International Production

July 29, 2015

Souvenir from Singapore

My parents traveled quite a bit when my brother and I were kids. They went to exotic destinations. We stayed home with Granny.  The only upside was the moment immediately after the warm return greetings: when the suitcases were unzipped and the gifts emerged. Tokens from a journey we didn’t go on. For me, they came in the form of dolls. A hula girl from Hawaii with a tiny plastic flower lei. A basket-like woman woven in Jamaica. A carved wooden lady atop a camel all the way from Egypt. Mom and Dad made these offerings in no small part out of a sense of guilt, but I enthusiastically accepted them anyway.

A recent job sent Troy and Jordan on the road – LA, Singapore, Kansas City. Yes, that middle one was Singapore.  To prep for the international portion of the shoot, I worked closely with a field producer in Singapore, Michelle Chua of Plug + Play Productions. As we hammered out the details, my jealousy increased. Can you blame me? They were going off on a grand adventure, travel halfway across the world to shoot in this far-flung country I hadn’t even realized (before then) I wanted to visit, and all I got to do was the legwork! Read more...

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