This year’s big project has been the sequel (the second of a proposed Trilogy) to last year’s “Red White Black & Blue” which was produced by Cloud South Films. With “Lost & Found in China”, Branch Out Media teamed up with Stuart Krohn (the ICEF rugby program founder and Producer of both films) following the student rugby players to China and finishing their tour at the Hong Kong Sevens.
Our crew Anton Leach, Matty Warmington and David Green traveled to China for two weeks and filmed, followed by a shoot in Los Angeles. As the year draws to a close it is finally finished.
The coach Stuart Krohn becomes a much bigger character in this film. Anton, our Field Director in China decided to dig deep into Stuart during the tour and got some very intimate material. As a film maker and just as a man, the power of a physically large and vocal alpha male revealing his vulnerability in a film always affects me strongly. And because Stuart is already such a enthusiastic part of the creation of these films he dug deep into video and photo archives to build on the stories he tells of his journeys, his challenges and passions.
But after 6 months of on-and-off editing juggling other projects (including a baby) and some very tough feedback sessions (which as an editor working alone I value highly) we are signed off and delivered, ready for festivals in the new year. The film has already made Official Selection for PAFF, SLOIFF and Idyllwild Cinema Fest.
Also, Red White Black & Blue is available in DVD and online now for a donation to the ICEF Rugby club.