I remember, when we were shooting our first feature together in India, Matt, Dan and I spontaneously jumped on a bus to film Dalit children on their way home from school to the village they lived in, the homes were discarded cement pipes we could barely stand up in. It was after a long, stressful day, but the surprise of it, the joy of pursuing yet another angle to make the film a better story while sharing an irreplaceable moment together, was one of that film’s highlights.
It’s been a privilege of a lifetime to work side-by-side with Matthew and Daniel on this film. Icing on the cake was to have Chris involved in the storyboarding process.
Matt with DP Bob Nguyen and DIT Marcus Sirman, killing one of my darlings, but making the right decision to pull an elevator shot from the shoot schedule
While the creative and the entrepreneurial path have few guarantees, in the enormously difficult but gratifying challenge of indie filmmaking, as both writer and producer, it’s been amazing to work alongside my bros.
Filmmaking is problem solving, and these two guys are incredible at it. There are always limitations that you’re thrown up against on an indie, whether budget limits, with human resources, or time.
Behind the scenes nothing ever really goes as planned, and the challenge (and really the thrill of it) is to find a way to make the film you want to make. Where some people just become stress bots or look at things through the lens of their unmet expectations, as directors Matt and Dan look for the win, work hard to solve the riddle, and have a good time doing it.
Dan posing with a stunt dummy, who got pulverized on the last day of shooting in Thailand
They make every part of the process better. And they always put the vision first, especially before themselves.
Although it was probably one of the most stressful and intense things we’ve worked on together, though we faced immense obstacles, especially on the shoot in Thailand, I can truly say I had the time of my life with these two.
“A family is a gift that lasts forever.” I’m grateful that I don’t have the wish to trade or exchange mine.
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