Short Takes For December 2018
Kaenipa “Kay” Phanakorn

Park Pictures director Jake Schreier enters a freeing watery world in Francis and the Lights’ latest music video entitled, “Never Back.” In the clip, Francis (Francis Farewell Starlite) performs a meditative ritualistic practice in a swimming pool, juxtaposed with the lounge chairs and hammock of the poolside nearby. The song lyrics reference whales who live in the water but still breathe air.

As the video opens, Francis stands on his tiptoes in the brilliant water of a pool with only his nose breaking the surface, then descends to stand on the bottom of the pool. Francis’ geometric shape is emphasized with a visual of his mirrored body standing and legs rising the opposite way, towards the sky.  The camera pans out at various points to a tranquil scene where Francis lies in a hammock while his underwater self experiments with movement, attempting to conquer his glittering blue environment. The video was shot at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Schreier is a former Francis and the Lights band member and longtime video collaborator. The band also created the original soundtrack for Park Pictures and Schreier’s award-winning Sundance debut feature Robot & Frank....

Five finalists have been invited to attend the 55th Annual Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards where the recipient of the CAS Student Recognition Award will be revealed and presented with a $2,500 check. 

Additionally, the 55th CAS Awards will be honoring Steven Spielberg with the CAS Filmmaker Award, and production sound mixer, Lee Orloff, CAS, with the CAS Career Achievement Award.  Awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing in seven categories and Outstanding Product Awards in Production and Post-Production will also be presented at the awards ceremony to be held on February 16, 2019 in  Los Angeles. 

The CAS Student Recognition Award finalists are: Maria Cecilia Ayalde Angel--Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogata, Columbia; Allison Ng--University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Bo Pang--Chapman University, Orange, CA; Anna Wozniewicz--Chapman University, Orange, CA; and Kaylee Yacono--Savannah College of Art and Design,Savannah, GA....

Thai director Kaenipa “Kay” Phanakorn has joined Great Guns for exclusive global representation except for Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia and India where the company will handle her non-exclusively.

Kay earned a Master of Media Arts from the University of Technology in Sydney, later working as a creative executive at GMM Grammy, the largest media conglomerate entertainment company in Thailand. In 2014, she co-founded the production and branding studio, Wise Lama, where she is producer and director. Nike, Samsung, Chevrolet, Colgate, and Honda are just a few of the high-profile brands she has worked for thus far.

Kay became the first Thai director to make a short film for Cornetto Global’s “Cupidity” project in 2015. The campaign, which consists of a series of short, sweet love stories, won a Cannes Lions in the Branded Content and Entertainment category. The director is also a writer on Netflix’s first Thai Language original series, The Stranded, which launches next year.....


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