Nice Guy

In the short film "Nice Guy," Joyce, a young woman traveling alone, finds herself lost in the middle of nowhere. Unable to rely on her GPS due to a lack of signal, she explores the surroundings and takes photos while waiting for her phone to connect.

As Joyce hears the sound of a branch snapping behind her, she encounters a mysterious man with an eerie smile. Fearing for her safety, she quickly gets into her car and attempts to escape. A harrowing chase ensues as Joyce drives frantically, constantly checking her rearview mirror to see the man persistently pursuing her.

After a desperate escape, Joyce finally manages to put some distance between herself and the man. Exhausted and terrified, she parks her car by the roadside, still unable to establish a cellular connection.

Feeling helpless and unsure of her next move, Joyce contemplates her situation, unaware of her exact location. Suddenly, the man reappears outside her car window, signaling her to roll it down. Tentatively, Joyce complies while discreetly arming herself with a pen.

To Joyce's surprise, the man claims to have followed her to return a hat she supposedly dropped earlier. Relieved by his seemingly good intentions, Joyce expresses her gratitude and apologizes for her initial suspicion. However, as she takes the hat, a sudden realization dawns on her—she wasn't wearing a hat earlier.

Joyce's newfound trust crumbles, and she becomes suspicious of the man once again. Before she can react, the man makes a threatening move towards her neck, leaving the conclusion open to interpretation.

"Nice Guy" is a suspenseful short film that explores themes of trust, deception, and the uncertainty of human intentions. It keeps the audience on edge as Joyce navigates a series of alarming encounters and learns the hard way that appearances can be deceiving.

  • Seng Yang Haw
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  • Seng Yang Haw
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  • Seng Yang Haw
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  • Joyce Ng
    Key Cast
  • Lincoln Sim
    Key Cast
  • Yen Chee Wong
    Script Supervisor
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Horror
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Sheridan College
  • Student World Impact Film Festival

    United States
    Official Selection
  • Flatland Film Festival
    United States
    Official Selection
  • South Pacific Film Festival
    New Zealand
    Official Selection
  • Milan Shorts Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • France USA International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Short+Sweet Film Festival Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur
    Official Selection
  • Short+Sweet Film Festival Essex
    United Kingdom
  • Houston Short Short Short Film Festival
    United States
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Seng Yang Haw

Seng Yang (Alan), an aspiring filmmaker with a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for capturing the essence of the human experience, embarked on a transformative journey in pursuit of his dreams. With each project, Alan has carved a unique path in the industry, constantly evolving as a filmmaker, and leaving an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape.

Born with an innate curiosity and a vivid imagination, Alan was captivated by the world of cinema from an early age. Growing up, he immersed himself in films of all genres, finding inspiration in the storytelling prowess of visionaries such as Ang Lee, James Cameron, and Steven Spielberg. Their ability to transport audiences to different worlds and evoke powerful emotions became the catalyst for Alan's desire to pursue filmmaking.

To lay a solid foundation for his cinematic endeavors, Alan pursued a formal education in filmmaking, studying at Sheridan College in Canada. During this time, he honed his technical skills, studied the art of visual storytelling, and developed a deep understanding of film theory. However, Alan understood that true growth could only be achieved through practical experiences.

Armed with ambition and a desire to learn, he eagerly sought out opportunities to work on film sets, taking on various roles to gain insight into every aspect of production. Through these hands-on experiences, Alan developed a holistic understanding of the filmmaking process, learning the importance of collaboration, attention to detail, and the ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances.

As Alan continues to evolve as a filmmaker, he remains committed to telling stories that provoke, inspire, and challenge the status quo. With an insatiable hunger for knowledge and a tireless pursuit of excellence, he aspires to collaborate with visionaries from diverse backgrounds, champion underrepresented voices, and contribute to the ever-expanding tapestry of the cinematic universe.

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Director Statement

As a filmmaker, I believe in the transformative power of storytelling. Through the lens of the camera, I strive to capture the essence of the human experience and ignite a profound emotional connection with the audience. My directorial vision is rooted in a deep appreciation for the art of cinema, where each frame becomes a canvas, and every character holds a universe of untold stories.

Directing is an act of collaboration, a harmonious dance between the written word, the visual medium, and the collective talents of a dedicated team. I value the creative synergy that arises from working alongside passionate individuals who share a common goal of bringing narratives to life in the most compelling and authentic way possible.

I am inspired by the power of film to spark conversations, affect positive change, and mend gaps between cultures and perspectives. I strive to use my craft to amplify voices that have been historically marginalized, shed light on pressing social issues, and create a space for underrepresented stories to be heard.

My directorial journey is a never-ending quest for growth and evolution. I embrace every opportunity to learn, to be inspired, and to push myself beyond my comfort zone. Each project is a stepping stone, leading me closer to a greater understanding of the human condition and the boundless possibilities that lie within the realm of storytelling.

Through the lens, I aspire to touch hearts, ignite imaginations, and leave a lasting impact on the world. It is my honour and privilege to embark on this cinematic odyssey, and I am committed to sharing stories that resonate, empower, and celebrate the beauty of the human spirit.