This scene was exhausting and nerve wracking from the moment we started the scene almost 3 years ago, with only one character's head floating around and no idea how we would do it, all the way through a set that fell apart, rigs that stopped working, and brains that stopped working (somewhat), until Friday when the last shot was fine tuned by the hands of a great artist.
All that work.
Now, only one major stage remains on before it goes to print. It's an incredible thing to see something that starts as just a vision grow into a deadly beast who battles you to the finish.
But the dragon is whimpering at our feet now. There are many reasons for this. I will start with a very important one.
I could not have done it without the help of an extraordinary artist, DJ Baylon, who has stuck it out on this project, through the good, the bad, and the thin times, since the first two weeks, 3 years ago, and he still charges forward today, right there with me through the trenches, already today knocking out the next hurdle.
This is why we will succeed - because we are doing the work, and it really shows in the result.
He deserves a lot more credit than I can give in a short paragraph, but I indeed will share more about the team as we go, because he is really a champion of it's success, as are each of the others.
I will say this - My respect goes to the artists in the Philippines - they are tough cookies. We have faced typhoons, health problems, pregnancies, marriages, cultural differences, stress, technological and mental breakdowns, and everything else that comes with life- and we still manage to pull this movie together without ever having even met face to face. Although the project has had problems, no problem has been bigger than us. Whatever happens on this journey, nothing seems impossible to me anymore.
Whenever someone asks how big my team is, I don't think of the number of people who are in it. Just know this - they are giants, all of them.
The journey continues, but it's nice to take the backpack off a moment, look inside, and notice that our burdens have just become lighter (pun intended, of course). Still a few polishes left in the lighting stage, before we move on to the next scene, but it's nice to say that one of our more important and intensively worked scenes is mostly ready for render.
One more peak has been reached, but there's another one ahead of us.
The Journey Continues