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Oakland Native Living in Los Angeles

 
 
 

Erica is a music video and commercial director based in Los Angeles. Her work has been showcased in Oscar-qualifying festivals such as the New Orleans Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival and HollyShorts Film Festival where her film “Fighter” screened at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. In 2018, she was 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. That same year, Erica became one out of six fellows handpicked out of 400 applicants to participate in the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) - a fellowship created by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers and the Directors Guild of America. Through the program, she directed a “Homeboy Industries” commercial starring the Emmy-nominated actor, Richard Cabral.

Growing up in Oakland, CA Erica 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 spoken word artists and musicians around the Bay Area. After receiving a B.A. in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University, Erica moved to Los Angeles to come up the industry ranks. She began with internships at Spyglass Entertainment and HSI Productions, then landed her first job as an Agent’s Assistant at The Skouras Agency, before moving up to an Executive Assistant role for the Vice President of PRETTYBIRD, and then for the Academy nominated Director - Michael Mann. Erica spent six years learning the industry from the ground up before transitioning into directing full-time.

A lyrical storyteller, Erica is inspired by her Oakland roots and creates work that reflects the diverse community in which she grew up.

 
 

 
 

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EP Chris Zander, Director Andrew Wonder Launch Tomorrow ”Eng is an alum of SHOOT’s 2018 New Directors Showcase. She was also part of a select group of directors chosen for the Commercial Directors Diversity Program, the joint initiative of the AICP and DGA. Her varied work includes spots, music videos and short films, which have screened at film festivals including Holly Shorts and New Filmmakers.

EP Chris Zander, Director Andrew Wonder Launch Tomorrow ”Eng is an alum of SHOOT’s 2018 New Directors Showcase. She was also part of a select group of directors chosen for the Commercial Directors Diversity Program, the joint initiative of the AICP and DGA. Her varied work includes spots, music videos and short films, which have screened at film festivals including Holly Shorts and New Filmmakers.

Movie Maker Magazine Interview about the making of “POISON” for NewFilmmakers LA

Movie Maker Magazine Interview about the making of “POISON” for NewFilmmakers LA

Respect The Process Podcast with Jordan Brady “How Talented Filmmaker Erica Eng Worked Her Way To The Top. In this chat, we cover her career, strong work ethic, style and those vision boards.”

Respect The Process Podcast with Jordan Brady “How Talented Filmmaker Erica Eng Worked Her Way To The Top. In this chat, we cover her career, strong work ethic, style and those vision boards.”

These Six Films Are A Glimpse Into What More Diversity Can Do For Advertising “ Erica Eng' s powerful tale for Homeboy Industries follows a young man's road to a new life after serving his prison term…”

These Six Films Are A Glimpse Into What More Diversity Can Do For Advertising “Erica Eng's powerful tale for Homeboy Industries follows a young man's road to a new life after serving his prison term…”

Industry Sees Face Of Diversity At CDDP Screening “Eng--who earlier this year gained inclusion into SHOOT’s New Directors Showcase--made via the CDDP a spec spot titled “Second Chances” for Homeboy Industries, which assists high-risk youth, former gang members and those who had been recently incarcerated with a variety of programs, including work-readiness training in such businesses as the Homeboy Bakery and Homeboy Farmers Markets."

Industry Sees Face Of Diversity At CDDP Screening “Eng--who earlier this year gained inclusion into SHOOT’s New Directors Showcase--made via the CDDP a spec spot titled “Second Chances” for Homeboy Industries, which assists high-risk youth, former gang members and those who had been recently incarcerated with a variety of programs, including work-readiness training in such businesses as the Homeboy Bakery and Homeboy Farmers Markets."

View CDDP Director Profile, press articles featured on AdAge, Shots, SHOOT Magazine, Little Black Book and a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of “Homeboy Industries.”

View CDDP Director Profile, press articles featured on AdAge, Shots, SHOOT Magazine, Little Black Book and a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of “Homeboy Industries.”

New Director Showcase: Director Q&A SHOOT: What is the worst part of being a director?  ERICA: Everything. I would say 90% of being a director is tough. You start off with a great idea. Then, you slowly run into roadblocks that frustrate you creatively, and you rigorously prep only for something to inevitably go wrong during the shoot. But then, at the end of the day you sit back and say - that was amazing, let’s do it again! It’s that 10% of feeling proud and fulfilled after a long shoot day that makes it all worth it.

New Director Showcase: Director Q&A
SHOOT: What is the worst part of being a director?
ERICA: Everything. I would say 90% of being a director is tough. You start off with a great idea. Then, you slowly run into roadblocks that frustrate you creatively, and you rigorously prep only for something to inevitably go wrong during the shoot. But then, at the end of the day you sit back and say - that was amazing, let’s do it again! It’s that 10% of feeling proud and fulfilled after a long shoot day that makes it all worth it.

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'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….”

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….”

The Making of "POISON" Interview with Caleb Dawdy, Curator of Art & Experimental Film CALEB: 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?  ERICA: 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
CALEB: 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?
ERICA: 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…”

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…”

 

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