For those interested in the creative field, the ultimate goal could very well be filmmaking, because only film can encompass the various aspects of art: literature, photography, theater, fine arts, music, special effects and montage. Also, the movie theater is the only place that allows a close encounter between the audience and the creator.
Filmmaking is fun but difficult fun. As a director, one has to have certain skills in the many aspects mentioned above. And storytelling is the most important element. Doomsday Party is quite a challenging script: there are many characters and plotlines, not to mention the complexity of its themes. I did not plan to explore social issues with the film but the incentive to attract the audience to follow the narrative till the end has led to the story’s thematic core. I believe Hong Kong people know their problems well and the film provided some food for thought.
There are different ways to tell different stories. There are many more stories I want to tell.
Ho Hong began shooting Super 8 movies since his adolescent years and was enamored with the Hong Kong International Film Festival during his secondary school years. In his first year in university, he majored in Literature & History at Lingnan University during the day while attending film and television production classes at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Continuing Education. He dropped out of school the following year and became a production assistant at a television station. While assisting directors, he would imagine making his own versions. Later he studied filmmaking abroad, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena ,California and became a commercial and music video director upon returning to Hong Kong.
In 1999, Ho founded Film Plus Productions, a commercial production company with friends in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. While gaining hands-on production experience, Ho continued to put his energy into narrative filmmaking, completing several screenplays while studying at the Master’s programs at Hong Kong Baptist University and City University of Hong Kong.
Ho’s proposal for the feature Doomsday Party was awarded the main prize at the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), granting him the funds to make his directorial debut. The film was screened at Taipei’s Golden Horse Film Festival in 2013.
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