We had the good fortune of connecting with Hsin-Ho Yang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hsin-Ho, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When I was little, my mom would always take me to cinema after quarreling with my father. Harry Potter, Lord of the Ring, Stardust… I was so enchanted with the worlds portrayed in these films that I could escape from the reality and become anyone I would like to be. At that time, I did not know that there is a profession called Production Design, As I grown up, I realize that I cannot be in the middle earth, the letter should bring by an owl has never been delivered, but the magical power of film and the nostalgia of childhood drove me to pursue a career as a production designer – to design the world of film.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always appreciate the researching process when doing a project. Your emotions get evoked by text (story) you read, researching gives the depth to it. It also helps with the conversation when collaborating, often time an entire new perspective has been discovered by them.
I used to sometimes worry about placing my design idea into the story too obviously and directly. Eventually I realized that’s because I do not believe into the idea or the way I chose to execute as much either. It’s a good signal for me now to pause for a while to review my process and go back to the story again and I always find unexpected solution through it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I will say it will be all the independent cinema in the city. You can always find the film you want to enjoy screened there.
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?
I went to film school in my undergrad in Taiwan. It’s a film school inside an Art University. To go to an Art school, it’s definitely an unusual decision for Taiwanese high school student. However, I sometimes felt disappointed and frustrated by the curriculum and bureaucracy inside university when I was there. Look back at the past from now, it’s the nutrition I got there makes me move forward and solidify my aesthetic. It felt like take a roundabout route at some point, but I can never be on my path now without experience them.