Nocturne

Lena, brilliant and beautiful, is always working to make the world a better place. She also loves her soon-to-be-fiancé, Rory, an aspiring hip-hop producer with his first taste of commercial success. While drinking and celebrating at their favorite restaurant in Los Angeles, Lena learns she’s been accepted at her top-choice medical school in New York. Pride and alcohol overwhelm both their senses, and Lena storms out, heartbroken. Rory, not willing to be misunderstood, rips down the road to redemption on his motorcycle out after her…

  • Ryan David Tsang
    Director
  • Ryan David Tsang
    Writer
  • Ryan David Tsang
    Producer
    Toenail
  • Justin Lee
    Producer
    Toenail
  • Adam VillaSenor
    Producer
    Cherry Blossom Bloom, All That You Love
  • Reza Ghassemi
    Producer
    Cherry Blossom Bloom, Bleed the Night
  • Amanda Kathleen Ward
    Key Cast
    Midnights with Adam, Missed, Under Glass
  • Justin Lee
    Key Cast
    Arrested Development, Shameless, The Interview
  • Ryan David Tsang
    Key Cast
    Love, The Middle, Parenthood, CSI:Cyber
  • Tiffany Chu
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 7, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director - Ryan David Tsang
Director Statement

"Where are you being seen?" my acting coach asked us on our first day of class. I'd been acting in television and in commercials, but it hit me that I needed to create my own content if I didn't want to play the waiting game. Luckily, I'd been working with some extremely talented filmmakers, who blessed my first short, "Nocturne" with stunning cinematography and high production value on a shoestring budget.

This is a passion project for me, combining my love of music (we created original tracks as the characters) and art house visual aesthetics with an emotionally relevant story. The takeaway is that we need to show our love and appreciation to those around us now, because tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us.