CAPE Fellows Abroad: 3 Fellows Selected for ODW’s Artists-In-Residence Program in Shanghai

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As a part of this year’s CAPE New Writers Fellowship, Oriental DreamWorks selected 3 CAPE Fellows for their Artist-In-Residence Program in Shanghai, China. Johnny Ngo (Feature Film Fellow, 2017) talks about his experience.

Oriental DreamWork’s Artist-In-Residence Program was simply priceless. From the moment wearrived to our last day at the office, we never stopped feeling welcomed. The ODW staff, at every level, was supportive and collaborative. There was no micromanaging. They trusted us to be artists, because they’re artists themselves. They respected our own individual creative process. They even went out of their way to nurture it. They took us on tours around Shanghai to inspire us and made sure we tasted the culture through various cuisines that were carefully curated. There’s no question I’ve expanded my mind… and gained some extra pounds (of culture) in the process.

I’ve never worked in animation. ODW’s Artist-In-Residence Program challenged me to develop a new lens for storytelling. Justinian and Susan, the two creative executives I was paired with, constantly pushed me to be more visual and to think outside the box. “Why does this have to be animated?” “Can we convey that concept or emotion more visually?” “How do we keep elements simple yet satisfying?” One of my favorite moments came on the second day when we met with the visual team and our assigned visual artist. We were given a project to tackle by this point. As I described my vision – a single image that captures the spirit of the movie, the visual artists would say, “That’s great Johnny, but how are we suppose to FEEL at this point in the story?” I loved that. Their instincts kept me grounded. I’m proud of the work I accomplished with ODW. I’m exceptionally proud of my visual artist for capturing my vision and elevating it to epic proportions. I can go on and on about my experience with ODW and their Artist-In-Residence Program, but I’ll just summarize it in two words: rewarding and unforgettable.

Thanks again, ODW and CAPE for this amazing opportunity. My creative compass will never be the same!

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Join us for a mind-blowing evening with DAVID KWONG, the magician and puzzle master behind NOW YOU SEE ME and ABC’s DECEPTION, in a special benefit performance for CAPE!

DATE: September 28, 2017
TIME: 7:30PM
LOCATION: National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum
ADDRESS: 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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ABOUT DAVID KWONG
A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), Kwong routinely creates puzzles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and other national publications.

Kwong is the puzzle and secret code consultant for the hit NBC show BLINDSPOT. He was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film NOW YOU SEE ME. Other films Kwong and his Misdirectors Guild have worked on include THE IMITATION GAME, ANT-MAN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, THE MAGNIFICENT 7.

Kwong was a featured speaker at TED 2014. His talk on how human beings are “wired to solve” involved hiding secret messages in the New York Times crossword puzzle. Kwong’s book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success was published by Harper Business in May 2017.

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