Happy Easter! Hello friends and followers. It has been quite a while, since the last post regarding the film. I meant to post news sooner, but things kept coming up, required decisions were not easy ones to be determined. Today, I want to inform you that the production of The Great Promise is on hold.
Even to myself, this is very disappointing and sad decision that I arrived to after all. Beyond the beginning of making The Great Promise, I had a quite a run since I came to United States for Calarts. There were ups and downs like every path. However, every time things passed by, it only gave me more assurance that I want to, need to, and dream to keep making films. Because of my tendency to have a sense of “going forward”, I sought to find something that I could call a next step. Fortunately, many people have supported me and believed in me. As I tried my best to make things happen, things really did happen.
I met Sarah Kambara, who is the most enthusiastic, wise, and supportive producer. She is the person who any film-maker would dream of. Starting from Sarah, Nadya Mira and David Maingault joined as character designers. Paul Fraser thankfully agreed to help with the film as a sound designer and Karen Tanaka inspired me a lot as the composer of our team. Later on, Nicole Josephian joined us as a compositor and Vitaliy Strokous started animating scenes. Dana Terrace, Helene Leroux, Amelia Lorenz, Natan Moura, Nikolas Ilic, Hyojin Bae, Jaime Williams, Nick Ainsworth and many more! Everyone helped me and advised me little by little, it sure was a miraculous process. Many people have come up to me and willingly offered help and advice. I literarily have no idea how to thank everyone enough.
While I have been noticing this miraculous process, I also realized a few things about myself. Basically, the last few months were spent on getting rid of problems that I realized. One of the biggest problem was that I am a foreigner. I am not complaining or speaking it in any negative way. It is just a status of mine that needed to be taken care of, to let myself do what I want to do. Currently I am a full time employee at JibJab. Luckily, JibJab has provided me a visa to stay in the US. But I have been a foreigner for 10 years now, I know that I must be aware of what must be done within this longer scale of time. There are some mistakes I made, so things have gotten quite complicated. Beyond where I stay with whatever visa, it involves family, money, plan and compensations in every different options of path. It became quite clear that I must put myself on a priority and get things done. I must make a better ground to stand on and to jump higher to touch the sky. On top of that, I realized that I must be 100% focusing on the film to be responsible of people. 8 hours of my day is for JibJab, another few hours for sleep, visa work and etc, even though I was as unsocial as possible, I felt like I was not putting enough time in for this project. For that reason, I have arrived to postpone the film for the future.
I still want to tell this story and idea. Later, I am going to make this film into something else that I can digest by myself, such as comic or something similar. Then I believe it will help to make this film really happen. Also, there will be some posts regarding what’s been done so far. Not everything, but I want to share whatever is presentable. I hope you enjoy what I could put on the plate for you at this point. Thank you very much.