Tao lives in Sacramento, California. Tao has completed several shorts and four features: two supernatural horrors and two drama/comedy. Tao is working on several projects including two fantasy/action adventures, and a sci-fi short. At the age of ten, Tao saw his very first silver screen picture: "Red Scorpion," starring Dolph Lundgren. Intrigued by its visual spectacle and the story of Lundgren's character Nikolai (hero) meeting the Bushman (mentor), and although at the time he had no idea it was called "filmmaking," Tao became interested in the art of motion picture and visual storytelling. In college, Tao found his passion for films and wanted to become a writer/director/visual storyteller. Tao went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies and Film Production from San Francisco State University where he learned to make short films and write scripts. Tao was influenced by the films of John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, and George Lucas.
Unique traits: I write drama, romance, action/adventure, science fiction and fantasy. I have a well round understanding of story. A story must have meaning as well as entertainment value. I have the ability to think outside the box. When I write, I think of marketing and target a universal audience not just a niche. I am a scholar and proponent of Joseph Campbell's the Hero's Journey or mythic structure. I have created my own interpretation of the "Monomyth" called The Monomyth Tree, which breaks down the human psyche and emotions into different genres. Of all the film genres, my favorite is boy meets girl - the need to find our other half and feel complete, the anchor to make us whole like Adam (animus) and Eve (anima). This, I believe is the strongest of the human psyche. Whether it is an adventure/fantasy set in the past or a modern drama, the need to find our other half to feel complete is universal to all human cultures.
A Damsel (short) Action Attacked by a group of thugs in a ghetto neighborhood, a young woman is about to be rescued by a man when something else unexpected happens.
Oh My God (20 minute short) Romance ⋄ Thriller An insurance agent picks up a mysteriously attractive woman at a bar who turns out to be more than he bargained for.
First Squadron (A Star Wars Fan Short) Budget: $0 - $100K | Sci-fi ⋄ Fantasy Sent on a secret mission to Kashyyyk, a team of elite Stormtroopers must capture Wookiees as slaves for the Empire while battling hidden Rebel forces on the planet.
When We Were Boyz (feature) aka An American Tale Comedy ⋄ Drama Set in the mid 1990s, four Hmong brothers growing up in a small American town struggle to pursue their dreams and following their immigrant parents' tradition.
The Dress (feature) Horror ⋄ Mystery ⋄ Romance An unattractive fashion student discovers a beautiful dress that propels her to a night of fame but starts having haunting visits from a mysterious entity.
Split Horns (feature) Adventure ⋄ Horror ⋄ Thriller A grieving American family relocates to a remote village in the hills of Laos to heal, but the family bond is threatened when the last surviving son is abducted by strange creatures from the surrounding forests.
An Eastern Promise (Chinese language feature) Drama ⋄ Romance During China's economic boom, a Chinese farm boy who's in love with big city ideals leaves his village and the people he loves to pursue his dreams in the modern city-Shanghai.
Inferno (feature concept only, no script) Fantasy ⋄ Horror ⋄ Sci-fi After a spaceship carrying a cargo of prisoners crash-landed on a planet called Inferno, the only two survivors, an Arab Extremist and White Supremacist must put aside their differences if they are to survive the hostile alien world.
The Sunglasses (short) Crime ⋄ Thriller A door-to-door salesman, suffering from hemeralopia, schemes up a plan to catch the thief who stole his most precious personal possession - a pair of sunglasses.
Don't Call My Name (short) Horror ⋄ Mystery ⋄ Thriller A middle-aged husband takes his estranged wife camping in the mountains and the husband mysteriously goes missing.
Distraction (short) Comedy ⋄ Other A screenwriter chooses a coffee shop to write his script and becomes distracted by a young woman.
San Francisco State University