Thursday, February 07, 2008

CNY 2008 Greetings & Moving On...

Today marks the first day of a brand new lunar year - the year of the courageous and enterprising Rat! It's also back to the start of the zodiac cycle. (For those who are clueless - there are 12 Chinese zodiac signs and each heads a year in the following animal order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog & finally the pig.)

And this is probably a no better time for us to move on as well. We've more or less completed our TRUTH BE TOLD journey.

Zhuo Ren
Since starting this blog, we had grown so much in our understanding of not only movie-making (especially the business side of this industry) but as Eng Tiong once put it at a seminar - the most important thing we've learnt is - how to zhuo ren (i.e. be a person). What he meant is that inter-personal relationships is really what it takes to accomplish anything in life. Dealing with people will always be a life-long learning experience and hopefully, we'll get better at it with time and practice.

During the Blog-Aloud session, a question came up from the audience, "What is the toughest thing in making this movie?" Eng Tiong gave a no-holds-barred answer straight from our hearts - "How to pick ourselves up and keep on moving when the world is against us."

Rejection is always the hardest to stomach. It is so easy to just give up or dwell in self-pity and lament that nobody understands us or nobody cares. There's so much pessimism sometimes that it's really hard to be optimistic.

How do we combat that? Well, we watch movies! That will somehow, miraculously, bring back our spirits. Perhaps, we are just very stubborn people. We refuse to believe that we can't ever create movie magic that we see on-screen. And seriously, watching movies is also way cheaper than pigging out or drinking or fagging, and way heathier too!

Moving On...
There'll probably be sporadic news here and there about TRUTH BE TOLD (afterall, it's an intellectual property that spans erm... perpetuity?) but it's time we start another movie-making cycle. We're working on a slate of projects and one is especially in active development right now. When the time comes, we'll release more news. In the meantime, check out our more generic blog - Pilgrims' Blog - for tips, tricks, news & irrelevant thoughts about filmmaking from the staff of Pilgrim Pictures.

There's an ancient saying that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Yay! We've finally moved our butts! We hope we've inspired you to move yours! :)