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

 
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- ABOUT ME - 

 
 
 

Erica Eng grew up in Oakland, CA where she got an early start on her filmmaking career. Being a winner of the San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award as a high school student, Erica used her prize money to purchase her own camera and began shooting videos for artists and musicians around the bay area. Shortly after receiving a B.A. in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University, Erica moved to Los Angeles to come up the industry ranks with internships at Spyglass Entertainment and HSI Productions, serving as an executive assistant at PRETTYBIRD and then for the Academy nominated director, Michael Mann. Erica spent six years learning the industry from the ground up before transitioning into becoming a full-time director, which is what she does today.

Erica’s work has been showcased in Oscar-qualifying festivals such as the Atlanta Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Holly Shorts Film Festival where her film “Fighter” was screened at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Most recently, Erica became one out of six fellows handpicked out of 400 applicants to participate in the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) - a fellowship created with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Through the program, Erica created a “Homeboy Industries” PSA starring the Emmy-nominated actor, Richard Cabral. Erica 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.

Erica's background in cinematography, and love of art, influences her rich cinematic style. Inspired by her Oakland roots, Erica aims to create work that reflects the diverse community in which she grew up.

View my director profile on:  FREE THE BID,  SHOOT NEW DIRECTOR SHOWCASE  and  CDDP !

 

- PRESS / ARTICLES -

THESE SIX FILMS ARE A GLIMPSE INTO WHAT MORE DIVERSITY CAN DO FOR ADVERTISING

"The CDDP chose six out of 25 finalists that competed to participate in the program and debuted the resulting films at a showcase held at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in L.A. this week."

  CDDP: Director Profile + Behind-The-Scenes   A fellowship program partnered with the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) to help increase directing opportunities for women and minorities. 

CDDP: Director Profile + Behind-The-Scenes

A fellowship program partnered with the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) to help increase directing opportunities for women and minorities. 

  Industry Sees Face Of Diversity At CDDP Screening   Next goal is inclusion for these directors who look to gain production company representation for spots, branded content

Industry Sees Face Of Diversity At CDDP Screening

Next goal is inclusion for these directors who look to gain production company representation for spots, branded content

Commercial Directors Diversity Program Announces Selected Participants

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.

SHOOT's 2018 New Directors Showcase Reel Debuts; Work of 32 Individual Helmers, 1 Duo Celebrated At DGA Theatre

 

"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......" 

SHOOT Magazine's 16th Annual New Directors Showcase

 

SHOOT® Magazine announces 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.  

  CDDP selects next participants   Almost 400 applications were entered for this next cycle, but the list was then whittled down to six, which will participate in the inaugural three-month program consisting of workshops, mentorships, networking and a grant to create a spec commercial and showcase their work to the industry.

CDDP selects next participants

Almost 400 applications were entered for this next cycle, but the list was then whittled down to six, which will participate in the inaugural three-month program consisting of workshops, mentorships, networking and a grant to create a spec commercial and showcase their work to the industry.

SHOOT ONLINE: Director Profile + Q&A

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.

  The Making of "POISON" Interview with Caleb Dawdy, Curator of Art & Experimental Film   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'...."

The Making of "POISON" Interview with Caleb Dawdy, Curator of Art & Experimental Film

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'...."

Erica Eng & Supa Good D Smoke Depict An "Inglewood Fight Knock Out"

In a cross between a short film and a music video, Erica Eng and Supa Good D Smoke ingeniously depict a graphic fight scene that takes place in the heart of South Central. They employ visuals of a community enthralled by the commotion, paired with lyrically insightful narration in order to humanize the often misunderstood black alpha male.

 

"Keep in mind that I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my shit." - Erykah Badu