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After finding a bracelet with the engraving ‘Sophia’ in her husband’s pocket, Sam spends a day to make sense of it before confronting her husband.

http://www.just2meproductions.com/sophia

One of our longer short films, ‘It’s Not The Same’ is now online in its entirety at 26 minutes. Watch, share, and enjoy! 

starring Aaron Heinzen and Jaime Lee
written and scored by Jaime Lee
location sound and sound design by Kelsey Wood
shot and edited by Moses Lee
directed by Moses Lee and Jaime Lee 

Big Apple Film Festival Official Selection
Edgemar Film Festival Official Selection, Nominated for Best Actress and Best Screenplay 

http://www.just2meproductions.com/ints

lies, secrets, and kindness
Lying, or deliberately presenting something  untrue, could have a  lot of power.  As long as the secret of its  falsehood is kept, a lie  could steer life and relationships in certain  directions.  Then when  exposed, it could also destroy trust and bonds between people.  Whether a lie is vicious or ‘white,’  the discovery of such deceit could bring about very similar   consequences.  Sometimes, good intentions backfire.
People say honesty is the best policy, but it’s not always true.  As   many things in life, it’s not that simple.  Revealing certain   information could bring people together, and it may also do the   opposite.  A secret could be a sacred covenant between two people; and  sometimes, withholding information doesn’t necessarily equal lying.   Everyone’s definition is a bit different, and there are no clear rules.   An individual has to decipher for oneself what’s worth protecting or  disclosing. 
In my life, I’ve always demanded the truth from people close to me,   crude or not.  I felt capable of handling raw facts of how things are,   aka ‘as is,’ and I wanted to have the option of knowing and handling   them myself without unnecessary intervention.  I thought the best kind   of relationship is completely transparent, where one could say anything   out loud and not be misunderstood. 
But perhaps such clarity is an ongoing effort, not an absolute goal   one could achieve.  Maybe the good reasons behind lies and secrets do   override the act in itself, and one just has to learn to navigate   through these complications by learning to trust and  communicate.   People are flawed by nature and are quick to defend their   vulnerabilities.  So, maybe in the end, all one can do is try to be kind   about harsh realities of life, practicing tact in presenting the  truth,  and hope that such effort is understood, appreciated, and   reciprocated.

lies, secrets, and kindness

Lying, or deliberately presenting something untrue, could have a lot of power.  As long as the secret of its falsehood is kept, a lie could steer life and relationships in certain directions.  Then when exposed, it could also destroy trust and bonds between people.  Whether a lie is vicious or ‘white,’ the discovery of such deceit could bring about very similar consequences.  Sometimes, good intentions backfire.

People say honesty is the best policy, but it’s not always true.  As many things in life, it’s not that simple.  Revealing certain information could bring people together, and it may also do the opposite.  A secret could be a sacred covenant between two people; and sometimes, withholding information doesn’t necessarily equal lying.  Everyone’s definition is a bit different, and there are no clear rules.  An individual has to decipher for oneself what’s worth protecting or disclosing. 

In my life, I’ve always demanded the truth from people close to me, crude or not.  I felt capable of handling raw facts of how things are, aka ‘as is,’ and I wanted to have the option of knowing and handling them myself without unnecessary intervention.  I thought the best kind of relationship is completely transparent, where one could say anything out loud and not be misunderstood. 

But perhaps such clarity is an ongoing effort, not an absolute goal one could achieve.  Maybe the good reasons behind lies and secrets do override the act in itself, and one just has to learn to navigate through these complications by learning to trust and communicate.  People are flawed by nature and are quick to defend their vulnerabilities.  So, maybe in the end, all one can do is try to be kind about harsh realities of life, practicing tact in presenting the truth, and hope that such effort is understood, appreciated, and reciprocated.

Christmas 2010. time for reflection, part 1.

It’s a bit of a lonely Christmas this year.  There are no extended family members or friends coming over.  There are no peanut butter cookies being baked in the oven.  My apt is still a mess from the BSM production, and there is no Christmas tree other than the miniature statue I purchased in Austin last month at a thrift shop.  I spoke to my parents in Korea earlier today, and my siblings are also far away.  I thought about going ice skating or out for a fancy dinner, but I think I’ll opt for some modest home cooked meal with LOTR or Back To The Future, with blankets and cheese curls, and maybe some beer or wine, or all of the above.

This year has been an eventful year.  One of the most memorable obviously is my first feature endeavor with ‘BITTERSWEET MONDAY.’  It occupied me for the latter third of 2010.  I spent every moment of everyday since late August, preparing for this dream of mine, just wishing and hoping that I could pull it off. 

Leading up to ‘BITTERSWEET MONDAY’ was ‘LESS THAN NOTHING,’ the short film during which I met so many pivotal players in my life: the talented and beautiful actors, Meghan Grady, David Covington, and Philipp C. Wolter.  ‘LESS THAN NOTHING’ was also the first time I worked with Matthew Dorris as my 1st AD, and the first film during which Erik Kandefer and Moses Lee worked together as a camera team.  Everything just felt so right, and I knew this was the ‘dream team’ for BSM, if they would have me.

And they did.

Matt and Moses had already read the script - they’re always the first two that read my stuff. :)  We sat at Brownstone Diner/Pancake Factory in Jersey City after wrapping LTN, eating our greasy lunches, dreaming out loud about shooting ‘Bittersweet Monday.’  I remember being so deeply touched just by the mere fact that they were interested in telling my story.  I remember thinking, omg.  I can do this!

Then came Philipp, who was not what I first thought he was, in the best way possible.  It just goes to show how talented he is.  In real life, he oozes this kind of simultaneously boyish and rugged manly charm that I always envisioned for JEREMY.  Working with him for LESS THAN NOTHING, I also found out that he’s this triple, quadruple threat: actor, director, DP, producer and editor, among many other things.  Looking through his work displayed on the internet, I initially felt incredibly intimidated.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to show him my script.  But I got over myself, as I always do, and carefully asked him if he’d be interested in reading my feature length screenplay.  I didn’t specify anything, that I wanted him to be my JEREMY.  I just asked him to read it, and he said yes.  Then the rest is history, as they say. 

Convincing four grown men with grown up responsibilities to agree to traveling to Austin, TX for a whole month to do this super low-budget indie film felt almost… inappropriate.  I was afraid that I could ruin professional relationships or even friendships over this proposition.  So I was only grateful and amused when they all agreed to what I suggested.  And already, it was a dream come true. 

Then the rest…I’ll save for later.  I have a few more days to reflect before 2010 ends. :) Now, I’m gonna go drink some hot cocoa and watch some movies.

I’m a big cheeseball today with only love for everyone in my life.  :) 

Merry Christmas everyone!