Ruiyin Ouyang
Ruiyin Ouyang
Director (China)

Junior student at Communication University of China, majored in Digital Media Art. Studied Cinematography and Directing at UCLA Summer Session. He directed and shot several student short films at school.
Ruiyin submitted film "First, Last". Xiaofeng, an outstanding flight student, completed two years of theoretical training and showed great talent in the simulator. But the sudden physical accident made his career precarious. At the same time, his relationship with his father (also his flight instructor) have undergone subtle changes.

— Tell us a little about your experience? Was it only a film connected or you did/do something else?
— Now I am a college student at Communication University of China. My major is Digital Media Arts and I have shot several short films in my college life.
— What inspired you to make your short film? How did you come up with that idea?

— Pilot is a profession that is both near yet far from everyone's lives. Almost all of us have travelled by plane, which is flown by the pilot, but we rarely have the opportunity to know the story behind their profession because of the isolation of aircraft doors. Before becoming a real pilot, every flight student is subjected to near-military management and training and a brutal screening process.
Each year in China, the number of people who can graduate to become pilots is about 3,000. Of that number, about 15% are unable to really fly into the sky because of technical, physical, and other reasons.
Our film crew filmed at several flight schools and interviewed several flight instructors and students, hoping to show the viewers that the most realistic life of an aviation school.
What this film focuses on is not how one student strives to achieve his blue sky dream, but the unspeakable regret of the 15 percent who lost, and the deep love between teachers and students, father and son.
As the director of this film, I was also born in an aviation family. But later on, by coincidence, I studied film-related subjects. In fact, I also have a longing and regret for flying.
—Tell us how it was to produce your film?

— This film is an assignment of a director course in our school. It's a group work, and the DP, the production designer, the producer, the editor, also me director, are all enrolled in this course. We spent our own money to make this film and it cost about 6000 dollars.
Using aircrafts in student film is amazing example that everything is reachable with desire and passion.
— Do you have a dream?

— My dream now is to apply for MFA of cinematography at Beijing Film Academy.
— Did you have funny moments on the set? Or scary?

— The most funny part is that, due to the limit of the airport, we can only held highly up the green screen by 4 people out side the plane, to shot the last scene.
— Give advice for those who want to make a film, but don't know from where to start?
— Watch a lot of films first, then try to write your own story and film it, then again watch a lot film to learn how to make it better, then again try to make a film using what you have learnt...again and again you can be a better filmmaker.
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