I can't believe it's finally here. This has been such a whirlwind of a month and turned out to be wildly emotional and revelatory. I had no idea where this project would go, no set expectations. But as things unfolded, I realized that this was going to be important....but I had no idea how special it would become. This project turned into something much deeper and more sentimental than I could have imagined, and I know will be something I cherish for the rest of my life.
During the post-production process I worked with my good friend Riley who is truly one of the most amazing people I've ever met. He was so patient with me as I struggled to explain what we were going for. We chipped away at it bit by bit, rough draft by rough draft. We had to work to not create something that was too literal but instead felt free form, which is hard to do when you want to tell a story. I believe what we came up with is truly beautiful, and I am so thankful for his partnership. He is such a kind person and true collaborative artist. I'm glad he's in the rest of this project for the long haul.
ANNNND to top it all off, the unearthly talent of Grace Vera made its way onto this tiny project, which just feels too good to be true. She composed the most perfect piece of music in just a few days time, and I honestly cannot understand it. I know absolutely zilch about music so it's all still magic to me - what I do know is that Grace moved me to tears the first time I heard it. Of course I was associating it with my family, but it went so much deeper. I realized the weight of what we had created. The fact that I can watch this little film 50 years from now and see images of my Nonny, my Aunt, my little cousins, all preserved on that one beautiful day. It's a lot to handle.
Spending so much time with my family during the process has truly been the sweetest part. You would think that it's something I do a lot, because I live at home (bay area real estate, no shame), but there always seems to be other things pulling me away. To sit with them and watch the drafts of this film, to talk about what it brought up, what they thought it all meant, hear them draw conclusions, and then to see their faces light up when they saw the final version.....it's something beyond words. They felt the gravity of it too.
I'm so happy about this month, and I can't wait to share it with you all. I hope that this little film can elevate how I see that small orange tree in my Grandparent's backyard: as something truly eternal.