A 30-minute narrative, based on a true story, Homecoming is about a journey of a family returning to Taiwan for father's funeral and disputing on the control with the uncle because of the cultural differences between Western (USA) and Eastern (Hakka). Through this event, Christian and Hakka conventions on death would be revealed, and reflects the spirits of life in two ways. However, the two generations would eventually find each other the common thing, the love of family. Pre-production of this overseas production happened in Rochester and Taiwan. The shoot was scheduled for 6 days in Taiwan only. The Budget was originally proposed for $10,000, but increased to $25,000 in the end with gaining professional crews and enlarging the production value. The production had been completed in May 2009 with the major sponsor, Taiwan Hakka TV, who covered the entire budget. The production report focuses on the process how to resolve finance need and execute intense pre-production and shooting in Taiwan. *HAKKA - The Chinese characters for Hakka literally means, "Guest Families". The Hakka's ancestors were often said to have arrived from what is today's central China centuries ago. In a series of migrations, the Hakkas moved, settled in their present locations in southern China, and then often migrated overseas to various countries throughout the world. The worldwide population of Hakkas is about 80 million, though the number of Hakka-language speakers is fewer. Hakka people have had a significant influence on the course of Chinese and world history: in particular, they have been a source of many revolutionary, government, and military leaders.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Hakka (Chinese people)--Social life and customs--Drama; Funeral rites and ceremonies--Drama; Taiwan--Social life and customs--Drama

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School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Spaull, Malcolm

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Ghertner, Nancy

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Foggetti, Mark


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in December 2013. Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PN1996 .C453 2013


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