By Joe Meny
Kitanan Chewvej, who is known as ‘Kit’ by his friends, is part of the young generation of Thai people who have moved to New York City and subsequently fell in love with all that the Big Apple has to offer.
Kit was happy to sit with Asian Fusion and share with us how exciting and busy his life has been. He attended Payap University for six years while trying determine what he really wanted to do with his life. He studied law for three years before he realized that he really wasn’t enjoying it. After studying law he directed his energies to studying Communication Arts until he graduated.
His Communication degree brought Kit back to Bangkok where he obtained an internship at an agency as a copy writer. He found himself exposed to, and very much enjoying, the creative aspects of his new found career path. It was here that Kit had a chance to see some commercial productions. It changed his life…again. He felt he really wanted to be a director on a film production.
But the question for Kit was, “ How”? He didn’t have any idea or knowledge on how to create a film.
It was decision time again. Kit moved to New York so that he could study at NYFA, the New York Film Academy. He had a very hard time when he started because he was not ready to study in English. However, that situation made him work even harder. It was not very long before Kitanan found himself fitting in comfortably with the rest of the class. Kit really liked taking classes at NYFA because the school taught classes beginning with the basics. Also very important was that NYFA taught its students by practicing the real thing, not just teaching from books.
During his first year, Kit had opportunities to write, direct, and edit his own projects, and even help with other classmates’ projects. In fact, one of the projects that he was helping with as a director of photography was entered in the Cannes Film festival in the short film category.
After one year in New York, Kit decided to continue an MFA program at their Los Angeles campus so he might gain additional writing and directing skills. His year in L.A. was different from his first year in NYC because the teacher there wanted the students to focus only on their thesis project. Kit was shooting his thesis, which was titled “Blood Vision” in New York. It turned out to be so good, that Blood Vision had an opportunity to be screened at Warner Brothers Studio.
Kit eventually moved back to New York, where he started his career in Kvibe productions, which is actually located in New Jersey. Kvibe is a full-service, video production company. The company makes commercial video productions to for corporate businesses, television and film.
Kit has plans to someday make his first feature film in New York. He truly loves the city, telling us New York has so many stories to tell and he will tell those stories by transitioning from camera to the big screen.