How to Make a Film in China: Dive into ‘Above the Sea’

| August 12, 2015

Always wondered where filmmakers get their first big break? Or how that award winning film made it to the big screen? Director of Above the Sea, Keola Racela has the answers. Watch as he discusses attending film school at Columbia University, the inciting incident that created Above the Sea, and his experience directing a film in a foreign language in this exclusive interview with Film School Shorts from the 2014 Student Academy Awards.

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Lisa Landi

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Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
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John Andrieni

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Marie K Lee

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On Air Promotion
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