When I was younger, something happened to me that was quite impactful. And for years, I tried to take that emotional effect and rearrange it into shorts, features, even songs, but it never worked in the way that I wanted it to.
Finally, during lockdown, I found myself reminded of the repetition exercise taught to Meisner actors; and it hit me like a bolt of lighting. The repeating of a line, a word, perhaps even a memory that these actors do is the exact same thing I've been trying to do all along.
Jeffrey Dinghua Lei is a writer, director, and producer raised in San Francisco, working out of Los Angeles and New York.
He’s produced, directed and edited a number of editorial shorts for clients such as HuffPost and TodayTix, as well as written, produced and directed a number of fictional shorts. He has also assisted in making A Taste of Sky; a feature documentary regarding GUSTU, the groundbreaking restaurant and cooking school based in Bolivia created by the founder of NOMA, which had its World and North American premieres at Copenhagen Dox and Tribeca 2019, respectively.
As a concert photographer and he has worked with musicians such as The XX, Chance the Rapper, The Japanese House & more. He is currently working at Peacock under NBCUniversal Studios, as a Production Manager, writing a few feature films, finishing a short film, and directing some music videos. more...
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