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Friday, November 9, 2012

I'm back and I brought a new friend

Guess who's back? Back again. TJ's back. Tell a friend!

Hello fans of TINY SUPERSTARS! I'm back and I'm pretty stoked about that. I hope you all enjoyed the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Unfortunately, here in Southern California--we have had nothing but 90 degree weather which made things a bit annoying. Either way--I enjoyed my "break" from the film and have been pretty productive with some other projects. Feel free to read to see what I've been up to.

I'm pretty sure you all know this, but I'll say it again. This film is close to my heart.  It's been one of the hardest yet most rewarding journeys of my life, and I'm eager to get back to it.

One of the coolest things about this project has been working side by side with Bridget. When we decided to do this--it was kind of a big deal. We've had challenges too. The biggest one has been.......well....I guess I just don't know what the biggest one has been. I know that it has been difficult for both of us to view this project strictly from a "professional" perspective. In other words--it's very personal and intimate for us both, so it's difficult to figure out which story to tell. Behind every story that you do tell--there is the one that you do not. Bridget recently told me that some of the best moments of this journey have happened when the camera wasn't rolling. We only have 50 hours of footage yet have  spent hundreds of hours "in the thick" of the story. Don't get me wrong--50 hours is more than enough--WAY more than enough--it's just not the full narrative.

Long story short--we've decided we need a fresh pair of eyes to edit the footage. When B first told me that she had decided not to edit the film--I was sad, disappointed, and a lil mad. But after I thought about it--I realized she was 100% right in her decision. (For the record--I too have made B feel sad, disappointed, and mad. That's just part of this process.) So anyway, Tiny Superstars needed to bring someone on who hadn't witnessed our full journey. Someone who was not personally connected to any of this. Someone who could take our footage and cut it down without a second thought. Someone who would help us get this done. Well, after screening 53 applicants--we have made our decision. The newest member of Tiny Superstars is.........Kristi Plotkin, and I could not be happier with this choice. Kristi will blog sometime this week to introduce herself and tell you on thoughts on the project. B and I will both be working closely with her and of course we are both still playing integral parts in the making of the film--we just really wanted a little help with this endeavor. Kristi has a HUGE job ahead of her, but seems pretty excited about the challenge. I'm sure she will post on here on the regular to keep everyone up to speed with what is going on.

Bridget and I are so very grateful to everyone who has stuck by us during this process. Your financial support, messages, constant support, and patience has meant the world to us. When we first began this process--we thought we could be done with the film by the end of the year. Well--that is just not going to happen--which is totally fine. I am so proud of the fact that we have actually taken the time to get it right instead of just throwing something together. For now--we are just taking it one day at a time and when we think it's ready--you'll be the first ones to know!

So there you have it. "The Artist Formally Known as Trina" is on it's way to being finished. Stay with us! More info will come soon AND so will all of your kickstarter rewards. We didn't forget. Thank you video will be up tomorrow so watch for that!


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