Big update! It’s been a busy past two weeks for the Tiger of the White Sun team.
I had the tremendous honor to interview three veteran family members last week. Michael Bartling is the nephew of Bill Bartling, who was a member of the original American Volunteer Group and one of the Flying Tigers’ ace pilots! He was officially credited with five enemy planes destroyed in aerial combat as well as shared credit for a Japanese bomber.
Mr. Bartling had some amazing stories to tell about his uncle’s experiences in the war, and was kind enough to share a collection of family photos pertaining to Bill Bartling’s life at home and abroad.
I also had the opportunity to meet Denny Guan, the son of famed Chinese general Guan Linzheng. General Guan participated in the 1931 Defense of the Great Wall (for which he was awarded China’s highest military honor at the time), the Battle of Wuhan, and the Chinese victories at Taierzhuang and Changsha. I also had the chance to interview Mr. Guan’s wife, who is the daughter of Liu Yuzhang (another accomplished Chinese general who served as an adjutant to Guan Linzheng.) Truly an amazing family, and I’m very grateful to have been able to meet them!
Calligraphy executed by Generals Guan Linzheng and Liu Yuzhang on display in the dining room.
And finally, our second location scout took us on a winding path through the Arroyo Seco near Pasadena. It proved to be a huge success, and we’re ecstatic to have all of our locations accounted for!
(Photos by Calvin Chin, Kuba Soltysiak, and Ryan Huang. Click to expand.)
A video featuring the details of our project as well as my interviews with Michael Bartling and the Guan family will be coming soon. Stay tuned for audition results and other developments!
An afternoon of hiking through Malibu Creek State Park made for a productive first location scout for Tiger of the White Sun.
With tall mountains, rocky outcroppings, and a few picturesque bodies of water, the stunning vistas in Malibu Creek are a perfect stand-in for the mountainous regions near Changsha where our action takes place.
The park has a fascinating history as a movie ranch, having been previously owned by Paramount and 20th Century Fox and played host to Hollywood films and TV shows like M*A*S*H (plus a Tarzan trilogy in the 1930s.)
Stay tuned for pictures from location scout II in Arroyo Seco!
RYAN A. HUANG