Hey people...it's been a long f-ing time since my last blog...and I apologize for that...although it's been for good reasons but I should not neglect my blog for as long as I did...so here goes with the days that have gone by without a word from me...
I have done absolutely nothing.
I hope you enjoyed that...
Okay, seriously, here we go...
For the past month or so, after my big birthday party that my GF threw for me, things have been moving in the right direction. I've been able to stay busy doing a plethora of things.
incorporated i-Kandy productions with a couple of partners
developed business plan for film
treatment and script polished and ready for use
directed two commercials, both for Wellcome and both shown on Roadshow and cable
played beach volleyball for the first time and was on the WINNING team (yeah, I kick ass!)
brought two trusted key crew members onto Love Hurts team
prepping for film; locations, contracts, casting, equipment deals, film stock deals, etc.
sending out Buck Wild out to film festivals
playing basketball every week to stay in shape although I still feel round around the edges!
writing an intro for my work (wowwowtank) to be used in the demo reels that are sent out
gathering information and designing the website
watched the Toronto Raptors season opening win over the Cavs, live! (online, of course...)
That's the gist of it...in between I still found time to talk with Momma Lo, who has been going through some tough times back in Toronto, spent time with my lady, forged some friendships along the way, and eat whenever time permitted!
And now, this past weekend, I participated in the 48 hours film project. And what an experience!
My team consisted of the following lovely people:
Yung Yung Yu
One thing to note here, we had a lot of first time filmmakers on the team:
Yung Yung, first time working behind the scene;
May Lee, first time doing anything in filmmaking;
Andrew Lang, first time acting in a film;
Stephanie Fodor, first time working behind the scene as well;
Sean Tierney, first time acting in a film as well;
and Lara Dangerfield, first time working with any of us (and I'm not sure what her background is but very grateful for her thoughts and opinions throughout the weekend!)
This team really needed the 48 hr-winning experience of Simon and he delivered on his end to the best of his ability.
So we all got together after receiving our package and hashed out a story according to our elements.
What the 48HFP peeps gave us to work with:
Genre: Buddy Film
Prop: Lychee Martini
Character: Edwin or Eva Lai, Hairdresser
Line of dialogue: "what's tomorrow's weather going to be?"
Once we got the story down, May got us two locations to work with at last minute since the ones that we did secure prior to the kickoff (one of which was the alivenotdead Halloween party! Thanks to Patrick, Raffi, and Kate Sullivan for all their support and cooperation!), didn't quite work out since the story didn't call for it. So anyway, off the team went to my warehouse and started to look for wardrobe and props while I stayed in the office to write the script. Once that was done, it was about 3am, I think....well, got back with the team and did a quick script read.
After that, we packed our stuff and off we went to our first location.
We finished shooting by 12pm and then off to lunch. After feeding our aching bellies, we set off to Central to do some landmark shots with the ladies. When we got the first one, we sent most of the team back to the warehouse (home base) to get some rest. Simon and I continued on to shoot the next one and then back to home we went...
Once we got back, I saw several bodies laying in every which way possible. Simon and I started to do the transferring of files from camera to editing system. Then, time came to shoot the next location in CWB. I woke everyone up, which was everyone except for me and Simon, and off we went to location #2.
Things went fairly smooth and that was a wrap!! So we thought...
The band split, the keys went back home and we continued to do the transfer. 5 hours of transferring HD files and converting to SD, we were finding different ways to stay up and stay in tune and have some sense of sanity. When it was complete, we checked the footage. And therein laid the problem...
Our location #2 files all had a sound problem, none of the dialogue was audible and we didn't have a sound guy...by this time, it was 10am on delivery day...
The remaining parts that were up, Simon, Yung Yung, Andrew, and myself, started to brainstorm solutions. We went from dubbing the dialogue, to building a set, to re-writing the scene, to finding another location for a re-shoot, thanks to YY!
So off we went to re-shoot the scene in Central. Got it done in 40 minutes, in and out! Great job by the actors to show up and help us through this tough time because they all thought we were done and they didn't have much rest either so I truly am grateful for their resiliency.
Back to the editing desk where I started picking out the good takes and lined up the assembly cut. During this long process my eyes were giving up on me but I pulled myself up long enough to complete and handed it over to Simon to cut the assembly down to the first cut. He was such a huge help! I downed my eleventeenth coffee and we were ready to move...
After Simon put the first cut together, it was my turn to do the final cut. I put the music I selected from rumblefish and also Sean's own music into the film, cut the film down to the required limit of 7 minutes because our first cut was over 3 minutes over the limit.
I rushed through the credit sequence, Simon played with the audio to make sure that the levels were good and to fix up the ones with really loud background noise.
By this time, everyone was working on the final paperwork and questionnaires in the other room while SImon and I used whatever fumes we had left in our systems to complete the film to its final form.
We called for a taxi to wait downstairs as we pushed the eject button from the camera and delivered the mini DV to Central from Chai Wan just in time to beat the deadline...by about two minutes or so...
The final product? Title: Cocktail Definition The screening is on Friday and most of us will be attending. I'm happy with what we ended up with and proud of my team's efforts in making this film so whatever happens on Friday would be icing on the cake.
In reality, we were actually able to shoot the entire film in 24 hours but because of some equipment problems wihtout a go-to guy to help us, we had to do a re-shoot. I knew at some point we would be facing adversity but didn't know to what degree...well, we found out and not only did we not panic, we thrived and succeeded under the pressure. This was a total team effort and thank you to all who were involved as it couldn't have been completed without your input!
I will put up some pictures when I receive them from one of our team members and will link the film if it gets any airtime on 48.tv!
Thank you to all my teammates, phenomenal job, and look forward to working with all of you again!!
I hope that their first time was as good as they had hoped for and I truly wish them all the best!
Thanks again to the following:
JP Concept Salon, The One bar, Wowwowtank, e.v.e.n.t., alivenotdead, xenter jut, Zuma Restaurant and Bar, Yellow frog media, Ivy Lam, Spencer Douglass, and the rest of the 48HFP family!
Anyway, back to reality and back to my project...my next blog post will be for casting for Love Hurts. Stay posted!
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