(Xi Wang — Animator and Digital Artist)

For Animator and Digital Artist Xi Wang, technology’s connection to the artistic perspective means more opportunities than ever before. In a very literal sense, it means creating works of art that human beings can interact with rather than simply gaze upon. Installations at world famous museums, live events for major motion picture productions, and rock concerts; all of these are found in Wang’s creative body of work that continually rebukes a designated description. A true modern master of the medium, Xi’s talent has made him valuable to a wide array of creative endeavors and collaborators. On the same day, Wang…


PD Yuelin Zhao surrounded by a film crew — photo credit Zhichun Huang

Romance is not one dimensional. When you recall making that special connection with someone, you can envision the way the environment around you looked, the weather, a number of factors that transport you to an emotional moment. Production Designer Yuelin Zhao had the responsibility of setting this tone for the series Tea For Two which aired on Jubilee’s YouTube channel. This online series was a romance investigation of one psychologist’s premise that two people could fall in love through a series of thirty-six questions. Tea For Two challenged itself by bringing two complete strangers together to test this idea. Yuelin…


Zhe Song Editing Qafas

It sometimes seems that humans will never learn that war is something which only yields negative results for both sides of the equation. This seemingly obvious facet requires an explanation for every new generation and new war. In 2020, there is no better presentation of this than the film Qafas. Director Dayna Li’s special ingredient for manifesting the anguish of one family in war riddled Aleppo was editor Zhe Song. One need look no further for proof of his masterful editing than the knowledge that neither Zhe nor the director speaks Arabic, the language spoken in Qafas. The ability of…


Singer, songwriter, and music producer Sonia Schmidt is a walking dichotomy and that’s no insult. The contradictions in her music are the push and pull that culminate in greatness. Painfully honest while remaining defiantly convicted to her own vision and methodology, this European talent has crafted her own signature style while simultaneously contributing to that of other artists with a drastically different sound (as on Otm Shank’s electronic hit “Ravish”). While many artists and musicians flex their virtuosic muscles, Schmidt’s bare sincerity floats above this, winning her legions of fans. She divulges, “My music is simple and complicated at the…


(Director Barnaby Blackburn and producer James Drew)

As we approach the Oscars, one might consider the UK’s version of these awards known as BAFTA. Prominent among this year’s nominees is the film Wale which, in addition to its recognition from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has also been Academy Awards shortlisted in addition to receiving awards at the East End Film Festival, Dances With Films, Urbanworld Film Festival NYC, and numerous others. The tale of an eighteen-year-old man and his attempts to break from his previous life of crime is indicative of a course many people also experience. Throughout the film we see that…


Dancer Aimee Payne is living the life of a rockstar without being an actual “rockstar.” This Canadian born dancer travels the world performing with iconic artists like Janet Jackson as well as those who are newly emerging, as she did on ITV’s X Factor UK. She admits to getting the rush of performing in front of thousands on stage (with Janet Jackson, Nickelback, One More Girl, Johnny Reid, Sharaya J, FeFe Dobson, Big Time Rush, Dallas Smith, and Madeline Merlo) or even millions on TV (while still possessing enough anonymity to allow her the benefit of exploring whatever part of…


It’s a timeless and borderless dream among musicians; you go where your heroes live and work, get noticed, and then start working with them. For bassist Martin Fredriksson, the dream has literally become reality. Growing up in Sweden, he was a long way from the artists found in his parent’s record collection, or those of his own as he grew but he fashioned his talent and determination into a career while still very young. Compelled by a desire to understand how far he could take this, Martin relocated to Los Angeles. It didn’t take much time at all for his…


(McGregor with Michael Peña)

Lorena McGregor is aware that she is surrounded by very well-known and respected actors. What is also very apparent to everyone around her is the fact that she most definitely belongs in this group. As Sylvia Chavez, one of Cesar Chavez’s daughters in the film which bears the civil rights leader’s name, McGregor has found herself working alongside Michael Peña (of Oscar nominated best films American Hustle and Crash), America Ferrera (Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy winner), Rosario Dawson, and under the direction of Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Book of Life)…


(Composer Jens Grotzschel)

Jens Grotzschel finds a hard time containing his enthusiasm. The German composer has gained acclaim for his scores featured in a number of international television and film productions; an occurrence which is quickly expanding for him. It’s clear that the awards won by these films and the praise he has received from his peers in the community has a profound effect on him. He has come a long way from the days when this son of a professional violinist would beg to stay up late with his tape recorder to capture main title themes of TV shows. Following stints as…


Sara Rose is called to work with celebrities in film, music, fashion, and just about anything you might assume contains elements of glamour, but that’s not the only reason she gets called. The famous — as well as the not so famous — will concede that while Sara’s skill and talent are unequivocal, her disposition is a key influencer in their decision to work with her. …

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Kelly King writes for numerous popular online media outlets in addition to being a staff writer for NYC & LA based/internationally published Drumhead magazine.

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