Eighteen months ago – I was down, out, forgotten and discarded. Feeling my age and feeling useless.
But here I am, now producing and “writing” an independent documentary along with Claire Martin. But it’s not just any documentary, it’s a documentary about being trans-racially adopted. Being an abandoned Hong Kong baby. Being British-Chinese.
Don’t let anyone fool you, making a documentary isn’t just point and film. Though I guess you could do it like that. As with any creative venture there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes than in front of the camera. Learning to do the admin for any film project could be a daunting task. But I’m really grateful that my time as a Senior Project Manager has given me the ideal transferrable skills in back office administration. Plus I’d like to think that I have a modicum of common sense, along with thirty years of professional experience in front of the camera and on stage.
So we have been filming on and off since June of this year. When I decided to set up this blog, the Facebook page and the Twitter for our documentary I didn’t really think about what we had achieved as individuals and as writing partners. But it’s massive. Yes we have to finish making the documentary and yes we have to then sell the documentary. Making the thing is the easy bit. But it’s spawned new friendships and has been the inspiration for my one woman play. Claire has a feature film brewing in the back of her brain which we will work on together and it has give both myself and Claire a sense of context something that I think both of us were searching for before.
So keep tuned in to see how we progress on the documentary. We will shortly be launching a sponsorship drive. Keep your eyes peeled
Happy Friday to one and all