LING (SHORT FILM / COMIC BOOK / T-SHIRTS!)
Written by Marie Iida & Dennis Liu, Illustrated by Mariko Yamashin
PREMISE: AN ASIAN-AMERICAN SUPERHERO!! She’s not sexy, she’s not good at math, she’s not submissive, and she skateboards. LING, a Chinese American teen with a birthmark on her face, struggles with cyberbullying and self-image in high school. One day, Kitsy, a magical three legged fox, teleports into her washing machine to tell her that she’s a "which”: she has the ability to transform to be, whichever girl she wants to be.
(Imagine a Teen ALIAS meets BUFFY, with a “S-witchery” twist. Picture SPACE JAM and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT but with anime! Not to mention a magical fox who teleported into her washing machine!)
Ling is the second diverse superhero I will release and create. Four talented Asian American women joined me in making this comic and cinematic short over the last couple years - writer Marie Iida, illustrator Mariko Yamashin, line producer Teresa Lee, and of course Angeline Jara, who plays Ling.
Ling is a fun and edgy comic for teens; she’s a kick ass Asian American character we wish we had growing up. Ok fine, so you’re a grown adult like us. You can be a fan of hers too. The goal of Ling was to create the coolest, character driven, Asian American superheroine we could come up with. She is not a sidekick, submissive or stereotypical (C’mon Deadpool!!).
Ling’s not a model minority and she’s not oversexualized. Ling is not a “Mary Su.” In fact, Ling constantly is getting her ass kicked. Yet she gets up. Day after day. And she fights. (With a transformable laser canon turned hover skateboard broomstick - aka the kaboomstick). Since so much of Asian American history and experience is assimilation, for better or for worse, Ling’s abilities are that she is a “which girl” - she can change her identity. Pilot? Banker? Football star? Femme Fatale? Ling can be, whichever girl she wants to be!
Thank you for Randall Park for donating your time and your support. Like the indie version of Raising Dion, we will try to continue this project so long as you, the audience supports it. Funds that we receive from the book go right into the series.
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SHORT FILM CREDITS
DIRECTED BY DENNIS LIU
WRITTEN BY MARIE IIDA & DENNIS LIU
COMIC ILLUSTRATED BY MARIKO YAMASHIN
A TRAFFIK FILMWORKS production
and introducing ANGELINE JARA
ALSO WITH: JASON SERSTOCK, HALEY MANCINI, BRODIE REED,
PRODUCED BY TERESA LEE, DENNIS LIU, MARIE IIDA
CINEMATOGRPAHY BY DAVID VOLLRATH & MAAN-NAN
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR RAVEN JENSEN
SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OLIVER DEUTSCH
PRODUCTION DESIGNER PETER MACALUSO
ART ASSISTANT ABBY DUBOIS
KABOOMSTICK 3D PRINT JC MOLINA
JEWELRY DESIGN EACH JEWELS
FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA ERIC UGLAND, JEREMY ASUNCION
SECOND ASSISTANT CAMERA ALEX SPENTZOS
KEY GRIP JEREMIAH MAGAN
GRIPS ANDY CARAZO, MARYN MCGAW
GAFFER KATIE WALKER
ELECTRIC JOSH CHAN
STUNT SUPERVISOR RUSTIC BODOMOV, JUSTIN VANCHO
LING STUNT DOUBLE SELENA O’SULLIVAN
SOUND MIXER JUSTIN ARBABI
MAKEUP SUPERVISOR VICKY CHAN
MAKEUP ARTISTS IRIS ABRIL
COSTUME DESIGNER KIM NGO
LOCATIONS FRANK WELLS
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS ANDREW AHLQUIST
MUSIC BY PAKK HUI
EDITED BY MINDY CHEN
VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR KUAN LIN
VFX TEAM DEVON DELMONT, GRAFX, LIAM KIRTLEY, CAGAN YUKSEL, JIMMY CHEN, ASTEROID HUES,
MIKE WARREN, JON TRUEI,
2D ANIME TEAM HIROMITSU MURAKAMI,
KITSY ANIMATOR KURT CHANG
COLOR BY SEAN DUNCKLEY
SOUND DESIGN: DENNIS HU
ADR RECORDING LIME STUDIOS
SPECIAL THANKS TO: ALDOUS DAVIDSON, NICK GAUL, ERIN GAUL, OUR SCREENERS , JOSH RUDNICK, UTA,
MOSAIC, ROB REE, AND EVERYONE WHO HELPED US