New Media Camp

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and Creative Lab at HIFF is back with another edition of the NEW MEDIA CAMP (NMC)! Last year’s NMC was a success, where we worked with 6 participants in a 4-day intensive workshop of crafting their own individual viral video. Check out the playlist of last year’s videos here.

New Media Camp 2014

For the 2014 edition, we’re changing it up a bit and having the participants working together as a team. We’ve also extended NMC to a full week (November 1 – 9) where 6 participants will get hands-on guidance and expertise from professionals in the new media world ranging from successful YouTube partners and content producers, working filmmakers in traditional media, social media experts, and Hollywood actors who will assist in honing their craft in the production of a short film, utilizing the theme of “mobilizing your world.” Past mentors have included director John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), KevJumba, Chester See and Lana McKissack. This year’s NMC, with the generous support of AT&T, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and interTREND, will also utilize the Hawaiian language in the short film’s story in a major way.

The NMC kicks off on Saturday, November 1 with an introductory session and will meet throughout the week and conclude on Sunday, November 9, 2:15pm at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 with the annual New Media Panel that will be an updated discussion of new media trends, initiatives and an intimate talk with YouTube and online producers and talent in the thriving and competitive new media space. The program will then conclude with the screening of the finished NMC short film.
 Then the participants will be whisked away to attend the Closing Night reception, where DJ Ken Loi and a musician (TBD) will perform. The participants will film the performance and the footage will be edited to make a viral music video for the web!
 If you live on Oahu and are a young, budding filmmaker, we are looking for candidates to be a part of the NMC! We are particularly looking for high school and college students interested in new media and filmmaking and want to be a part of fun and intensive workshop! As a participant, you’ll also get access to the Hawaii Media Makers Conference on Wednesday, October 29, where Hawaii’s content and media makers will participate in a forum on the state of creative content in Hawaii, and its future.

This Year’s NMC Participants

Christopher Ahn (UH Manoa – ACM)
Joseph Chang (Iolani School)
Jacoby Cid (Leeward Community College)
Dylan DiMarchi (Punahou School)
Troy Enoka (Punahou School)
Christian Guiterrez (Punahou School)
Mari Otsu (Punahou School)

This Year’s NMC Mentors

Gerard Elmore 
Gerard Elmore is an actor and director, known for All for Melissa (2007), Amasian: The Amazing Asian (2004) and Valtor the Great vs. the Universe (2005). He is an accomplished commercials director, directing commercials for major corporations in Hawaii including Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Kaiser Permanente. He is also an instructor at the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media (ACM), where he teaches film production.

Ryan Kawamoto 
Ryan Kawamoto, the 2012 AAF-Hawaii Ad Man of the Year, is a television and film director represented by Kinetic Productions. He’s been there since 2002 and has won numerous Pele Awards for clients such as McDonald’s of Hawaii, HVCB, and the Aloha United Way. In 2007, he directed a trailer for the ‘Ohina Film Showcase which received “Best of Show” and followed it up in 2008 with another “Best of Show” as a director for the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau “Colors of Hawaii” web campaign. You can follow Ryan on Twitter at @rkawamoto.

Blaine Kia
Blaine Kamalani Kia has passionately dedicated his life to perpetuating Hawaiian traditions. A cultural icon recognized throughout the islands for his expertise, Mr. Kia is a devoted husband and father of three. An accomplished Kumu Hula (hula teacher), he is also a cultural director/consultant, a talented musician and compelling actor.

Ken Loi (DJ/Musician)
Born in Australia, upcoming producer/DJ, Ken Loi has called San Francisco, California his home since the early 80s. Ken explored his musical talent by engaging in piano lessons and participated in various United States Open Music Competitions until the end of his high school career. He went on to attend the University of California, Davis, and graduated with a degree in Biology. However, his true passion always remained with music. So regardless of his classically trained background, Ken felt compelled to transition into the Euro dance and eventually the trance scene after receiving inspiration from artists such as Tiësto, M.I.K.E. / Push, Rank 1, Airbase, Markus Schulz, and Sander van Doorn. Ken currently works as an EMT by day, but as night falls, he diligently sets the tone for party goers as a ground-breaking producer/DJ.

Vince Keala Lucero
As a native Hawaiian filmmaker, Lucero is committed to developing works from a unique perspective. Throughout his 14 years of filmmaking, his passion has always been to produce works that positively affect the way people think about their impact on the environment, their communities, and themselves. He is the producer of this year’s Closing Night film VISIONS IN THE DARK: THE LIFE OF PINKY THOMPSON.

Michael Ng
Michael Ng holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As an actor, he has worked with various theatre companies in Honolulu and Los Angeles, as well as having numerous film, television, and commercial credits. His work includes Nickelodeon’s iCarly, Big Time Rush, FOX’s Dollhouse, CBS’ Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, ABC’s Last Resort, and the upcoming Untitled Cameron Crowe Project. As a filmmaker, Michael made his writing, producing, and directorial debut with Peace by Piece which premiered at the 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival.

NMC Panelists

Philip W. Chung (The YOMYOMF Network)
Chung is a Korean American writer/producer and the co-founder of Los Angeles-based Lodestone Theatre Ensemble. He is currently the creative director of the YOMYOMF Network, launched in June 2012. The YOMYOMF Network is based on the pop culture blog, “You Offend Me, You Offend My Family” founded by Justin Lin, director of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise and BETTER LUCK TOMORROW. Chung’s up
coming producing and/or writing work include projects for IFC, Legendary, Google, Disney Channel and the first US/Chinese feature film co-production for Lin’s Perfect Storm shingle.

Weylie Hoang (YouTube Partner)
Weylie is a YouTuber, beauty guru, Vlogger currently running her own YouTube channel entitled ilikeweylie, and currently has over 1.2 million subscribers. Weylie forged her own path by figuring out how to connect with her audience in such a way, that they cannot click away. Although it was not overnight, Weylie is a prime example of what dedication, passion, and a little humor can accomplish to create a lifestyle company that will soon launch her own signature line of makeup products.

Neil Sadhu (interTrend)
Neil Sadhu is a Lead Creative at interTrend Communications, an award-winning full-service advertising agency based in Long Beach, California. interTrend helps corporate America target Asian American segments, working with clients such as AT&T, Toyota, and State Farm Insurance.

A graduate of USC film school, Neil began his career in feature film development at Spyglass Entertainment. He then moved to Warner Bros. where he worked on the hit TV show SMALLVILLE. He also served as a Story Editor at Disney-based production company Millar/Gough Ink. Since 2011, Neil has been the Co-Chair of the WGA Asian American Writers Committee, which actively represents the professional and creative interests of writers of Asian heritage.

Greg Siegel (Legendary Digital)
Greg Siegel is the SVP for Development and Production of Legendary Digital, overseeing development and production of premium original content for digital distribution channels including VOD, AVOD and SVOD.

Previously, Siegel served as SVP Entertainment Development at Break Media. In that role, he led the digital company’s entertainment partnerships, and film and television initiatives, including producing the cross-platform feature Higher Power. He also oversaw Prototype, a digital short film competition he created in partnership with New Regency Productions. He was formerly a talent agent at Endeavor.

Mylen Fe Yamamoto (CliqueNow)
Mylen Fe Yamamoto is the founder of CliqueNow a digital media creative agency. CliqueNow operates out of Hawaii and California and is currently based in Los Angeles. Mylen partners with numerous brands and agencies to create digital media campaigns involving top online celebrities.  Collectively, CliqueNow’s projects have garnered over ten million views in less than two years and have risen to acclaim in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and Pacific Business News.  She has produced branded entertainment for clients like McDonald’s, Comcast, Lollicup, 99 Ranch, Sony, and many more.

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