Last night (Christmas Day) I went to see Les Mis with my family. It’s a part of our tradition to go to the movies after we have dinner. This year the movie we all agreed on was especially suiting because Les Miserables plays a large role in our family history. I first saw the play when I was six years old. Of coarse I was way too you young to understand the gravitas of the story but I was captivated by the music and so I was invested in this franchise. When my sister was learning to play piano the she would try to play Empty Chairs and Empty Tables, but it never really sounded right. I sang Castle On A Cloud for a recital in the eighth grade and this morning my Dad was whistling Master Of The House. This musical has touched my life and the lives of so many people I know, and that is what made seeing the film adaptation so difficult. I am still conflicted about how I feel about it. I know I prefer the play, I know some of the actors were insufficient singers but I also know I had a messy-crying fit during Anne Hathaway’s I Dreamed a Dream scene. I can’t stop thinking about the movie, but maybe that is the mark of a good film. I had higher expectations for it though. The marketing campaign was really aggressive and made it seem like the best film of 2012, which it certainly wasn’t. I need to watch it again to make up my mind.
I feel like my relationship with this film has just begun.
RUN had its world premiere at the American Film Market yesterday. It was a great success and the second screening is happening in a few days. It was awesome seeing it on the big screen in front of cast and crew members along with some new faces. We can’t wait to share more RUN updates with you soon.
As a way to include the parkour community in RUN we have been running the Street2Screen Parkour and Freerunning Video Competition. The video with the most ‘Likes’ on YouTube will play during the end credits of the movie. The submission phase is over and the voting is about to begin. RUN will have it’s first screening at this years American Film Market. The release date will shortly follow.
With each film I work on, no matter what it’s about, I learn a new subject. At the beginning of RUN I knew parkour only as the opening sequence of Casino Royale and now I have had in depth conversations with some of the world’s best traceurs. I hope that I work on various types of films throughout my career so when I retire I will be an expert on topics I would have otherwise been unfamiliar with. For example, our next project has a heavy literary influence. I’m sure I will be able to recite Poe’s The Raven verbatim in no time.
The past couple days have been spent on the set of RUN, the action crime thriller that we are executive producing. It was so nice reuniting with all the people that made this film great like the folks at Tempest Freerunning Academy and our fabulous cast, William Moseley, Kelsey Chow, Adrian Pasdar, Craig Henningsen, Edoardo Ballerini and Eric Roberts.
Although the reshoots consisted of 15 hour days, I am so thrilled with the outcome. We shot several additional parkour sequences, made the love story seem less rushed, blew up a building and really amped up the gangster vibe, as well as added those brief looks or small pieces of dialogue that make the overall story better. Hopefully the film will be edited by next week.
The film will be complete when we add the winning video of the Street2Screen competition to the end credits. If you don’t know about Street2Sceen checkout www.street2screen.com for more details.