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Thomas Lo
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Jeanne's workshop and then some...Just READ IT!

Wow, it's been a while.

Alright, let's get this bloggin' started...

Jeanne Hartman is an incredible teacher and coach.  Should I stop there?  I wish I could.  I can't seem to say enough about the workshop and her tutelage over the past weekend.  I felt like I had lost an edge when I came back to Hong Kong, I was always feeling low and not confident in my abilities.  But all it took was someone to challenge me like Jeanne and my classmates did for me to realize it was just tucked away and waiting.

I also want to thank Jason for being such a great guy even though I probably annoyed him a great deal over emails prior to the workshop.  He made sure I was all set and ready but more importantly, all paid up (LOL) for the workshop.

The class was small in size but huge in passion.  Every one of us took a quantum leap from day one to day two.  Never believed in overnight success but that second day showed me that it was possible.  I don't think I'm exaggerating but correct me if I'm wrong, when a class of not-so-pro's turn in solid pro-like performances, it would be considered a success.  Chung probably made the biggest jump out of all of us.  And all thanks to the attention and support that Jeanne and Jason gave us through the weekend.

Speaking of which, Jeanne in particular, gave me some daunting tasks to complete.  It pushed me to realize my range in acting, the good, the bad, and the ugly (besides my face, of course!).  When I asked her if she could help me with body language and movement, she made me play someone paralyzed from the neck down.  That was by far the most memorable experience in the two days.  I couldn't stop laughing when I received the scene.  I was fortunate enough to have Jane as a partner in that scene, who played her part wonderfully.

The other big challenge I got from Jeanne was during our last scene.  Pat and I had to do a comedic scene, something neither one of us are good at and had trouble prepping for.  And to top it all off, the group before us, Grace and Andrew, blew the audience away with their rendition of love.  Tough act to follow.  Pat and I did the best we could and got more laughs than we anticipated which was awesome, to say the least, but then, as if it wasn't tough enough on us already, good ol' Jeanne made us reverse the roles!! That was a curveball I did not want to miss, I was going to go out swinging...it may not have been a homerun but I think I hit a double or something.  (For those of you who don't understand the analogy, it's baseball - the sport with a bat and a ball, not cricket, the American game!)

Well, all-in-all it was a fantastic decision to attend the workshop on my part and even better decision to have Jeanne teach some classes here in HK.  Thanks Jeanne and thanks Jason!!

"And now, to the feature presentation."  I'll just keep it simple as to my whereabouts and going-ons in the past few months.

I have been keeping myself busy writing scripts, mostly short films, one feature, a commercial, and a children's book.  Yeah, I know, make up my mind, right?  My boss pushes me to the nth degree with my writing and keeps me on my toes.  It's been a blessing to have a boss like TK 'cause he keeps it simple and gives me a lot of creative freedom. 

All in the meanwhile, after my day job, I go home and work on my film that was tragically taken away from me by my old hard drive.  I have now put it back together shot-by-shot.  Let me clarify here as to how tedious this task was. 

All I had left from that piece of shit hard drive was a sound mix of the entire film and a copy of the last cut in form of a .mov file with timecode (Phew! if I didn't have timecode, it would've been about a year later before I could get this done). 

So I recaptured all the tapes and went to work, shot-by-shot, frame-by-frame.  It took me about 3 weeks, every night after work to get it back to where it was.  Well, at least really close to it.  I was limited in what I could do because I lost all of the original audio files so I was stuck with the last sound mix.  Syncing it to the final mix was pretty tedious too but I got through it okay.  I've been busting my ass to get this done.  This has taken way too long.

Now, I am starting on the titles and should have a completed film within the next few weeks.  The reason for the delay is because I actually got a commercial to shoot next Monday for Vita and have plenty to prep for.

So as my workload lessens with each passing day, I am starting to get more time to sleep.  Although there is still plenty for me to write, this has been quite the roller coaster ride.  My film was made about two years ago and has flown thousands of miles to be completed.  I feel as though this one-man show can only go so long before I tire out and give up but the closer I get to completion the better the motor seems to be running.  I love it!!

I actually received a surprising email today that seemed to fall out of the sky.  A distribution company sent me a message and asked me about my film because I spoke to one of their reps here in Hong Kong at the HKIFF Ex.  He's interested in a screener and also to talk about possible international representation for my film!! What timing!

I'm definitely feeling better, gaining my confidence back (thanks to the workshop!!), almost completed my film (thanks to my passion!), and have an offer to rep it (thanks to my curiousity at the HKIFF Ex)! 

Wow.  That's a lot of thanks. 

Alright, I will leave it at that for now. 

What I want to know is whether it was just talk or if the peeps in class were for real...there was a discussion about an actors meetup where we would practice our craft and more importantly, to me at least, to use my scripts, among others of course. 

If this is for real, that would be awesome!  That is something I will pose to the ppl I see on Thursday at Jeanne's going-away party!  I am making sure I don't have much to prep that night for the shoot so that I can attend without having to worry too much.

Ok.  That's it.

Oh and one more thing.  My website should be up soon!! Now that is something that I've been working on for a while as well, with my good friend and graphic designer from TO, Cory or C-Dub as I like to call him.

Ok.  That's it.  Seriously this time.

Be Good, be Safe, and stay Cool.


(This was my yellow car.  My Mitsi Lancer OZ Rally.  Because I was making my film, I was no longer able to afford it.  I miss it dearly.  I will get it back one day...one day...)

almost 11 years ago 0 likes  3 comments  0 shares
Chungtsang 5b chungtsang
Hey Man, thanks for the comment about me. I'm very happy I took the class and took a chance to fail, still got so much to learn. It was a pleasure to be in the class with you, we had a very nice group in our class. Glad it help you so much, and I really was moved in you and Jane's scene, great performance. Lots of fun laughs too. I'm definitely thinking of things to do after the class already. I seriously need to do some heavy planning with Jason and others to create more opportunities for us to get together and have fun, practice and create. Also, here's my friend's distribution company in the US. He's doing mostly docs but a few indie features too. I saw your trailer and I think he will like your style. http://www.passionriver.com/
almost 11 years ago
Rottendoubt a4 patrick
ya, that last one was a major challenge. at least i was able to memorize it. i was happy about that. =P
almost 11 years ago
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