We had the good fortune of connecting with Sunyin Zhang and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sunyin, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I value creative collaboration a lot. I prefer t0 work with crews who trust and admire each other rather than just looking at their momentary achievements.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Through my work as a film director, I wish to provide female gender and sexual minorities a voice. Because of my ordinary family background, I selected this vocation with tremendous determination. I fought through endless days of not knowing if I would have food to eat tomorrow, if I would have a place to live, or how long it would take to repay my family’s abroad expenses after graduation. As a result, once I have the opportunity to shoot a film, I intend to spend every dime on the cutting edge, focusing solely on the production quality. I don’t only want to take “pretty” shots, nor do I want to put on a show. I’m hoping that my works’ audio-visual language will continue to evolve and break new ground until, one day, when I’ve accumulated enough experience and settled down enough to find the perfect script and crews, I’ll be able to leave something for the film history.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Until I moved to Los Angeles, I had never felt at home in any city. I adore nature and grew up watching a lot of nature documentaries. In the winter, I would go snowboarding with friends, in the spring, rock climbing in the forests, surfing in the summer, and visiting Napa vineyards in the fall.

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 am grateful to my family and peers for their unwavering support, which enabled me to persevere in chasing my dream at a difficult era in my life.

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