Meet YoungFilmmaker - Ao Li



SVA '15



Ao Li is a concept and storyboard designer from China, based in New York. She received her BFA degree in computer animation from Beijing Film Academy, and she obtained her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Computer Art, concentrating in motion graphics and 3-D animation. She has worked as a freelance illustrator, concept designer and animator on numerous projects. One of her collaborative animation shorts won the Sir Richard Taylor Award (Best Technique Application). She is a pictureholic and loves to collect and categorize beautiful things

What was the greatest lesson learned during your shoot? I learned about how to tell a story with scenes and how to tell a story in limited shoot.

What was the most difficult challenge you had to deal with? Since i struggled through the pre-production phase, i spent most of my time revising the designs and storyboards, so when it came to animation, i cant finish it as i wanted, so i tried my best to tell the story in a more efficient way and finished in time. That taught me a great lesson about time management.

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Brandon Ruckdashel

Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.

YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.