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I'm a director, writer, photographer, aspiring explorer and retired magician living in Cape Town, South Africa

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SOMETHING IS HAPPENING AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS

Posted May 25, 2011

Yes. Something is happening. 

But we don't know what it is. 

This, ladies and gents, is LIFE. It has been the theme of the last few months. It is a grand statement, and has a nice ring to it. Living it has been interesting. 

Despite the waiting, the wondering, the wandering, the wishing and the WTF-ing, much has happened, to such a degree that I don't know where to begin...

 

As news on the block will have it, TOK TOKKIE was invited to NYC for Focus's inaugural Story Camp - SUPER-FANTASTISCH!

Flew to NYC with David (Producer 1), hooked up with Kisha (Producer 2), and attended what was a .... (now, a warning, there seems to be no synonym for the word I am about to use, so I am forced to use it).... WHIRLWIND few days, the hight-light of which, for me, turned out to be our script development meetings, in which I realized that perhaps the only way for me to make major narrative changes is to literally have someone fly me to another country. Not very practical, in the long-term at least. Nevertheless, whether it was the dark arts, or just hard work, much progress was made. And a surprising amount of fun was had. Such a honor to be surrounded by such exceptional filmmakers. A real, real privilege.  

Back home, Cape Town has been a McFlurry (ah, see, now there's a real synonym for 'whirlwind' - sadly missed from the thesaurus) of rewrites, additions to the team, a visit from Kisha and Matt, encounters with seals, much ranting and raving. 

Q: Are we making a movie?

A: We have an amazing script now!

 

Oh dear. All this tension. 

Excuse me while I go and sandpaper my nerves. 

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At least David and I have different perspectives (and matching producer/director mugs):

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I remember writing some time ago on this blog, that making a movie is like screaming at the top of your lungs, from the inception of the idea, until waaaay after the film is released. So, if you're reading this, take a moment....

Listen. 

Just listen. 

You hear that sound? 

That's me. 

That is my voice. And if you can't hear the exact words, or don't understand my accent, allow me to translate:

"Something is definitely happening. 

BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS!"

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IN SUMMARY:

A crazy, amazing and damn fine movie is in the pipeline. I am so excited. As are my lovely, wonderful, occasionally obstreperous producers, David and Kisha, shown here in a rare moment of peace and harmony:

My lovely producers, David and Kisha, in a rare peaceful moment

 

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in Team TOK TOKKIE so far - thank you for not thinking I am insane, and for seeing the promise in the madness. 

One day we will look back on this moment. And know it was where everything started. 

 

Over and out.

Jenna

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