Because a dream is what you wanna do, but still haven’t pursued
I knew what I wanted and did it till it was done
So I’ve been the dream that I wanted to be since day one.
— Aesop Rock - “No Regrets”
My 2014 48Hours film just got through to the Auckland finals and I realised that I never posted my film from last year! PARALYSIS won Best Cinematography and made it to the Grand Finals by way of being personally picked by Sir Peter Jackson as a wild card entry. Thanks PJ :D
Character: Vic Meyer, insomniac
Dialogue: “Did you hear that?”
— Brother Ali ft. Dr. Cornel West - “Letter To My Countrymen”
Four years ago (to the day tomorrow) we rolled cameras on our first feature film, JAKE. Written and directed by Doug Dillaman and produced by Doug, myself and Anoushka Klaus, this has been a roller-coaster of an experience. JAKE is completely self-funded and to describe its budget as “micro” would be too generous.
Today we printed the final version of the film to tape. Tomorrow it screens at the Academy Cinema to cast and crew plus some media types.
I think the most poignant moment of watching the final version of the movie down in the various sound and picture finishing suites was seeing the number of names in the end credits. None of them were paid a cent. I don’t even really know how to begin expressing how grateful I am to all of them but I will do my best tomorrow at the screening.
I’m extremely tired - this last month has been insane. Film making is hard. Anyone who says otherwise is lying or not doing it right. But we did it. JAKE exists. And we’re not broken. So cheers to my collaborators and cheers to the films that come next!
It has all been worth it. I can’t wait to do it all again.
For updates and lols as JAKE goes out into the public follow http://jakethemovie.tumblr.com
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