Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
“Ahma & Alan” is a dramatic short film about a Taiwanese grandma who has to pull her American grandson out of a Taipei jail.
“Ahma & Alan” is a dramatic short film about a Taiwanese grandma who has to pull her American grandson out of a Taipei jail.
147 backers pledged $19,155 to help bring this project to life.

About

Ahma & Alan - a Taiwanese, American story filmed in Taiwan project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Ahma & Alan - a Taiwanese, American story filmed in Taiwan

$19,155

147

THE STORY BEHIND "AHMA & ALAN" (項目介紹中文版請往下)

Ahma & Alan is a dramatic short film about a Taiwanese grandma (ahma) that has to travel from a rural town in central Taiwan to the capital city of Taipei to pull Alan, her American-born grandson, out of jail before he gets deported by a vindictive police officer. 

Ahma & Alan still: Gregory Yuan as Alan (left). Akio Chen as Officer Bei (right). 阿嬤與阿倫的平面圖:阿倫 - 袁積友 (左),貝警官 - 陳慕義 (右)
Ahma & Alan still: Gregory Yuan as Alan (left). Akio Chen as Officer Bei (right). 阿嬤與阿倫的平面圖:阿倫 - 袁積友 (左),貝警官 - 陳慕義 (右)

This film is based on personal experience: I moved to Taiwan after college to study Mandarin and to reconnect with family living there. I was almost deported for allegedly teaching English illegally at a kindergarten since I was not “Taiwanese” (i.e. no Taiwanese passport or ID). There was a law that forbids foreigners from teaching kindergarten in Taiwan for fear the children would be culturally corrupted. 

When I had to report to the police station, my ahma (grandma) came with me. She told the officers, “My grandson’s Taiwanese! He doesn’t need to work illegally, I can take care of him!” Seeing such strength come from this small, elderly woman gave me such pride to be her grandson and was part of the inspiration for this story.

My ahma, circa 2006. | 我的阿嬤,2006年.
My ahma, circa 2006. | 我的阿嬤,2006年.

Ahma & Alan tackles identity issues many Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora face: What world do we belong to? Asia or America? This film shows the generational and cultural loss that comes with immigration, particularly in the loss of one’s heritage language. 

As a child (age 4-5) in the U.S., I was proud of my Taiwanese background and spoke an elemental mix of Taiwanese (Hokkien), Mandarin, and English. Entering kindergarten I was teased for my lack of English fluency. Going through elementary, I began to attach shame to speaking Mandarin and Taiwanese in public and a disdain for having to go to Chinese school. I didn’t want to be seen as less American or even worse, considered a FOB by others. 

I eventually lost my Mandarin and Taiwanese language ability. The connection I had with my non-English speaking grandparents, who were helping my parents raise me, grew tenuous and distant. Years later, after my grandparents had moved back to Taiwan, I visited my ahma and ahgong (grandpa) as an adult and I saw how unconditional familial love can still connect us across time and nationality. This is what I want to explore in Ahma & Alan.

Me age 8 or so in California. 我在加州8歲左右的時候。
Me age 8 or so in California. 我在加州8歲左右的時候。

This is a passion project of mine that I’ve personally funded along with tremendous help from my family. Late 2018, I left my job in Los Angeles to travel to Taiwan and give this film 100% of my attention and energy. After much hard work, encouragement, and some luck, we were able to complete principle photography with an extraordinary local and international cast and crew.  

However, we’re stuck. I’m back in LA with the raw files for the film, but we don’t have the necessary funds to complete post production in addition to paying back deferred production costs. That’s why we need your help.

Creating a high quality, professional short film, even after cutting costs, requires a large amount of resources and funds. Let's find out how much.

Why the $18,000 goal?

The funds from this Kickstarter will first be used to complete post-production costs for this film such as:

  • Editing 
  • Coloring 
  • Sound mixing
  • Musical score

Costs estimated to be $9,000.

The remaining $9,000 will be used to pay back a portion of the production costs of $23,000 such as:

  • Crew
  • Cast
  • Gear
  • Production Design
  • Transportation
  • Catering

Remaining funds will be used towards marketing, festival fees, and travel. Thus the $18,000 is to cover a little over half of the total budget (56%). Here's a video where I give a more detailed breakdown of film budgeting. As you can see, making a high quality, professional level film costs money! Which is why we need your help.

Ahma & Alan still: Grandma Lin (actor Mei-Hou Wu). 阿嬤與阿倫的平面圖:林阿嬤 (演員:吳美和)。
Ahma & Alan still: Grandma Lin (actor Mei-Hou Wu). 阿嬤與阿倫的平面圖:林阿嬤 (演員:吳美和)。

To support, please click the “Back this project” button on the upper right and give what you can. Even small donations of $5, $10, and $25 add up. We have awesome rewards that are exclusive only to Kickstarter backers. You can also help by spreading the word about this Kickstarter campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LINE, Wechat, Kakao...and by word of mouth with friends and family.

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram. Please follow and share! 

Grandma and I, circa 2014. 阿嬤與我,2014年。
Grandma and I, circa 2014. 阿嬤與我,2014年。

How to use Kickstarter

Need help signing up for Kickstarter and making a pledge? I made a video for you!

怎麼用Kickstarter平台

我幫你解釋要怎麼申請Kickstarter然後捐款。

Risks and challenges

It’s amazing that any film gets made. There are so many logistics and obstacles at every stage of the filmmaking process. Even after a film is shot, it can perish in post production if there’s not enough resources. We have the ingredients, we just need to get cooking.

For Kickstarter, it is all or nothing. If this project does not reach its goal by the end of the campaign, we will receive none of the donations. Without funds, the release of this film will be delayed indefinitely =(. We hope we can reach our goal so that we can finish the film and maintain artistic control and integrity.

Making a film isn’t easy but we do this because we believe in the message of this film and have a passion bringing it to the screen. We hope you can help us and be a part of that journey.

I appreciate you for taking the time to read this. I can’t wait to share this film with you.

Thank you so much. 多謝。

James Y. Shih | 施佶明

------

”阿嬤與阿倫“的背景故事

“阿嬤與阿倫”是一部具有戲劇張力的短片,是關於一位台灣阿嬤如何從台灣中部的鄉下跑去台北,把孫子阿倫從牢裡救出來,以免他被警察驅逐出境的故事。阿倫是在美國出生的孫子。

這部片是根據我的個人經驗所改編:我大學畢業後搬回台灣學中文,也跟我的台灣家人重新連結。當時由於我不是”台灣人”(也就是沒有台灣護照或身分證)據稱在幼稚園非法教英文,差點被驅除出境。當時台灣的法律禁止外國人在幼稚園教英文,因為擔心孩童會受到文化侵害。

當時阿嬤陪我一起去警局說明。她告訴警察,”我孫子是台灣人! 他不需要非法工作,我可以照顧他!” 看到阿嬤這麼嬌小的身軀卻擁有如此強大的力量,讓我覺得當他孫子好驕傲,這也啟發了我的故事靈感。

“阿倫與阿嬤”觸及許多亞裔美國人及亞洲移民所面臨的認同議題:究竟哪裡是我們的歸屬?亞洲還是美國?這部影片揭露了移民所導致的世代及文化失落,尤其是母語的喪失。

我在美國四、五歲的時候,對於自己的台灣背景非常自豪,說著混雜的語言:台語(閩南語)、國語、英文。上幼稚園之後,我因為英文不流利而被嘲笑。進入小學之後,我開始覺得在公眾場所講國語和台語很丟臉,對於上中文學校這件事也感到羞恥。我不想被認為不夠美國,或甚至被視為還未融入美國社會的菜鳥移民。

我終究還是失去了我的國語和台語能力。我和不會說英文、但幫父母照顧我長大的祖父母,彼此的關係逐漸薄弱且疏遠。多年後,在我的祖父母搬回台灣之後,已經成年的我去拜訪阿嬤和阿公,我發現家人間無條件的愛仍能跨越時空,將我們緊緊相連。這正是我在“阿倫與阿嬤”這部片子裡想探討的。

這是我的心血之作,除了我個人的資金投入之外,我的家人也提供許多經濟支援。2018年末,我辭掉洛杉磯的工作跑到台灣,全心全意投入這支影片。經歷諸多苦難、鼓勵和些許運氣後,我們和一群由國內外優秀的專業人士所組成的團隊,終於完成主要的影片拍攝。

但是,我們遇到了瓶頸。我帶著影片原始檔回到洛杉磯,不但無法支付已經拖欠的製作費,也沒有後製所需的資金。這就是為什麼我們需要您的協助。

要產出優質專業的短片,即便已努力降低成本,仍需要極大的資源與資金。

為甚麼$18,000美元?

18,000美元首先將用於以下後製項目:剪接, 調光, 混音, 配樂
估計成本約9000美元

以及拖欠的製作費(23,000美元):製作團隊,卡司, 設備,美術指導,運輸,餐飲
剩餘款項將用於宣傳、參加影展、影展旅費。所以18000美元只是整個片的預算56%。如果想多了解電影預算是怎麼算,請看: https://youtu.be/n5RWHqPthBw

嗯,拍片真花錢,那是為什麼我們需要您們的支持。

如果您願意支援,請點選右上角”支持這個專案”,任何金額都是極大幫助。即便是小額的美金5元,10元,25元都能積少成多。我們將向Kickstarter的贊助者獨家提供優厚的回饋。您也可以協助在臉書、IG、推特、LINE、微信、Kakao等平台上轉發這項Kickstarter專案,或向親友們推薦。

您可以在臉書或IG上找到我們的訊息,請關注並轉發!

風險與挑戰

任何影片得以完成都十分不易,因為製作影片過程中的每個階段,都涉及許多運輸事宜,並面臨諸多困難。即使影片已經拍了,也有可能因為缺乏足夠資源而在後製階段胎死腹中。我們已經有了配料,現在必須想辦法煮出一道好菜。

在Kickstarter上的募資專案,是全贏或全輸。如果募資金額在截止日未達標,那麼我們一毛捐款都拿不到。缺乏資金,電影發行將被無限期地推遲=( 因此我們衷心希望募資能達標,保有電影自主權。

拍片並不容易,但我們還是勇往直前,因為我們深信這部電影所要傳達的訊息會感染你我,對於說出這個故事也懷抱無比熱情。衷心希望您能助我們一臂之力,一起加入這趟旅程。

謝謝您花時間閱讀,我等不及跟您分享這部影片了。

多謝。

- 施佶明

特別感謝謝庭郁把英文的文章翻成中文。

--

獎勵等級
請按一下右邊的Back this Project的按鍵,可以選這些獎勵:

給予5美元或更多
更新+公布!
- 關於電影和活動的獨家支持者更新。
- 社交媒體大喊(請在支持信息中包含社交媒體處理)。

預計交付時間:2019年6月
傳送:全世界
--

給予15美元或更多
“Ahma&Alan”編劇(英文和中文)
- 中文和英文的腳本PDF。看看故事是如何翻譯的!活動後送出

預計交付時間:2020年5月
傳送:全世界
--

給予25美元或更多
電影+數位海報
- 電影下載。成為活動開始後第一個看到電影的人!
- 來自電影的高畫質海報 預計於2019年7月傳送

預計交付時間:2020年5月
傳送:全世界
--

給予50美元或更多
特別感謝+幕後花絮
- 在屏幕上看到你的名字!您的姓名將包含在我們電影的特別感謝您部分。
- 私人訪問幕後拍攝的照片集

預計交付時間:2019年12月
傳送:全世界
--

給予75美元或更多
電影劇照
- 獲得從電影中全彩色8x10簽名照片(實品和電子板)
--

給予100美元或更多
海報+ T卹
- 電影簽名海報。
- 限量版Ahma&Alan T卹

預計交付時間:2019年12月
傳送:全世界
--

給予300美元或更多
1小時諮詢和訪談
作家/導演James Y. Shih將通過Skype與您進行1小時的諮詢,討論您選擇的主題(以下示例):
- 編劇。獲得有關您的功能的第一部分或整個短片腳本的註釋。在我們的會議之前提交最多30頁的行業標準格式化劇本以接收關於它的說明。
- 電影製作:在我們的會議中提交一個提案。
- 基礎中文課程:讓我知道您正在使用的中文/課本,我將為您製作1小時的課程。
- 任何你喜歡想學習的內容!

名額:52人
預計交付時間:2019年12月
傳送:全世界
--

給予500美元或更多
限量版畫冊/相冊
- 獲取用於電影的前期製作/製作畫冊的硬拷貝和數字副本,其中還包括一本照片書,其中包括來自幕後照片和電影劇照的精選高質量照片。
- 包括演員和工作人​​員的討論筆記,以及導演的私人筆記。
--

給予1000美元或更多
副製片人信用+午餐
- 在電影上獲得IMDB聯合製片人的名稱,並與我們一起共度午餐!隨意給我們一個項目的想法,或者是隨心的聊天。支持者可能在這三個地點之一吃午餐:舊金山,洛杉磯,台北。
- 舊金山:與作家/導演James Y. Shih和攝影指導Richard Sue在舊金山的一個不錯的午餐地點共進午餐。您可以詢問我們的工作關係,電影的外觀或其他任何事情!
- 洛杉磯:與作家/導演James Y. Shih和主演演員Gregory Yuan共進午餐
最喜歡的LA餐廳。想知道更多指導和演技的技巧嗎?或只是想聊天?來加入我們吧!
- 台北:在一家美味的台灣餐廳與作家/導演James Y. Shih和我們的製片人Cara Chiu共進午餐。和我們聊聊電影製作過程。

預計交付時間:2019年12月
傳送:全世界
--

給予2,000美金或以上
獲得聯合製片人的名稱+播客和晚餐
- 在電影上獲得聯合製作人IMDB 名稱!
- 成為導演播客“Yin&Young the Podcast”的嘉賓,討論電影製作,人際關係以及任何你熱愛的事情。 之後在當地一家餐館與詹姆斯共進晚餐。 在舊金山,洛杉磯或台北享用晚餐。
- 作為聯合製片人,您是團隊的一員! 我們可以討論建立專業,創造性的關係。
- 包括以上的獎勵等級。 聯合製片人的名稱將取代副製片人。

預計交付時間:2019年12月
傳送:全世界
--

給予3,000美金或以上
執行製片人職稱+繪畫
- 你是支持獨立電影製作的真正冠軍。你應該獲得電影製片人的IMDB積分!
- 收到電影中的一幅畫作,由我們的製作設計師和專業藝術家Skyler Chen繪製。
- 我們將建立一個協作及創造性的關係。
- 包括以上的獎勵等級。執行製片人的名稱將取代聯合製作人和聯合製片人。

預計運費(在活動後支付):10美元,25美元,國際
預計交付時間:2019年12月
傳送:全世界

-
特別感謝徐曼寧把英文翻成中文。

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Updates + Shout out!

    - Exclusive backer updates about the film and the campaign.
    - Social media shoutout (please include social media handle in backer info).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    "Ahma & Alan" Screenplay (English & 中文)

    - A PDF of the script in Mandarin Chinese and English. See how the story translated! Delivered after festival run.
    - includes previous reward level.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    9 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    See the Film + Digital Wallpaper

    - A digital download of the film. Be the first to see the film after our festival run!
    - A high quality digital wallpaper still from the film (est. delivery July 2019).
    - Includes previous reward levels.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    44 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Thank You Credit + Behind the Scenes

    - See your name on the screen! Your name will be included in the Special Thank You section of our film.
    - Private access to behind the scenes photos taken on set.
    - Includes previous reward levels.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    Photographic Still from the Film

    - Receive a full color, 8x10 signed photograph (physical and digital) from the film.
    - Includes previous reward levels.

    Estimated shipping (to be paid after campaign): US $3, International $8.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Poster + T-Shirt

    - Signed poster from the film.
    - Limited edition Ahma & Alan T-shirt.
    - includes previous reward levels.

    Estimated shipping (to be paid after the campaign): $5 U.S., $15 International

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    18 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 300 or more About US$ 300

    1 Hour Consultation & Notes

    Writer/Director James Y. Shih will have a 1 hour consultation with you via Skype on a topic of your choice (examples below):
    - Screenwriting. Receive notes on the first part of your feature or your entire short film script. Submit up to 30 pages of an industry standard formatted screenplay prior to our meeting to receive notes on it.
    - Filmmaking: Submit a pitch deck/proposal prior to our meeting to receive notes.
    - Basic Mandarin lesson: Let me know your Mandarin level/textbook you’re using and I’ll craft a 1 hour lesson for you.
    - Anything else you’d like to learn!
    - Includes previous rewards.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Limited Edition Look Book/Photo Book

    - Get a hard copy and digital copy of the pre-production/production lookbook used for the film which also includes a photo book with select high quality prints from the behind the scenes photos and stills from the film.
    - Includes discussion notes from the cast and crew, and a personalized note from the director.
    - Includes previous reward levels.

    Estimated shipping: $10 U.S., $25 International.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Associate Producer Credit + Lunch

    - Receive an Associate Producer IMDB credit on the film and join us for lunch! Feel free to pitch us a project idea or just have a casual chat. Backers may only have lunch in one of these three locations: SF, LA, Taipei.
    - San Francisco: Have lunch with the Writer/Director James Y. Shih and the Director of Photography Richard Sue at a nice San Francisco lunch spot. You can ask about our working relationship, the look of the film, or anything else!
    - Los Angeles: Have lunch with the Writer/Director James Y. Shih and the lead actor Gregory Yuan at one of our favorite LA restaurants. Want tips on directing or getting into acting? Just want to hang? Come join us!
    - Taipei: Have lunch with the Writer/Director James Y. Shih and our Producer Cara Chiu at a tasty Taiwanese restaurant. Chat with us about the filmmaking process, Taiwan, anything.
    - Includes previous reward levels.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 2,000 or more About US$ 2,000

    Co-Producer Credit + Podcast & Dinner

    - You’re awesome! Receive a Co-Producer IMDB Credit on the film!
    - Be a guest on the director’s podcast, “Yin & Young the Podcast” and discuss filmmaking, relationships, anything you're passionate about. Have dinner with James afterwards at a local restaurant. Dinner available for SF, LA, or Taipei.
    - As a Co-Producer, you're part of the team! We can discuss building a professional, creative relationship.
    - Includes previous reward levels. The Co-Producer credit will supersede the Associate Producer credit.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 3,000 or more About US$ 3,000

    Executive Producer Credit + Painting

    - You're a true champion of supporting independent filmmaking. You deserve an Executive Producer IMDB Credit on the film!
    - Receive a one of kind painting featured in the film, painted by our Production Designer and professional artist Skyler Chen.
    - We'll connect about building a collaborative, creative relationship together.
    - Includes previous reward levels. The Executive Producer credit will supersede the Co-Producer and Associate Producer credits.

    Estimated shipping (to be paid after the campaign): $10 U.S., $25 International

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)