HIGH SCHOOL SPIES ON YOUTUBE
Via Mashable comes notice of Agents of Secret Stuff, a slickly-shot, 35-minute high school spy comedy film by Wong Fu Productions. After only a week or so, the group’s latest film has been seen by 2.3 million people on YouTube. Here’s Wang talking about the picture:
Written in a couple days, the 35-minute movie was shot in one intense week this past summer. Drawing from the talents of a few dedicated friends, the crew was no bigger than 10 and was usually just the three of us from Wong Fu Productions (WFP), plus the actors. There was no big budget, no big company, no big crews or equipment behind the shoot – just us, a DSLR camera, and the desire to do something major and to support each other.
In a time when “YouTubers” are still foreign to industry studios and decision makers, we didn’t want to wait around for someone to give us the green light. We just went ahead and did it ourselves. Being Asian-American is not something most mainstream outlets believe is marketable. We struggle with this constantly. But with Ryan and Wong Fu’s combined audiences, and a fresh approach to producing high-quality stories, we can show the world what we’re capable of – not just as individuals in a new industry, but as a community, as well.
The production company consists of Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang, and it was formed in 2003 out of UC San Diego. As their website states, the company makes films, designs logos, has a t-shirt label (Nice Guy Design), and sends its founders on college speaking tours.
The trailer is below, and the complete film can be watched here.
Wong Fu Productions had a one-night premiere screening in Los Angeles, and PacificRim Press covered the event here: