Prominent Hollywood Director Aims to Boost Vietnam’s Reputation

Ming Pan, acclaimed visual effects supervisor for Marvel blockbusters and other major films, is embarking upon a new project: a story of family, love, and his homeland, Vietnam.


Renowned Hollywood visual effects (VFX) specialist, Ming Pan, has expressed his keen interest in collaborating with Vietnam’s thriving film and television industry.

During the meeting between Ming Pan and the delegation from Mixel Media Company and the Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in Hanoi this week, the following information was shared.

Ming Pan possesses a wealth of experience in the field of visual effects, having held prominent roles as an art designer, visual effects supervisor, and art supervisor in numerous highly successful Hollywood productions.

At a meeting held this week in Hanoi, Ming Pan and a delegation from Mixel Media Company met with officials from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Department of International Cooperation. In this meeting, Ming Pan expressed his intention to utilize his expertise in visual effects (VFX) and cutting-edge cinematographic techniques to globally showcase Vietnamese culture, people, history, and spirit.

Ming Pan and Director of the Department of International Cooperation Nguyen Phuong Hoa met in Hanoi on August 9. Photos courtesy of the Department

Regarding films made in Vietnam, Ming Pan believes that those focusing on history and family affection will greatly appeal to audiences, particularly the younger population.

Ming Pan, co-founder of Mixel Media Company, is leveraging his expertise and connections to drive the growth of the film industry in Bac Lieu province. With a keen understanding of the region’s economic progress and a passion for capturing its rapid development, Ming Pan is dedicated to promoting and advancing the country’s film sector. Learn more about Mixel Media Company’s commitment to the film industry.

Nguyen Phuong Hoa, Director of the Department of International Cooperation, stated that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism greatly values Ming Pan’s sentiments, aspirations, and desires.

According to Hoa, Vietnam maintains an inclusive and inviting approach towards international filmmakers, particularly those of Vietnamese heritage who choose to create films within their homeland.

 Ming Pan’s profile presented to the Department of International Cooperation.

Hoa, in her role as a regulator, has announced that the ministry is committed to assisting the film team in collaborating with provincial and city governments and agencies. Additionally, she has urged Ming Pan and the company to reach out to the relevant authorities, including the Department of Cinema and the Association for the Promotion of Cinema Development of Vietnam, as well as educational institutions like the Vietnam University of Theater and Cinema and Ho Chi Minh Cinema Theater. Furthermore, Hoa encourages participation in events such as film project markets, film talent training programs, and festivals.

VFX expert Ming Pan, also known as Phan Dan Sanh, was born in Taiwan (China) to Vietnamese parents from Bac Lieu. At the age of 15, he relocated to the United States with his family in search of a permanent home.

Ming Pan has worked on several successful superhero movies, including “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017), “Doctor Strange” (2016), “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014), “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (2013), “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (2013), and “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012).

 Ming Pan’s participated projects.