Today is my birthday! This last year has been a revelation!
On my last birthday, I could see the question marks and exclamation marks hanging in mid air. Throwing everything up in the air at this stage of my life! Everything I held dear to my security of being the person behind Raintree Pictures, was thrown up and out!
It was the year Singapore changed. The year I changed.
I am now an independent producer in the commercial sector. I never thought of myself otherwise. But this is now a fact! The adage – if it is going to be, it is up to me – is relevant and real.
When you are stripped bare, the bare essentials emerge to stare you in your face. I faced up to all my issues. And better understand the meaning of ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. How much do I need to survive? What I want that I don’t need become irrelevant and a non issue. I can no longer afford them. And I don’t want them.
It comes down to what is important and what is no longer important. In the last year, I faced off with my understanding of passion, courage and faith.
This business of filmmaking – about having the courage to tell a story. In a way that people will come to watch it. It takes passion in the craft, and faith in your talents and skills. In the movie, The Field Of Dreams, the protagonist hears a voice – ‘build and they will come’. The premise of this movie was that literal.
When I was a kid, I used to ask – what if I organised a party and no one came? This last year, I dug deep into myself. Ask all the pressing questions. And tried to answer them. I came up with this premise for my personal movie – ‘If I get it right, there is a second act’.
Now Homerun is fully funded. Our new office is being renovated. We are recruiting. We are releasing our first title, Aftershock. We are producing our first slate of movies!
I will lead a new group of people. To produce and distribute movies for Asia and the world. Movies to move and inspire people. Homerun will be the small company that could!
The Best Is Yet To Be!