We had the good fortune of connecting with Po Wei Su and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Po Wei, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I have a habit since few years ago and I’m glad I still keep it till now. Every week I push myself to finish at least three books. Working as a freelance filmmaker now, my schedule looks different every week/month. But no matter how busy I am, every night before sleep I’ll read for at least one or two hours. Living in such a fast past era now, every hardworking person is trying to do their best to keep moving forward. I believe the way to stand out among people is to learn new stuff everyday. I got anxious if all I do that day is just my daily work. I read all kinds of books, no matter it’s about filmmaking or other genres. This may sound a little cheesy, but knowledge is indeed the power I believe.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I focus mostly on producing. Before I came to LA, I worked in film industry as a producer for two and a half years, our studio mainly produced music videos and all types of commercials. Majored finance in college, I started as an PA intern when I entered the industry. But I didn’t just worked hard, when I’m working, I always think, how to finish this work efficiently? How to make it more easy and benefit to the whole process the next time I do it? Even when I became a producer after a year and have several PAs and interns, I always teach them the same thing. Work smart, not just work hard.

I’ve always challenged myself to tell or assist other people to tell a great story. Most importantly, I still bring what I’ve learned before and put them into practical work. Though in a different country that uses another language, I aim to produce and create more great films with other talented people. Besides producing jobs, I also work as a BTS (behind the scene) photographer. I love to take photos during my leisure time, and I feel like to combine these two things is the right way to do it. I’ve enjoyed capturing those amazing moments on film sets when magic happens.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This might sound really common but if my best friend come visit, downtown Los Angeles will always be my go to. Before coming to the States two years ago all my memories about Los Angeles is from the movies. I’m really familiar with this place now, although slightly different from what I used to know, I still like this chaos city a lot. I think there’s some magic in DTLA: it’s definitely not beautiful, when there’s tons of homeless wandering around. But you can see all kinds of people just existing in the same area, the energy gathering there is just fascinating. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentors have always been my two bosses of the Studio I worked in Taiwan. When I tried to enter film industry in the beginning, I was struggling finding a job cause I was from a different background. Luckily they invited me to a music video set they were working on and after that, I continued to work with them. They’re just a year older then me, one as a director and another as a cinematographer, but I’ve learned a lot when I used to work with them. They started the studio cause they had a dream since college, to make a movie of their own. Ever since then, they’ve never stopped chasing that goal. When knowing I was applying for film school in US, they were the ones who gave me so much support and encouragement. To be like them, I’ve always been trying to support as many young filmmakers as I can whenever they needed.

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Matthew Strasburger

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