Shenzhen, China – With a master’s in photography, Connie Yawen Gao has learned to excel in the art of lenses. Her spectacular creative direction and attention to detail have manifested into her work quite seamlessly and allowed her to always take it one step further.
Connie Yawen Gao currently works for MAS IMAGEWORKS as an exclusive producer and has spearheaded multiple projects worth more than RMB 100 million. Her contribution as an insightful and creative leader as well as abundant vendor resources has helped her in taking on challenges and working in fast-paced environments.
Her key projects include “Chasing the Dragon” with an investment amount of RMB 300+ million, she led a project team with more than 200 members to handle special effects production and creative management. This opportunity led her to work with 70+ artists and studios in Korea, Japan, United States, etc. to produce 1,000+ shots in a mere span of 2-3 months. This big-ticket movie won several awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
The biggest budget film in Indian History “Enthiran 2” is also an achievement under Connie Yawen Gao’s belt. She handled the special effects production management and overcame multiple technical difficulties to present the director’s unconstrained ideas, achieved high customer satisfaction, and increase the number of shots taken. Other than this, she took charge of the Special Effects Production of the movie “Yunnan Valley” and exceeded the audience’s expectations with more than 500 shots.
Other than the big screen, Connie Yawen Gao also tried her hand at animation games and was highly recognized for her work. She led the team to complete the production of animated promotional videos for multiple games, such as “Final Fantasy 14”, and the animated film “Resident Evil”. Another game, “Kingdom Hearts” was highly recognized by customers, and game product sales broke historical records because of Connie Yawen Gao’s animation work and 3D restoration.
As of now, Connie Yawen Gao is considering changing the future of television with her experience and insight into the industry. According to the producer herself, “Film special effects technology is the trend of the times, but also the inevitable phenomenon of the development of the times, people do not need to see special effects on color. Technology is always a content service, and technology heavily depends on good creativity.”
In recent years, special effects production has become an important part of the film industry, and films like world-renowned sci-fi blockbusters “Avatar” and “Transformers” series are highly praised. However, Connie Yawen Gao thinks that it is very important for filmmakers to know how to not abuse film special effects and use them as a creative enhancement rather than anything else. She hopes to combine excellent direction, with creativity and technology, which is something that she is already good at and hopes to pursue in the future.