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The Far Flung Star

 

There are projects one takes on because they speak to your heart and there are projects that one pursues because they speak to your intellect and then there are projects one dives into because they are so whimsically fascinating and delightfully nutty that to pass them up one would have to be as nutty as a tree full of monkey on nitrous oxide. Steve Balderson’s The Far Flug Star is most definitely of the latter persuasion. That, and it’s a Steve Balderson project. Steve and I had been talking about working together for some time when this project came up and in that pre-project time I had decided that if ever he offered me a chance to work with him I would jump at it with reckless abandon. And jump I did.

Steve is, without question, one of the most fascinating, intellectually nifty and unabashedly particular humans I’ve ever had the great satisfaction of knowing. That and he has a penchant for good food and surrounding himself with delicious people – both of which I adore. So off I set for the sunny climes of Los Angeles and the wilds of Hong Kong to work on this most quirky and fun filmic adventure. And an adventure it was. More on that soon.

The film has just been released on Vimeo on Demand and to give you a taste of the fun which awaits you, I thought I’d share the trailer. And it is fun.

It’s interesting that in the process of making a film one can find fun, friendship and fascinating locations fulfilling in their own right without realizing exactly what the end product holds in store. Such was the experience of working on this film. I’d read the script (written by Steve and Frankie Kraniz) many times and Steve and I had long and detailed discussions about the cinematic style of the film – how it would transform in look and feel between its LA locations and those in Hong Kong. There was a detailed look book that outlined the various visual recipes for each part of the film and we talked at length about what the looks meant, where they came from within the story’s context and where they fit within the context of films past. And yet going into the project I was not truly prepared for what the final finished work would look like, how it would feel, what it would mean. At the time I left for LA I thought I had these questions answered, but in seeing the film completed I was delightfully surprised. To know a film through its process of creation is to watch it transform and hopefully transcend your initial understanding and expectations. And while the film may not be for everyone, and in my opinion, few films which are honest to themselves and to their creators are, it is marvelous and exquisite in its own, very excitedly bombastic way.

Enjoy the trailer and hopefully watch the full film on Vimeo.