Working in the film business is a privilege. When you desire to use your creative talents to make a movie and you want to get through those security gates to do it… it’s TOUGH no matter how much talent you got. I was fortunate for sure (another story). My latest privileged project I got to work on was FAST FIVE (coming this weekend on the 29th… see it! Plug!)
Talk about fast… I started this movie almost exactly a year ago… did you hear me… ONE YEAR AGO! From preproduction to placing the subtitles. ”Fast and Furious” took a year and a half… I guess that was a luxury.
My journey on this newest one was a blast. What I did on the film was to assist Justin to communicate his ideas to the storyboardist, previs and even the producers on stunts, action beats and give alternate ways to make the action more action-y (my word). How do I do this… with toy cars. Yes… old school. I got hired to play with Hot Wheels and this skill would take me on a journey to so many locations in Puerto Rico to see where this action stuff will happen and me rendering it all out using toy cars. Fun.
“Keep learning” was the mantra I used on my year stint wherever I was involved. I got to meet all the great ones who make movie magic and me gleaning off as much as I can. If you need to know how to flip a car 15 feet in the air and tear the car top off at 100 mph… I’m your guy.
I love to work in front of my computer for hours on end, but my favorite times in Puerto Rico were conversations with Sung hiking the ruins and talking about our strengths (thanks braddah) and sitting with Justin eating Chinese food from Wan Chai at the lobby of our hotel and talking about life and film thinking how amazing that we are here doing what we love (still can’t believe it). With times like these it makes the whole year go “fast”.
K-den from the luckiest man in Hollywood,