For the last year I had the honour and pleasure to produce Moze Mossanen’s latest feature documentary My Piece of the City. For weeks Moze followed the process of the musical endeavor The Journey. He tirelessly watched the performance camp as aspiring young members of the Regent Park community demonstrated their abilities. And as we went into production with the schedule of rehearsals for The Journey meandering over two and half months, pinpointing the 9 days of shoot were challenging at best. But I think we were able to capture all of the wonderful moments that these young performers faced as they put together this reflection of a community in transition. The excitement, the hope, the fears and the internal and external conflicts that these youth face during rehearsals, in their lives and in their surroundings are all relevant to revitalization projects in the inner city around the world. With the generous support of Daniels and Innocon, we are excited to be submitting this film to festivals and hope to be announcing some acceptances soon. Look for further announcements in the future!
After 20 years in existence, I’m pleased to present the re-branding of 100 Dragons. My company had been a numbered company for years. And was eventually named to translate my son’s Chinese name – Baht Luong – 100 Dragons (Productions). Two years ago I formed another company to focus on the creation of passion projects that gives voice to the under-represented which became 100 Dragons Media. With all that in mind, I wanted to take the branding process seriously. Reaching out to good friend, Emily Weedon, we came up with the design you see here. I present the new logo … 100 Dragons
In this industry, I always find it’s a precarious balance to be working on your passion projects and the ones that pay the bills. This last project was the best of both worlds. From July 2016 to February 2017 I had been working on Anne, the new television series set to world premiere on CBC on Sunday March 19th, 8:00 PM EST. It was a fantastic experience to be the production manager on this project that took us all over Ontario as well as shooting with a helicopter and Russian Arm in Prince Edward Island. The crew worked so hard to make this series look as cinematic as the executives expected, and I commend them all for making this production a success. I hope that everyone tunes in on the 19th, but here is the trailer:
Today was pitch day! What do we learn as professionals who’ve pitched ourselves for 20 years already in the industry. Not sure how we could have survived in an industry, if we didn’t know how to pitch. In a world where your next job means what the decision-maker thinks of you, we are constantly on! But sometimes it’s just validation that we need. Yes, what we do has a name… what we do is well received… what we do is great… what we do is a shared experience! And as I mentioned in day 3, it’s just that we should follow our gut. And from this experience, we gleaned as much as we could. Thanks WIFT for offering this program. Thanks NBC Universal and Telefilm for sponsoring this event. We’ll see you in the movies!
On Day 3 we had 2 speakers – casting with Marissa Richmond and Distribution with Caroline Habib. We were asked to submit character descriptions. Kept vague on purpose, and if I had kept to my instinct, we might have had a bigger roster to glean from, but we were given some suggestions in casting. But as with all the sessions before, I realized that my gut instinct meant a lot more than just what each presenter brought to the table. And what I’m realizing is that a producer’s gut feeling means so much and each guest only feeds to that gut so that we-as producers-keep going to the finish line. The film is the thing and producers must keep driving that process and steering that ship to stay on course.
Today was Day 2 for Emily and I in the development incubator. I got to ask some challenging questions in regards to financing and budgeting which is my area of expertise. But still learned something new from John Griffith, as I try to do always in any situation. Heard about the case study that was Book of Negroes from Damon D’Oliveira – what a dynamic speaker he is! And then had my mind blown in the afternoon with the big black hole that is packaging with Isabel Gomez-Moriana. What it means to find a packaging agent and take your film to the next level. And most importantly, got confirmation from other participants that our film is hilarious. Whew! Always a good validation that others find you funny. A great day indeed!
Today, Emily Weedon and I started the WIFT-T Development Incubator sponsored by NBC Universal and Telefilm Canada. What a terrific opening day it was to work with Jamie Goetz who read and gave us notes on our script with lots to think about in turning a good script into a great script! So many things to consider and so many suggestions to wade through. It’s wonderful to have a seasoned story editor to give us feedback on our project as we move this project into full course press!
2016 Development Incubator
Nobody’s Home is going to Hollywood! We are honoured to be in official selection in the 2nd Annual Web Series Festival Global. We are so stoked to be showcased in August. Thanks for everyone’s support. The more support we can get the more likely this series will be made. Thanks for the ♥♥!
Introducing Nobody’s Home: The Web Series Pilot Pitch!
Come watch and like so we have a chance to be selected to go to series – and tell us what you think!
Starring Amanda Joy, Leah Doz, Chris George and Paula Brancati.
Created by Teresa M. Ho | Developed by Amanda Joy
Directed by Mishann Lau | Written by Amanda Joy | Produced by Teresa M. Ho
Creative Consultant Anne Marie Scheffler | Developed with the assistance of COGECO Program Development Fund
It’s official! 100 Dragons Media has joined the CMPA. We’ve just been announced. I wonder when the debutante ball is…