Every since I can remember I wanted to tell stories. I believe the best way to learn something is doing it. But it’s important that an artist grow through being a critic first, watching and studying a lot of content and amassing a set of ideas on how to approach one’s own work. And thus, I am not approaching this as a film review blog, as more as a self-studying journal on how to approach my own authorship when I (hopefully and humbly) direct a film in the future.
Hence I’ve chosen the word ‘auteur’ for my blog. I worried that it would come off as pretentious but I like what the word represents.
1. It’s correlation to film and the auteur theory.
2. It means ‘author’, which through writing this blog I intend to develop my own authorship.
3. My film review posts will be focused on analyzing film through the “author”, the idea that film is a director’s medium. And that I am an author, not an audience member, looking at another author’s work.
For the reader, I hope that my content will enrich or start a film discussion that can allow differing viewpoints. Perhaps I can point out a small detail that can change your impression of a certain film, or you me. I do not see my opinions as the gospel truth and detest when people argue in absolutes. Art is often dependent on context and through my multicultural upbringing, a widened perspective often enriches my experience of art. For that, I think I have something to contribute and share. And who knows? Maybe even through this blog, I can find people that connect to what I’m saying.
But to cut to the chase…
My name is Steven. I’m a Chinese Canadian currently residing in Hong Kong. In my spare time, I write screenplays, practice martial arts and perform live stand-up comedy. My dream is to direct a movie one day.
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