Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I apologize that I've been MIA for a little while. Post Production has completely consumed my life. Editing is going extremely well though. Last Thursday, we completed our first rough cut which is even better than I thought it would be at this point.
There are three editors working on this film including myself. As an adoptee and the director of "Going Home," it's extremely important that this is done right. I've found that it's incredibly hard to separate myself from this "experience" and the "material" which were at first the same thing but have now become separate entities all together. It's good to have the clarity as an editor to properly see the story and content but there is a limit as to how far I can remove myself from the actual events this past summer.
It is now months after we returned from Seoul and it feels like I'm still there whenever I edit and watch the footage. It is constantly on my mind and is quite haunting.
With all of this said, "Going Home" is proving to be a successful adoption film but also a personal journey that still has not ended...
Monday, October 15, 2007
We are gradually getting closer and closer to finishing a rough cut of the film. And it's so exciting to see everything come together. It's amazing to be able to repeatedly view what we experienced this past year. (Jason and I were literally attached to a video camera, CONSTANTLY for probably around 6 months straight.)
Also if you have facebook, be sure to join our facebook group! Search us as: "ThirdCat Productions is GOING HOME".
Monday, October 8, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Emerson Today's website is: http://www.emerson.edu/eme
This issue hasn't been updated on the website just yet, but will be soon. So if you can't get a hardcopy be sure to check out the website.
Thanks for all your support!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Jason and I are meeting with Christopher Hennessy, the Editor of Emerson College Today, a newspaper published monthly by the Office of Public Affairs for an interview! We are very excited, as we hear this paper gets sent out to all alumni of Emerson College. This will be our first appearance in print media, so be sure to keep your eye out for it! I will post again when I know when the article will be published.
Also I'm not sure if I had mentioned this before - but we have been privileged with receiving the Torto Award from Emerson College, a $3000 grant for this documentary. Hooray!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Jason and I are both back in the states, and working on post production. As I am typing this, Jason and our editor Andrew Leven are behind me discussing a rough assembly of all the footage. I am so proud with everything that we filmed, and so excited to see it all come together!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Later that day, we went to the first IKAA gathering at the Gwan Mun Sa Temple. We had a wonderful meal, followed by a number of traditional Korean performances. I have seen and heard the dances and songs of so many other cultures, but from my memory I don't remember ever seeing a traditional Korean performance like tonight. I loved all the performances, but I must say my favorite was their closing number - the Dance of the Buddha, that recreates the birth of Buddha. It was beautiful.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The longer I have been here, the more seriously I think about living in Korea for a year or so to study the language and get a part time job. I haven't even brought it up to my parents yet, but they'll be visiting Korea in a few days, so I'll tell them then. But it's always been kind of a touchy subject, for certain reasons, so we'll see..
And I apologize if I haven't been responsive to facebook messages or emails, I have read them all and it makes me so happy to know that all of you are reading this and thinking of us. It gives us the determination and will to make this documentary the best it can be, and encourages us to continue to update the blog, website, and photo album - which I did upload new photos to, but I messed up and uploaded it under another username. Does anyone know if it's possible to copy entire albums from one username to another? I would just re-upload it again, but it took me like an hour last time to look through all the photos between myself, AJ and Matt. But I welcome any suggestions, if not I will be updating it anyways but it is hard to find time.
Also check this out, another fellow blogger found our blog and wrote about our documentary -
Monday, July 30, 2007
I apologize for not updating the blog more often but it is hard for me to write about it when I'm not even sure what I am feeling myself. The whole experience has finally settled into my conscious state of mind and is no longer an indescribable experience but something that holds great meaning to me. My birth mother was a little on the quiet side and I think that this was due to shock and embarrassment. I greatly respect her strength for coming to meet me and to face her past.
About an hour after we met, my birth mother called Mikyung and asked how I felt. She still wasn't home and was still crying. In addition, she explained how she was completely overwhelmed but I think that there could not have been any other reaction. Fortunately, in my case, I had about a year to prepare myself for the experience but she had only a few days when she was notified by SWS that I was in Korea to meet her.
Tomorrow I am meeting with her for a second time. I am so happy that it seems as though she wants to know more about me and that she is willing to open up her heart up to me. She seems to care about me a great deal. I care about her as well and even realized that I somehow loved her. How can I love someone I don't even know.
I love it that my parents and birthmother met. It was amazing and surreal that all of us were in the same room. I will never forget it.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
On the bus ride back, I unexpectedly received a phone call directly from Jason's birth mother. This was the second time she had called me, and both times her voice was soft, timid, and also quite sad. It is a strange feeling for me to be speaking directly in Korean with Jason's birth mother, but also a very privileged feeling and an honor to be able to understand and talk with her. She expressed to me many things, and most importantly that she wanted to see Jason again this weekend, if she could make the time (she just gave birth very recently and has to take care of her young newborn). So I really hope that we will see her again, and that this second meeting will be filled with laughter and with less tears.
Friday, July 20, 2007
At first I was upset to hear this news but I feel okay about it now and understand that she has other things going on in her life and that she is going through a lot of emotions as well. I respect her privacy and just hope that she is taking care of herself and her newly born boy / my half brother. I want to meet her but of course only if this is what she wants to. I'm feeling every emotion about meeting my birth mother but am mainly excited.
Everything in Korea is going great! I could not be happier about the production aspect of the documentary,
Instead of my meeting with my birth mother, we went to a Korean middle school which was amazing to say the least. I have never experienced anything like it. I felt like a psuedo celebrity. I will post more about this later...
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Bottom line: I'm happy to be here and am incredibly grateful to everyone who has made this journey possible!!!
Wish me luck...
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The chances of finding my birth parents are higher than ever. On July 6, 2007, my birthday my adoption agency found my birthfather and also received a letter from my birth mother indicating that she wants to meet me. The journey of finding my birth family has been long, frustrating, and yet still remains exciting. To know one's own family and blood is something many take for granted but is something that adoptees struggle with every day of their lives. With that said, I am extremely happy and excited to be here but can only imagine what the rest of the trip has in store for me.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Two days ago I so randomly met one of Korea's most famous cinematographers, Sung Jong Moo who works with Kim Ki Duk, and most recently shot "Time" and "Breath". With him was another Cinematographer and an Executive Producer. I ended up having dinner and mak gul lee (Korean rice wine) with them for four hours. It was quite an unbelievable experience. They told me that if I ever needed any help with the documentary to give them a call. I hope they meant that, because I will be calling them!!
The chances of meeting Jason's birth mother is very good, which is so amazing for Jason and the documentary. He recently received a second letter and even photos of his birth mom and sister. I haven't seen the photos yet, and I can not wait to see the resemblence between them!!
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
This is for more informal updates on the process of the documentary, on our personal thoughts and feelings about making this film.
I recently came back home to Hong Kong, and will begin some production here, gathering some BROLL shots of Hong Kong, and interactions and conversations with my family, on their thoughts about the documentary.
While we were both in NYC, we met with Hollee McGinnis, who opened our eyes and minds to what we should be prepared for in Korea, and with our amazing contact at Spence-Chapin who has been the driving force in contacting Jason's birth family.
Now that I've left NYC, it's posed a challenge that I underestimated - after constantly being with Jason, whenever there's been a need to film, we have worked as a determined team. Either I'll handle the camera and shoot him in his daily interactions or vice-versa, and we wouldn't have to worry about when or where or how we shot, because we trusted and relied on each other. But now that he's in NYC and I'm in Hong Kong, it's been a bit more challenging to film anything, especially as we act as camera operators but essentially we are the subjects as well.
Be sure to check out our official website: www.thirdcatproductions.com for more information about the documentary!