Academy MFA Student’s Film Commemorates San Francisco 2012 Community Honoree
Academy of Art University’s School of Motion Pictures and Television MFA student Xinxin Liu created an honorary documentary film titled “Junior League of San Francisco 2012 Community Honoree”. It was shown at the Junior League of San Francisco Women at the Center Honors luncheon held at the St. Regis Hotel this May. This film and event was to commemorate Charlotte Shultz, the wife of Former U.S. Secretary of State, and her contributions to the San Francisco community.
Xinxin felt privileged to have the opportunity to participate in such a high profile project. School of Multimedia Communications instructor Paul Colardo assigned Xinxin with the project of making a video honoring Charlotte Shultz. “I'm so glad that Paul fully trusted me and my friend Erinn Kathryn Burke and chose to give us this big project,” said Xinxin.
Charlotte Shultz has worked as the most welcoming face in the city of San Francisco for eight mayoral administrations as Chief of Protocol for the city and as the Chief of Protocol for the State of California from 2004 to 2010. “Our goal with the video was to show a well-rounded view of Charlotte as both an incredible and indefatigable face of San Francisco. But also the woman behind the welcoming face,” said Xinxin. “The video we made both honors her works and highlights her achievements. We loved showing more of who she is, rather than what she does.”
In order to best illuminate the diverse philanthropic background of their honoree, Xinxin decided to take a testimonial approach to the video and use interviews from former mayors Gavin Newsom, and Willie Brown, and current mayor Ed Lee among others. This helped to paint a vivid picture of the contributions Charlotte has brought to the city of San Francisco. “Charlotte is a very colorful person. I came up with the idea to ask each interviewee to choose one color to describe Charlotte. The colors were the theme through the whole piece and added to the vivaciousness of the video,” she said.
Xinxin was practically born into the film industry in Beijing, China in 1988. Her filmmaker father would often bring her along with him to the sets while he was filming, allowing her to see the filmmaking process first-hand. It is no surprise that she is pursuing a MFA in Motion Pictures and Television with an emphasis in Production and is very busy producing several thesis films.
One film she is very proud of involves actor James Kyson Lee, from the TV series Heroes, who plays the leading role in her upcoming work. She is very excited to see where these opportunities will lead.
After graduating from Academy of Art University, Xinxin hopes to find an internship or job in the film and television industry and devote her life to bringing Chinese media on par with Western media. “I want to contribute to the cultural communication between the U.S. and China by using film and television as my medium,” she said.