Private Project

Under the Full Moon

A chef is struggling to keep his life together following the death of his daughter. On his way home, the phone containing all his memories of her is stolen. He catches the thief and starts his redemption, but doesn't realize he's leading himself to another tragedy.

  • Ziyang Liu
    Written and Directed by
    The day I met you, Ambiguous
  • Rob Davidsson
    Sound Designer / Mixer
    Annihilation, Ghost in the Shell, The Greatest Showman, Game of Thrones (TV Series), Gangs of London (TV Series), Vikings (TV Series)
  • Pengyu Qin
    Director of Photography
    Ya Re Dai Ji Feng
  • Emily Russul Saib
    Hanna, The Bay, Death in Paradise
  • Ziyang Liu
    Executive Producer
    The day I met you, Ambiguous
  • Xingyu Cui
  • Kevin Stephen-Jones
    Key Cast
    "The Chef"
    Cats (Musical), Aladdin (Musical)
  • Kwame Augustine
    Key Cast
    "The Gang"
    Johnny: The Life of an Oxymoron, Werewolves of the Third Reich
  • Aiden Felgate
    Key Cast
    "The Sidekick"
    Love, Will
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The 4th 86358 Short Film Festival by Jia Zhang-ke Art Center
    August 24, 2020
    Best Director
  • 2020 FilmBath - IMDb New Filmmaker Award
    United Kingdom
    November 7, 2020
  • British Urban Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 24, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Chongqing Youth Film Festival
    November 1, 2020
  • Silk Road International Film Festival
    October 15, 2020
  • One Take Film Festival
    October 23, 2020
    Official Selection
  • China International New Media Short Film Festival
    December 31, 2020
    Nominated as 'The Best Drama Short Film'
Director Biography

Ziyang Liu was born and raised in Shenzhen, China. He's a film director who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts with a Distinction Master degree in Filmmaking. His film Under the Full Moon has been awarded as the Best Director in the 4th 86358 Short Film Festival by Jia Zhang-ke Art Center, also one of five shortlisted in the 2020 FilmBath - IMDB NewFilmmaker Award. He is the youth jury of the ‘Hidden Dragons’ Programme at the 4th Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival.

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Director Statement

UNDER THE FULL MOON is a short film discussing a loop of tragedies in life. We having people from 18 nationalities working together in the crew during the production, tried to explore a way of minimalist audio-visual language to bring the audience an immersive experience in cinema, and have a 9-minute ONE-TAKE with creative Mise-en-scène for the final scene. Life is always full of accidents and disappointments, many things once lost will never return. Society and fate are always cruel and mocking, many things happen without warning and with a strange inevitability, while violent resistance may simply lead to another tragedy, in an endless loop. There is no reason for or answer to these questions, we only can say: this is life. Su Shi, a poet in the Northern Song dynasty of China, in his poem "the song of water”, he compared the joys and sorrows of human to the waxing and waning of the moon, to tell people should enjoy the beautiful experience possible under the full moon without worrying over understanding it. That's what I tried to express through UNDER THE FULL MOON: showing the dramas that appear in this mad world whose purpose yields no explanation.