A Modern Love Story

  • Yuling Shih
  • Yuling Shih
  • Andry Chen
    Key Cast
  • Yung Huan Chang
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 18, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital , Sony FX 6
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Director Biography - Yuling Shih

Born in Taiwan, this director embarked on an inspiring journey, immigrating to the United States alongside her family when she was just 18 years old. While navigating the challenges of adapting to a new country, she initially pursued her passion for visual arts as a freelance photographer and event videographer. Despite facing the hardships often experienced by immigrants, her determination fueled her desire to further her education, leading her to enroll in college at the age of 26 after initially dropping out of community college.

Recognizing the transformative power of art, she dedicated herself to studying art at Gnomon - School of VFX, Games & Animation, where she honed her skills in the field. With a solid foundation in post-production techniques, she set her sights on Hollywood, where she immersed herself in the industry for several years. Her diverse portfolio includes noteworthy projects such as 3D Virtual Reality experiences, captivating music videos, compelling feature films, and captivating movie posters.

Amidst the challenging landscape of the pandemic, this director made a bold decision to leave her established position in Hollywood, seizing the opportunity to pursue her own dreams. Since then, she has been wholeheartedly engaged in personal projects and the pursuit of her artistic vision. Through her work, she continues to explore new realms of creativity, pushing boundaries, and making a meaningful impact in the world of art.

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Director Statement

Amidst the backdrop of the pandemic, I found myself deeply moved and inspired by the intricate tapestry of modern love culture, the rapid pace of the internet, and the prevalent struggles with depression that permeate our lives today. It struck me how our reliance on digital communication has gradually replaced the tangible presence of physical interactions. We have unwittingly slipped into a cycle of endless waiting and ceaseless checking of our phones, inadvertently squandering our precious time.

In this era, I cannot help but question if we have lost touch with our inherent humanity and the profound significance of genuine connections with our loved ones. As our shared memories become mere screenshots and digital fragments, it begs the question: Have we begun to forget the essence of what it truly means to be human?

Through my artistic endeavors, I am driven to explore these themes and shed light on the intrinsic longing for meaningful interactions. I seek to capture the emotions, complexities, and vulnerabilities that arise in this technologically-driven age. It is my fervent hope that by delving into these subjects, I can ignite a dialogue that encourages introspection, empathy, and a renewed appreciation for the beauty of authentic human connection.

My work serves as a poignant reminder to pause, reflect, and reevaluate the balance between our digital existence and our innate need for genuine experiences. Through the medium of film, I aspire to provoke thought, evoke emotions, and inspire viewers to reawaken their awareness of the profound value of shared moments and heartfelt connections.

Join me on this artistic journey as we navigate the nuances of modern love, the ceaseless influence of the digital realm, and the enduring search for authentic human connection. Together, let us rediscover the power of being present, cherishing every precious interaction, and embracing the richness of our shared humanity.