Huy Vo (12, MST) has recently captured the student body with his series of short videos under the title Pronoun Films. He has included many of his classmates and teachers, which has echoed his name further throughout the Manual community. Redeye sat down with him and discussed his recent works as well as the creative process into making them.
Q: How do you go about making a sketch?
A: I’m usually inspired by conversations and interactions with other people. Honestly, just day-to-day life.
Q: What’s the first word that comes to mind when you watch your own videos and why?
A: Uncomfortable. In all of my videos, at least one of the characters has an awkward pause. I mean I guess that could be uncomfortable.
Q: Why do you like to create these?
A: I really like telling stories because stories are powerful in the sense that they can entertain, teach and stand the test of time. The main characteristic I like about storytelling is that they can evoke emotion, whether it’s making someone laugh or making them sad or ticking them off. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I enjoy having some sort of influence on people.
The short film he has shared with us is entitled “You Dance Like A Dad” telling the story of a young boy with the passion for dance, but is told by a young girl that his dance moves aren’t the best.
Q: Where did you get the idea for “You Dance Like A Dad?”
A: One time at a party, I was dancing and my friend Carly Rodman said my dance moves were like a dad’s.
Q: How good of a dancer are you?
A: I assume that I was bad, but I received several compliments after posting the video.
Q: Can you give us a brief description of your next short film?
A: It’s going to be about a son who continues to go to religious services, and participates in buddhist events regardless that he’s an atheist. He debates whether he should continue participate in buddhism for his mother’s sake or not because of his own dignity.
Huy Vo is just one of the few great filmmakers attending duPont Manual High School. For more of his fantastic creations, head to his YouTube: Pronoun Films.