Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 32°c.
10:00 a.m. Spent the morning with Alexander, playing and catching up on this chronicle.
Yesterday I had a meeting with an old friend who was down from Taipei to spend the weekend with his mom. As of course yesterday was mother’s day. Anyhow he took time out to come see me while he was in the neighborhood. His name is Yu Yong-Wei, a former Taiwanese record producer and currently a freelance composer and inventor. We worked together years ago on a couple of music videos. I was for a long time in the film and television industry as a writer, producer and director. So that’s how we met. Anyhow he has invented a new type of stringed instrument. It is a clever cross between a guitar and chinese harp. And it has an amazing ability to play sounds of both a guitarv and chinese harp seperately or mixed. He took out a 20 year patent for it with the Taiwanese governments cultural department. So we will colaborate on creating a music video to help promote his new invention. Very cool.
The meeting with Yong-Wei also stirred up my past film making desires on a project I have had on the back burner for a few years. A hollywood styled supernatural love story set in Taiwan during the second world war. Its never progressed past preproduction simply because in Taiwan standards ($20 million USD) it’s an extremely expensive film to produce and no one has been willing to put up the big dollars, although I’ve been close, but investors pulled out at the last minute to put their pennys into a couple of lower budgeted ($5 million), lower production valued local audience films (which flopped). Serves them right for not “thinking big “as I call it. I have a simple philosophy regarding objectives. Aim high, think big. Because in reality you will not hit that high target, but somewhere below. So if you think ‘low’ you will hit a target even lower! So don’t waste your time. Aim high! It may take longer to achieve but the fruit it bears will be worth it. My film will rise into the international film arena one day, but like all good things it takes time and it’s a path that you can’t navigate as easily as you would like. Patience is a virtue. So we shall see.
11:30 a.m. Time to head off to work in Tainan.