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Jamly Yang talks making the world a better place through film
Jamly Yang never wanted to focus on one aspect of filmmaking. She has always been fascinated by how a movie comes together, appreciating every element. She enjoys the detailed props, the well-researched wardrobe, the thoughtful lighting and camera movements, the emotions the actors can portray with a single word, and so much more. As a director and producer, she gets to be involved with each and every team member, and the moment she stands in front of that monitor is when she feels truly alive.

Originally from Beijing, China, Yang has made waves on both sides of the world. Her films like Billy's BearThe Screenwriter in the Restroom and more have gone on to great success at festivals all over the globe, and she has worked on commercials for some of the world's biggest brands.

One of Yang's most heartfelt projects was The Invisible Superman, which she produced. As a young, Chinese, female director herself, Yang was inspired while working alongside Director Siqi Wu, another female Chinese director with a similar story. After a long time being friends in the industry, The Invisible Superman was their first time teaming up.

The film tells the story of a boy and his journey in finding the meaning of "superpower." As he grows, he finds out that there are people with "superpowers" everywhere in his daily life.

"I definitely like the message that this short film is sending. Everyone has the ability to be a superhero if they choose to be, it's just about making the world a better place. Do little favors for people who need help, use less plastic, waste less food. I am very proud to be part of this film, and I think we need more stories like this that convey this kind of message," said Yang.

The Invisible Superman premiered at the 2018 San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival, where it took home the top prize. It went on to several more festivals securing awards and entertaining audiences and is expected to do so for the rest of this year.

"I hope it goes to more festivals and reaches out to more people as this is a good energy and good message to share with the world. It is a little thing I can do to make the world a better place," she said.

Yang had many key responsibilities when making this film. First, she had to scout a location, searching for a very old styled Beijing house and yard, and an 80s looking street in a modern city. She eventually found just that, the ideal setting for the film. She was also in charge of casting, distribution, scheduling, and much more, which was all made easier because of her team.

"I love experiencing what a good and highly-efficient crew can bring to a production. With a tight schedule, if the crew does not cooperate perfectly together, it can be really hard to finish. This project is the opposite of that. It was really a pleasure to work with people who can read your mind just by looking at your eyes," she concluded.

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