Dogme 95 Shanghai 19 + 5: Ten films. Two filmmakers. One year in Shanghai.

We talk with filmmakers Nicholas Z. Scott and Jud Willmont about the Dogme 95 Manifesto, getting advice from Dennis Hopper, and the story behind their quest to shoot ten films in one year.


It’s the first week of November and for those of you already thinking about your personal and professional goals for 2019, Shanghai-based filmmakers Nicholas Z. Scott and Jud Willmont might just be the inspiration you need to set that bar a little bit higher. The pair have recently completed a collection of ten narrative shorts, music videos, a faux movie trailer, and a behind-the-scenes documentary, all aimed at exploring the diversity of culture in China’s most cosmopolitan city (and the conflict that sometimes comes with it).

And they did it in just over a year.

As the two explain, the partially untitled project represents the culmination (so far) of a creative partnership that started half a decade ago following a chance encounter in a local rec league.

“We first started working together about five years ago after we met playing Ultimate Frisbee,” recalls Willmont. “At the time, I was making documentary films and TV commercials, but I wanted to get into narrative fiction. Nick was a writer and really loved the screenplay format, so we teamed up together right away.”

Between 2013 and 2016, Scott and Willmont turned out about one short film every twelve months. In early 2017, however, they sat down to ask themselves what they wanted to focus on for the upcoming calendar year.

“I’d been reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss and there was an interesting thought experiment, which was, ‘If you had to, how would you increase productivity tenfold?’” Scott says. “This led to a discussion of whether or not it was possible to shoot ten shorts in a year. We talked about how to make it possible and how we’d have to adjust our approach to filmmaking to make it work…”

Read the whole article on Eastern Independent here.