When we were in L.A. we had meetings across the city.
Couldn't resist taking a picture of the iconic Paramount Studios.
Even took a picture of the water towers. Maybe we need to get one of those behind our office.
Rosa, Michelle Krusiec and Fruit Chan at a Korean dinner in Korea town.
From our hotel window, we could see films/TVC shoots almost daily. Here's a car being towed by the camera car in front.
On the left are the midget cans of Coke from L.A. and on the right the Supersize can of Coke in Tokyo. US ó small, Japan ó big? What's the world coming to? Can you judge a culture by the size of their Cokes...?
I met Jeannot Szwarc, the director of Somewhere in Time, which starred Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. It was a film I watched many times when I was a teenager. We had a great conversation and he told me many things about the TV world, since he's been shooting TV series for many years now. Shows such as Ally McBeal, Without a Trace, Heroes, The Practice, Cold Case and a new upcoming Steven Bochco series called Raising the Bar.
In Los Angeles we visited Fruit Chan on the set of his first Hollywood film, Don't Look Up. There were about a dozen trucks and trailers outside the studio, common in the US but not for Hong Kong filmmaking.
It was cool to see the three cameras on the set. One Panavision and two high-end digital cameras.
Fruit Chan and I
The continuity/script supervisor uses a tablet PC to record the video from the cameras as well as to make notes on the script and the continuity sheets. I had never seen one before.
The Drummer was invited to Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Rosa and I went with Jaycee Chan to introduce and talk about the film on May 3rd.
Abe Ferrer (Programmer and co-director of the Film Festival) introduced us
I had been to the same festival in 2005 with Rice Rhapsody. It was great to return to the festival because the screenings take place at the prestigious Directors Guild of America. We screened at the biggest and best theatre ó Theatre 1. The visual and audio quality is top notch. Itís always a pleasure to watch my films in there.
The Q & A after the screening. Rosa Li (producer), Jaycee Chan, Kenneth Bi
Jaycee meeting David Magdael, organizer of the Film Festival.
Jaycee with Ada and Arlene Tai (the twins in Tim Burtonís Big Fish)
Jaycee and I taking official photos
Doing a little press
Alivenotdead.com founder Terence also came to see the film.
Ken, Jo Addie, Fritz, Tom Holman and Jim Addie
A couple of friends from Chicago, Jo and Jim Addie, the heads of INSITE (International Enthusaists of Somewhere In Time) came with their friends Fritz and Tom Holman. Tom was at Lucasfilm Ltd for 15 years, winding up as the company's Corporate Technical Director and where he developed the THX Sound System and its companions the Theater Alignment Program, Home THX, and the THX Digital Mastering program, among other things. He has been working on 10.2 surround sound, the next generation surround sound system.