Carol Liu is an independent filmmaker, VR creator and founder of U-Ma Studios VR. The original films she has written, directed and produced include award-winning documentary RESTORING THE LIGHT (distributed by Kanopy Films, Cinema Guild and Amazon Prime) and screenplay LEFTOVER WOMAN (Writer’s Guild of America Festival pitch finalist). Her VR project, MARIE ANTOINETTE VR, was presented at Cannes Film Festival's NEXT Marché, Oculus Connect and is an official selection of Busan International Film Festival. Carol has extensive experience working internationally in China and Europe and has been interviewed and profiled by the LOS ANGELES TIMES, TIME OUT, CHINA CENTRAL TELEVISION, among others. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA in Film from NYU Tisch, is an inaugural fellow of Oculus Launchpad and Google’s pilot Jump Start program. Carol is passionate about using film and VR to revisit history and bring to light the untold stories of marginalized figures.
My Goal of the Day: Keep moving forward and do not be afraid.
My Thought of the Day: Remember to honor your inner child of creativity on a regular basis and you will grow in surprising ways.
My Action of the Day: Stay focused.
My Deed of the Day: Volunteering at my meditation center.
My Tip of the Day: Do not get online in the early hours or late hours of the day. Save those moments to renew your sense of inner purpose.
My Pic of the Day:
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
At the moment, I split my time between San Francisco and Los Angeles. When it’s not foggy, I love that the sky is crystal blue in San Francisco. I enjoy its walkability, and the little historical nooks and crannies that date back to the 1800s (I’m kind of a history nerd).
What I love most about Los Angeles is that it is a city of dreamers. I can share visions and stories with creative people all flocking here to make something to share with the world.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I am starting to appreciate breakfast more and more. I recently healed from a host of food sensitivities and am rediscovering gluten, dairy and all that good stuff! My current favorite is good bread in the morning paired with wild blueberry jam and vegan nocciolata from Rigoni di Asiago. I tend not to eat out for breakfast.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – If I’m not on set or getting ready for a concall with Europe, I’m still asleep . I get up and meditate to begin my day. It brings me inspiration and greater mental clarity the rest of the day.
10:00 AM – After I walk my dog, I’m usually on a concall with LA or SF, depending where I am or at a meeting. When I’m in a writing period, I try to reserve a bulk of the day for screenwriting, either the morning or late afternoon to evening. I find those to be my most productive times.
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
I was stuck eating salmon and quinoa for far too many years and now I’m just having a lot of fun eating everything! I don’t think I’ve settled on a favorite spot yet because of that.
7:00 PM - Usually at this time I’m starting to prepare dinner. I prefer to be home at this time if possible, so that I can catch up on some movies and TV shows. If I’m in LA, I try to see new films in theaters or support a friend’s screening.
11:00 PM –I should be getting ready for bed at this time, but generally I’m still answering a few emails or wechatting people in China.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
While I don’t like to build dependency, I won’t say no to a great cappuccino! What I find works better is tea for more sustained lift. I don’t tend to drink more than one caffeinated beverage a day, if at all.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I don’t have one in particular but recently, I have been on Youtube quite a bit to explore more short form Asian American content, such as Fung Bros and Just Kidding Films. Outside of work, I can’t resist a beautifully curated travel site or real estate photography. Something about the architecture taps into that VR creator side of my brain. I am reviewing spaces to set stories.
What should everyone try at least once?
The first thing that came into my mind was bungee jumping, but I haven’t even done it yet myself!
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I love visiting art museums, especially those in the old capitals of Europe or Asia. I like understanding what drives artists to express what they do as it helps inform my own journey with creativity. Also, paintings are like an earlier form of filmmaking and I enjoy imagining what life was like when they were made. I am always surprised by how little life has changed!