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COMA
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COMA
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Chen Su

United States, 2019, 22min
Format: Digital (screening) - Hd (shooting)
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Karola Sánchez
Crew:  Producers: Ana Menéndez - Screenwriters: Chen Su
Email:  mailukifilmsgmail.com

synopsis
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.

director
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).


filmmaker's note
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 whole journey. 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 the film.

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