Q & A: Simon Yin

Simon Yin

Simon Yin - Director

Can you give us a brief introduction, who you are, what you do and your position on Zombasians?

Hey everyone!  My name is Simon Yin and I will be your DIRECTOR on this Zomb’asian journey.  You know, the natural born leader, the boss, the badass, the demigod on set, the captain, the pimp, the one who gets coffee first in the morning, etc.  You get the idea.

How did you first hear about/get involved with the Zombasians project?

I’ve known Mike Leeder for years.  For those of you who are not familiar, Big Mike has got his hand in every production cookie jar here in Hong Kong, including casting.  I’ve been to many casting sessions where Mike was the Casting Director, and I would always get the same response from him in regards to my audition.  It would go something like this….

“Hey Simon, yeah the (director, producer, PA, caterer, etc) loved your performance and thought you were just the best, but unfortunately, you were just too darn (insert backhanded compliment here).”

So after about 10 of these auditions, I was just plain sick of it.  So, I told Mike,

“You know what, why don’t you just let me direct one of your (insert expletive) movies so that I can give myself an acting role for once????”

And, lo and behold….ZOMB’ASIANS….and yes, I did write in a role for myself.

You’ve been based in Hong Kong for a while doing a variety of multi media work, music videos, short films etc and just made the jump to full length features with the recently wrapped Wall Street’ish tale Supercapitalist..From Wall Street Bankers to flesh eating Zombies? Why such a complete change of pace?

“Wall Street-ish tale….”  hmmm, I think we prefer to call it a financial THRILLER…a Hong Kong Wall Street, if you will.  PS.  www.facebook.com/supercapitalist (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/supercapitalist).  There, now my SuperCap producer will be  happy!

So, let’s see, I’m a little A.D.D, so I wanted something completely DIFFERENT than Supercapitalist to be my next feature.  I come from a comedy background, but what I liked about SuperCap was that it allowed me to flex my dramatic muscles, and really craft a story out of the imagery and the acting.  However, during production, I found myself thinking of really funny things and scenarios that could happen in each of these dramatic and tense moments, and I knew that my next project had to involve more of a comedic element.  When Mike handed me the script for Zomb’asians, I was at first a little skeptical (sorry, Russell!)  I didn’t know what to expect.  But after picking it up and reading it straight through, I knew that I wanted to be involved in this project.  The storyline is just so funny, and it has a lot of heart….not to mention a lot of hot Asian chicks in bikinis kicking ass and taking names!!!!

What are your expectations for the project?

I have no expectations, really.  I never do.  In all the projects that I do, I never expect anything of them.  I put the my best foot forward, and try to entertain an audience for 5, 10, 25, or even 90 minutes at a time.  But for Zomb’asians, I think there is something special in the air, and it’s not the secret pheromones from that the hot Asian Zombies secrete to seduce you into submission. Oh oh, did I just give away a plot point????

The thing is, we’ve put together a great team, and with such a great story, and the fun that we are already having, there’s no doubt that you guys will be wanting more THONGS OF THE DEAD!!!!

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