Zeran Lei was born and raised in China. At the age of eighteen, she went to DePauw University in Indiana. Immersing in the academic freedom of that liberal arts college, she found her way of living as a screenwriter in the second language. After graduating as a Creative Writing Major, she went back to China and taught in a small village for two years. Within the two years, she witnessed the power which motion pictures had to open her students’ horizons, so she decided to go back to school and continued to explore the world of film industry.