We had the good fortune of connecting with Curry Tian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Curry, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As a female storyteller, through my art, I’m always questioning and exploring the various definitions and expressions of true beauty. I’m always seeking the meaning of true existence and in doing so, attempting to convey the concept of duality in my work, a duality that is particularly related to the many permutations one undergoes through his or her lifetimes. For example my latest project Simulacra comes from a philosophical treatise set forth by the sociologist Jean Baudrillard in which he explores the connections between reality, society and symbols. In order to reflect and expand on these themes, the film also incorporates a prayer from Won Buddhism in Korean, Chinese calligraphy, Japanese Butoh the Noh play from Japan. All of these mediums examine the relationship between truth and society, especially the symbolism of culture and media involved in constructing a shared existence. In this film I would like to pose the question – which world is truly real?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
True beauty, true existence, silent shout, the coldness of reds. This exploration of duality ultimately
aims to find stillness in motion
My working process takes on many forms. While I work and conceive, I’m truly and fully led by imagination and intuition, not so much a specific structure. I have very much been a “one girl team” in the animation aspect of the film. I executed almost all of the 3D design/texturing/lighting/models/rendering by myself.
I was truly fortunate to collaborate with a highly skilled and creative production team from USC who brought the live action sequences to life.
This is def a learning journey to me and there are lot of “first time”-mocap, 3d scan, hybrid live action/3d, long story short the whole professional film production pipeline is pretty much new to me. Maybe that’s also why I feel very sry to my crew and thank you for their patient since I am a bit macro management
I’m a director who is involved in every aspect of the production process. From sending hundreds of Instagram messages to dancers we cast, to attending every location scouts to ensure production design moves forward with the most specific directions possible. I actively enjoyed all the working pieces of film creation and I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by collaborators and colleagues who worked with me patiently to bring this surreal and exploratory concept to life in the past five months of work.
Early stage, don’t set any destination, raise up questions but not giving out an answer, okay to be confused, feel insecure, changing plans, most important is stay foolish/hungryj, get out of the comfort zone to challenge urself
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Literally everything about my hometown/traditional Chinese spots. Traditional Chinese food( Beijing duck/) Chinese opera/meditation, and all my friends in Beijing hahaha
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Must be my family/their unconditional love. I grew up in a normal family in mainland China, no art in my childhood, lusiky my parents are always very supportive to let me do whatever I want. But It’s still a challenge for me to balance between doing passion projects versus paying my bills/tuition/ focusing on school/fighting for life. But I would say I am insanely lucky. It seems like all the stages I achieved there are lots of ppl helping me without asking for a paid back. Born and raised in China, a non-art related family,I am aiming to bridge the gap between eastern and western culture, and also try to use/mix different types of media: live action, 3d rendering, installations, poetry, expanding beyond into alternative modes of storytelling. Female equality, all theme related to human right/social change.
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