You are the author of the short film, called Kaze: Ghost Warrior. Could you tell us how was it like doing it?
It’s like mushing 1,000 miles through some of the most difficult country in the world. It’s a beauty and a Magic unlike anything I’ve ever known before. I can drop myself 100% into my Scenes, without fear or worry that just because what I’ve done differs slightly from what the Director preconceived that the hard-work, the Love would be thrown-out. Being surprised is one of the greatest tools of filmmaking
Your main message is to show other people, that today it is actually possible to do feature-quality film with a very limited budget. How are you solving budget problems, how do you support and motivate yourself?
This world is tough, in that people don’t pay for potential, they pay for product. Before you can get funding to “do things right,” you’ve got to “prove yourself worthy” by doing whatever it takes to complete your first “vision piece.” It’s almost like a “rite of passage.”
Me, I’ve done lots of work for other people, but I need to prove myself as a Creator/Director before others will believe that I am.
So, my own solution to solving the financial problems are to have reduced monthly expenditures to next-to-nothing, and to have made connections where I can directly trade paintings, portraits and designs for things like food and rent. My one-room, no-running-water cabin would make most of my LA acquaintances cringe, but you know, it’s a level of how much I believe in this project.
Eventually, I hope to be able to provide “seed money” and guidance for others wanting to make their own films. It’s a part of my Focus of giving to others that which I wish I’d have had, myself, (like the books I’ve already authored).
As far as motivation… well, I don’t watch TV, so what else am I going to do when the sun doesn’t rise for a month in December?
If someone really wants something, they’ll make it happen. Each and every moment is a choice, a decision to do, or not to do…