Anthony Tran was born in Cincinnati, OH in 1988. His dad is Vietnamese and his
mother is a mix of European-American. He grew up in the suburbs of the Nati in the Amelia/Eastgate area and there is where
he began to enjoy writing short stories throughout his youth.
By the time he reached middle school, he found a new favorite genre. He began to write stories
where fate and reality was twisted, but also enjoyed cruder humor after having a lack of awareness as a child. When high school
came around, he joined the Small Schools program in Amelia and took the Creative Arts & Design in hopes to learn about
movies and television. Junior year of high school, he joined Scarlet Oaks' Digital Television program, and learned to shoot
and edit various projects. That is when The Dumbest Horror Flick Ever was written in 2004.
A few years later, he got involved with Brown Mackie College Cincinnati and began joining
movie challenge teams as a personal assistant. When he met Stephanie Hayes, he helped her out with her Video Production project
When The Viper Calls, a quirky mystery/comedy about a mysterious voice calling the house while teenage couples watch
When a Stranger Calls late one evening. The yearly 48 Hour Film Project came around and Stephanie was assigned the
role of Director of Phototgraphy. He was then placed as "The Rebel Leader" in 2007's Crosses to Bear.
In September of 2007, Brown Mackie College's Big Movie Challenge came around and Anthony
signed up as a crew member and was given the writer position. With inspiration from Stephanie, and lead actor (who played
the main role in Crosses to Bear) Bobby Long, INPERSONNATION was born. However, with the Vista formatted
script being sent to Brown Mackie's outdated 2003 Word Processing programs via e-mail, it became an unreadable script.
Kevin decided to write his own script without notifying any of the cast and crew and INPERSONNATION was then set
aside for The King and I, a sitcom-style comedy on Elvis and Bobby as roommates. Even with a dedicated cast and crew (who
really wanted to shoot INPERSONNATION) Kevin bailed on his own project. The editor was upset with the given footage,
and played with the story making it even quirkier than what it was.
After various side school projects, Video Production was then a class of Anthony's, who
decided to tell INPERSONNATION himself. With a small cast and crew put together, the story began to unfold and he
had a record of 2 and a half hours of raw footage for his class project. When edited, the movie was shown for educational
purposes by instructor, Jeff Winkelman.
With passion running through his veins, Anthony signed up to be a leader on the 48 hour
film project, and was given the role as director. Working with last year's director, Onarae "Dok" Heath, they put together
a combo of a production and made Universal Intelligence, which was Brown Mackie's first student film to get played
more than once for the competition, making city finals and winning Best Chorepgraphy. The audience response was
phenomenal as it shook the theater with "OHs!" and "AHs!"
September rolled around and it was time for the Big Movie Challenge 2008. Both Kevin Birchfield
and Mike Doench signed up (who had done previous movie projects also) and Anthony was teamed up with his favorite star from
INPERSONNATION, Robin Krebs. Together, they called crew members from the divided list they were given and put a team
of hard-working, passionate students for both film and music. The result became Duality, a trippy and mind-twistiing
movie on a girl who does a sleep deprivation study, written by somebody who knows first-hand what it's like, Nick Austin.
Based on the concept of "Split" by Anthony Tran, this movie became one highly anticpated release and is the cover for his
After the movie was created, Special Features were planned. Anthony pulled a majority of
the cast and crew to do green screen interviews and even put together a behind-the-scenes photo slideshow of their experience
on set. An idea crossed his mind to record a song for the movie, since it ends in some suspense, and the release of "Within"
was added to the credits. Also a documentary of recording the song was chosen as an extra feature for the DVD. Also, there
are Bloopers, Deleted Scenes, and the official Promo. For the first DVD, it is selling for $10 at Brown Mackie College's bookstores
or through this website.
His next plans are to combine all three movies into one mash-up parody film involving
INPERSONNATION's Titney Spurrs, Duality's Tiffany, Kandi, Kyle, and others, and possibly Universal Intelligence's
He has many nicknames, hairstyles, and attitudes. In 2004, he acquired the name "Rory" based
on his singing style in karaoke of "roaring" to bands in his growly screamish voice to KoRn, Orgy, Linkin Park, Bush, etc.
Another name he goes by is A-ro, a combination of Anthony and Rory given to him by his best friend from high school and lastly
Trippy Tran, a name he gave himself after the idea that his life seems to be so uncertain.
If you would like to be a part of any film works while he is still in the Cincinnati area,
send an e-mail to TrippyTran@gmail.com