Tao Ryan Moua lives in Sacramento, California. Tao has completed several shorts and four features: two supernatural horrors and two drama/comedy. Tao has also created his own superhero and is currently working on several projects including two fantasy/action adventures, and a sci-fi short. Although writing has always been a challenge for Tao due to his late start in the art of language, he has dedicated himself to learning the craft of screenwriting over the years and has now perfected his craft. Tao was born in the country Laos. As a result of America's Vietnam War, Tao's family fled to Thailand as refugees when he was eight, then eventually settled in the United States. At the age of ten or eleven, Tao saw his very first silver screen picture: "Red Scorpion," starring Dolph Lundgren in the refugee camp. 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 visual storytelling. In America, at the age of twenty-two, Tao found his passion in films and wanted to become a film director. Tao went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies and Film Production from San Francisco State where he learned to make short films. Tao was influenced by the films of John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, and George Lucas.
Name: Tao Ryan Moua
Lives in: Sacramento, California
Company: None. Left Kurodard Productions in 2016
Occupation: Director and Screenwriter
Unique traits: I write supernatural horror, romance, drama, 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) who was made from his rib. 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.
Etude in Black
Film (short) Grip
A Piece of SF
Film (short) Special Effect Department
San Francisco State University