Jon Braeley. Director
Empty Mind Films is the work of director and photographer Jon Braeley and is a combination of his passion for Asian culture, storytelling and photography. Jon has over twenty five years of professional photography and filmmaking experience. Born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Jon obtained a degree in architecture. In 1990 he moved to New York and switched from architect to photographer. In 1997 he produced his first documentary.
Jon is also an experienced Martial Artist, gaining his black belt in Shotokan Karate at twenty two years of age. He also has a wide range of knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan and Aikido, having trained in both arts at a young age. During the last thirty years, he has met and trained with many great martial arts masters. Today he spends his time shuttling between the Empty Mind production studios in America and Beijing and Tokyo.
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Contact email: jon at emptymindfilms.com
Betty Yuan. Production
Betty Yuan joined Empty Mind Films in 2007 and oversees our productions in China. A Beijing resident, she attended the prestigious Peking University and obtained a masters degree in Journalism. Beside mandarin Betty speaks fluent english. She spends most of her time on location making sure the difficult task of shooting a documentary in China runs smoothly. In the studio she works as a second editor.
Contact by email at betty at emptymindfilms.com
Juan Fonseca. Production/Producer
Juan Fonseca joined Empty Mind Films in 2011 and oversees our productions in Japan. Juan is a resident of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. This city has a long history and tradition with the Samurai. Juan speaks fluent japanese and english. His native language is spanish. Like most of our film crew, he practices martial arts and holds dan grades in both Kendo and Kyudo. Juan’s main work is on location sound and filming and dealing with location logistics inside Japan.
Contact by email at juan at emptymindfilms.com