Where is Grandpa?

Yu-ting loves to play in Grandpa's orchard and help him out with farming. One day, Yu-ting and Grandpa agreed to work on the orchard together, but Grandpa left in his farm truck before the scheduled time. Now Yu-ting had to hurry and find his Grandpa.
Where is Grandpa? On the way to find him, Yu-ting got distracted by the fruits in the orchard. He picked a pear bigger than his head, ate a sour orange, and rolled the oranges around. He was busy feeding the chickens and chasing them around. He completely forgot about finding Grandpa.
Luckily, Grandpa came back on his own.
In the end, Yu-ting shared newly hatched egg with Grandpa and called it a day in the orchard.

  • Hau Chen
  • Yi-hsiu Lin
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    8 minutes 52 seconds
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    March 14, 2023
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    15,000 USD
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    Digital HD
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Director Biography - Hau Chen

Director Hau Chen: Mage Mage (What What) is my first-ever children's program. During the making of this program, I discovered the shining aspects of children's programs that make my heart and eyes sparkle. It's such a happy and blissful experience to see the purest state of children. That's why I started working on developing and making children's programs.

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Director Statement

We wanted to become Yu-ting's friends or people he could trust completely. Therefore, before the actual filming, we spent considerable time getting to know each other. We visited Yu-ting's home multiple times, establishing a bond with him and communicating with his family. We conducted location scouting, discussed the script, and planned the production.
However, on the day of filming, all the prearranged setups and script discussions were pushed aside. Instead, we adapted to Yu-ting's state of mind and emotions in real time. As we filmed, we continuously adjusted and modified the direction of the short film in our minds. Our aim was to retell the story of Yu-ting and his grandpa's orchard in the most authentic way.
I believe this is the essence of shooting reality-based children's programs. We explore several possible directions for the program, but we refrain from imposing rigid structures upon the children. Instead, we allow them to grow naturally and freely, creating sparks of creativity in the presentation of the program. We play alongside the children, letting them express themselves naturally and encouraging them to be brave in trying new things and taking on challenges.