Saturday, December 09, 2006

Going home

So yesterday morning I met up with the 4 American special effects crew on this new movie and got in a van with them to go to Yi Xian, which is where they will be shooting. I explained to them up front that I had not signed on for the whole shoot, and was actually hoping to meet them first and see what I was getting into before I decided. Anyway, we passed through the town of Yi Xian, which was a complete dump, and then continued on to the middle of nowhere, which is where the shooting locations and housing are. The housing they had arranged for the foreign crew was this miserable little tourist resort, which was the best you could get in the area, and which was not even as good as my hotel in Kashgar. When the special effects guys expressed their dissatisfaction, the location manager suggested we take a look at the accommodation for the Chinese crew, in order to gain a greater appreciation of their high class treatment.

Then we drove around more dirt roads to look at 3 shooting locations, and while we were in the van to the second location, the head of the special effects crew asked me what I was thinking. I told him I was thinking of going home and fixing bikes for a while.

Long story short, they found another translator to replace me immediately, and I got back to Beijing that night and went to the wrap party for Kite Runner. Today I collected my pay for my one day of work, and bought a plane ticket home. I will be flying into New York on the 18th, where I will be staying with Seb and Jenny? Then I will come home for some Hannukah/Christmas fun. I'm thinking maybe of going to the DC area around New Years and visiting more people around there, and then maybe ending up in Virginia for MAGFest on the 4th? Jared?

In the meantime I am going to party all week and try and figure out what I'm doing with all of the things sitting around in my apartment.

Monday, December 04, 2006

My next project

So, now The Kite Runner is almost over and I seem to have agreed to join on with another movie, starting immediately. My original plan was to take a well deserved break, hang around in Beijing until the 20th, fly home and then decide what I want to do next. But the special effects crew for this movie is coming over for a scout starting this Friday and will be here for a couple of weeks, and I thought I should at least meet them and see if I like them. They will be going home for Christmas, which will allow me to at least take a break for a couple of weeks, and then I can decide if I want to stay with them on the movie when they come back or not.

I'm leaving for a town a couple hours away from Beijing soon to finish up the last two shooting days on Kite Runner, after which I am scheduled to come back and immediately travel to Hebei with these American SFX guys. I will not pass go, I will not collect my pay, and I will not attend the China wrap party. But whatever, the thought of getting onto a movie with all my favorite Hong Kong stars is too tempting, even though I know it will probably only be fun for about two weeks.

Either way, I do plan to be home starting on the 20th, I just have to meet these guys first and see whether my ticket will be one way or round trip.