Everyone has a dream. If you want it bad enough, you will make it happen.
Making a professional and meaningful independent film in Hong Kong with a veggie film set is my dream. Since I started conceiving and orchestrating the feature version of Love Stalk (originally a microfilm premiered in Singapore, Hong Kong and the U.S.) early this year, many people have cast doubt on the feasibility of such a combination. Producing an artsy yet interesting independent film in Hong Kong (or anywhere in the world for that matter) is challenging enough, let alone providing vegan food to the cast and crew who are all meat eaters. Despite the cold shoulders I got, I proceeded with determination and gathered some support from a few influential sponsors that helped make it happen. The results? Amazingly satisfying.
On November 30, 2013, we did a test shoot with Canon C500, a cinema grade camera that shoots 4K worth HK$211,800 (US$27,154). Throughout the 20 hours of filming, we shot a few main scenes in the office of GR8 Leisure Concept and a few outdoor locations that showcase Hong Kong. The footage shot will be edited into a trailer or teaser so we can show it to investors and sponsors to gain more support in terms of cash and products.
I arranged for crew and cast meals to be delivered to the GR8 office – every item the sponsors provided was vegan, i.e. free of meat, seafood, eggs or dairy. Wonderland Too served 5 delicious items in catering trays for lunch, Vegelink packed attractive bentos with apple crumble for dessert as dinner, and MANA! prepared fresh and raw salads for supper. For details of the food and more photos behind-the-scene, please visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/lovestalkmovie or click this link to the trailer shoot album.
The feature version will be different from the short film version in a number of ways in terms of quality (full cast & crew instead of just 4), cinematography (using Canon C500 instead of Canon 550D), language (Cantonese instead of English), marketing/media value (commercial and indie actors), locations (beautiful and iconic venues) and promotion channels (OpenRice, I.T and other big brands will be helping promote this film project). There are a few other things I’m working on as well that will make this movie stand out from the rest of the independent films, or even commercial films, I dare to say. This is still a low-budget indie film that can never be compared to the resources and backing of commercial films, but when you think out of the box, the ripples effect generated from small resources can be stretched to create a wow effect. Riding on our reputation of creating our 20-minute microfilm with 9 locations, completed with a pre-show cocktail, premiere at Hong Kong Arts Centre, and after show party with just US$500, we want to make a little dent in the business and film world again.
My sincere and heartfelt gratitude to Canon Hong Kong, GR8 Leisure Concept, MANA! Fast Slow Food, Vegelink Vegetarian Cuisine, Wonderland Too on Hart Avenue, and all the cast and crew who made this shoot possible. We can’t wait to show the world the power of unity and love to make dreams happen. If you want to be part of this project, whether as an investor, sponsor, cast or crew, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org