One More

September 28th, 2009
I’ve been out in New York for vacation and sent my submission to Tribeca from The Bowery Hotel.

Director of Photography

September 28th, 2009

Patrick LaValley was the Director of Photography on Lick. I approached Pat last year about working together and he was happy to oblige. Having only worked on a music video previous to the beginning processes of the short, it served as a buffer to out how we were going to work together on Lick. With the help of storyboards from Jerylyn Brei, we were able to collaborate at many levels. Pat’s ability to create stunning imagery and having a great reel is truly a talent. He is always on the grind and earlier this summer he shot his first feature called Forge, which is now in Post-Production.

Camera Package for Lick:

  • Panasonic HVX-200
  • Letus35 Extreme
  • Carl Zeiss 28mm, 50mm, 85mm
  • Nikon 200mm

Three More

September 18th, 2009

I’ve been using Withoutabox for my latest submissions and it’s been making the process very smooth.

Altogether, the submission fees, burning of DVD’s, shipping and packaging came to be over $120. Spendy.

Slowly, but surely

September 10th, 2009

I squeezed in some time last month to send Lick out to four festivals and one of them was so kind they discounted my entry fee to $20. Thank you!

I submitted the film before the early bird deadline, so I’m hoping the Programmers can take note of it before thousands of more entries come piling in! I probably won’t hear back from these festivals until the end of the year or early next year since they’re 2010 festivals.

We Dig It

September 9th, 2009

Kamp Grizzly did a little shout out about Lick, pretty dope. Thanks Yogi.

Director’s Reel 2009

July 15th, 2009

Director’s Reel 2009

Selected Works:
Restaurant | Short Film
Big Papes | Short Documentary
Keep Pushin’ by Kero One | Music Video
Optimist, Pessimist by Caves | Music Video
Lick | Short Film

Here is a collage of some of Johnny Le’s work. Enjoy.

Recap on PSISF

July 12th, 2009

Towards the end of last month, I went on a week long trip with Jerylyn and headed south to Palm Springs, California. There I witnessed the world premiere of my short film, Lick. The Official Selection of the 2009 Palm Springs International Shortfest debuted alongside 315 films from over 40 countries. We stayed for a good four days at the Ace Hotel (Thanks to Connie Wohn). This is the first festival for me to attend as a director, so it was an amazing experience. I’ve never seen so many good short films back to back.

A handful of programs I was able to see: Films for Families, Peak Performance, Shooting Stars, and Amazing Animation.

Some of my favorite films:

This is Her

Juiced and Jazzed

Lost and Found


The Bread


Cigarette Candy


The Cello

The Mouse That Soared

The programmers panel had some good insight directly from festival programmers on how they selected their films. I hope I can send my films to them soon.

Kodak’s “Stop By. Shoot Film.” was awesome. Jerylyn and I got the chance to shoot with Super16 on a Aaton camera. I cannot wait for the compilation DVD they send of the film shot from the festival.

On the drive back to Portland, Jerylyn and I drove by Los Angeles for a five hour tour (saw the MJ Star, Hollywood Sign and Elliott Smith “Figure 8” wall). San Francisco had to be hit up as well so we stopped by to visit my cousins and friends. The roadtrip ended being a real nice break from the constant work and school leading up to it.

All in all, I feel very honored to have taken part in the festival. Now that I’m an alumni, I’ll need to step it up and make another short. :)

If you haven’t known, Lick has been written up at Studio Nemo and The Asian Reporter.

Palm Springs

June 28th, 2009

The Palm Springs International Shortfest has been a really fun experience so far. Associate Producer Jerylyn Brei and I arrivevd into Palm Springs at around 2AM Friday morning. We drove all the way from Portland, OR to the desert. There are so many great films screening at this festival. It is unbelievable. I am so honored to be apart of this.

Here’s a few that are super good: Mutt, Lost and Found, The MisInventions of Milo Weatherby, The Cello, The Mouse That Soared and the list goes on.

Thanks to Connie Wohn, we’re staying at the beautiful Ace Hotel.

Lick was first to screen during the Films for Families program and it was received very well. The 10:30AM screening was early, but there was a good attendance which I’m thankful for. On Sunday night at 6:00PM,  the Closing Night Awards Gala is announcing the winners at the Camelot Theatres. See you around.

The Asian Reporter

June 23rd, 2009

The Asian Reporter | June 23rd, 2009

Writer, Director Johnny Le has been written up in page 11 of the latest issue of The Asian Reporter. Download the whole PDF to read the issue in its entirety. :)

Palm Springs Line-Up

June 9th, 2009

This is super sweet.