THE SEAL OF DEATH 2, 18min., USA
Directed by Harris Josey
When Tony Han, a former detective, receives a “Seal of Death” letter threatening his honor and life, he ventures out to New York to take down the one person responsible, Shang Lee, The Head of the Yakuza. He joins forces with NYPD Captain Winnie Ford, the sister of his former partner, Marcus, and together they devise a plan to stop Shang Lee for good.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
I felt like I had unfinished business with this story. At the end of the first film Shang Lee escapes and I felt like there was more story to tell because of that. We had unfinished business and that really motivated me.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
It took me a year or so to finish this project.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Finding the right location for the big battle at the end. We knew we were setting up Shang Lee to be the big bad, and finding his Hideout/Homebase was challenging from a location scouting perspective.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
I was taken aback. I was so happy they all enjoyed the film and it really brightened up my day watching it.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
While I was in College, I was playing Football and tore my hip up pretty bad. My whole life I wanted to be a football player and now I no longer could. It was at that time, one of my Film Professors took me under his wing and really ignited my a passion for filmmaking.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
La La Land. I went through a phase in College where I watched that film 15 times in one month. It’s a great film and I just couldn’t get enough.
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I’ve really enjoyed the communication with the festival. I think other festivals can lack poor communication but this festival has been great!
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
FilmFreeway is great. I love that there is a hub where filmmakers can submit their films to festivals.
10. What is your favorite meal?
I enjoy a good quesadilla with some cheesy queso dip. It always hits the spot and you can make so many different varieties.
11. What is next for you? A new film?
Currently working on the Pilot Script for “The Seal of Death” as well as working on the 3rd and final short in the Franchise.