INTERVIEW WITH Chadaporn Mitinunwong - FILMMAKER

Chadaporn Mitinunwong, Bangkok native. At the time she were deeply interested in 3D design and artistry, primarily cinematographic effects. She had a 10 year tenure as an understudy of a renowned director of animation. Under his tutelage she learned to understand not only the cinematics, but how they can be used to tell a story of each character arc and was attuned to the approaches of the different directors.   To this end, she moved to California to continue studies of modern Film and Television.  She were fascinated by it, and determined to dedicate her talent to this path, eventually culminating in reaching her dream of becoming a filmmaker.

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Tell us about your background and when did you decide to become a filmmaker?


My first job after graduation from the King Mongkut's Institute Of Technology Ladkrabang University, Fine Arts was a production coordinator, with the Animation Studio.  As with every first job, you gain some insight on where you really want to go.  My interests leaned more and more towards the art of Visual StoryTelling, how to demonstrate ideas visually, and the movements of each story or arc.  


At the time, I was working closely with the director who gave me great insight into the process and engendered many questions, likewise it was an inspirational factor for me to see all the possibilities and states of each story.  This insight and my deep curiosity gave me the inspiration to pursue a career in Film and Television. 



Films that inspired you to become a filmmaker?


What was my inspiration? I think many of my favorites have told me something about life and the human condition.  The Pursuit of Happiness was one of the most inspiring, moving films of my life.  The stuggles, and hardships of the father, showed me that some aspects of life, and it’s pursuit, can be arduous but the journey and outcome can be beautiful.  


Who is your biggest influence? 


I love Drama, SciFi, and Thriller movies. The most influential aspect of cinematography to  me is the set and decoration design. Art and Design are the heart of the audience's attention. I want to do the best visual telling through composition and design. 


I draw a great deal of inspiration from Director Baz Luhrmann inspirational works.  The first time I saw his movie Moulin Rouge (2001). I was so fascinated by the music and story movement that were constantly so well coordinated with the camera movement, color and set decorations. I am also a big fan of director Tom Hooper. I am so in love with his historical drama movies such as The King’s Speech or Caral.


What were some of the challenges you had to face in making your films? 


Every process of Filming has challenged me. All departments have unique interpretations. As a new filmmaker, I personally feel like selling the idea and getting people involved are honestly the most challenging because it’s the first hurdle to overcome. I can’t film a movie by myself. Ergo I  really know this won’t  change that fact. 


Do you have a favorite genre to work in? Why is it your favorite?


Drama has always been one of  my favorite genres. There are certain movies that move me, but Drama has the most impact on me. I like to watch drama movies because most of the time, I learn something from that more than simple entertainment. It also reminds me to be aware of life. What if I have met the same situation?  What If I did something wrong, what does a person do? The interpretation has certain ways which lead to subjective opinion, with no right or wrong answer. . 


What’s your all-time favorite movie and why?


This is a hard question to answer.  It actually depends on the mood, and setting.  If I am alone in a house, I like to watch classic movies, sort of drama but has a sense of family or love. Julie and Julia is one of my favorite movies. I love how two different characters pursue their love. The King’s Speech is also another movie that I love. There is some part of the protagonist that reflects on myself.

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If you could work with anyone in the world, who would that person be?


I would love to work with James Cameron, Tom Hooper or Baz Luhrmann.


Tell us something most people don't know about you.


I was a painter artist when I was young, drawing and painting are parts of my life.  It was like the step by step, studying certain things from art student, web design, 3D animation to find myself and future life. After my first degree of Fine Art, I decided to learn more about the animation.


Back at that time around the turn of the century. The 3D animation industry was very new. It was basically  advanced step cartoon and animation. There are few places that had openings for the 3D private classes, so I took a chance without hesitating, became a 3D artist for quite 10 years. 


Having well experiences on 3D Animation, I was invited to a well known University and tough student about the new media and 3D surface which it is hoping to encourage the technology and so on to give them the alternative future choices to go.


The one person who has truly believed in you throughout your career.


My father. He doesn’t really know about Film and Television honestly, but he believes on me. I think many new Filmmaker who have leave family, love, countries to pursue the dream like me know how hard it is to get attention. It’s really hard to market yourself. Having someone who truly believe in you throughout your career is the magic power-bank. Whenever you seem to give up, you know you there is people behind who were waiting to see your success. I’m lucky to have my father who supports me.


What was the most important lesson you had to learn as filmmaker?


Learn to be patient and believe in yourself. 


Is it harder to get started or to keep going? What was the particular thing that you had to conquer to do either?


Too keep going. I wasn’t easy to keep projects going. 


What keeps you motivated?


I don’t want my life to end up centered around money and financial gain, just to keep a status quo and lifestyle.  I want to do something that I love, am passionate about, and if I'm lucky, has good salary as well.  This is motivation enough, to find a career you love.

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How has your style evolved?


I used to be shy. It wasn’t good at all. I learn to speak up, changing my self and building my confidence to speak. Since became a filmmaker, my personality has changed, and my style has evolved with it. 


On set, the most important thing is:


Be prepared. By this I mean it to every position you are on the set either you are Director, Ad, DP, Grip or PA, you must be prepared. On set anything can happen. It can be good or bad, according to this answer, I am more on the negative side. Making a film requires a gigantic state of teamwork, energy and money behind. When things seem not to go according to your plan, an actor doesn’t show up, bad weather, even unpredictable disasters can ruin your project, your time and money. So the most important thing here is to be prepared and adapt to change. 


The project(s) you’re most proud of: 


The Gifted Ones, Short Film that I am proud of myself. It is the first short film of my life that was originated from a short story. This project was essentially made for the Thesis Project of my master degree. It took me 2.5 years to complete the project because I honestly had a low budget, no connections, lack of experiences. Spending my day and night to do research, how to sell the idea, how to get crew, how to direct, there were long roads which I didn’t really know where is the right direction. I just tried different ways which I know I can turn back. 


The project recently received 8 Awards and certain Nominations this year 2019.


The most challenging project you worked on. And why?


Of course it’s the project The Gifted Ones that I direct. Being a director is tough. It honestly takes so many things, time, experiences and moreover, personal sacrifice myself to complete it.


What are your short term and long term career goals?


I have another Crime and Mysterious short film coming next.


For the long term goal I want to direct another short films that I write a script.


Your next projects?


I have a mysterious and thriller short film of my friend that already starts on pre production. It’s completely be challenging to me because I have never done of Thriller movie before. I’m super exciting.


Please share with us where people can find you on social media, so our readers could keep track of your career


linkedin.com/in/chadaporn-mitinunwong-06982a75


https://www.instagram.com/tantan_i_am/


https://www.facebook.com/tantan.chadaporn/


chadapornmitinunwo.wixsite.com/tantan