A girl having her daydream by the Seine at 2pm, Sunday, August.
Hi Emily, thanks for talking to TNC, Les Reves Bleus is part of the American Pavillion selection what does it mean to be bringing your film to Cannes?
I am very honoured and excited to have my film at Cannes. It has always been such a dream to be at Cannes, not to mention having a film here! I still have much to improve and grow, and I am still thrilled to be able to participate events and activities under the short film corner, which provides a great platform for filmmakers to communicate with each other and learn. Even though I am not in the competitive section, I hope to best use this opportunity to observe, learn and reflect on myself and my film, and hopefully will be back again in the future.
Are there be any nerves ahead of the festival or are you just taking it all in your stride?
I am a little bit nervous to be honest because it is my first time at Cannes.
What do you hope to take away from your time at Cannes?
I do hope to see as many films as possible, and take the opportunities to listen to talks by great filmmakers. The selections of films are just amazing, and I get goosebumps every time I think of it. Being in the festival really gives us chances to look at what filmmakers are doing in the world and see things that we don't normally get the chance of seeing. I also hope to have discussions and talk about those films and about people's experiences as filmmakers, and very importantly make new friends. If I can connect with professionals then that would be great, but my priority is always to learn from others' experiences and reflect on what I could improve.
Can you tell me a little bit about Les Reves Bleus, how did this film come about?
I made the film with NYU Tisch School of the Arts' Paris program, and this is a Tableau Vivant, which is a one-shot film. I wanted to take the chance to be innovative and free and to combine my experiences, thoughts and feelings when I was in Paris. So the film is about a girl enjoying her afternoon and time of being with herself sitting by the Seine near Notre Dame, thinking about beautiful things.
"take the time to think and plan before giving myself too much pressure."
What was the most challenging part of bringing Les Reves Bleus to life?
It was not a very hard film to make, so mainly just finding the best location, and because it is a one-shot film - to find the correct timing for everything. Directing was really important for this film.
What have been the important lessons you've taken from making Les Reves Bleus?
Sometimes getting "out of the box" and think with spontaneity are going to trigger some very interesting and creative thoughts. And most importantly, take the time to think and plan before giving myself too much pressure.
Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?
Is there any advice you've been given that's stuck with you?
I remember meeting with my Columbia professor Richard Peña once before I came to Columbia, and asked him about planning for a future as a filmmaker. Professor Peña told me that to be a filmmaker, you really have to learn and experience before you can actually tell good stories, and that one needs a solid foundation of in-depth understandings of film and life (and also literature, art, etc) before going into the "technical" part of it. And it has stuck with me ever since, inspiring me to take different classes and to learn a great variety of things in and out of the classroom.
Do you have any advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?
Experience and don't give up!
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Les Reves Bleus?
The feeling you get when sitting outside on a warm sunny day, the breeze making your hair dance, and enjoying the feeling of being in harmony with yourself and the universe.