Aileen Fang is an emerging production designer for short film projects and an art department assistant for long form content. Based in Sydney, Aileen is passionate about visual storytelling and creating a positive impact through representation in Australian media.
What is your dream role and why?
My dream job would be working on something with supernatural or sci-fi elements. I grew up watching those types of shows and being amazed at the special effects and world-building so I’d love the opportunity to play with reality like that.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration by tuning into the characters and understanding their motives, personality and how to incorporate that into visual storytelling. I love tapping into those little details to help the audience empathise and see the characters as real people.
What artists or creators do you admire and why?
I recently watched Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer emotion picture and I was blown away by the artistry and concept. I really admire anyone who’s trying to create something that speaks to larger concepts about human identity and equality.
What advice would you like to give your fellow creatives?
I think finding a balance for your mental health, personal life and work is super important. Setting boundaries, backing yourself up and knowing your worth is scary to do but it’s worth it in the long run.
What is a quote or motto that you live by and why?
“It gets better” is something I usually repeat to myself when I’m stuck in a bad situation. Having hope helps me refocus on finding a solution rather than wallowing and letting the problem consume me.