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Writing “The Ticket”

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

The Ticket - A love story between art and science

By Po Chan.

Looking back on the year 2012, I believe that one of my greatest pleasures was making The Ticket. Before I conceived the story for The Ticket, I was certain that my main goal was to showcase the power of the Canon 1DC 4K sensor. Then my intuition told me (which I always trust and listen) a profound emotional love story with high optical structure would be the right path to take, to create a deep connection with the audience and generate a bigger impact for the 4K image. That is how The Ticket was born.

The Ticket is about two words, “WHAT IF.” Some actual events in my own life inspired me to ask myself “WHAT IF.” Then I started to distance myself from those events and created this film as a way to resolve this question out loud.


The Ticket - Visual Landscapes

For this film, I constructed a rich visual landscape to showcase how powerful the Canon sensor can be. This visual landscape also helped me to form this symbolism enriched film.


The Ticket - The Hospital

The Ticket - The Taxi

The Ticket - The Boutique

The Ticket - The Run

The Ticket - The Pier

The Ticket - Ferris Wheel

Shane and I have always said that The Ticket is a love story between art and science. I think the true beauty of art, as well as the art of cinema, is the power to communicate with people on a subconscious emotional level. And the strength of photography and cinematography is the ability to evoke a sense of humanity.


The Ticket - Po Chan

Today, I would like to share the script of The Ticket with you, which was a great joy writing.

I hope it will bring the same joy to you.
Much love. Po Chan


Download The Ticket script on pdf

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Adriano Wayne January 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

thank you very much

Shane February 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Adriano Wayne, you are all very welcome

Daniel Mendoza January 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Thank you Shane and Po Chan for sharing this insightful look into the vision behind the concept of such a powerful and moving short film. I also love the fact that you made the script available as I do enjoy seeing the personalized manner in which writers put their imagination onto paper. I loved watching the film and I truly enjoy the added bonuses of you both sharing some of your techniques. I love to learn from true professionals as yourselves and it means a lot that you are transparent and willing to help us trying to find a niche in this wonderful world of cinema.

Po Chan January 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Dear Daniel, I am glad that you enjoyed the script. It is my great pleasure to shared it with you. I think a screenplay is the most pure representation of what was inside the creator’s mind. And I’m delighted to be able to connect with you on such purity. Best. Po Chan

Charles January 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Thanks Po. I love scripts. Last night I have read The Third Man (1949). Today yours.

Po Chan January 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Dear Charles, I really hope The Ticket didn’t dull your sense after you read Graham Greene. Great pleasure to share with you. Best. Po

MAtheus January 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Awesome again !

Shane February 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

MAtheus, thank you so much for your kind words

Abhu January 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Just watched the short for the first time and I loved it!! Everything about it was great. The writing, cinematography, acting, all of it. Thank you so much for sharing your script. I find reading scripts of things that I have just been seen very helpful. Thank you Po. 🙂

Po Chan January 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Dear Abhu, Thank you so much for your kind words. It is my great pleasure to share with you. Best. Po

Adef January 28, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Thanks a lot for sharing the script!!


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