Journalist, director, producer, and screenwriter from Shanghai, China
Richard Trombly is a storyteller with 25+ years of experience. He is an author, screenwriter and film maker.
After attaining a B.A. From the University of Massachusetts with a degree in literature with concentrations in film and theater, he pursued a career in journalism. As a reporter for publications including major news outlets as well as national level magazines, he learned to interpret people's stories. He further developed his craft as a news editor to make the telling more factual, concise and powerful as well as assuring that there are enough details and depth to create a full and compelling story. In 2003, he moved to Shanghai, China to explore and report first-hand on the amazing developments transforming Asia.
Trombly started working in the entertainment industry in 2005. He started with community-based film productions as well as co-founding Shanghai's East West Theatre. Since that time, he has produced several stage productions and has been involved in more than 30 short films and several feature films of various budget levels. He was the associate producer of two feature films and produced The Ghosts of Old Shanghai. Trombly wrote several screenplays and has been an editor, script doctor or ghost writer on several feature films.
Trombly co-founded Obscure Productions films to assist in international co-productions and support the local film community as well as to produce and direct his own screenplays. He has directed several short films, two of which have been selected in international film festivals and his current animation/live action project ANALYSIS is in post-production at Crashdown Studios.
Jude Jiang is a partner at www.obscure-productions.com and Producer of our short film “Analysis”. Here is her insight on why she produced this film with director Richard Trombly.
“I was thinking about the target audience of ANALYSIS.
The so-called mainstream movies present the conventional emotions like excitement, happiness, pleasure, tragedy and such. These emotions easily can be understood and well accepted by ordinary people. And the conventional theme these movies present is closely related with love, suspense, action, hero and such genres.
But ANALYSIS doesn’t attempt to present or show that to people. Instead, it wants to explore something hard to be understood but necessary to be told. Because it seriously touches the topic of how human is naturally anti-social and also related to the social. It’s definitely not something light.
I think what’s really special about ANALYSIS is that it did it through a teenager’s perspective. An Asperger syndrome person’s POV. Which is more intensely exploring this theme of being socialized or not.
A lot of times, i have the awareness that when i get hurt, i want to hide in my little shell, but there will always appear an attractive reason for me to get out of the shell. And the circulation actually goes on. It never stops.
Being socialized or not ? and how to be the self by not hurting the others?
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The showcase features short works by local and foreign directors made in China or by Chinese talents around the globe. Featured works include Actress/Director Zheng Mei Huizi (Lost in Beijing and Summer Palace) , Yao Garu, Tim Chu, Richard Trombly and more.Some of the film makers will be present to discuss their films Some select films from Shanghai KINO will be played and founder Vivienne Wei will introduce the Kino group and her own experiences in low budget film making.
China’s censorship drives co-production Chinese films to Southeast Asia. Due to China’s restrictive SARFT censorship policies and obstruction rather than support of the film industry, many foreign producers have tried to make international co-productions with China and then finally withdrew the project. After facing delays and potential costs created from the delays and potential censorship from SARFT regulators, The Weinstein Company moved the $50 Million production of the John Cusack film SHANGHAI and shot it in Bangkok.
John Cusack with costar Gong Li
” I am trying to solve a mystery in Shanghai, right? So what are we doing in Bangkok?”
Now the epic mini-series MARCO POLO being shot for NETFLIX by none other than the Weinstein Company decided to shoot in Malaysia where the censorship would not be an issues and there are tax incentives to bring the production. https://movies.yahoo.com/news/malaysia-turns-studios-rebate-incentive-scheme-214519516.html
A collection of things that we have worked on, in house or with other studios, some things we are working on right now, and a little bit of Shanghai and Ren & Stimpy…
I have been collaborating with the good folks at Crashdown Studio . Some of the projects from Crashdown Studio, Shanghai. Projects that we did, are doing , or collaborated on… Ren and Stimpy is in here since Our animation director Pierre DeCelles worked with the creator of Ren And Stimpy and provided some voice and sound effect in the first episodes. We will post a series of short interviews with DeCelles in the next few days. https://vimeo.com/85631450
26 February China Independent Film Makers Beijing screening at ZaJia Lab brought nearly 30 people to brave the pollution and rain for the Shanghai Shorts event. We had films from Shanghai Kino Movement members and its founder Vivienne Wei as … Continue reading →
This is an event for film makers , directors, producers , actors, artists, agents, musicians, indie film aficionados or creatives of any sort. This event aims to bring together creatives of all kind to inspire more creativity and a stronger arts community.
We have a selection of Shanghai-shot short videos made by independent film makers. Featured films include Gianpaolo Lupori’s latest (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3106851/) , Zeng Mei Huizi (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2924454) directorial debut Blue & Purple, Vivienne Wei (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5928182/?ref_=tt_cl_t6) with the film Just Love and Tim Chu with his second work Wednesday Girl. A selection of them are from Shanghai KINO and from the Shanghai Meiwenti Short Film Contest – groups that inspire community-based film making. We hope to meet local indie film makers and inspire more indie film makers.
Pierre Decelles (left) is the animation director at Crashdown Studio (www.crashdownstudio.com). He is known for directing the Pound Puppies Movie, My Little Pony Movie, The Spiral Zone tv show and he also provided the 2D animations in Analysis short film … Continue reading →
Rendering the CGI effects and animations for the Obscure Productions / Crashdown Studios (www.crashdownstudio.com) short films Analysis directed by Richard Trombly. Here 7 computers are sharing the calculations necessary to handle the rendering of the high resolution images of the … Continue reading →
Enter the world of Colonel Peter Drake and the Zone Rangers
In 2615, a small force of heroes, the Zone Rangers, protect the remaining free regions after mysterious forces conquered much of the world. The vanquished wastelands are called The Zone. Here people become nanobot-controlled “Zoners,” automatons enslaved to create weapons of war. Their leaders are twisted super soldiers known as “Reapers.”
Zone Rangers, under the lead of Col. Drake, are comprised of a multinational force of heroes dedicated to freeing humanity. They discovered how to protect machines and people from The Zone utilizing a rare element that neutralizes the nanobots. The drama follows individual Rangers striving to maintain their humanity and sanity in a world torn asunder by war.
The Zone was created by an alien that crashed to Earth in the 20th century who is bent on world domination and has since undermined peace and human society with continual war. The nations beyond The Zone are ill-equipped to face the monstrous robotic weapons and war machines emerging from The Zone and they cannot enter without becoming Zoners. Within The Zone, people are enslaved to exploit the environment and toil in factories creating nightmarish and fantastic war machines.
In this post-apocalyptic world, Zone Rangers use the highest technology weapons to defend the free world, liberate Zone regions and rescue people from its influence. Their units of infantry, mobilized scouts, hover tanks and ground support fighter jets are headquartered in an island base. With airborne carriers, they respond to global threats and launch tactical strikes into The Zone.
Despite the devastation of continual attacks, can the Rangers discover the ultimate goal behind The Zone and free humanity before it is too late?
Director and Concept Design by Pierre DeCelles
Written Story by Pierre DeCelles and Richard Trombly
Art Production at Crashdown Studio
Producers: Tim Giovanni, Pierre DeCelles and Richard Trombly
Richard Trombly Reblogged from China Film Makers Blog: Announcing “Zone Rangers” by Pierre DeCelles Zone Rangers – Planetary Defense Force Enter the world of Colonel Peter Drake and the Zone Rangers In 2615, a small force of heroes, the Zone Rangers, protect the remaining free regions after mysterious forces conquered much of the world. The vanquished wastelands […] http://dlvr.it/4rQmjqwww.obscure-productions.com firstname.lastname@example.org