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  • It's coming...

    Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 3:40PM / Members only

    October 4th in the US:  Linsanity arrives.

    and

    October 11th in Taiwan!   Linsanity spreads.



    www.linsanitythemovie.com

    http://linsanitythemovie.tumblr.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/LinsanitytheMovie

    @LinsanityMovie  (Twitter)

    @Linsanitythemovie  (Instagram)

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  • Really, I have....

    Thursday, May 2, 2013 2:51PM / Members only

    I have been meaning to blog for many many months.  Really.

    No excuses, but I guess I kinda now know what it means too busy to do thing such as blogging.  I've always looked at blogging as an extraneous activity.  Fun.  Downtime.  Downloading.  People who have a lot of time on their hands can do such things.  The last, uh, 8,9 months?  Time has been a commodity!

    I finally logged on tonight as a I've been doing some cleaning up of bags, envelopes and biz cards.  I found a card belonging to Frederic Ambroisine whom I met in LKF in HK in March around midnight when he did an impromptu interview with Evan Jackson Leong, the director of Linsanity, which has kept me plenty busy the last year or so...I looked up Frederic and found an AnD page on him and, voila, here I am blogging real quickly...

    So.  The last 10 months in a nutshell?

    1)  Linsanity the Movie has pretty been keeping my team and I pedal to the metal on hyperdrive.   I could dedicate a semester to this, but let's just say Park City, Austin, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Honolulu, San Diego, and tomorrow LA are the cities we've been hitting since January.  More to come...

    2)  A lotta Oahu living.  Hawaii 5-0 has continued and we just wrapped S3.  It was an amazing season and we'll see what's in store in the future!

    3) NY/LA/Asia - I've been bouncing around still to these spots for various projects.  I snuck in a little London trip for a commercial shoot last month and the rest of this year looks like some NY time, Asia, and more Europe, including Berlin(!).  I'm glad I chose my field.  Despite the constant hustle and insecurities it can bring, it does take me to places far and wide that I would otherwise only be saving up 2 weeks each year to see.

    Okay - gotta keep it short.  Hope to get on here more often...truly.  If you aren't already following thing that I'm involved with, I'm gonna pause a sec here and download.  Please follow or like all the following things!  As we say in Hawaii --- MAHALO!

    - Linsanity Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/LinsanityMovie
    - Linsanity Twitter:  @LinsanityMovie

    - A lil indie film making the festival rounds right now: 

    https://www.facebook.com/someoneiusedtoknow
    Twitter:  @Some1Used2Know

    Woot!  Hope 20-13 is going well for everyone.

    P.S.  What a boring blog.  I used to be a pretty good writer.  I'm losing my talents.  Sigh.

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  • Asia, where art thou?

    Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 12:36PM / Members only

    Exactly a year ago, I was wrapping up a trip in Singapore and heading over to Shanghai.  A couple months later, I went out to Taipei, but since then I haven't even had a sniff of being in Asia!  Ugh, I don't like this feeling.  I was just finding my Asia groove, but this past year, work in the US of A has been too good to leave this joint.  Curse this country!

    I kid of course.  I'm grateful for what's been going on here in America, but damn, I miss Asia.  I hope I get to go at some point in this back half of the year.  Maybe it will inspire me to write more blogs!?  Already, I will be missing my first Shanghai International Film Festival in the past 4 years.  A bit sad, but I just simply can't get there this go around.

    No way I can let this whole year go by without a trip out there.  No way!  It's all for good reason I guess and hopefully soon I'll get to explain more of what's been going on here, but until then, Asia, I miss you.

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  • Esse

    Friday, Feb 3, 2012 3:08PM / Members only

    It should have been Kang.  Really, it should have.

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  • a producer saved my life

    Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 3:30AM / Members only

    I didn't mean to, but last night, while driving, I got on the phone with a producer friend of mine whom I have the utmost respect in the world for.  My friend is a very accomplished individual with a heart of gold.  With her crazy schedule, she always still finds time to give advice to those who ask and, trust me, I have found myself asking her for much advice in the past.

    This week, my friend wrote a very important letter to the Producer's Guild of America that has started to generate what I think is a healthy dialogue that has long needed to be discussed.  Check it out:  AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PGA.  While the PGA's response doesn't exactly rectify the situation, the acknowledgment, and lip-service to examine the situation at least is a start.

    Somehow, we started talking about the topic of producing in general and, basically, by the end of our conversation, she had talked me down from the proverbial ledge.  That is so KC - putting out letters to help American producers who do foreign language films and then talking to this still-aspiring producer back to sanity.

    I have had one of the most challenging experiences of my life this year - and yet, most rewarding.  I agreed to executive produce and act in a film this year that somehow turned into me becoming the lead producer.  For those who don't know, in film, an exec producer (EP) is someone who sits at a very high level on the project.  He/she finds funding for the project, maybe has some say on hiring/casting, providing basic foundational resources like locations or sponsors, and perhaps down the road helps with some festival and distribution stuff as well.  Usually, it's just the first thing - providing money.

    Without getting into specifics, somehow as the project went along, I found myself becoming the main producer.  By definition, a film's "producer" (not EP) is such:

    A film producer oversees and delivers a film project to all relevant parties while preserving the integrity, voice and vision of the film. They will also often take on some financial risk by using their own money, especially during the pre-production period, before a film is fully financed.  The producer is often actively involved throughout all major phases of the filmmaking process, from inception and development to completion and delivery of a film project.

    I've functioned in this capacity on some short films before, and I've long thought about doing this on features, but for the most part, with our small shingle 408 Films, I've served only as an EP helping to shepherd a project with financing and some festival and/or distribution strategy.  I guess I saw myself as a higher level kind of person who connected people and things, but stayed out of the way when it came to day to day stuff.
     
    Well, like it or not, here came my first feature where I would throw on the producer cap in addition to the EP cap.  Not what was intended on this particular piece, but WTH, right?  Life throws you lemons, you make wine from it.  Whatever the saying is.

    In discussing what had happened here with my friend on the phone, I found myself barfing out several thoughts and asking several questions - all of which she thoughtfully answered in ways that made me feel infinitely better about what I have been going through.  

    It's not just me who goes through these things!!!  It's always good to hear other's experience and perspective and to know that you're not alone.

    Everything she said rang so true in my mind...

    - Post-Production (where we are now) is the hardest part of a film.  You think physical production is, but it's a piece of cake in comparison.  It's physically the most taxing for sure, but during this period, you have everyone around you and there is a sense of camaraderie, as if you are going to war together.  We definitely had that.  In pre-production, there is the anticipation and everyone involved at that point is excited and chomping at the bit and really doing their share of the lifting.  In post, as the producer, you are left by yourself.  Often, it's just you and the filmmaker.  Everyone else has gone home and is onto their next thing and just waiting for the email one day to announce a screening.  It's up to you to pull everything together at this point.  It's an isolating experience, but it's here where the wheat is separated from the chaff as far as who is a good producer and who may not be.

    - Going into a film is like an arranged marriage.  You are often thrust into a position with a team of people you don't know.  You might be brought in by one source you do know, but there is a host of others you've never met and, like the poor woman whose parents just force her to marry the man so not of her dreams, you have no choice at that time but to roll with it, hoping for the best.  Sometimes, it works out great.  Other times, it doesn't.  My friend shared a story of a 60-year old accomplished producer who is still scarred from his most recent project after having worked with people he didn't know beforehand.  This sort of surprised me because I'd been thinking that the further along you get in your career as a producer/director/whatever, the more you know who you want to work with and the more you will surround yourself with old hands you trust with your life.  Why would Wong-Kar Wai always have Christopher Doyle as his cinematographer?  Why do certain producer-director tandems work together time and again?  You find people you mesh well with, and you stick with them.  Simple as that.  It's like any relationship in life.  Branching out with new folks is risky.  Sometimes you find gems and will want to always work with them again.  Sometimes you find people you will never want to work with ever again.  No one ever said all arranged marriages are bad, I guess, but I'll be damned if they are all good.

    - No matter what, as a producer, you have to keep your eye on the prize.  Keep your vision for the film and keep your passion to deliver it.  So long as you still believe in it, of course.  All the muck that happens along the way, it's part of the process.  All producers go through it, and all producers will have their moments of doubt or weakness.  It's perfectly normal.  It's what makes us human.  Keep your nose to the ground, make your deliverables, be responsible to your fiduciary duties, and put the best film you can out there.  You gotta have faith.  I'm sure Serge and Larry had their doubts about certain things as they built a little company called Google.

    It was a bit of a wake up call I happened into last night.  A check-point, if you will.  I truly appreciated the discussion.  And, as I mentioned earlier in this post, despite a set of challenges so high, this year has been rewarding in a very unsuspecting way:  don't tell my acting agents/managers, but I am so very eager to move forward with a producer's cap on in life that it almost hurts.  Literally.  I feel a yearning to continue to be a producer because I feel that I'm suited for it.  I want more projects and I want to keep learning.  Most importantly, I want to do it with like-minded people who share the same vision and passion as me.

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    hi! Brian. I am a huge fannnn of Shanghai Rush! Are there gonna be more seosons? Can I also be in the show~~haha
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