LOS ANGELES (June 14, 2011) – “Touch,” written and directed by Minh Duc Nguyen, premiered at the Boston International Film Festival where it won the award for Best Cinematography. Produced by Mellissa Tong, “Touch,” starred Porter Lynn, John Ruby, and Melina Bennett. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Vietnamese International Film Festival, and screened late last month as an Official Selection in the Seattle International Film Festival.
Partner/Artist Stephen Hens of Chop House Post handled the color correction for the indie drama, which focuses on the lives and friendships of Vietnamese-American stylists at a nail salon. Chop House Post is presided over by Hens and Partner/Executive Producer Ashley Adams.
“More and more films are being shot on digital and not very many filmmakers work with ‘tone’ to create the feel of the film,” Nguyen said. He cited Hens’ ability to build on the narrative through color correction as a key factor in the warm reception to the look and the feel of the film. “Stephen has a great eye,” he noted. Hens brought that eye for mood and emotion to Nguyen’s personal narrative, which the director explains, “is all about the Vietnamese-American experience. Every Vietnamese-American knows someone who works in a nail salon.”
Fittingly, a good portion of the movie takes place in nail salons and it was up to Hens to make the scenes vibrant, unique, and to make sure that the nails – which get plenty of closeups throughout the film – pop.
“We tried to create a look for each location,” Nguyen said. “Stephen really listened to what we needed to enhance the look of the film when it came to color correction. He took the look of the film to a new level.”