I posted the following but just realized I'd added it to a pre-existing post. oops. Hopefully this will go out to you all!
Hi Everybody!!! Happy New Year!!!!
Sorry I've been remiss. It's been an incredible year and there's been lots going on with the Jake project. We've been moving steadily forward towards our goals -- with your AMAZING HELP -- so THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!
Here are some highlights since we completed our Kickstarter funding goal:
1. I have been working with a great editor named Tom Walls, cobbling together the last three years of amassed footage into a (semi-)coherent first rough assembly. Documentary film is a grind, and much of the struggle is in the editing room finding the stories threads of stories to weave into the larger, entertaining tapestry of a feature length film.
Tom has worked with some great directors over his long and impressive editing career, including Robert Altman; Brian Scorcese and Josh Gilbert (on my first, critically acclaimed feature length documentary.) Tom fell instantly in love with Jake and finds Jake endlessly inspiring and entertaining (who doesn't?) because he is!
2. Since we reached our Kickstarter funding goal, Jake finished his feature length screenplay, "The Island of Peace." The story has the heart of Lion King and passion of Beauty and the Beast. It's filled with fantastical creatures and incredible dramatic set pieces. My partner and attorney, Dominique Bravo and I introduced Jake to the professional animation studio, Woo Art, to discuss turning Jake's screenplay -- in stages -- into a feature length animated film. At the meeting, John Woo introduced Jake to the French journeyman animator, Jean Pierre Jaquet. Jean Pierre Jaquet has directed the animation on over 50 half hour television shows. He is great illustrator (as well as a great screen presence in the documentary) and over the course of their last five weeks working together on character design, JP has been drawing Jake's characters, paying careful attention to Jake's original illustrations, while at the same time elevating them to a lively, beautifully conceived professional animation level (without losing Jake's je ne sais quois !!)
3. My cameraman friend, David Hausen (from the Red Hot Chili Peppers documentary, etc.) has been helping me document JP and Jake's in-depth and often heated debates about art and design. The chemistry between these guys is real and incredibly illuminating.
This coming Spring, with Jake's characters fully animated by JP and his screenplay fully edited and polished -- with all of our ducks in a row and meetings with moguls set, we will fly out to Los Angeles to introduce Jake and his magnus opus "The Island of Peace," to the studios.
Hollywood Here We Come!!!!