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Shot in 3 Weeks. 18 Hours of Footage. 40 people in the Cast. Only 3 in the Crew. No Budget. No Technical Experience. Lousy Acting. Bad Sound. 1 Script. No Director. This is No Holds Barred Amateur Filmmaking. This is the Spirit of the Underdog. This is [e'TZAINTES]
[e'TZAINTES] giving self deceit a better name. Pronounced as The Saints. but that's just the official pronunciation. [e'Tzaintes] is one of those titles that you can pronounced it any way
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It was our very first underground screening. An unofficial private screening on 26 October 2001. Just a few weeks after September 11, I remember. In a classroom of the legendary Substation in Singapore, we played the first edit of [e'TZAINTES] using a VCD player on TV. The version of [e'TZAINTES] we screened that night had really bad sound. We even used copyrighted music for the film. Rage Against the Machine / Marilyn Manson, and screened a video footage of Amizadai (in Australia) saying hi to the audience. for this, we invited cast, crew and friends, who in turn invited their friends. We sold T-shirts.
The screening was packed. Many people came and there's no way everybody could fit into this classroom to crowd around a TV. The audience made it happen. They started stacking chairs.
So that more people could come in and sit on the floor. It was amazing. You can see in the picture that the classroom was really stuffy, but the people who came didn't mind. That was the spirit.
Jaki (@ashangel), Keith (shade), Tzang, Wolf and soon-to-be-warrior musician Armen.
Giving a speech before the show.
To mark the end of two years of work, I shaved my head.
A packed classroom @ The Substation from once upon a time, with folks overcrowding and choosing to sit on the floor.
That's how it was for us as teenagers working on this epic b-grade project. Putting everything we have into it. Working on something think we can do, with no sense of what a budget is. Truth is, we never treated [e'TZAINTES] like it was a mindless artsy fartsy short film to be made so that it can be screened in artsy festivals and earn us some artsy cred. WE BELIEVED IN IT. We believed it was something bigger than ourselves, because of how it turned out, how we got 30 people we do not know on set to pull this through. How we got people who want to see it work come to us with their own lines, own ideas, own costumes and own props to help make this film bigger than it is. That chaos... that madness .... and that excitement... and that high... is enough for us to keep going... After 3 weeks of shooting, with the boys being sent to NS to have their hair chopped off.... and the raw tapes in our hands. The pressure from the faith that the cast and crew had in us, to want to know how the film will turn out .... we told ourselves.... we have to get it made... by whatever means possible.
Things I can already see about this new mode of communication that is gonna be exciting. Nothing's ever complete in the world of blogs, unlike films, music and other works of art. it's changed the way the world sees itself. There's no last act, no last say. Because there'll always be another comment. another feedback. and another new entry. It goes on, the way life does.
Nice. Let it all begin.