If you haven’t read PART 1 yet please do so before reading. I want to share with you my experience so far on taking the helm as Associate Producer on my feature film.
This was the primary purpose of me moving back to Hawaii. For about 7 years now, this story (and now it’s sequel) has become a huge passion of mine. But most of all, it’s become a part of me. As a writer, when you write a meaningful story it becomes a part of you forever. It’s almost like living in this other world so to speak. This particular story started out as a 20 page short story, evolved into a published novel, and now a feature film.
Before I moved last August, I had been working on the script for about a year and a half. I pitched the story June 2012 at The Great American PitchFest in Burbank, CA. While studios liked my idea, they weren’t convinced because of the lack of following it had along with it being almost 175 pages.
I’ll admit at the time I was a pretty naive writer. I felt like everything needed to be included and was important. But thankfully about a year later I had my Screenwriting teacher at the time read my script to which he gave me amazing feedback. This helped me go down to currently 124 pages after a couple re-writes.
Getting to the Producing part, I’ll tell you off the bat that it’s not easy. We’re talking about convincing a studio to put in at least a $100 million to make this movie. Sure, the idea of a superhero franchise being set in present day Hawaii was interesting, but what I figured out was I needed evidence to support this belief.
Creating a Facebook Page for this movie was probably the most beneficial thing I think I have ever done for this project. After only 2 months of creating it, we’re at 50,000 Fans. And sure there may not be a ton of likes per post that I’ve made, but the fact that these people liked the page is what counts because that shows support.
What I learned through Producing Is being consistent and above all, NETWORK. I created the small business cards that have the Facebook Page URL on it and I just hand them out everywhere I go. I’ve also learned that you can’t depend on a lot of people to get the job done for you. You must do this yourself.
I’ll be blunt honest with you: it gets lonely and sometimes downright defeating sometimes. There’s times when I don’t feel supported or maybe I’m being too ambitious and should give up, but every time that I do I think of the outcome of this movie; this dream. Of getting people involved here. Filming the crazy fight scene in downtown Waikiki. Watching people see the movie and become impacted.
I’m not in this to be filthy rich. Yeah it would be nice to have money to pay the bills and get things I need. But money comes and goes. Impact lasts forever. And what excites me even more is the sequel and where the story and characters are taken. But in order to get to that I have to wow you with an amazing 1st movie and win your interest over.
That’s one of the main reasons why I attached myself as a Producer. I don’t want to be one of those writers who sits on the sidelines and watches his film get made by other people and not do a thing. I want to be involved with everything and help whoever out as much as I can. I want this movie to be solid near perfect. Oscar worthy. So I guess you can say I am very overprotective of it.
In conclusion, I’m glad I’ve appointed myself this duty. It gives me a greater purpose and motivation. And seeing people start to show interest really brings joy to me. No matter who ends up failing me through collaborating here or who leaves me, I have a purpose to fulfill. In the end, the struggles will be war it. Because greatness comes from suffering. It’s not just given to you. You have to fight for it. Always keep in mind his worth it your dream is and the impact you want on that dream when you’re feeling lost or hopeless about it.
A couple more things:
Below is our 1ST CHARACTER BANNER featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain, Jonathan. What an amazing actor. Picturing him playing this role brings chills down my spine. I REALLY want him to play this so PLEASE SHARE THIS PHOTO AROUND TUMBLR. LETS GET HIS ATTENTION.
And for the heck of it, how about a teaser of our 2ND CHARACTER BANNER featuring Andrew Garfield as the hero?
Check out the movie page @ LOVE & TRANSFORMATION on Facebook and LIKE to get up-to-date info on the progress, while also an exclusive first release of the Hero Banner once we release it very soon!
And, of course I can’t leave you without a big think you for reading my long blog. Until next time.
I have to warn you. When I write blogs, I like to write long. So if you have time, feel free to read my 1st blog on here. Just trying this out to see how it goes:
Today makes exactly 8 months since I’ve been here in Hawaii. Honolulu to be specific. And what an interesting journey it’s been so far. I won’t lie to you. It’s not what I thought it would be at first. But to be honest, it’s been probably the most eye opening experience I’ve had in my entire life.
I left LA behind for 2 reasons: to start my life over, and to make a feature film I wrote and am now co-producing that happens to be set in Hawaii.
This isn’t my first time living in Hawaii. I was stationed here before when I was in the Army at Schofield Barracks. But that was a different time. When I had a guaranteed support system to fall back onto, but above all, a mandatory duty to follow. So I couldn’t really enjoy Hawaii as much as I can now. But moving back the 2nd time feels so different.
I left LA because I faced a lot of heartbreak and tragedy. I felt stagnant. I wanted a change. So I figured, well since my film is set in Hawaii and I’m trying to get that picked up by studios, why not go to the place it’s based on and get things going and get a big following from people there? Increase my chances so to speak.
I came here with just my longboard and a suitcase packed full of clothes. Was I scared? Absolutely. I’ve never made a bold move like this. When I moved to LA, it was planned out. I was attending film school in Santa Monica. I had the VA (Veterans Affairs) to back me up with school and housing. Everything I needed was close, including family. But when I moved here, I left all of that behind.
Thankfully, I got accepted to The University of Hawaii at Manoa - or better known as just UH. I wanted to experience the traditional way of college life unlike the hectic 11 week cycle I had at my previous college, which was technically not a public school.
But unfortunately UH is not what I thought it would be. I have learned that when you go to a new place in your life you can’t have high expectations. Not that you should have bad expectations but at least not too high.
The way of college life is so different here. I miss my old college because of the people I’ve met. The ambitious artists trying to make a name for themselves ranging from filmmakers to fashion designers and everything in between. These were people to be inspired from and to know that they would love to collaborate with you on each other’s upcoming projects. But here it seems that people are all about partying and getting a tan.
Which is not to say that is a bad thing. Another thing I’ve learned living here is we are all on our own separate journey. My path just hasn’t intertwined with any other college students will but who knows maybe it will.
So right now I am at a crossroads with my life when it comes to school. Should I give this school another shot after 2 rough semesters of transitioning? Or do I deserve better? It’s something that continues to bother me everyday. I’m a survivor. I’ll figure it out. I guess what scares me though is I feel a change coming. It’d the fear of the unknown and only raises more questions. But in order to learn, change is a part of that right?
Through every struggle that I’ve been through here I am forever grateful for it because deep down I have become stronger. To avoid this being too long, I’ll out the Producing part and what I’ve learned from it in PART 2.
Thanks for reading.
Something to cheer up those #MondayBlues. A sneak peek at a work-in-progress. Halfway done.
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#TBT of my 1st (of hopefully many) movie screenings. Featuring my dad, Visual Effects Artist Joel Sanchez, Composer @anpshew, Sound Designer @suicidal_holocaust, and Actress @ceraoni! I hope to god I can get you guys a spot on the #featurefilm team. You deserve it.
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#selfiesunday #hawaii #puppylove #puppy #girlfriend
The result of 2 long days walking around #waikiki with the pup (photo taken late afternoon yesterday). You are worth the fatigue, KelaBoy.
#TBT of when I was in the #Army during #OIF deployment 2009-2010. Hard to believe it’s been almost 4 years since I’ve been back.
#11B #infantry #iraq #deployment #M4 #guns #rifles #desert
This was the first time he has ever been to the beach. This was at #magicisland in #oahu. Such a special moment to watch him as he reacts to the tide of the ocean. @_kelayoshi @sodababy808