Wong Fu Productions' First Feature Film

Thanks to your support, our movie is finally here!
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Wong Fu Productions
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OUR MOVIE IS RELEASED!! 

It's been a long journey since we wrapped. An intense post production period, an exciting premiere at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and an uplifting promotional tour around the country. And now... it's available for you to finally watch.

Exclusively through Vimeo to RENT or BUY digitally. You can use your devices, smartTVs, Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast, AppleFire and XBOX. You can also buy a BUNDLE with the official movie poster. It's all available at

EverythingBeforeUsMovie.com

There've been some common questions about the movie's release, so we addressed many of them in this video...


Thank you for making this dream a reality. This project spanned 3 years of Wong Fu Productions, and all our short films and sketches have lead up to this point. You made this happen through your support both in spirit and generosity. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

This isn't the end for the movie however. We still have plans for a HUGE Fall screening TOUR around the world, we will be making more merchandise as well as the DVD/BluRay, many more PERKS are still set to go out, and we will even have a spinoff short (as promised) to make. We'll keep you update here and on all our social media! 

Please SPREAD THE WORD! Share the news with your friends. If you liked it please encourage them to support the film. We need the community to get behind projects like this to show that independent filmmakers, and Asian Americans, have a place in Hollywood! You are part of this movement.

-Wong Fu Productions


WOW, can't believe it's been over 4 months since we updated this page. Well, we have good reason! We were shooting the movie! Not only that, but we also wrapped, and finished editing the FIRST rough cut! I know, a lot to take in in one update.

It's been quite a ride already, but the journey has only just begun. As we continue to refine the edit of our film we are submitting to major festivals, as well as taking some important meetings to find the best way to distribute the film to you all as soon as possible! (And we didn't forget about the screening tour we promised because of the stretch goals!)

In the meantime, just wanted to say hello and let you all know that a lot of work is still being put in (on top of other projects for our YouTube channel to keep everyone happy). Check out a little recap of our production below, as well as an awesome feature that TIME Magazine did on us!



And regarding some of the rewards, as we near the completion of the final cut, we will also begin preparing some of the perks!

Talk soon!!

-Wong Fu Productions

We are TWO days away from starting to shoot our movie! The last 3 months have been insane as our production team has been working incredibly hard to prepare for our 1-month shoot. Producers and assistant directors locking in dozens of locations while handling mountains of paperwork, art directors driving all over town to find props and build sets, wardrobe putting together racks on racks of outfits, all the while we're fine tuning the script & planning each and every shot! 

And of course... we've been spending a lot of time casting! We saw so many incredible actors, and went through quite the process to find the right fits.

We're proud to finally share our principal cast!


Aaron Yoo


Brittany Ishibashi


Brandon Soo Hoo


Victoria Park


Chris Riedell


Randall Park


Joanna Sotomura


Ki Hong Lee

Some familiar faces, some new ones. We're so glad to have these incredibly talented individuals be part of this project. There are more awesome cast members which we'll reveal later, (and maybe keep some as surprises).

So here we are! This is really happening! Be sure to follow all the progress in real time by following our INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, or FACEBOOK. We'll also be posting weekly vlog updates on our YOUTUBE so be sure to subscribe and tune in!

And for another angle, be sure to follow the actors on their social media too!

We'll see you on set!
-Wong Fu Productions


TIME TO MAKE A MOVIE!

Our fundraising campaign ended last night and the grand total reached $358,278! That's almost double our original goal and we are just so amazed and humbled by your support and belief in us. We didn't imagine we'd reach so high, but our fans and supporters around the world really came through and blew us away. Apparently there are only 2 other films that have raised more money on indiegogo ever!!

Whether you came in on the first day, or the last hour, you and us are now in this together! The funding has ended, but the real journey is just beginning. You'll be getting email updates from us as we move forward (but not too often though, we don't wanna bug you!). All the big announcements, we'll let you know!

Anyway, for now, this update is just to say thank you, this is where the fun really starts, and we'll talk to you later!

- Wong Fu Productions


It's so amazing to see the support and contributions continuing to come in even though we've hit our goal! 


"They've already reached their goal, I don't need to donate." Yes, we have enough to make the movie, but remember... If you want to own our movie eventually, it's better to just preorder it now, because you'll get the included and exclusive perks. If you buy it later, you won't get all the included rewards! You have 11 days to take advantage of these very rare perks which we may never offer again!

We also want to share some more specific stretch goals with you as we near the end of the campaign!

250k - Here's a secret... originally, our movie had 3 stories, not just 2! We decided to cut the third story due to time and budget. If we hit 250k, we will bring this third story back, but as a SHORT which we'll release BEFORE the movie ONLINE for free!

300k - Lots of people want us to bring back WFWeekends. We've been so busy preparing for this movie, shooting shorts for the channel, and moving offices, we haven't had time to film WFWs. But we'll bring a new season if we reach this mark!

310k - Wow! If we break the 300k mark... we're going to take our movie on the road! After the film officially premieres, we'll personally bring the movie to 10 major cities around the US. Boston, NYC, DC, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, LA. If we can reach higher, we'll add more cities, maybe even take it international!

See any new perks over to the side??

Keep sharing the campaign! We're nearing the end!

We did it! YOU did it! We hit our goal of 200k this morning! Thank you so much. We are so amazed by the support of our fans/friends/viewers. Thank you for believing in us and this project. We're so excited that this movie is really going to happen, and it's all because of you!


LIVESTREAM TOMORROW, Tues, March 4 at 6p PST. Join us for a special livestream, which will now be in celebration of us reaching our goal. We'll be revealing more details and specifics about the storylines of our movie and the world.

STILL 2 WEEKS LEFT! Just because we've hit our goal doesn't mean you can't still contribute and be part of this momentous project. ALL funds from this point on will still go directly toward the movie and our productions. The more we raise, the better the film will be! Plus it'd be awesome to reach the stretch goals so we can produce another major web series, restart WFWeekends, or even begin developing another movie! Nothing will be wasted!

NEW CELEBRATION PERKS... We didn't anticipate reaching the goal this quickly, so we're going to put our heads together for some new fun perks.

See you on the Livestream! And again... THANK YOU!! IT'S HAPPENING!!

Under 20 days left in our campaign and we're almost to our goal! Thank you for all the support and helping us get to this point! Keep sharing with your friends!

Meanwhile, we're getting a head start on delivering some of our more unique perks ;). Watch Chris call 3 lucky funders and "listen to their problems"


We're past HALFWAY! Thank you to ALL the contributors thus far. We can't believe that within just a week we hit the halfway point. With less than 30 days left we hope to reach the remaining half and start working towards those stretch goals!

We've added a few NEW PERKS. Random, fun, and very limited ones, so look around. A lot of the limited rewards are being snatched up and sold out, so don't wait too long!

Be on the look out in the coming days for video updates of us already fulfilling certain perks, and also more information about the progress of the film!

WFP is an independent new media production company, founded by Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang. We are primarily known for our YouTube channel where we create short films, sketches, music videos and vlogs for our AWESOME fanbase of supporters around the world. Since meeting in college 10 years ago, our following has grown to over 2 million subscribers and 300 million views.

Our creative work has been recognized for its high production quality and depth– attracting major corporations like Subaru and AT&T, while also bringing critical honor and praise from organizations such as CNN, NPR, the 2008 Cannes and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals, and even the White House when we met President Obama in 2011!

While Wesley, Ted, and Philip initially met as friends who simply enjoyed making videos, they are now recognized as pioneers for a new generation of content creators, as well as a voice for the under represented Asian American community.

While we did make a film back in 2006, we were still students, doing it by ourselves during our free time between classes. Over the last few years of growing as artists, growing our channel into what it is today, we've always known that making a feature film the "real" way was something we wanted to do. In fact, in 2008, we tried. We got a manager, a producer, we took meetings at production studios, but the timing wasn't right. Our channel was still young and people didn't really understand YouTube yet. Worst of all, we were being told that we would have to change our casting preferences (Asian leads) to something more "marketable" (Non Asian leads). As you can imagine, hearing that our ethnicity would play a negative factor in the project was difficult and unfortunate to hear. So instead we turned away from movies to focus on our YouTube channel where we had full control and our race would not be considered a liability.

Now, YouTube is a place generally known for quick laughs, or cute babies. But WFP has always been about creating and sharing high quality, engaging stories. We know our channel could've probably grown a lot faster had we tried to ride trends, but instead we chose to make videos that would have a lasting impression, even if they took a little longer to produce. Thankfully, we found an audience who can appreciate how we stand out.

But after making so many short films, we still felt the desire to challenge ourselves with the ultimate test. And we know our audience wants to see what we could do with a full length film.

The timing is right now. Our channel and audience has grown large enough that we don't have to rely on an outside studio, (and therefore we don't have to change our casting preferences). We're far better equipped to make a film after learning SO much through the hundreds of videos we've made the past few years. And we've already created numerous short films that reach millions of views. It's finally time.

Our story takes place in a world where all relationship activity is documented and monitored by the Department of Emotional Integrity (DEI). Much like a credit score is given to represent financial responsibility, a relationship score is given to keep individuals accountable for the relationship activity and choices. The score is public for all to see, and affects various aspects of daily life.

In the film we follow two couples who are experiencing different challenges in their relationships. Seth and Haley are two high schoolers who are registering their relationship for the first time, and Ben and Sara, a former couple in their mid twenties who must meet again to settle an old report.

Through these two stories we are going to explore how love changes over time, and how to believe in your heart again after it's been hurt.


Ben and Sara


Seth and Haley


The Department of Emotional Integrity

Artwork by Brian Chan

We were (are) so nervous about crowd funding. This is not something we just thought up doing overnight. We've never asked our supporters for financial support, and we have no idea how they'd respond. But the reality is, making videos costs money. Running a company like WFP requires money, with staff, crew, bills and fees to pay for. But through all the years that we've made videos for our audience, we've never once asked to be paid. Instead we found ways to raise funds through sponsored projects and the merchandise we design. These are the things that keep WFP running normally, but now we want to add making a movie on top of our regular videos.

Making a feature film is a whole new arena for us. We want have the best possible quality elements in planning, on set, and in post production. Unfortunately, all this is extremely expensive. And this is why we need your help to make it a reality.

We're asking for $200,000 which sounds like a lot, but in the real world, it wouldn't even be considered a "micro-budget" film! This is still a truly independent film, being made with sacrifice and passion. And with the number of our supporters, ideally, we're not asking for too much from them!

We're aiming to start shooting in May! At the moment, our script is written and we have been in preproduction the last few months. Securing locations, getting paperwork in order, assembling our crew, and casting will begin soon. The funds raised will go directly and immediately into use for this project!

What's a Stretch Goal? Basically, if we pass our funding goal of 200k dollars, we're not just going to celebrate and waste all the extra money. We'll put those extra dollars right back into creating more awesome projects that we know our fans love and are waiting for. Here's what we'll create if we go above and beyond!

We've NEVER reached out to our fans like this before and we can't wait to get you all involved through these perks and this campaign as a whole. Let's finally see the full potential of WFP ourselves as filmmakers, and of the WFP fans as a movement! We really believe that this is a new phase not only for WFP as a company, but the entire community, and we're relying on you to move us forward.

Please help us spread the word of this campaign to all your friends and family. Anyone who's enjoyed our work in the past and beyond. Please tweet, facebook, blog, email! Let's get as many people involved! We can't wait to make this movie for all of us!

photos by Melly Lee

BONUS INTERVIEWS: PART 1

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$358,308USD
raised by 6,678 people in 1 month
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$200,000 USD goal
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  • $1USD
    HIGH-FIVE OF AWESOME

    Our sincerest gratitude and a guaranteed high-five whenever and wherever we see you!

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    "2 FOR THE DO" HAIR DYEING

    Ted's hair is naturally white and people are always asking about it. Wes, Phil, and Chris will dye their hair to join him. We got yo back Ted! Choose from Red, Blue, Yellow, or Purple! (Voting will take place on WF's Facebook pg. Stay tuned) This perk is totally just for fun. **IT WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF ALL 300 PERKS ARE CLAIMED!** So if you wanna see us all with crazy hair, tell your friends! haha

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    HUG IT OUT!

    • Upgrade to a guaranteed hug whenever we see you • PLUS a Thank You E-card

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    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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    GIFTIES AND STICKIES!

    • Get a $5 discount code to our store • PLUS credit on the official movie website! • PLUS an Indiegogo backers exclusive "I got WF's back" sticker postcard • Includes previous rewards

    1328 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $20USD
    OFFICIAL MOVIE SCRIPT

    PDF of the movie shooting script the day the film is released! • Includes previous non-limited rewards

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    $25USD
    CHRISTINE CROCHETS?!?

    • In a past life Christine had old-lady hobbies. She hung up her crocheting hooks, but will pick them up again for YOU. She'll make you a special and supercute AMIGURUMI animal (look it up if you have to, we did). EXCLUSIVE to this INDIEGOGO, not found on her now-dormant Etsy. • Shipping Included • Does not include other rewards

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    $26USD
    VIDEO GAMES WITH TED

    Team up with, or take down, Mr. Rage Quit, • TED FU! Ted will play with OR against you on a game of your choice on Xbox, PS, or PC. It'll be your own video game party with Ted & maybe some surprise guests. • Does not include other rewards

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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    $27USD
    PERSONAL POKEMON POWER!

    Describe your most epic Pokemon to Wes on Twitter and he'll draw it for you! Scribblemon ftw!

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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    $28USD
    PHIL THE JINGLE WRITER

    Give Phil 3 adjectives describing yourself and he'll write and sing a jingle about you!

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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    DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

    • Digital download of the movie within a week of the official premiere • PLUS digital art pack of Indiegogo Exclusive movie artwork • PLUS exclusive access to watch the movie trailer one week before it's released • Includes previous non-limited rewards

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    $31USD
    VALENTINE'S DAY APOLOGY

    • Did you mess up your Valentine's Day? Is your bf or gf pissed that you didn't make it special enough? Phil, Wes, or Chris will make a 1 min apology shoutout explaining why you screwed up. Use this video to send to your valentine and say sorry. • Does not include other rewards

    3 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $50USD
    MOVIE BLU-RAY/DVD & SOUNDTRACK

    • Physical official Blu-Ray or DVD of the movie PACKED with bonus features and behind the scenes documentary not available with Digital Download • PLUS Exclusive art booklet • Digital download of movie soundtrack • FREE Shipping w/in the USA • includes previous non-limited rewards *Add $10 for international shipping

    985 claimed
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    OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK

    • SIGNED physical official Blu-Ray or DVD (with all the special features) • Indiegogo Exclusive movie poster • FREE Shipping w/in the USA • Includes previous non-limited rewards *Add $10 for international shipping

    591 claimed
  • $100USD
    AWKWARD ANIMAL PACK

    • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK • Awkward Animal Keychain • Awkward Animal Exclusive Sticker Pack (This sticker pack will not be available to general public) *Add $10 for US shipping *Add $20 for international shipping

    336 claimed
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    WONG FU PACK

    • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK • Wong Fu keychain • Limited Wong Fu Signed Poster *Add $10 for US shipping • Add $20 for international shipping

    226 claimed
  • $100USD
    "SOCIAL" PACK

    • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK • Personalized thank you photo on our FB page • Personalized Tweet • Shoutout in special Google Hangout (PLUS chance to Google Hangout with us) *Add $10 for international shipping

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    PERSONAL VIDEO DEDICATION

    • Personalized 1 min video dedicated to you! We'll say whatever you want! (Keep it PG!) • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK *Add $10 for international shipping

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    $300USD
    SIGNED PROP FROM SET

    • Own a physical piece of our movie. You'll get a random prop from our movie set that we'll all sign. It'll be a surprise, but it'll be significant! • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK *Add $10 for international shipping

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    $300USD
    SIGNED WONG FU PROP

    • We're opening our vault of props from our past sketches and short films. Original pieces or artwork from your favorite videos. We'll send you an extensive list of shorts to choose from, and the prop will be from that short. It'll be a surprise, but it'll be significant! Own a piece of Wong Fu history! • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK *Add $10 for international shipping

    25 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $350USD
    CALL YOU, MAYBE?

    • Let's chat! Personal Skype/Google call with us so we can tell you how grateful we are for your awesomeness! • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK *Add $10 for international shipping

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  • $500USD
    BOBA/SCREENING PARTY

    • You PLUS one guest are invited to our exclusive screening party where you'll get a private sneak preview of the full film! • PLUS the cast and crew will be there! • Special guests! Some of our youtube friends will be there too if we're not cool enough for you. • PLUS all the boba you can drink too. • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK • Travel and accommodations not included

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    $600USD
    WINED & DINED BY WONG FU

    • You PLUS a guest are invited to a private dinner with Wong Fu! We'll cook delicious dishes for you including our special RAMEN. You'll be the judge for this special edition "WF ramen cookoff" (if you are under 21, it's Juice) • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK • Travel and accommodations not included

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    $1,000USD
    WONG FU WEEKEND PACK

    • Come build LEGOs with Phil, play frisbee with Wes, or build Minecraft with Ted. It's up to you! • PLUS We'll make a WFWeekend episode together • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK

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    "ON-SET" PACK

    Be part of the Lights, Camera, and Action! • You'll be an Extra for one day and hangout with us on set! • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK

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  • $2,500USD
    DISNEYLAND!

    • Wong Fu's taking you to Disneyland! Let's fly through Space Mountain over and over. Chris is afraid of rollercoasters, but he'll ride any of them with you. Phil's afraid of the the Haunted Mansion but he'll sit through it with you. Wes will hum the entire Pirates of the Caribbean theme song as you ride together. Let's all have the happiest time in the Happiest Place on Earth! • $75 OFFICIAL MOVIE PACK • Travel and accommodations not included

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    $4,000USD
    COLLAB WITH WONG FU!

    Do you have your own idea for a comedic sketch? We'll help you develop one of your ideas and make it a reality! Writing, shooting, let's work together! • PLUS we'll release it on our YT Channel

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    $5,000USD
    SPEAKING ROLE IN THE MOVIE

    Your time to shine! Get a speaking role in the movie! • PLUS you are now a credited Associate Producer • Includes the $1,000 RED CARPET PACK • Travel and accommodations not included

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    MILLIONTH SUBSCRIBER TREATMENT

    Inspired by our "1 Million" video, Phil/Wes/Ted/Chris will show up to your door anywhere IN THE WORLD with awkward animals and magic! (travel not included)

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    $8,000USD
    WONG FU WEDDING!

    When WF first started, we worked a few weddings making videos. To this day we still get email requests asking for special wedding videos. We don't have the time to accept these anymore, UNTIL NOW. We will create a special engagement video for you and your loved one. (Travel to us, otherwise travel and accommodations not included)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    • Non creative Executive Producer credit • Open door to set • Open door to premiere and all associated celebrations • VIP treatment all around • An entire family of Awkward Animals to remind you of us • Travel and accommodations not included

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