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Shaping international films with editor Peiqi Duan
From China to Hollywood, Peiqi "Peggy" Duan is a sound editor and sound designer who boasts an impressive resume of small and big budget films. She's an example of what it takes to be a major success in today's global film community.

Working as an in-demand professional in the film industry means possessing a wide array of skills which can be applied to feature films, indie films, and numerous other productions!

In the world of sound editing and sound design, Peiqi Duan (aka "Peggy" as she is known in the industry) has created a celebrated career due to her ability to create a sonic picture regardless of the genre or budget of a film. From Oscar winners to emerging talent, Peiqi continually proves that her work is able to amplify the performances and emotional impact of those she works with. Her resume of credits comprises both personal recognitions (including one from the Motion Picture Sound Editors USA for Shallow Grave) and those for overall productions. Filmmaking is a team effort and it's the sounds of the works which exponentially increase their impact. 

Sound design is likely one of the least understood professions by those outside the TV and film production community. A great sound designer is like a musician who helps a songwriter manifest their vision. When done at the highest level of creativity, this makes the song (or in this case, the film) even greater than the initial vision. Peggy worked with director Yuan Liang on 2019's Mel, a story about a woman disappointed by the world's judgement of her physical scars. Refusing to let her self-worth be defined by others, Mel (played by Marine da Vachon) performs her own "victory dance" in the basement of her residence. What could have been a tempered emotional scene became a torrent of emotions and one of the most remarkable moments in the entire film due to Duan's interpretation. While Mel dances, a slide projector cycles through varying images. Peggy reveals, "I created a story of my own for the dancing part by using sound to link these images together. At first, the fire overcomes Mel with painful feelings and angers her. She hears weird whispers and opens her eyes. She sees the painting on the wall and the whispers become louder. To make herself keep calm, she drops into the ocean. She swims and swims, and when she is out of water she's no longer afraid of these paintings. Lightning and thunder announce that she has been reborn."

Sometimes her work is more about blending in than standing out, such as with the children's film Prince in a Jar. While this is most definitely a children's film, painful facets such as the main character's mother'sdeathand his father's excessive drinking occur in the story. The blending of fantasy and difficult reality proved compelling with Prince in a Jar being awarded Best Children's Short at the Independent Shorts Awards and Best Director for Youchen Miao at the Los Angeles Film Awards. The score and the sound effects needed to be strong but still infuse a sense of youthful adventure and wonderment. As the main character ascends a mountain of books or battles a monster (a dinosaur toy), Peggy approached sound design with a similar unthreatening dramatic tone. 

Traversing to the other end of the emotional spectrum, Duan's work on the feature film American Fighter starring Tommy Flanagan (of Oscar-winning films GladiatorBraveheart, and Cannes Film Festival awarded Technical Grand Prize Sin City) focused on the sounds of a teenager who takes part in an underground fighting competition. Similarly, Duan also joined the production team of the action film Rogue Warfare. This story of a multinational group of military elites fighting terrorism stars award-winning actor Steven Lang of Oscar-winning film Avatar and the upcoming Avatar 2. The sounds of hand to hand combat and high powered state of the art weaponry are the antithesis of Prince in a Jar but Peggy assimilates to all of these intuitively. As with any artist, she is as big or small as the role demands.

Recent and upcoming projects for this respected sound designer include the action/comedy/horror feature film Office Uprising. Director Lin Odeing's film presents a much different tone than here than that of his work with Denzel Washington on The Equalizer but is enjoyable in the tradition of Shaun of the Dead and others of the genre. Starring Brandon Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Oscar-nominated Maleficentwith Angelina Jolie), Office Uprising gives Duan the chance to manifest the sounds of a zombie terror brought about by a tainted energy drink. Peggy's work will also be presented later this year in the Chinese film Drifting. From tales of personal triumph to undead comic menace, Peggy Duan is using her talent in just about every imaginable type of story, all for the enjoyment of the public.

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