Jeffrey: Hotel California

Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Fantasy, Romance

Connie W. Siu

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Jeffrey is the person inside of all of us that keeps going in the face of loss and incredible challenges. He is the part of us that has the power to put the pieces back together – to get up and move forward! This is a story of hope for all who have felt broken. We all need a “Jeffrey” in our lives.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

Jeffrey won the Emergence Film Grant for underrepresented filmmakers. The project promotes diversity in all areas: I am an Asian American female writer/director from East Oakland and the cast & crew consist of men and women from various countries and backgrounds.

The Story


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Vintage Convertible Mercedes Rental

Costs $600

This will be used in the opening scene of the film.


Costs $1,000

Makeup is a key element in creating and ambiance the look and feel of the film.

Visual Effects

Costs $5,000

The Visual Effects of the digital eyeballs and bug are key characters in the story.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Prop rentals and set dressing

Costs $3,500

Props and set pieces to create the environment.


Costs $8,000

This will be used to hire the crew. Can't film without a crew. :)

Craft Services and Catering

Costs $2,900

This money will go to feeding the crew during shoot days.

About This Team

The JEFFREY TEAM consists of seasoned professionals who are passionate about storytelling and dedicated to bringing Jeffrey to life.


•Connie W. Siu – Writer/Director/Producer

•Philip Abatecola – Co-Producer

•Natalie Sakai – Co-Producer

•J.J. Blumenkranz – Associate Producer

•Gena Kay – Associate Producer

•Taylor Martin – Unit Production Manager

•Adam Davis – Production Designer

•Taline Olemessekian – Prop Designer

•Jonathan & Kay Erland – Greenscreen Consultants

•Joel Hynek – Visual Effects Advisor

•Habib Zargarpour – 3-D Visualization Supervisor

•Paul Debevec – Virtual Lighting Consultant

•Alberto Menache –  Virtual Production Supervisor

•Andrew Schmidt – Digital Character Supervisor

•John Brennan – Motion Capture and Visualization

•Bill Mather - Matte Painter

•Mariano Diaz – Story Artist

•Michael Pedraza – Editor

•Jocelyn Wright – Wardrobe

•Maggie Fung – Makeup Supervisor

•Maryann Yee – Makeup

•Vanessa Blanchard Lee - Makeup -

•Art Dixie – Music Supervisor

•Caelum Cooney – Prop Artist

•Elan Shohet Zabin – Assistant, Graphic Design


Additionally, the project is sponsored by a number of vendors who have agreed to provide rental equipment. 


•Camera Division – Cameras and Lenses

•Chapman Leonard - Dolly Package

•Composite Components Company

•PiSquare – Digital Imaging Software

•Digital Monarch Media – Previs System

•Hurling Studios – Soundstage

•Eastern Costume – Costumes and Props

•Litegear – Lighting

•Cinelease – Grip package

•Hot Trax Inc. – Music supervision and clean up

•Artist for Change – Distribution Consultants

•Mercury Pictures – Props and Location


The visual effects team comprises of experts with over 20 years of experience and a number of award nominations. They are extremely knowledgeable about the latest technology and are on board to guide the virtual production process. 


Connie Siu career began in visual effects, which led to creating real-time virtual sets.  She has produced several indie films as well as several short films and has directed a feature-length adaptation of No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, which is currently in post-production.  Jeffrey takes advantage of her experience in visual effects and real-time rendering environments.  Connie's experience and background allow her to understand the specific needs of the production and lead the team to successfully complete the project. 


Taylor Martin comes from a strong background of sales, marketing, and event management creating multi-million dollar revenue streams for a nationwide industry leader. As an actor, voice-over artist, writer, producer, director and CEO of Martin Broz, Taylor drives forward with a mission to affect the world through great storytelling.


Adam Davis is an LA-based Production Designer and Art Director for television, commercials, and features. His TV credits include: Counterpart Season 2 (Starz), I Am The Night (TNT), The Inhumans (Marvel/ ABC), Godless (Netflix), Aquarius (NBC), and Magic City (Starz). His film credits include: Catching Fire (Hunger Games sequel), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Super 8, The Immortals and Larry Crowne.  Adam’s garnered ADG Awards for Outstanding Art Direction on David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Farmer’s Insurance Drowned Circus with director Dante Ariola.  Adam has designed film and architecture projects in Oahu, Miami, Atlanta, Vancouver, Cape Town, Santa Fe and Los Angeles. His professional and personal travels have taken him to over two dozen countries spanning six continents, including Nepal where he collaborated on a Production Design workshop for film students in Katmandu.


Paul Debevec is currently a Senior Scientist at Google VR. His Ph.D. thesis (UC Berkeley, 1996) presented Façade, an image-based modeling and rendering system for creating photoreal architectural models from photographs. Using Facade he led the creation of virtual cinematography of the Berkeley campus for his 1997 film The Campanile Movie whose techniques were used to create virtual backgrounds in The Matrix. Subsequently, Debevec pioneered high dynamic range image-based lighting techniques in his films Rendering with Natural Light (1998), Fiat Lux (1999), and The Parthenon (2004); he also leads the design of HDR Shop, the first high dynamic range image editing program. At USC ICT, Debevec has led the development of a series of Light Stage devices for capturing and simulating how objects and people reflect light, used to create photoreal digital actors in films such as SpiderMan 2, Superman Returns, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Avatar, as well as 3D Display devices for telepresence and teleconferencing. He serves as Vice President of ACM SIGGRAPH and is a member of the Visual Effects Society, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Academy's Science and Technology Council.


Jonathan Erland has had an impressive career.  His eclectic backgrounds merged harmoniously when his industrial design knowledge made him a desirable asset for Industrial Light and Magic, the group formed by John Dykstra, A.S.C., to create the visual effects for the film Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He continued his association with Dykstra, serving as Director of Research and Development for Apogee Productions. At Apogee, he received patents and Academy Awards for Reverse Bluescreen, the Blue-Max flux projector and a method for making front projection screens. The author of some twenty Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineering (SMPTE) papers, he has received the Society's Journal Award and the Fuji Gold Medal.


Alberto Menache is known for visual effects on Spider-Man (2002) and Superman Returns (2006), as well as his book "Understanding Motion Capture for Computer Animation and Video Games" is the CTO of Pi Square Co Ltd.. Pi Square is the newest organization to join the 209 group list of partners.


Habib Zargarpour started his film career on 3D IMAX films in Los Angeles, then moving to the Bay Area to work at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) as a VFX artist starting with The Mask. He developed the Nexus effect for Star Trek: Generations as well as the planetary explosion and first use of the CG Enterprise, working with VFX Supervisor John Knoll. He worked with VFX Supervisor Ken Ralston on the board game effects for Jumanji. Zargarpour also developed the first particle tornado for Twister working with Senior VFX Supervisor Dennis Muren on the test shot, and later with Stefen Fangmeier on the film VFX. Nominated for two Academy Awards and winner of two BAFTAs in Visual Effects for his work on Twister and The Perfect Storm while at ILM, some of his other film projects include Star Trek: First Contact, Star Wars Episode I, The Bourne Identity, Spawn and Signs.

Current Team