Here Comes Santa Claus
by James Killough
The moment I fell in love with my creative partner Rain Li was in the café of the Tate Britain museum when we were doing a location scout for our film Losing Her. We were talking about The Business and she said, in that eminently imitable Chinese version of a cockney accent, “I don’t know why everyone take film so seriously, yeah?”
Little cartoon hearts could be seen exploding around my head.
In between takes on the set the other day, I was reminded by an actor of one of my great lessons about ego and humility in The Business. It goes without saying that filmmaking is where the big boys play, the high rollers table at the casino, the ones ready to lose millions on a roll of the dice, and probably will. I often compare it to thoroughbred horseracing. The stakes are high, the divas are nutty, the horses are extra skittish, and the mafia is all over the joint.