Catalonia Independence ?
As Hung and I enter the final stages of trimming and tidying "The Mist of the Perfume River"the state of Catalonia is making their bid for independence.... Read more
Hung and Pete in Europe, starting to add music.
Hung has been here in Barcelona for 4 days.
We are working from the late morning until 2pm most days. Hung's literary agent has told him that his book's last... Read more
Barcelona Editing sessions
The move to Barcelona went smoothly. I'm now a resident, playing in both the orchestras and have had about 160 hours of beginner Spanish classes.
This film has... Read more
Melbourne: big push on editing this Month
We are meeting up most days at the house where I did most of my growing up (Mum's house). Hung is helping me cut the interviews down to movie size.... Read more
In Melbourne this week working with a Translator whom....
Hung's Father's close friend is working with us now.
Hung's old blue holden rounded the corner into the dirt road that led to the beautiful house in Eltham owned by... Read more
Discovered a new character : a singer (b: 1945) living in California
The old men who worked on one of the statues with Hung's Dad talked about one magical night when a famous singer came to visit them and performed at the... Read more
Editing : respect led to long interviews
I'm free for a while to spend large blocks of time editing this film, and it's going to be great!
The interviews of the old men, friends of the artist,... Read more
Starting to fill in the Story line
The editing is progressing.
The interviews are in place with rough subtitles. Lots of work to get that done.
I'm starting to tie the story together with Hung's bits in... Read more
Working on Hung's interview
At the end of the shoot in Vietnam, I sat down with Hung for an hour and asked him some questions. It was an interesting hour for both of is.... Read more
Interviews falling into place: inspirational
The interviews of the old guys in Vietnam are nearly in place in the timeline.
The story is starting to take shape now. I'm getting excited about telling this tale... Read more
Nice moments between interview takes
One of the joys of editing is 'reliving' some of the fun moments from the shoot.
Hung was so respectfulwhen he was interacting with his elders and family. Quite... Read more
Hung's Uncle, the potato sack as a school uniform
It continues to amaze me… as the translations are placed over the interview footage, the 'mini-stories' are compelling just on their own!
Hung's father's brother hosted us for a couple... Read more
Random quotes from interviews
I'm at the stage now where I'm putting in subtitles on the interviews, so I know where I can cut.
As the subtitles go in over the dialogue, and I... Read more
Building some momentum for Hung: his new comedy series
Our central character, Hung Le, has just finished work on the first season of his new comedy series "Barry Noodle".
It's a physical comedy series based around "Barry Noodle", a... Read more
Back in New York: editing on paper
The New York Edit
As the leaves change color in the North East of the States, I'm settling back in to the work pattern New York. The translations of the... Read more
Translations coming along well, 6 down.
Interview translations beginning to shine a light on the story line:
6 interviews translated so far, with the help of Diep. We found her through one of our supporters,... Read more
Translation news from Australia
Hung and I have had a few meetings with producers about translation of the interviews we shot in Vietnam.
The interviews are not within just any Vietnamese translator's ability, as... Read more
Footage looks great
This is a trailer I put together for pre-sales and funding. It's going to Asia with an Australian contact.
The next step is to get the translations done. The... Read more
Vietnam Shoot Completed
This project could have been called the "It is all pre-determined" project.
Even Cyclone Sandy played a part in pacing out the shoot, giving Hung an extra few days to... Read more
Shoot in Vietnam Going Great Guns
The shoot is revealing to me day by day that this story is even more special than I had imagined.
Hung has really come through and the people of Hue... Read more
Travel Update: Sandy keeps Pete back a few days
Stormy Sandy rained on my plan to arrive in Vietnam on November 1st... still sitting here in NYC.
Hung is in Hue, and has arranged for his cousin to pick... Read more
Off in a week to shoot
November 4th will be the ceremony for the 10 year anniversary of Hung's father's death, which in Vietnam is an occasion to be marked.
I'm meeting Hung in Ho Chi... Read more
Vietnam Visa Application in
Moving along in the planning.... getting closer
Amazon have taken their cut, but there's 5 grand in the bank minus two airfares and some battery purchases. Next is hard drive... Read more
Flights booked to Ho Chi Minh City
$1200 from NYC, and about the same from Melbourne for Hung.
I guess this is the moment that most people get excited about traveling eh? Well we are!
Hung will... Read more
Thanks, we did it!
As I awoke the computer to see the final tally my wife entered the room.
"five thousand five hundred" I said to her.
"yes I just got an email saying... Read more
Perfume River Kickstarter Wrap-up
As this kickstarter funding project comes to a close, with 16 hours to go, Hung and I make preparations for travel to Vietnam.
So Crowd Source Fundingworks if you... Read more
5 Days to go, trying to break $5000 mark
There has been a flurry of pledging these last few days.
Hung's friendshave kicked into action in response to some excellent begging by Hung. Thanks to you for joining... Read more
14 Days to go, we head for $5000
As we pass the $4000 mark, we're determined to keep up the pace for another 2 weeks.
As the fund continues to grow in its final 14 days, Hung and... Read more
$163 to go, the team grows
Hung is back from his tour, and I'm in New York City story-boarding and coming up with new ideas for shots.
We have a local stills photographer on... Read more
New York Times article from 1993
I'm back from shooting underwater in Israel.
As we plan the Perume River Documentary, I'm slowly clearing my in-box of projects, the latest being an article with video for... Read more
Music Score commenced: soundtrack to come from Aussie Colleague
The Music for the Documentary is now being written.
Our composer is working on the 'theme and variations' for the film.
We're very excited to have her on the... Read more
Half way there, past the $2000 mark
Project on track
We have about 7 weeks left on this kickstarter site, and if we pass the $4000 mark, the money is our's to apply to expenses, so hopefully... Read more
Day 7, passing the $1000 mark soon. Pictures
People are jumping on-board, pledging.
An interpreter is working on translating a beautiful letter from Hung's Dad, which apparently is shakespearian in character. I'll let you all know what it's... Read more
Update 1 : Launch! Day 1
The Kickstarter campaign is off to a strong start, as we hoped.
People are starting to post the link on their Facebook pages and the pledging has... Read more