Lights, Camera, China!
By Mary Daily
Published Oct 1, 2012 8:00 AM
“Biology examines life through a microscope, while film examines life through a camera lens,” says Chris Lee ’98. Which is why it wasn’t that big a leap for the biology graduate to team up with his brother, Dickson Lee ’94, and launch a film production and entertainment consulting company called Move Eye Media, based in Los Angeles and Beijing.
The brothers make Chinese-language comedies and English-language adaptations of Chinese stories with lots of action. Chris, based in Beijing, handles creative and business development. Dickson, who majored in business economics, is based in L.A. and focuses on financial and corporate strategy.
On Move Eye’s front burner right now is Doggie Says I Love You, an original comedy that Chris wrote and plans to direct in Beijing at the end of the year. An official selection of the 2012 Beijing International Film Festival Co-Production Forum, the film portrays the love-hate relationship between people and dogs in China. The Lee brothers (Dickson, above left, and Chris, right) are in discussion with studios in China and the U.S. to finance the production and distribute it worldwide.
For Chris, a love of films and TV came early. As a child, he “loved the idea that through art and creativity we could change the world, one audience member at a time,” he says. Through the UCLA Career Center, he landed an internship with a production company and went on to work for Disney, Paramount, MGM, DreamWorks and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. Meanwhile, Dickson accumulated business-side experience as an executive in studio operations strategy, finance and operations at Sony Studios and in the Internet and home video divisions at Disney.
Move Eye’s future projects include a Chinese-language comedy about the battle of the sexes, an English-language action comedy and an adaptation of a Chinese bestselling novel, an action thriller, for a U.S. studio. The company is also handling international sales on a dark comedy called Close Encounter of Mahjong.