The co-director worked with Mitch Harford to create the film stemming from WAAPA post-graduate choreographer Henry McAlpine’s relationship with his grandfather.
‘The story is about Henry’s grandfather who has dementia, his deterioration and his wish to support his grandfather,’ Tran said.
Tran, who has been in the film industry since 2012, said he made the switch from studying politics to film because he wanted to follow his passion for the industry.
‘I was accepted at ECU to study a post-graduate degree in film and video and that was when I made my first film,’ he said.
‘Since then, I’ve made about seven films with the breakthrough success coming from Vessel, which was my graduating film.
‘To win WA Campus Film Competition is fantastic, it feels really great. It’s a real privilege to get recognition and positive feedback from industry experts.
‘It’s a relief to know that the film, which has had so much input from so many people, has been received in this way.’
Tran was recently accepted to ECU’s WA Screen Academy to study a Masters of Professional Communications in Screen Studies.
‘As part of my course, we will be working on a number of short films which will culminate in a gala screening at Luna Cinemas in September,’ he said. ‘I’m also hoping Vessel will be accepted into International Film Festivals this year.’
Tran added he enjoyed working with the dancers during the filming of Vessel and hoped it would show that a dance film was watchable.