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!