In two days, Dead Pigs is going to Park City and having its premiere at Sundance! No words can describe how proud and honoured I am to be part of this amazing team and able to witness this!
But first, I owe Dead Pigs a Thank You note.
I remember it was about a year ago on the first day of Chinese New Year, when everyone in China was on holiday having big celebration after a hard working year, and when the last thing on my mind was to think about anything workrelated, I received a message requesting for my portfolio and asking if I’m interested to be the costume designer of a movie that would start filming in a month.
My first reaction was YES! Styling for a movie? Neverdone it but how cool would that be! I immediately ended my holiday and agreed to draft a costume proposal for the five main characters in two days upon receiving the script.It was a beautifully written story by Dir Cathy Yan @cy.yan, wrapped in various layers of interesting social issues and familial relationships. I cried a little while reading it. And when Ifinally went through the entire script, my first thought was NO I can’t take this job.
With only one month left til the first day of filming, my lack of film experience and resources, and the fact that I already had two commercial jobs lined up in the same month, there’s no way I could do it without exhausting myself to death, or at worst, screwing up this story/film that I love so much and feel connected to. I was afraid of failure. So aside from the costume proposal that I promised to deliver, I also wrote a long excuse that I “made up” in order to politely decline the job. I still vividly remember that moment, that moment where I kept starring at themessage of my carefully drafted excuse for the longest time, and I just could not press “Send.” No matter how many times in that day I told myself that I can’t take this job or I’m setting myself up for failure, I just couldn’t seem to say no to it. “Go fight for it, so no regret later for the chances you didn’t take” said the voice inside my head.
HOODFLIX: Calling all POC cinefiles, photographers, filmmakers, professional or aspiring! We are forming a co-op to skill share and support each other in the process. The only way to change the media is to control the media. We need to tell our own stories and own the rights to our work. Black/brown dollars matter. If we only knew our buying power we would stop whining about #aplaceatthetable and #Oscarsowhite . Telling one's story is a revolutionary and healing act. Its not rocket science. You just have to have a clear vision and be determined AF. And that means you have to sometimes play multiple roles to get it done. Tis why you need to know a lil bit bout everything to be an #indie#filmmaker . Join us (Hoodflix & Build) as we study the film Moonlight and learn lighting techniques inspired by the film. Friday Jan. 19th. 7pm-on. Film will start exactly at 7:30. Lighting skill share will follow. Lite snacks will be served. $5 donation. Hit la mama up for coordinates to Shangri-Luz.
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