What Is This Project?
Mulan: An East Side Story is a live-action musical based on the tale we all know and love: Mulan. Our twist on the Disney story takes place in modern day.
Unlike the original story, our interpretation has our hero, Mulan, attempt to join an all-male pack of thugs in order to seek revenge against a rival gang rather than being one of the girls that hang out in the kitchen. Through her journey, she learns to overcome her adversities by embracing her unique identity against all odds.
Why We Are Making This
Disney’s Mulan was an important influential animated film, especially for the Asian-American members of Team Red Pro. This film awakened a special strength in our racial identity - it gave us pride in being Asian in a world where most mainstream media protagonists were rarely people of color.
In the simplest sense, our short-film, Mulan: An East Side Story will be Team Red Pro’s love-letter to Disney’s Mulan. We will be paying homage to the aspects that made the original animated film amazing (including the music and action); all while blending in our original style.
What Does My Money Do?
Financial support allows us to help take care of our team appropriately while also arming us with worthwhile equipment. Your support would allow us to pay for the following:
- Craft services (full bellies = a happy, healthy team)
- Gear purchase and rentals
- Location rentals
- Filming and gear Insurance
- Filming permits
- Editing, software
- Travel and lodging
We will continually add updates to this page on our progress for the Mulan: An East Side Story and new projects we brainstorm. We plan on finding ways to thank our supporters by keeping you in the loop first with exclusive updates and behind the scenes spotlights. The best part of being a team of creatives is we’re always brainstorming new ideas!
Who is Team Red Pro?
Team Red Pro is a diverse collective of creatives who all have a common goal: telling great stories. We all come from various backgrounds and have varied experiences, so we want to create content that highlights components that are important to us by uplifting all cultures and backgrounds. Growing up, and even until recently, many of us had limited relatability to the “Hollywood standard”. A lot of us got our “start” making more of what we wanted to see in the movies, on posters, and in the world. We value diversity and uplifting people’s talents and interests in order to create more captivating content we can all experience. We hope that our work inspires young talent to find the courage to pursue their dreams, the way we did ours.
Team Red Pro was founded by Joseph Le but has come to include so many people and other collaborating production teams. It has become more than any one person but we all strive for the same end: an engaging visual experience, and a compelling story.
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Continuing Our Legacy (Past Works)
Even when Team Red was just a twinkle in our eyes, we all spent much of our time creating various works. Our passion has driven us to keep getting better and we hope that with your generous donations, we can continue our progress.
Afro Samurai was our first budgeted film that was funded through crowdfunding. We are eternally grateful for the support from our fans for that movie and believe we have honored their donations with a worthy movie. The support we’ve received from past projects has given us confidence to make Mulan: An East Side Story. We look to continue our journey in making videos that we think are interesting, intriguing, and fun to watch.
Please donate, share, like, subscribe, give us constructive feedback, any way you feel comfortable in showing your support—we will be forever grateful.
While much of this has come out of our pockets, we couldn’t have gotten here without the help of friends, family, and the community. For Mulan: An East Side Story we would like to give particular thanks to IVEA group, The Spot Asian Food Hall, and Honey Booth for their support. Because of them we wouldn’t have had some of those really cool scene locations.
We are also grateful to the Hawkins family for allowing us to use their home as a location and feeding our team while there. We were also honored to use the home of another team member, Tariq Al Monsieur, for some of our location shots.
This is a great reminder of how amazing everything comes together with the help of others and how important our community is to us. Thank you so much to everyone that’s believed in us and continue to do so.
It takes a village to make something incredible, and this video was no different. A huge thank you to everyone who was part of the team. Your efforts, hard work, and passion did not go unnoticed!
Directed & Storyboard - JOSEPH LE
Music by - ALEX KANE
Producers & Assistant Directors - AIMEE HAWKINS & ASHLEY PATRICK
Director of Photography - VINH LE
Guitarist - PETER LE
Recording Engineer - DAVID JOHNSON & ALEX KANE
”I’ll Make A Thug Outta You” Lead Vocals - LEROY NGUYEN
”I’ll Make A Thug Outta You” Lyrics - LEROY NGUYEN & ALEX KANE
Script - ASHLEY PATRICK, ROBIN CALVO, JOSEPH LE
Intro Dialogue Script - LEROY NGUYEN
JACKIE KIM as Mulan
LEROY NGUYENas “Lefty”
TRAVIS DAVIS as Jackson aka “Righty”
SMITTY CHAI as Smitty
Tiger Recruits -
DAMON L. GIBSON JR.
Lefty's Dancing Tigers -
Swole Tigers -
SAMUEL JOON LEE
Gambler Gang -
Tiger Thugs -
TARIQ Al Monseur
Tiger Girlfriends -
JESSLYN G. RIANG
Other Characters -
ALEX KANE Police Officer
MADISON BONDOC Purse Lady
VINH LE Chill Guy
AIMEE HAWKINS Jogger
Executive Producer - JOSEPH LE
Assistant Producers - GARRETT TAIRA, ROBIN CALVO, & GARY HWANG
Vocal Coach & Music Supervisor - ASHLEY PATRICK
Editor & Sound Designer - JOSEPH LE
Colorist - SAMMY YOON
Gaffer - NATHAN COLBY & STEPHEN HAN
Camera Operators - SAM SONG & SAMMY YOON
Action Camera Operator - JOSEPH LE
1st Assistant Camera - DOMINIQUE MARRO
Camera PA & On-Set Editor - ALAN DANG
2nd Assistant Cam + DIT - SAMMY YOON
Gaffer/Grip, Camera PA & Location Sound - ALEX AU
Production Assistants - LIZ JAMORA, JESSICA BARKER, TARIQ AL MONSEUR, ANNA NGUYEN
BTS Video - SAM CHOI & GARRETT TAIRA
BTS Photography - JEN EUN, ALEX AU, & LIZ JAMORA
Photographer - JUSTIN ROBINSON
Dance Choreographer -LAUREN DE VERA
Fight Choreography - JOSEPH LE
Assistant Fight Choreography - LEROY NGUYEN, ROBIN CALVO, DOMINIQUE MARRO, SAMUEL JOON LEE, & DAMON L. GIBSON JR.
Mulan Stunt Double - ANGELA JORDAN
Stunts - ROBIN CALVO, DAMON L. GIBSON JR., SAMUEL JOON LEE, & RICHIE INTHASOROTH
Pre-Viz Stunts - JOSEPH LE, ROBIN CALVO, KAITLYN HILLER, DOMINIQUE MARRO, TARELL BULLOCK, ZACHARY STETKA, &
DAMON L. GIBSON JR.
Photography (Marketing) - JUSTIN ROBINSON
Marketing - LIZ JAMORA, AIMEE HAWKINS, ASHLEY PATRICK
”Reflection" Jazz Piano - KEN MARUT
"Reflection" Vocalist - ANNA NGUYEN
“I’ll Make A Thug Outta You” Extra Vocals - ALEXYA GARCIA & ALEX KANE
Art Department - DYLAN HOANG, AN LY, ALEX AU, & MAMA LE
Props - ALEX AU, AIMEE HAWKINS, & JOSEPH LE
Makeup Artist - AIMEE HAWKINS
Catering - CHRIS JUN, HAERUN RO
- DeShawn Bailey
- Denisa Bento
- Vincent Nguyen
- Douglas Phung
- David Johnson