“One leg kicking” is very much a Cantonese expression I grew up with, meaning “you do everything yourself.”
Doing-it-yourself is certainly the ultimate independent film-making experience when your budget ran out and you have to do everything yourself from writing press releases to making deals to selling the film to delivering the film… to organizing the movie’s premiere and after party.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please try making an independent film yourself.
It was ironic that I got paid by working on a Chinese movie that never went into production. And the same year when I directed and produced, “The Unbidden,” the first Asian American female supernatural thriller, I paid everyone else but did not pay myself.
Not only that I didn’t get paid, I had to put in my own money to deliver the film from making the DCP for the world premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to miscellaneous publicity expenses and marketing costs. And I even had to write press releases to promote the picture.
All the skills that I learned as a Hollywood intern when I first came to Los Angeles at Columbia Tristar Television’s Publicity Department and Strand Releasing really came into handy.
If independent filmmaking isn’t about passion, I don’t know what it is.
And even at 12:45am fewer than 48 hours before the movie’s world premiere, I’m writing a blog to promote the film:
Did I forget to tell you that I had to cut the trailer myself? Anyway, I hope to see you at the world premiere.
And if you are about to be an independent filmmaker, ask yourself if you’re ready to kick with one leg.