Chi Fan Wang

Van is a 2D Motion Designer. His energy and passionate personality are reflected in his vivid and lively animation work.

Van has been a freelance motion designer for Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency, where he created 2D motion designs to convey a positive message to society. For instance, he built the animation ”E-Gate your smart choice,” which highlighted the convenience of E-gate and represented a positive travel experience.

Van watches many international studios gived the inspiration that he believes the most compelling and effective motion graphics draw on a variety of 2D and 3D techniques. As a result, he decided to study MFA Computer Arts at the School of Visual Arts. In his recent work, Van has implemented the skills he learned in this graduate program, including modeling, material, and lighting.

Now he continues to refine his animation skills in New York as a motion designer who can solve problems with different animation techniques.
Your project has entered in our festival. What is your project about?  
My project, "The Life," narrates my belief that even alone, one can lead a complete life. In our journey through life, we board our own trains by seeking happiness. In my story, I describe my personal insights on how to find joy in life. We all know that family, friends, and loved ones nourish our lives. However, there will come a day when they leave to board their own trains. These departures are not painful; rather, they help us understand that even alone, one can be whole and brilliant.

What are your ambitions with your project?
I hope my animation can inspire those who are disheartened and unhappy with life. I want to convey that even if you are alone, you can find joy in life on your own. By taking a moment to calm your mind, you too can carve out your own path. 3.While creating this animation, "The Life," I unexpectedly made a Canadian girlfriend, experiencing my first international romance. Throughout the creative process, she has been a tremendous source of energy and encouragement. Most importantly, she finds the characters in my animation very cute, just like she finds me, which I think is one of the reasons she fell in love with me!

For what group of spectators is your film targeted?
My animated film is not targeted at a specific audience. It is primarily intended for teenagers who are unhappy with their lives and adults in their thirties, like myself. The main goal is to convey the roots of happiness to my viewers. At the same time, the character design is child-friendly, allowing children to enjoy it as well. 5.I believe my animation will have a positive impact on the world. I aim to spread positive energy through my work, hoping to bring a moment of happiness to as many people as possible.

How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?
My work is primarily a creation filled with positive energy and values. The unique feature of my work is the hope that viewers will feel happy after watching my animation and be inspired by it.

Why did you decided to become a filmmaker?
Because I love making animations, I believe that animations can bring happiness to the world, and therefore, I became an animator. 8.Adam Meyers is my role model. His passion for creating animations and showing them to people has always been a trait I admire and strive to emulate.

Which movies are your favorites? Why? 
Soul is my favorite animated movie. The positive impact this film has had on me is to live in the moment and experience everything that happens every minute, every second. 

Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
I usually find inspiration for creating animations in the fun events or interpersonal interactions that occur in everyday life.

Which topics interest you the most?
Any topic that inspires me or that I have not encountered before can spark my interest.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?
My greatest achievement so far is that my creation 'The Life' has won several awards at IMDb festivals. I've also been headhunted by other companies in the field of motion graphics, and I had the opportunity to intern at Buck Design LA. However, I want to emphasize that these are just events that have happened along the journey and are not the ultimate achievements I aspire to.

What do you consider most important about filming?
I believe that the most important aspect of creating animations is ensuring the story is rooted in genuine feelings, particularly stories that have happened to you personally. I think that creating with true emotions allows for the production of profound animations.

Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?
Any technology that can solve problems is best technology.

How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?
I believe the possibilities for film are becoming increasingly diverse. Especially with the advent of AI technology, I am excited about how far our creativity can extend. 

Who supports you in your film career? 
Parents, Older sister, Wei-Jie Liao, Bert Chen, Dab Hsu, Shveta Sharma