Director    |    Oakland native living in Los Angeles    |    erica@ericaeng.com    |    323.393.0659

 
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- ABOUT ME - 

 
 
 

Erica is a Los Angeles based independent director whose work has been showcased in Oscar-qualifying festivals such as the Atlanta Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Most recently, out of 400 applicants, Erica became one out of six fellows handpicked for the 2018 Commercial Directors Diversity Program - a fellowship created by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers and Directors Guild of America. She was also chosen for SHOOT Magazine's 16th Annual New Director's Showcase, where her film "POISON" was screened at the Directors Guild Theatre in New York. 

Inspired by her Oakland roots, Erica aims to create work that reflects the diverse community in which she grew up. Her background in cinematography, and love of art, influences her rich cinematic style. With poetic imagery, Erica finds beauty within the grit – creating raw stories with complex characters, utilizing dramatic visuals and rhythmic editing to provoke an emotional response.

 

- PRESS / ARTICLES -

 

SHOOT's 2018 New Directors Showcase Reel Debuts; Work of 32 Individual Helmers, 1 Duo Celebrated At DGA Theatre -- ( Read Full Article Here)

 

"After the screening, SHOOT held the Meet the New Directors panel discussion in which four of the directors participated, all of whom are as of yet unaffiliated with a production company: Erica Eng, Shaya Mulcahy,  Brad Raider and Brett Warkentien.

Eng earned inclusion for her short film Horace Gold's POISON and has come up the industry ranks with internships at Spyglass Entertainment and HSI Productions, serving as an assistant at PRETTYBIRD and as an executive assistant for filmmaker Michael Mann. She recently directed a spec commercial as a fellow of the CDDP. Eng was one of six promising talents selected from some 400 CDDP applicants to benefit from an industry workshop, mentorship and support in the making of a spec piece of their own choosing. Eng's spec PSA centers on Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, a rehab group which gives a second chance to gang members, ex-cons and others, putting them on a positive path to career advancement. Eng's piece focuses on acclaimed actor Richard Cabral (American Crime, Lethal Weapon), a Homeboy alum."

Check out my SHOOT Interview Questions Here! --- (Read Full Article Here)

 

SHOOT: What is your current career focus: commercials and branded content, TV movies? Do you plan to specialize in a particular genre—comedy, drama, visual effects, etc.? 

ERICA: My current career focus is in commercials and music videos. I love how short-form content gives me the ability to constantly create and experiment. That being said, my overall career focus is to direct anything that I’m passionate about, long-form or short-form. The format doesn’t matter to me, what matters is the story.

SHOOT Magazine's 16th Annual New Directors Showcase -- (Read Full Article Here)

 

SHOOT® Magazine, the leading publication for commercial and entertainment production & post, today announced the names of the 33 directors / directing teams who made the final cut to be included in the SHOOT 2018 16th Annual New Directors Showcase.

The debut screening of the Showcase Reel will take place during SHOOT's Annual New Directors Showcase Event on Thursday, May 24th at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in New York City.  The event will kick off at 3:00PM with several panel discussions followed by the Showcase Reel Screening.  After the Screening there will be a special "Meet the New Directors" Panel.  The event concludes with a move down to Soho for the after-party at The Mill from 8:30-11:30PM. 

LITTLE BLACK BOOK:  Commercial Directors Diversity Program Announces Selected Participants -- (Read Full Article Here)

Tamika Lamison, program director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) has announced the six participants in a newly expanded CDDP program announced in October. Almost 400 applications were received for this cycle, with 25 finalists. The six selected for the program will participate in its inaugural three-month program consisting of workshops, mentorships, networking, a grant to create a spec commercial and an industry showcase.

The selected participants in this highly competitive program are:  Maya Albanese, Erica Eng, Kryzz Gautier, Monty Marsh, Tamika Miller and Gabrielle Paciorek.

The CDDP’s mission is to foster awareness and increase directing opportunities for women and other historically underrepresented groups of people. This is accomplished through a targeted program of outreach, mentorship, and exposure. It was created during contract talks between the DGA (Directors Guild of America) and the AICP.

NYC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL:  The Making of "POISON" Interview with Caleb Dawdy, Curator of Art & Experimental Film -- (Read Full Article Here)

CD: You mention the magnificent “Meshes of the Afternoon” as a source for inspiration here, do you have other surrealist inspirations, whether it be film/photography or painting, that you borrow from? If so, who?

EE: For “POISON,” I used the film “Nightingale” featuring David Oyelowo as visual inspiration. The film largely takes place in a 1950’s home where Oyelowo obsesses over having his old Army buddy over for dinner. Because Horace already has a vintage feel to his music, I knew I wanted to do a vintage style video. I felt “Nightingale” was an appropriate visual reference for “POISON” because they both deal with similar themes of obsession, addiction and heartbreak. Plus, Oyelowo is a recluse in the film and I deal with heartbreak in a very solitary way, so I knew I wanted Horace’s character to feel the same – trapped in a house as things around him remind him of his addiction. The mirror shot is my way of paying homage to “Nightingale” because there are a few scenes that stood out to me where Oyelowo is sitting in front of a partitioned vanity mirror, conveying his disjointed personality, and I wanted Horace’s character to feel the same – slightly insane.