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Little Yellow Flower: An Interview with Chien-Ping Lin



Tell us about yourself. How did you become an artist?

Starting off as a film apprentice, I jumped right into practical training, working on a solid twelve feature films and over a hundred TV commercials. Then, in 1991, I took my studies further, diving into film-related subjects at École Supérieure de Réalisation AUDIOVISUELLE in Paris, France. Soon after, I made my way to the United States and wrapped up my educational journey with a degree from the prestigious Film Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Those years of dedicated learning and working abroad nurtured my expertise in film directing and cinematography, allowing me to wholeheartedly pursue my passion for the film industry with a unique artistic approach.


What was your first job in the art field?

My journey in the art field began with an apprenticeship in cinematography, where I gained practical experience and honed my skills in the intricate realms of lighting design and camera operation.


Director Chien-Ping Lin

What makes you want to tell stories? In other words, what are the themes/issues you want to incorporate into your work?

I possess a profound enthusiasm for delving into themes encompassing time, existence, and transcendence. As a result, my objective is to integrate themes concerning the interplay between individuals and their own selves, individuals and others, and the intricate relationship connecting individuals with nature within the framework of my artistic endeavors.


Please tell us about your vision and your method of approaching a new project?

As a film director my vision is to explore valuable yet often overlooked or underrepresented themes in my work. I strive to utilize a strong visual style and employ poetic storytelling techniques to present these themes in a compelling manner. When approaching a new project, I aim to bring a fresh perspective and innovative approach that engages the audience on both an emotional and intellectual level. I believe in the power of storytelling and its ability to shed light on important issues and evoke thought-provoking experiences. Through my films, I seek to inspire and challenge viewers, leaving a lasting impact and igniting meaningful conversations.



Who are your filmmaking influencers? What are the films that were influential for you?

The films of renowned Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, and Italian director Federico Fellini exerted profound influence on my development as a film director. Through their masterful works, I was exposed to a captivating blend of realism and poetic elegance, which significantly shaped my perception of the intricate relationship between cinema and life. These filmmakers' contributions have left an indelible mark on my artistic sensibilities and continue to inspire and inform my own creative endeavors in the realm of filmmaking.



How do you think the industry is changing? How has COVID affected independent filmmaking/creation?

I believe that this industry is undergoing significant changes with the emergence of streaming platforms and online distribution channels. Social distancing measures and health regulations have made it challenging for film crews to gather and conduct shoots in traditional settings. However, this crisis has also sparked innovation and creativity, as filmmakers explore alternative methods such as remote filming, virtual production, and online collaborations. Independent filmmakers have adapted by exploring virtual premieres, online screenings, and utilizing social media platforms for marketing and audience engagement to adapt to these changes.


What advice would you give to aspiring artists? What are some of the things they must follow/avoid?

Drawing from my experience as a filmmaker, my advice to aspiring artists is to embrace their own personal aesthetic experience and express it through their work. I believe that everyone should start from their own experiences and choose the methods that best suit their creative process. It's important to stay true to your own vision and voice, while also being open to learning and expanding your artistic horizons. Explore different styles, techniques, and genres, but always maintain your unique perspective. Additionally, it's crucial to constantly challenge yourself and strive for growth as an artist. Surround yourself with a supportive and collaborative creative community, and seek feedback and constructive criticism to refine your craft. Lastly, remember to stay passionate, dedicated, and persistent in pursuing your artistic aspirations.



Do you think films/stories can bring about a change in the world?

Yes, films have the potential to bring about significant change in the world. They are an artistic exploration of life and serve as a mirror that reflects society. Good films have the ability to provide people with a more comprehensive perspective on life, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the human experience. They empower individuals to tap into their imagination, engage in critical reflection, and experience spiritual growth. Films have the power to challenge societal norms, provoke thought, and inspire audiences to question their own beliefs and values. They can shed light on social issues, stimulate dialogue, and motivate people to take action. Through the art of storytelling, films have the capacity to evoke emotions, foster empathy, and bridge cultural divides. They can inspire individuals to reevaluate their perspectives, cultivate compassion, and contribute to positive change in the world. Films and stories possess the ability to touch hearts, broaden minds, and ignite a collective desire for a better future.


What do you think people like to watch these days? Has the pandemic changed people's taste?

The world is constantly changing, and as filmmakers, we always strive to draw inspiration from the reality around us and create works that offer profound meaning and aesthetic experiences for the audience. I believe that people's interest in films is influenced and guided by the creators, regardless of whether they are affected by the pandemic or not. Therefore, filmmakers need to deeply consider what their works can bring to the audience.


Please tell us about your upcoming projects.

In my upcoming projects, I will draw inspiration from my own experiences.I aim to tell the story of the early rise of Taiwan's film industry and the journeys of individuals, both major and minor, as they cross paths and embark on their own paths in life.

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