Film Courage: What thoughts do you have for people who are having trouble getting their scripts out there and getting seen, getting read? What advice do you have?
Writer/Director/Actor/Producer, Barney Cheng: I’m having the same problem. I think the problem is finding the right person to send it to. If your script is about a mystery you’re not going to sending it to a romantic comedy company. Each of our stories is so specific and so authentic to our experiences, you just have to find the right match. Once you find the right match then it’s great. I think the homework (your work) in addition to finishing the story and getting the story in the best shape possible, the next step is to find the right company or the person to send it to. The frustration probably comes from that, sending it to the wrong people, not doing the homework to send to the right people.
Film Courage: Are you in this position now or you’re working on it right now?
Barney: Right now I am focusing on finishing my project. I feel like it’s not good to send anything out that is not ready. That’s another thing that a lot of people…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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Barney Cheng landed on the Hollywood map as an actor in 2002 with his acclaimed performance in Woody Allen’s HOLLYWOOD ENDING. The New York Times described Cheng’s comedic timing as “surgically precise.” The Orange County Register raved that Cheng “steals every scene he’s in.” Cheng accompanied Allen to promote the film and to open the 55th Cannes Film Festival.
In addition to acting, Cheng works as a writer-director-producer. His award-winning films have collectively screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese, Cheng is particularly proud of his Chinese-English language feature BABY STEPS, which received Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access fellowship. Produced by the Oscar-winning producer of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, BABY STEPS received jury and audience awards for best feature at numerous festivals.https://www.youtube.com/embed/irjUBWxgSPY
Gravitas Ventures released BABY STEPS to enthusiastic reception and reviews. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Baby Steps an “engaging” and “touching” film. “Inarguably, here’s a film created by and starring Asian Americans that is definitely worth applauding,” raves Huffington Post. “Baby Steps is becoming more and more relevant by the second.”
Cheng is creating an original series called “Curated Lies,” and his second feature A DOORKNOB AWAY, a Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition winner, is currently in development for production.
Cheng has participated in the NBCUniversal Directing Fellowship program and is a Writer-Director Film Independent Fellow. Grew up in Los Angeles, Cheng attended Stanford University and read political philosophy at Oxford University. Cheng proudly celebrates his Taiwanese-American and LGBT intersectional identity and is on the board of PFLAG San Gabriel Valley API.
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