3 Minutes

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3 Minutes
Film poster
Directed by Ross Ching
Produced by Don Le
George Wang
Written by David Adametz
Ross Ching
Ross Ching
Starring Harry Shum, Jr.
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Katrina Law
Thaine Allison Jr.
Music by Paul Dateh
Cinematography Nathaniel Fu
Edited by Ross Ching
Release date
  • January 10, 2011 (2011-01-10)
Running time
3 minutes
Country United States
Language English

3 Minutes is an action-oriented short film that was released on January 10, 2011.[1] Production on the film commenced in 2010, with director Ross Ching at the helm, alongside producers Don Le and George Wang. The film stars Harry Shum, Jr., Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Katrina Law, and Thaine Allison Jr.[2] The special effects work was provided by David Adametz and the score composed by Paul Dateh.[3]


The film centers on the unnamed main character (Harry Shum) receiving a handgun from an old man (Thaine Allison Jr.) and being told he has to complete an unspecified task within three minutes . Shum's character then rushes into a storage yard in pursuit of "Steve" (Stephen Boss), who evades Shum's gunshots and hides. Steve finds a dead body (Nicholas Acosta) holding a lightsaber, and uses the weapon to disarm Shum, who draws his own lightsaber. After a short battle, Shum decapitates Steve and runs back to the old man, where he is told that his time was three minutes, eighteen seconds. Shum panics and runs away. A fourth unnamed character (Katrina Law) comes forward and receives a pistol from the old man who repeats his "three minutes" instruction. Law's character then leaves the garage, presumably in pursuit of Shum.

The project is part two of a projected trilogy of short films including a prequel and sequel. The film was originally designed as a vehicle to showcase a wider range of acting skills for the two leads, Harry Shum Jr. and Stephen "tWitch" Boss, especially outside of the singing and dancing sphere. 3 Minutes has received coverage from the official Star Wars site,[4] Wired.com,[5] and Gizmodo,[6] as well as the New York Post,[7] Seventeen Magazine,[8] Audrey Magazine,[9] and Hyphen Magazine.[10] It was also featured on Vimeo's Staff Pick of the Day on its debut day.[11]


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  2. ^ "3 Minutes « ross:ching". Rossching.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ "3 Minutes « ross:ching". Rossching.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  4. ^ "The Official Star Wars Blog » Glee Goes Geek in 3 Minutes". Starwarsblog.starwars.com. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  5. ^ Silver, Curtis (2011-01-14). "Intense Lightsaber Combat in "3 Minutes" | GeekDad". Wired.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  6. ^ http://gizmodo.com/5729991/if-you-got-three-minutes-watch-3-minutes
  7. ^ Wieselman, Jaret (2011-01-10). "Harry Shum & Stephen "tWitch" Boss star in "3 Minutes"". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  8. ^ Magazine, Seventeen (2011-01-06). "Harry Shum Jr Movie - 3 Minutes Movie - Harry Shum Jr". Seventeen. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  9. ^ "Harry Shum Jr.'s "3 Minutes"". Audrey Magazine. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  10. ^ "On Screen & On Scene: The LA Miss Chinatown Fashion Show | Hyphen magazine - Asian American arts, culture, and politics". Hyphen magazine. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  11. ^ O'Reilly, David. "Vimeo Staff Picks on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Archived from the original on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 

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