Q & A: Derrick Fong

Can you begin by telling us a little bit about yourself, who you are, what you do?

Hi my name is Derrick Fong and I’m the cinematographer for Zombasians! Originally from Toronto (where my creative seeds were planted) I made my way to New York City to hone my craft. Eventually fate came calling and I found myself in Hong Kong.

I love all aspects of the creative visual arts, and have had my hand in photography, illustration, design and motion graphics but I always find myself gravitating back to the camera.

How did you first get involved with the Zombasians project?

Throughout my Hong Kong adventures, I’ve crossed more than one path with Big Mike Leeder. But we’ve never worked together. So it was to my great pleasure when Simon Yin told me Big Mike had this zombie project and wanted us to work on it! Also, Big Mike knows that I never leave home without the shotgun.

The project is your 2nd feature with Simon Yim who you’ve worked with on a number of smaller projects. How did the two of you first get together and form such a good team?

One of the first people I met in Hong Kong was Simon Yin. Not knowing too many other expats, it was our fish-out-of-water, “North American Chinese”-ness that forced us to work together. Along with Vince Chung and Rob Lok, we decided to band together and shoot a TV show, CB Fresh, a skit-based comedy / variety show. Based off this initial project we started getting more work, such as commercials, music videos and online virals.

Throughout these shoots, Simon would lean towards the director role, while I leaned towards the cinematographer role. It was good because we complimented each other. I was definitely more of the techie and Simon had the vision. He would say, “I want a car to drive off this cliff and then crash into that helicopter and land in a pool of hot girls!”, then I would have to try to figure out how to shoot it!

I’ve said it before that I’m the Spock to his Kirk. Also because I’m taller than him.

How do you think Zombasians will differentiate itself from other Zombie movies?

I’m a huge fan of the Zombie genre and right now we seem to be going through a Zombie renaissance. The one thing that I haven’t seen yet though, and I think is our trump card, is strong sexy female ASIAN zombies! I think our variant of Zombie will be unique and a welcome change, hopefully giving audiences the duel feelings of arousal and fear! If we can get people turned on by a zombie, I think we’ve done our job!

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