Writer/director So Yong Kim has repeatedly infused her personal experiences into her films. She explains how she uses her vulnerabilities and fears to not only craft a script and create compelling characters, but also to collaborate with her cinematographer to extract images from her imagination.
- Find the story that compels you, the story that you haven’t seen but would like to see.
- When creating characters, explore what makes them compelling. They can be relatable, personally connected to you, unlikeable, terrifying to write, etc. Whatever the reason, make sure you have the capacity to fully explore them.
- Writing is a process that demands you to be intimate with your characters. One of the difficult parts of the process requires you to take a step back to evaluate and make choices about what will happen with your characters.
- Communicating with your director of photography can be intimidating. Especially when you’re first starting out, find a collaborator who you trust and feel will go through the journey of discovery with you.
- Emotional truths live in the spaces that are scary to explore. Take risks and use your unique point of view to find the special qualities of your work.