Thursday, March 30, 2006

Foster City



I'm back at my parents' house in Foster City, a small suburb of San Francisco. Things are pretty slow here, but it gives me some time to get my life back together and to do some writing. I should be in LA by this weekend.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

再見 (Goodbye)



在台北10個星期之後,我終於回到舊金山,我要感謝在台北一起完成“美“這部電影的所有新朋友以及老朋友。

再過幾天,我將要離開舊金山,去執行剪接的工作,並且努力地完成一部值得大家感到驕傲的電影。我將在6月初回到台北跟大家見面。

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Spot



Taipei has a cool little art house movie theatre that's actually an old embassy the film commission converted and renovated a few years ago. It's called 'The Spot', and in addition to showing some great art films (right now 'Broken Flowers' and 'The Best of Youth' are playing there), there's also a bookstore inside dedicated entirely to film, and a cafe and restaurant where it seems filmmakers (or at least people who aspire to be filmmakers) hang out.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Rainy Days and Mondays

It's my last week here in Taipei - I leave for San Francisco next Monday after being here almost 3 months. I hope to be back in LA (at least for a few days) by early April to start cutting the film and to visit with friends.



Ying Tso, Eli, and I went to the film lab today to check out our dailies - it was the first time we got a real sense for how the film will look. I'm anxious to start editing the footage.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Art School



A lot of our cast and crew actually came from the same college - a well-known art school located in the outskirts of Taipei (Guandu). It's a nice, secluded school on top of a hill overlooking the city. Here's a photo.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Cast and Crew



Check out the updated Mei website:
http://www.meimovie.com

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Day Off

Yesterday was the first day off I've had in a while. Benji, Justin, Eli and spent the day in the suburbs of Taipei - it was ridiculously nice.

Later on in the afternoon, we ran into Mei and Jian randomly and a group of us went karaoking.





Sunday, March 12, 2006

Wrap Party








We had our wrap party banquet tonight - it started out at a nice little seafood restaurant. The Taiwanese tradition is to toast each other a lot over the course of the meal, and between the cast and crew, we immediately went through 20 large bottles of beer and 2 giant whiskey bottles.

By the time we got to the bar, people were already drunk just from the banquet. By the time we finally left the bar, everyone was completely trashed.

Making this movie has been one of the best experiences I have ever had.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Wrapped

We finished production tonight, shooting in our final alleyway, and then at a quiet river bank with a sweet view of the city. Justin and Benji were kind enough to supply beer and whiskey for everyone upon wrapping - it was nice way to end an almost perfect shoot.

This production couldn't have gone any smoother, and the work of the cast and crew have been amazing. What a fun way to make movies.






Friday, March 10, 2006

Production Day Five

We spent the night shooting in the back of a small coffee shop (coincidentally, the name of this coffee shop is "Mei"),and again in yet another alleyway. One more day until production is over.







Thursday, March 09, 2006

Production Day Four

We had a nice, easy night tonight shooting Jian riding into the nightmarket, and then Mei and Lu in a taxi cab. Mostly the cast and crew just sat around eating and hanging out. We also pushed Nelson around in a rickshaw. It was a nice change of pace after shooting in the noodle stand.

Tomorrow we are shooting the "outside the restaurant" scene...





Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Production Day Three

We finished our shooting at the noodle stand tonight. It was a long and tough night, but we managed to get all our shots (42 total). Tomorrow we are shooting at a local night market for some wider shots, and also shooting a short scene between Mei and Lu in a taxi cab.

Here are some more photos:




Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Production Day Two

We shot our first night in our noodle stand - it was great, but exhausting. Here are some photos Justin took. Tomorrow we shoot there again.







Monday, March 06, 2006

More Photos