling with issues which we’re also
dealing with everyday. Their journey become one. This is a
simple story with complicated souls, souls like ours.
The structure of the film is divided into segments according to
each of the three characters. The parallel narrative intends to
give each character more space and freedom to develop,. The
flashbacks fill in the reality to give better understanding how
the past affects the character’s present action. The performance
is genuine and heartfelt, honest to life, improvisation is even
welcome when the opportunity presents itself.
The film is shot in the mini Arri Alexa with Super 16mm lenses,
which gives the film both a grainy and soft sense of texture.
Harsh on the look but gentle in depth. Handheld operating
enhances the dynamic documentary style and captures the
detail of character’s emotion, action and reaction freely. The
camera operates like the eyes of audience witnessing the
The color palette differ according to the character’s traits and
likes. The lighting is minimal, we used natural light as much as
possible. And the sound effects are realistic, combining them
with simple music notes that fit in dramatic moments during