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I think we had six Japanese actors and actresses involved in the shoot, one of whom does not appear in this montage. Most of the dialogue in Mujo No Kaze is in Japanese, genuine language too — non of the jibberish I’ve heard in some old Hollywood movies!

Thanks Graham for creating this set of photos (all were taken on the day of the casting try outs). Posted by Paul Nethercott

Talent Photos Montage

It’s the eve of the official first day back at Biola and I finally have time to sit down and actually do one of these things. Maybe it was my yearning to express my love and gratitude for being able to go to someplace only found in dreams or maybe it was Papa Yamada’s threats that he was going to lower our grades for not posting a blog, but in either case, here I am.

I think the first thing the Biolan group noticed upon returning was just the aesthetic differences between the two places. Whereas we spent 2 weeks in a more tranquil, laid-back, courteous environment has now transcended into something so uninviting that it was almost depressing to be back in such a polluted, junk-yard known as LA. I am not saying that I am unpatriotic to my native area, but the differences were noticeable and it just kind of made me slump in my seat and kind of made me think of all the people that leave their international homes to do that ‘once-in-a-lifetime-trek’ to Disneyland or LA and then to only arrive in this heap. I immediately felt homesick for Japan.

I think the greatest thing about going on this trip was finally being able to put all of our training to work. We did the ultimate location-shooting in an alien 9000 mile adventure to which some of us may never do something so extraordinary again. We got to be professionals in our own world and finally learned how to execute our talents in our areas.  To see the entire production process in full effect was so inspiring to want to move more into this profession and really built it up inside of me. The other thing to mention is that the long days on sets, walking all over the place, and riding cramped trains made me love two things: respecting my day’s work I had put in, and rejoicing at the sleep I had earned that night.

The other thing that made this trip great was bonding with everyone in the crew. Andrew had mentioned once that this experience made that perpetual professor/student line dissipate. I had so much fun joking around with Dean and realized that although his position was more important than say mine (clapper is highly important but we’ll keep it at debateable for the sake of this post), he was still another gear in the machine and I guess it made me personally feel like we were all equals on the set. I also loved being able to get to know all of these great people that I literally have never talked to during my three years at Biola. It was fun to be able to goof off with Jason or pretend to steal Nantikan from him (hahah…yeah…pretend…wedding’s set for June) or comply with Andrew and realize we were lost brothers in some world due to our similar personalities. Perhaps it was just trying to irritate the girls with some annoying sound out of boredom, touring the arcades with Josiah, talking with Will on the train, or acting like little ‘mischeviously confused’ chil’ren with Lee, or the endles amounts of questions with all of our guides and translators. I had so much fun with all of you, learned so much about everyone, as well as myself. I miss Japan because it didn’t represent just filming a trip but it was the true test to finally express what we want to do with our lives. May God be blessed and thanked for this awesome opportunity. Thank you to everyone for letting me goof off all day and share in the laughs.

 Okay Dean. I did the blog. Keep your meathooks away from my grade.

-Posted by Pvt Cpl. Clint Thompson Esq XIV, AKA all around good guy.

My first day in “class” was a great eye-opener into the world of film-making.
I never knew how much work goes into getting the right lighting until Friday when i saw the Biola team at work. Thank you team for showing me what dedication to the film craft means.
I look forward to learning from you …

Mei Yen

Well, we made it…thanks to the various forms of transportation mentioned above. That, and the grace of God. Everything went fairly smoothly and we’re here…all in one piece. We’ve encountered amazing uncrunchable aluminum cans, hot canned drinks from vending machines, cool Coca Cola cans, heated train seats, and high-tech toilets that have additional sound effects when you flush them (with adjustable volume control!). We’re in a strange new land. It’s going to be a wild ride!

Hello, i am your lowly transportation taxi for all your equipment. Somewhere along the lines i got roped into casting and location scouting as well. I am an illustrator and designer by profession, who dabbles in creating avant garde pop music as a hobby, and somehow, i keep getting sucked further into the world of film. It must be this thirst for anything highly creative.
Here is a picture of my family, from last winter.

THIS COLLAGE, is the start of our amazing, superbly talented lot of cast members so far. I believe we have a great start to the beginings of a great short film.