Earlier this month we released a short film called “ONE”. It was written in Nov and shot in Dec of last year. It stars international pop star Wang Leehom. It is about different dimensions and whether you are living the one you want to be in. For the commentary of the video itself, read HERE.
A few years ago, I began to enjoy believing that multiple dimensions existed. The reason for this is because, I wanted to believe that there was another version of “me” somewhere out there, living a life according to all the decisions and risks I had not had the courage or opportunities to take. It was my cop out. People I wanted to speak up to. Emotions I wanted to explore. Desires I yearned to give in to. But I didn’t. And so, I found comfort that while I was not living it in my reality, somewhere else, I was.
I really wanted to make a short story about this concept, but never got around to writing any sort of script. The premise of different dimensions and realities came up often at the Wong Fu office in a few story ideas between Wes and myself. And when this project came around, it seemed like a good place to apply it. And so, I finally had an “excuse” to write it out in some form.
But before ONE, this concept actually shifted in meaning as my life was changing. Wonderful things happened that made me believe I was living in the reality I so desperately desired. I felt like I was no longer allowed to (or needed to) believe in another dimension where things could be “better”.. no, not better.. “different”. It wasn’t necessary because I was in the best case scenario. And so the idea became, while I enjoy believing in multiple dimensions, I’m glad I’m not in any other one. ..but when there are infinite possibilities, how does one ever truly know which is the right one to live? Perhaps you will never know, it’s faith. Perhaps you will always wonder, you must suppress it.
I wasn’t able to yet.
And now I’ve arrived at a new plot point. One where I’ve completely turned an entire timeline of a potential future upside down, selfishly jumping onto another timeline. Why? For many years now, I’ve had the twisted belief that the pursuit of happiness is better than actually reaching it. Because while in pursuit, happiness is just an idea, it’s perfect, it’s perpetual. But once attained, it can be questioned, it can be tainted, it can be lost. … (i’m not proud of this mindset, it’s not healthy)
And so for the time being, I continue in pursuit (yes, aka “chase”). I continue to dimension hop. Getting glimpses, concluding on some variables, wavering on others, trying to figure out, where to place myself in infinity. Maybe this journey itself is the “one”.
Prior to ONE, I actually did try to shoot a short based on these thoughts. It wasn’t a whole story though, it was just a scene, it was just over a year ago, while I was out of the country. Here’s a still frame from it…