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The Short Film "Family Business" is a story originally from the Bible “The prodigal son”. It is a student project in Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
Vinnie Liu
San Francisco, California
United States
1 Team Member

This Project is modern take based on the biblical story “The prodigal son”. It's about a father's love for both of his sons, even though they choose different life paths.


About Me:

My name is Vinnie Weiyi Liu (@LiuVinnie), I am a "Motion Picture and Television" major student in Academy of Art University. I'm originally from China and now studying in San Francisco, California.

I am the producer of this short film "Family Business", which is about a warm and lovable story from the Bible. I am not a Christian but I was so moved by reading this story when I got the script from our director at the first time, then I decided to help her make these beautiful words into a short film

About the Crew:

The crews that are involved in this film are all film major students, they are very talented filmmakers and actors. 

The Director&Writer of "Family Business", Shanequa Lee (Facebook), she is a directing major student and doing her second year now. She directs and writes this amazing story.

The Cinematographer of "Family Business", Stefan Lee(@LeeStefan), he is a skilled Cinematographer and has had working experiences in professional production company for years.

The Actors of "Family Business", Manie Mothoneos, Ken Ross, John Pasquel and Amanda Encelan, they are in acting major and studying in Academy of Art. They all have plenty acting experiences before, like stageshow, theatre, improv and film actings.

Except for the crew members above, we also have a gaffer, a boomman, a makeup artist, an editor and a music composer. So, we have all departments and crews as a production team.

About the Equipment:

The equipments we are going to shot with are Canon C100 camera, mini slider, steadicam, Rode NTG2 Shot Gun Mic and Arri Kit Lighting system to ensure best quality and cinematic output for this film.




This story is about two brothers who choose different paths for their life and a Father’s impartial love for both of them.  The older brother, Brian, decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and learn the business from his as an apprentice.  The younger brother, Adam, decides that he wants to open internationally, but what he really wants to do is party on the company’s’ money.   Their father’s name is Lorenzo. 

The father in this story represents Jesus, and the two brothers represent someone who has walked with God all their lives, and someone who messed up big, but decided to come back to God. 


When the younger brother, Adam runs out of money overseas he is forced to work odd jobs until he comes to his senses and travels back to America.  Nancy, the Father’s secretary, see’s Adam one day panhandling outside of the store and contacts the Father, Lorenzo.  Thrilled that Adam has returned Lorenzo sends for him immediately. 

While Lorenzo is preparing things in the office for Adam’s return Nancy tells Brian that Adam is coming back and he confronts Lorenzo.  Brian doesn’t want Adam to be a part of the business anymore because he’s irresponsible and not fit to run it. Lorenzo doesn’t care what Brian says and won’t budge of letting Adam back in.

Adam enters the room with Brian and Lorenzo and Brian walks out without saying a word to Adam.  Lorenzo is so happy to see his son again and gets him started on coming back to the business. 

When Adam leaves his Father’s office he sees Brian again and finally they sit down to talk.  Adam is trying to make positive changes in his life, however Brian is still reluctant to believe him. 


This story is about a Fathers’ love for his sons, and two people taking different paths to end up at the same place. 


Where the money goes

All the funds received will go towards creating this stunning film. Although we got most of the equips, we still need money for Transportation Fee ($35), Location Rental Fee ($250), Props ($105), Custumes ($50) and Catering ($60)


Why are you funding us

We are passionate students and we value every penny you donated. 

We are doing this Biblical story to transfer love and positiveness for all audiences and hoping we could inspire peopel by this film, like the way we were inspried. 

We got the abilities and equipments to create a quality film, you can check out our websites to watch the films we made before:




We are in our pre-production process now, so we are really doing it. All we are waiting for is your support!!

Please fund our film!

Thank you in advance for contributions! 


God Bless You All.


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