SVA Film & Animation

Alumni Blog: Justin Ho

Three years ago, Justin Ho (BFA Cinematography ’12) wrote one of our first alumni blogs about directing his first feature film. Today he comes back with a festival award win, and the official trailer for his film. 


I’d like to say great things about my film Minor Motion Picture. I’d like to feel somewhat content about it.  But unfortunately, as is true to anyone who attempts to create something, one can never be satisfied.  Screening my film in a film festival holds a lot of weight and excitement for me, more so than I thought it would.  Never did I think I would win the Best Showcase Feature Film at the SOHO International Film Festival!


It’s been a questionable 4 years since starting this film, and I cringe thinking it took 3 years to finish.  I started developing the idea right after graduating from SVA. My thesis film Placebo was going around in festivals, and I wanted to start a new project.  During a Q&A at the World Premier for Placebo, the question popped up: “What are you working on next?”  And I was happy to be able to say “Well, I can’t say much, but I have an idea for a film about childhood.”  And then an enthusiastic applause, with everyone afterwards telling me how much they’re looking forward to my next film.

Fast forward 5 years, and I finally submit my film to that same festival – only for them to reject it.  If I didn’t fully understand what failure felt like before, this was a full blast of it.

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What truly makes the festival experience is seeing your film in a theater. Sure, the idea is to get picked up for distribution, and or network. But for me the main purpose is to have this thing you’ve worked so hard on shown in a theater.  Because even if it does get picked up, most likely it will be for online distribution.

Rejections are part of the festival process, it’s a fact that needs to be thrown out there.  And I want to be somewhat transparent about this for my film – it’s been tough these past couple of months with the rejections.  But in the end I can not display enough, the amount of gratitude I have for everyone who’s helped me on this film, and I can not be more excited.

I may often complain about Minor Motion Picture, but that is only because I put so much behind it, and in the end I do care deeply about it.  I’ve learned so much during and since finishing this film that is helping me move forward as a filmmaker. I keep telling myself, you have to pull the bow back before launching an arrow, I hope this film is just the bow being pulled back.

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Minor Motion Picture Logline:
A thoughtful postgraduate girl tries to piece together the purpose of life in order to cope with the death of her sister. Her memories drift back and forth between childhood and adulthood eventually stumbling upon love.

Here’s a link to the YouTube channel where you can find a lot of behind the scenes footage for the film

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