OFA Filmmakers’ Workshop Series: Tiffanie Hsu '09


Friday, October 9, 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm



Tiffany Hsu portraitDo you have a great idea for a feature film or TV show, but aren’t sure where to start? The OFA is hosting a series of three hands-on workshops – led by young alumni working professionally in their fields – for pitching, directing and producing your film debut. SPACE IS LIMITED (15 slots), and registration is required by emailing Dana Knox at danaknox@fas.harvard.edu. Open to Harvard undergraduates. Priority will be given to those committing to the full workshop series, but single workshop registrations might be considered based on availability. Find out about additional workshops on Oct. 7 and 14. 

Workshop 2: Friday, Oct. 9
Visual Storytelling in Film with Tiffanie Hsu ’09 
A film director translates words on a page into an immersive narrative experience. They design everything an audience sees and hears in order to bring them on an emotional journey. In this class, students will visually construct a story using intentionally designed frames, then break down examples from films of various genres to examine how different directors use cinematography, editing, and sound to tell their stories.

Hsu is a first generation Taiwanese-American writer/director whose work has played at Sundance, Cannes, HBO and Netflix. She was selected as an HBO Visionary for her short film Wonderland and is developing the feature adaptation in the Sundance and Film Independent Screenwriting Labs. Her feature documentary, Waterschool, filmed along the Amazon, Mississippi, Yangtze, Ganges, Danube and Nile rivers, follows six girls fighting to protect their communities from climate change. She is currently writing and directing Strings, a punk rock comedy about a classical violinist learning to shred, for Mason Novick (Juno500 Days of Summer), and developing a series based on the San Francisco Spider Man Burglar. She is an alumna of Harvard, UCLA TFT, AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, WB’s Directors Workshop and Sony’s Diverse Directors Program, and a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She grew up in Wisconsin, Taiwan and Southern California, and cut her teeth working for Ang Lee on Life of Pi.