2 YEARS LATER...
BETTER LATE…THAN FAILURE
So here we are. How is everyone doing? Older and better I assume? I know its been a while but sometimes our goals take longer than we thought. I sincerely apologize to everyone for my radio silence but I never anticipated this amount of creative weight I had to carry. I thank you for all of your patience but more importantly I’m excited to finally give you an update for Snakehead.
So, what’s going on with the film? There’s great news and bad news. The bad news is that after 2 years of editing, test screenings, reshoots, depression and a whole lot of deep learning I completely underestimated the time it would take to get this movie crafted. First time I've ever done this! The great news is that after all that time wandering around in a dark cave, I finally found my way out and dug up a diamond of a movie in the process. I’m extremely proud of what Snakehead has become and the skills I’ve learned as a director (isn’t learning what life is all about anyways?) I picture locked a few weeks ago, which means I finished editing and now we’re going through the final stages of color, music, and sound.
There’s still some work ahead but its all downhill from here. So, I can finally face all of you with confidence and a product that was worth the wait.
When I say the reward is in the journey, I truly mean it. Snakehead has been a journey that I’ll never forget and I owe so much to all of you.
Again, I must apologize for the lack of communication. There just hasn’t been much news to share. Since the last update, I’ve been doing one thing everyday. Editing Snakehead. Working on various cuts and various story lines. Re-arranging, adding, subtracting, and then adding and subtracting again. Pick ups here and there. I had some major revisions from the original script and when you start changing story in post, the puzzle suddenly goes three dimensional. Telling a story is a lot harder than it looks and I had to dig deep and not settle. I had to re-examine what it meant to be a director.
This is my first scripted film and there were things I needed to learn. 20 years in this game, I have all the technical tools, skills, and team to make a movie, but those skills don’t translate to narrative storytelling. I liken my problem to an illustrator. If you were drawing comics professionally for the past 20 years and then you had to paint a fresco, you’d have the basic understanding on how to complete the painting, but you’d still have a learning curve to do it well. I had to learn a whole new method of storytelling and in the process, truly understand what is required of a director of feature films. Fortunately for me, I think (and hope) I’ve confronted and conquered the steepest part of my narrative filmmaking learning curve and have become filmmaker for it.
Another thing is that this movie is super ambitious. Snakehead has a ton of scenes, characters, set pieces, and plot elements. I have more set pieces than a Michael Bay movie and its been a puzzle to figure out how all they work together. And because I’ve never seen a world so foreign in film, I’ve had to find the truth of these characters’ world. Its been a sobering process but I’ve come full circle to the essence of what this movie is really all about, A BAD ASS ASIAN WOMAN.
So now what?
Well, after all the final post production processes have gone through, we’ll have a premiere at a festival and get this out to the world. You’ve waited this long, so what’s a little bit longer? If you think you’ve been waiting, you should see how patient my wife is. I’ve been on this for over 10 years, you’re on year 2/3ish? I promise I’m working hard. I wish I could send you guys a link right now to the movie, but an updated teaser is coming!
WHERE’S MY REWARD?
If you have not received your reward, please tell us. Obviously there are some that we can’t share yet…like the movie…or the official movie poster. But I think we got most of the stuff out, but please let us know if you haven’t received it. Also, we’re going to start moving away from the updates on kickstarter to our email list so that we can update through our own website.
1 YEAR LATER...
We hope this message finds you well here in the holiday season!
It's hard to believe, but it has been one full year since we started production on Snakehead. As we reflect on the year that has passed, we have so much to be thankful for.
First, we cannot overstate how appreciative and thankful we are for you all. Not just for your support of our campaigns, but also for your patience. Making Snakehead has taken longer than we expected. Typically, an independent film takes between 18-21 days. For Snakehead, we had 40 days of production spread out over 7 months. It took us that long because we had a small budget but an ambitious story that required a logistical dance that even films with 10X the budget might raise an eyebrow at. We had to juggle actors' schedules, deal with crew availability, find impossible set pieces, make locations appear out of thin air, move hundreds of gallons of water, feed hundreds of extras on several occasions, persevere in the face of a huge snowstorm, lugging gear from city to city and coast to coast, making many returns at Home Depot, while always trying to focus on delivering creatively.
As one could imagine, with such a complex production and limited resources, the post-production has proven to be equally as challenging.
We have been very deliberate and careful in the editing process to get things right. After putting so much time into development (nearly 10 years!) and physical production, we simply can't rush delivering this film to the world.
So, while we would love to have been accepted into Sundance this year, or to even know when we will be good and ready to be publicly exhibited, we're going to continue to grind it out and not just finish it for the sake of finishing it. With every day that it marinates, with every critical eye who has seen it, and with every pass we make at the edit, the film is getting there. It's incredible how tedious editing can be and how the seemingly smallest choices can make the biggest impact on a story, but that's where we are right now. The film has not been ready and we just don't want to make our debut until we know we've done all we could and put our best foot forward.
Once again, we thank you for your unconditional support and unwavering faith. It means the world to our team and we promise that when we see you again, we will have done all we could to make you proud.