|Nicholas Chin: The motivation as a young director is to learn the craft, develop a style and build a body of work. And to tell a story.
For the producers of the film it was crucial we keep the costs down for a chance to recoup. Also when developing the film, we wanted to make a film that did not look or feel like a typical low budget independent film so great care was put into making the film feel rich, stylised and different on a shoe string [budget]. I think we achieved it.
One advantage independent film-making has over more commercial films is time. Without the pressures of bringing it to the theatre as quick as possible -- in post-production you can afford to wait on very talented people, editors, sound mixers and colorists, wait when they have free time in between their very busy schedules. It may mean snatching a few hours or days in between their other work, usually midnight shifts, but it means you can get the right people to collaborate with you. For them, an independent project also allows them to try new ideas and makes for a better, more untypical film. Waiting also gives you time to think through the film properly.